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Students’ Union Outraged at NUIG 4% Student Rent Hike
NUI Galway Students’ Union is outraged by the University’s decision to increase rent in on-campus student accommodation by 4% for 2020/21. This means that from September a single room in the campus Goldcrest student accommodation will be €750 a month.
By applying the maximum 4% increase in a rent pressure zone the University is exploiting 19,000 students and their families who cannot afford the rents they are already struggling to pay. This price gouging is placing another barrier to access to education for students.
NUI Galway recently launched their 2020-25 Strategy to much fanfare highlighting “affordable and sustainable on-campus accommodation for our students” as a key “priority” in “Building for the Future”. Yet again the University has shown that it is more focused on commercial gain rather than actually supporting students. Between having the 8th highest fees in the world, insufficient grant support and the rising cost of accommodation, students are struggling like never before.
Students’ Union President Clare Austick said: “We meet students everyday who have to work two or more part-time jobs to stay in college, students who commute huge distances, students who can’t afford decent accommodation and students who aren’t in college who should be. We are outraged that in the midst of an accommodation crisis the University is again looking to profit from the desperation of students looking for accommodation.”