University of Limerick under pressure to refund rent to departed students – Irish Examiner

The University of Limerick (UL) is coming under increasing pressure to refund rent paid by students who vacated campus accommodation due to the coronavirus.

Education Minister Joe McHugh has waded into the row, contacting UL Chancellor Mary Harney to discuss the matter.

UL is the only university in Ireland which has not refunded students who chose to leave campus accommodation early.

As with all university accommodation, students in Limerick paid for the full term up-front. However, when the virus broke out and universities were forced to shutter campuses and deliver materials online, many students opted to leave shared accommodation.

UL told students they could claim their deposit back early but that rents paid to cover the rest of the semester would not be refunded. This was in stark contrast to other universities, including UCC which refunded students on a pro-rata basis once they left.

The stance was criticised by UL

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