Trinity College Dublin
Sinn Féin’s Eoin Ó Bróin released the following statement:
“I have written to the Presidents of University College Dublin, Dublin City University, NUI Galway, NUI Maynooth, Limerick University, Trinity College Dublin and University College Cork requesting a meeting to discuss plans to increase on-campus student accommodation charges by up to 4% per year.
“Sinn Féin and other opposition parties worked hard to force a change in the legislation to ensure that on-campus student accommodation was included in the rent pressure zone legislation. This made it illegal for on-campus student accommodation providers to increase rents by more than the 4% cap.
“While the universities are adhering to the letter of the law they are not recognising the spirit of the law.
“Rising student accommodation costs are placing a huge financial burden on lower and middle income students and their families.
“Most students cannot afford any more rental increases and should not be priced out of the university of their choice due to accommodation costs.
“We need to start a conversation about how on-campus student accommodation is financed and what can be done to lower the costs so that universities can provide affordable, good quality accommodation.
“I am keen to meet the head of these universities as a matter for urgency to ensure that students have access to good quality accommodation.
“I have also written to student union representatives seeking a meeting to discuss their concerns about this latest flurry of rent rises.”
I have written to the Presidents of UCD, DCU, NUIG, NUM, UL, TCD & UCC requesting meetings to discuss proposed on-campus student rent increases. High rents are a barrier to education. There has to be a better solution to financing of student accommodation. @TheUSI pic.twitter.com/7N7C0ldVoD
— Eoin Ó Broin (@EOBroin) February 17, 2020
Great to see college newspapers covering how rent is being hiked at UCD, DCU + NUIG.
Here’s a flavour of how big a moneymaker student accommodation is for DCU:
– 1,400 beds
– Turnover of €13m in 2018
– Profit of €3.9m in 2018
– Retained profit €20.5mhttps://t.co/smYv3Ln7Ev
— Killian Woods (@killianwoods) February 17, 2020