Lack of rent refunds causing stress for students –

Many students in Ireland are worried they may not be able to afford college next year and are “extremely stressed” over the lack of refunds for accommodation that they now cannot use.

That’s according to the Union of Students in Ireland, which says it has been inundated with messages from students who are losing thousands of euro in rent that they had prepaid.

In the Dáil last week, the Minister for Education criticised the University of Limerick’s refusal to refund students for on-campus accommodation that they have left as a result of the pandemic.

Joe McHugh appealed to UL to make the refunds as other third level colleges had. UL’s governing authority have said they are reviewing the decision and an announcement on foot of that review is expected next week.

Around 2,000 UL students are owed rent that they had prepaid for the remainder of the academic year. Those UL students are

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