By Sarah Gill This week, the Menlo Park Apartment complex have announced a rent increase of an extortionate 20 percent. These privately-owned apartments are located on the Headford Road and accommodate roughly 140 NUI Galway students each year. Rent prices have been steadily increasing year after year, but this year’s increase has seen the price of a single en-suite room … [Read more...] about NUI Galway Students’ Union condemns extortionate rent increase in Menlo student accommodation
By Olivia Hanna The Westwood Hotel in Newcastle closed its doors on 1 October after being purchased in June 2017 by the Ziggurat Student Investment Fund. The Westwood is currently being demolished to make way for student accommodation to be built on the site. The proposal, approved by An Bord Pleanála last month, includes five blocks of apartments, making up a total of … [Read more...] about Westwood Hotel closes to pave way for student accommodation despite controversy
The first round of CAO Offers will be issued next Monday, and thousands of students across the country will now find themselves looking for accommodation for the 2018/19 academic year. Housing for NUI Galway students has been an issue in the past. A lack of rent control for purpose-built student accommodation sparked the Cúirt Shakedown protests back in May. The students … [Read more...] about NUI Galway Students’ Union urges students to be cautious while house-hunting
Winters Property Management and Bibby Maritime are discussing the option of bringing two barges into Galway harbour to house up to 400 students, according to Galway Bay FM. This rather unusual form of housing could prove very effective in trying to combat the shortage of accommodation for students. While unorthodox from an Irish perspective, barges such as these are commonplace … [Read more...] about Floating student accommodation: a bizarre solution to the student housing crisis?
A survey of NUI Galway students has found that one in six participants had not found accommodation by 4 September this year – the first day of lectures on campus. The survey carried out by NUI Galway Students’ Union to uncover the depth of the accommodation crisis in the city was taken by 1,285 students in the last fortnight. NUI Galway Students’ Union president Lorcán Ó … [Read more...] about One in six without accommodation as semester begins