Galway Students’ Unions condemn extortionate rent prices of €250 per week
As luxury student accommodation appears across the city, it seems students would be better off taking out a mortgage instead of renting in the current climate.
Today, NUI Galway Students’ Union and GMIT Students’ Union have strongly criticised prices of ‘luxury’ student accommodation popping up across the city. This comes after new student accommodation has been advertised on the market at €250 per week in the city centre and from another complex directed towards students on Bohermore at a price of €200 per week.
Aaron Burke, President of GMIT Students’ Union, said: ‘Students are not cash cows and this can bring extreme pressure on both parents and students, especially when people are struggling to stay in college. The rate of the grant has not increased since 2012 yet rental prices have increased year on year for six years straight. This kind of accommodation far exceeds the already high rental prices that exist in the city.’
Megan Reilly, President of NUI Galway Students’ Union, added; ‘We cannot stand by these luxury student accommodation providers taking advantage of the current crisis. At this rate, people could be paying up to €1,250 a month for one room in one apartment; some people wouldn’t even pay that on their mortgage monthly. At the other end of the spectrum we have students who are living in hostels or commuting hours to go to college because they can’t afford to live in Galway.’
Both Unions, together with the One Galway Movement, are planning a Crisis Campout in Eyre Square on Tuesday the 11th of September to shed light on the need for purpose built student housing and social housing in general.
Students’ Unions and TDs Issue Plea to Galway Landlords
NUI Galway Students’ Union, GMIT Students’ Union and Galway West TDs are asking local landlords who rent to students to consider advertising their properties earlier in the summer to avoid the end-of-August rush for students searching for accommodation for the 2018/19 academic year. The purpose of this is to give students peace of mind over the summer months that they have secured a roof over their head for September as opposed to anxiously waiting on rental advertisements in August.
Following high-profile increases in rent rates in student accommodation in Galway City, many students are being forced to look for alternatives in the private rental market as opposed to purpose built-student accommodation. “Digs”, rooms and houses can be advertised for free at homes.usi.ie a national student specific letting website set-up by the Union of Students in Ireland to stream-line communication between landlords and students. Landlords can also advertise all types of accommodation for free on the NUI Galway accommodation website www.nuigstudentpad.ie It is worth noting that landlords can rent out rooms in their homes tax free up to a cap of €14,000 per annum.
President of NUI Galway Students’ Union Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh said “Students should not have to wait until the August rush to secure accommodation for the coming academic year. We are asking landlords to advertise their accommodation through the homes.usi.ie and www.nuigstudentpad.ie websites ASAP so that students can secure housing at the beginning of the summer rather than having to wait until the week before lectures begin. As we can see there is cross-party support to help our students achieve their academic potential. The Galway community as a whole can do more for these students who contribute so much to the local economy.”
Pictured (Left to Right): Jimmy McGovern (USI), Eamon Ó Cuív (Fianna Fáil TD), Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh (NUIG SU), Minister Seán Kyne (Fine Gael), Catherine Connolly (Independent TD), Aaron Burke (GMIT SU), Noel Grealish (Independent TD), Andrew Forde (NUIG SU)
For more information, contact:
Lorcán Ó Maoileannaigh
NUI Galway Students’ Union
Ph. 086 385 5502
NUIG Vs GMIT Fight Night
Oíche Throda idir OÉ Gaillimh agus GMIT
8pm Wednesday 22nd November 2017/8i.n. Dé Céadaoin, an 22 Samhain 2017
The Radisson Blu Hotel Galway
Tickets €15 Students/€25 Non Students
All proceeds go to the following charities:
Domestic Violence Response
Hand in Hand
Milford Care Centre
Special Olympics Ireland
Spot Prizes on the night
Tickets on sale from NUI Galway Students’ Union Office