Thursday 27 November 2014

Rental prices for student accommodation increasing ‘weekly’

Published 19/08/2014 | 15:16

Landlords in Maynooth are 'increasing rents weekly' following NUI Maynooth’s price-hike in campus accommodation.

Speaking to Independent.ie, psychology student Jamie Cummins said that rents in Maynooth are increasing 'weekly', with increases of between €10 and €15 commonplace in the university town.

He conceded that students could be doing more to find accommodation for the upcoming year, with many currently favouring the 'passive' approach of looking on social media over viewing houses in person.

Cummins added that seeing friends secure accommodation does induce some worry.

Meanwhile, beauty blogger Katie Wheeler told Independent.ie that she is 'finding it impossible' to find affordable accommodation.

Wheeler and two of her Ballyfermot classmates have found it impossible to secure student accommodation around the college as the available properties are 'too expensive'. She is frustrated by price hikes imposed by some landlords following viewings.

"They advertise at one price and then when we enquire they quote us a higher price... (it) is so unfair and disheartening," Wheeler said.

"It's frustrating... when it costs upwards of €1,400 for a three bedroom apartment a good fifteen or twenty minutes away from the college."

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