Students unions inundated as first years seek accommodation
Students' unions across Ireland have been inundated with queries from first years who cannot find accommodation as the new term approaches.
The Irish Independent yesterday revealed the squeeze on campus accommodation, which particularly affects first years.
Jimmy McGovern, NUI Galway Students Union president, said that the number of students going to them for help was "quite frightening".
"I'm not going to sugar-coat it, this is a crisis," he said. "It's as simple as that.
University College Dublin's Students' Union also reported an influx of students requiring its assistance.
"We have quite a considerable amount of students approaching us looking for accommodation," said student union president Conor Viscardi.
However, students' unions in Trinity College Dublin and University College Cork said they had not been receiving significant numbers of students' inquiries.
UCC's students' union said that the crisis had not hit Cork as badly as other parts of the country.