'It's a no-brainer... I'm moving to the UK to escape horrendous rents' - teacher (24)
A recently graduated student has told how she is moving to the UK to escape “horrendous rents” in this country.
Kerri Thornton (24), from Ballivor, Co Meath, lived in numerous rental properties across Dublin over the past three years and believes now is the time to go abroad.
The last accommodation she was staying in was €550 per month for a shared room, which she described as "far from ideal".
Ms Thornton said that during her college years she was forced to get top-ups on her student loans in order to cover for rent.
"I had a really good job with a really good hourly rate which I had to quit when I was in my final year of college as the Back to Education grant wouldn’t allow me to work," she said.
Having finished her degree in Fine Art, she has now been offered a teaching job in Ipswich in England.
"It’s a no-brainer," she told the Irish Independent.
"A lot of my friends are doing unpaid internships and have the luxury of living at home, and I just can’t afford to do that here and pay rent."
Ms Thornton is currently living at home in Ballivor as she is saving up to make the move abroad. She said she would never consider getting a mortgage in Ireland.
"If I was going to buy a house, I would more than likely buy a plot of land in the country and go about building it myself.
"Dealing with banks has always caused far too much stress, so the idea of being locked in with them is not appealing.
"Thank God for my folks, to be honest, because if I didn’t have them, I’d be on the streets,” she added.