Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin, Chair of the Oireachtas Education and Skills Committee has said that Kildare university students are facing an accommodation crisis as each of the country’s universities have increased their rents for the coming academic year.
A survey released today by the Irish Independent revealed that rents on university-owned and on-campus accommodation have increased by up to 11.5% year on year.
Deputy O’Loughlin said, “Rents are really high around the country and students are being priced out of the rental market. Parents are under financial pressure as it is with the cost of sending a child to university and the sky-high rents being charged are seriously exacerbating the situation. I am concerned that the student accommodation crisis is only going to get worse with universities using rents as a source of income.”
Maynooth University saw cost increases of almost 5% in its student accommodation, TCD costs have jumped by almost 6% and DCU, UL and UCC have all similarly raised their prices.
“The Education Committee continues to examine the funding issues facing our third level institutions and consider it unfair to students and their families that universities need increased revenue from campus accommodation. More Government funding is essential to avoid this increased financial burden on parents. A big part of the University experience is living away from home for the first time but this is becoming increasingly difficult to afford for most families, in turn affecting the choice of course and college for students”.
“Our Education Committee summer school takes place shortly and will look at university accommodation issues as well as school costs, SUSI grants and reduced timetables,” concluded Deputy O’Loughlin.