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Limerick students concerned over rising accommodation costs

“I currently share a house with several mature students in the city centre. I live in the smallest one, only about 5 square meters, and the monthly rent is 700 euro. The largest room rents for 1,260 euro per month.”

Lian Wang, student (tcd)

The cost of university accommodations in Ireland has risen substantially over the past few years.

According to the Irish Independent, the average cost of student accomodation will continue to increase every year having risen by 11.5% in 2019.

Speaking to Limerick Voice, parents of a University of Limerick student said: “Students cannot afford to live in these pricey accommodations, many parents are under financial pressure.”

Experts warn that the crisis in student accomodation has not yet reached its peak and is likely to get worse.

Statistics show that University College Cork (UCC) has introduced the highest increase in accommodation fees of any university in recent years.

One student village, University Hall, with bathrooms and double beds, has been marked up by 11.3% since the previous year.

Students will have to pay €629 than the previous year (€5,550 in 2018) more to rent a room.

When contacted, UCC spokesperson said the increase was due to renovations.

University of Limerick (UL) is among the other third level insitutions with rising accommodation prices with a 6.2% rise in student housing fees last year.

UL spokesperson said: “The price increase was due to the extension of the semester from 37 weeks to 38 weeks, and the accommodations were also renovated. ”

“In the past four years, the college’s renovation project cost two million euro, and the facilities have improved a lot,” the spokesperson added.

Even under the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, prices in student villages continue to rise.

UL student and Brookfield Hall resident, Luke O’Connell said: “Maybe because of COVID-19, the school’s finance is in crisis. I lived here last year, but this year I paid 400 euro more.”

The cost of private purpose-built student accommodation in Dublin in many cases has risen by between 10 and 15%, with the most expensive rooms now costing up to €1,500 a month.

Lian Wang, a Trinity College Dublin (TCD) student said: “I currently share a house with several mature students in the city centre. I live in the smallest one, only about 5 square meters, and the monthly rent is 700 euro. The largest room rents for 1,260 euro per month.”

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