Universities report high deferrals owing to housing crisis

Universities are reporting an increase in deferral applications for the new academic year, with the accommodation crisis among the key reasons given, writes Amy Molloy for the Independent.

Colleges are continuing to process offers and acceptances for courses through the central applications office, but some students have already deferred places as they cannot find anywhere to live.

Nearly one-third of students who have deferred their place at University of Galway have done so because of accommodation issues, while Trinity College Dublin said its deferral requests for round one central applications office offers are up 20% on last year. Around 10% mentioned accommodation as part of the reason for seeking a delay. University of Galway said nearly 300 undergraduate students have opted to defer so far, with 92 citing accommodation.
Full report on the Independent site