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Student accommodation is in short supply in Ireland, an issue that was covered in these pages last week. As a housing analyst, I see the topic arising time and time again. In a radio studio recently, Kevin Donoghue, the president of the Union of Students of Ireland, told me that, for the first time, it was not only first-year students who were asking for housing advice, but also second- and third-year students. Students who should have been able to house themselves. There are about 25,000 students in the private rental sector in Ireland. In Britain and Belgium, where I went to university, about a third are housed in specialist student accommodation, which is provided by the university or an outside company on behalf of the university. Student housing provided by commercial entities is a relatively new phenomenon in Ireland.
Sirr, L. (2015) Opportunity knocks for developers to meet students’ demands. The Sunday Times 18.10.2015.