IRELAND

Amidst housing crisis, some students’ bookings cancelled

Ireland’s Minister of State for Further Education Niall Collins has claimed the government is limited in what it can do after scores of third-level students have had accommodation bookings cancelled with just weeks to the new term. The students had paid deposits but their purpose-built student housing is now going to be used for long-term lets instead, writes Katherine Donnelly and Seiorse Mulgrew for Independent.ie.

The scramble for accommodation has become increasingly difficult, forcing many students to commute long distances, but this year it is even more challenging. Students prepared to budget as much as €1,400 (US$1,430) a month are having difficulty securing somewhere to live in Dublin.

In another blow, accommodation that has been dedicated for student use is being given over to other tenants who can pay higher rents. Students at Munster Technological University, Tralee in County Kerry received an email advising that a student village of long-standing was no longer available to them.
Full report on the Independent.ie site