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Lack of student accommodation highlights depth of housing crisis – Cllr Carney Boud

2 September, 2015 - by Cathleen Carney Boud

Sinn Féin Councillor Cathleen Carney Boud has expressed concern at the growing problem of lack of student accommodation in her constituency of Dublin North West, which takes in the Drumcondra and Glasnevin areas around St Patrick’s College and DCU.

Cllr Carney Boud states:

“There are 16,000 students flocking to DCU and St Patricks College in my constituency of Dublin North West. This demand will increase significantly as the DIT Grangegorman development nears completion. 

In August of this year – when the majority of students hunt for housing – only 5 properties were available in Glasnevin & Drumcondra for less than €850 per month. 23 options were available below €1,400 per month for house shares and only 276 were advertised for room sharing.”

“The lack of student housing shows the depth of the housing crisis overall. In the areas surrounding DCU and St Patrick’s College, students and non-students including families are competing for the same housing and this situation is simply unsustainable. ”

“Sinn Féin is calling for the introduction of rent controls to stem the problem of increasing homelessness, in addition to a strategy to be developed between the state and universities to tackle the lack of student accommodation.”

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