Saturday 10 December 2016

Now our students are hit by housing crisis

Published 30/08/2016 | 02:30

It has been a stressful and expensive time for our students and their parents Stock photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
It has been a stressful and expensive time for our students and their parents Stock photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

It has been a stressful and expensive time for our students and their parents. After the tensions of the Leaving Certificate, and the agony and joy of results being revealed, has come the uncertain lottery of college place allocations.

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Then comes the trial by ordeal of getting those students suitable accommodation for the coming year, amid the worst phase of yet another national housing crisis. Rents have risen dramatically in most of the centres of third level learning, most especially in Dublin.

Many landlords do not want students as tenants for a variety of reasons, not least because students only require accommodation for nine of the 12 months. It means student accommodation is extremely scarce and increasingly expensive.

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