Saturday 22 July 2017

Our little darlings can be the neighbours from hell

College students need
accommodation, but who would want to live beside them?
College students need accommodation, but who would want to live beside them?

Sarah Caden

In July, when the panic first began to mount about the lack of accommodation for third-level students, the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) reminded homeowners about the tax-free €12,000 'rent-a-room relief' if they take in a lodger. In an attempt to support the effort, Trinity's Welfare Officer, Conor Clancy appealed to "past students who understand the situation" to take in their modern-day equivalent, though you have to wonder if that put off more alumni than it convinced.

If you ever were a student, you know that the number one priority of most students is to have a good time. And you know that they don't really do consequences or consideration and that if they're uncooperative and careless under their parents' roof, they're even worse when let loose in the world.

This has ever been the way. But now, if you were to listen to Liveline last week, it's worse. Perhaps, this is only because there are far greater numbers of students living in the same pockets of towns and cities around Ireland. Where once they were the minority, they are now the majority, and they don't mind making their dominance known. Entire estates have become almost solely student zones, where their rules go and where the odd little old lady or young family feel marooned in a sea of overspilling bins, discarded beer cans, vodka bottles and fast-food rubbish, helpless to do anything about it bar put the guards on speed dial.

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