UCC Students Union say they are being contacted by up to 60 students a day with accommodation difficulties
UCC Students Union say they are being contacted by up to 60 students a day who say they are having difficulties securing accommodation for the upcoming college year.
Welfare Officer Alannah O’Connor says students are raising concerns that they will be forced to commute long distances or sleep on couches.
The Student Union at MTU have also raised concerns that students are finding it increasingly difficult to secure an affordable place to live, with some purpose built student accommodation centres charging in the region of €900 per month.
UCC are encouraging people with a spare room in their house to register it on their StudentPad website which is currently offering 34 rooms in 25 properties.
Speaking to RedFM News, SU Welfare Officer Alannah O’Connor says the amount of students contacting them is unprecedented:
“The situation is getting worse because the rents are increasing but the minimum wage isn’t increasing, the living wage isn’t increasing. SUSI Grants aren’t increasing. Someone who’s getting the maximum SUSI Grant, their maintenance grown to 625 Euro that would barely cover rent.”