Wednesday 18 September 2019

Priced out: 'I'm €3,000 in debt just to pay rent'

Cost of living: Donnchadh Griffin fears he may have to move home because of high rents in Cork City. Photo: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision
Cost of living: Donnchadh Griffin fears he may have to move home because of high rents in Cork City. Photo: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Gabija Gataveckaite

With his graduation coming up in October, nutrition and wellbeing student at Cork IT Donnchadh Griffin (22) has begun to panic that he will have nowhere to live by that time.

"I am high-key stressed at the moment," he told the Irish Independent.

Originally from Kerry, he has began to worry he will have to move home.

"I want to live with friends but we can't find anywhere that's feasible.

"All prices range at about €600, €500 in Cork, which is extremely expensive for Cork. We can't afford that," he said.

During his four years' study he has gone through many different types of accommodation.

While he would have preferred to live in student accommodation, he had to take out a loan to live there for two years.

"I took out a loan in second year and third year for it to go towards the student accommodation," he said.

"They were never big loans and I'm about €3,000 in debt with the credit union but I should have never had to do that just to find somewhere to live. I couldn't afford living in student accommodation otherwise," he said.

As part of his studies, he had a placement in Dijon in France.

He said his accommodation there cost half what he paid in Cork.

Money

"We did have to share showers and bathrooms," he explained.

"But I was only there to sleep and I saved a lot of money, so I didn't really mind."

After he returned to Cork and was due to start his final year of college, panic set in as accommodation options were very limited.

"My cousin was renting a room in a house and another room became free so he asked me if I was interested," he said.

"He lived with two other men in their 30s but I didn't know them and as a 21-year-old gay guy, I was a bit nervous.

"It was quite an intimidating thing to do and I would have preferred student accommodation but they were all so accepting and understanding and it worked out," he added.

Irish Independent

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