Photo by Laoise Neylon
At a Central Area Committee meeting of Dublin City Council on Monday 15 June, councillors heard about a planning application for a proposed student housing development in Prussia Street, Dublin 7.
Speaking by phone on Tuesday, independent Councillor Cieran Perry says the area around the Prussia Street site is already saturated with student housing. “The number of student accommodation places is phenomenal,” he says.
According to the developer Prussia Properties Ltd, who submitted a Student Accommodation Concentration Report as part of the planning application, there are 11 other student housing developments which are built, under construction or planning-approved within a 1km radius of this site.
Following the drop in international travel since Covid-19, some experts predict a dramatic reduction in the number of overseas students and an estimated 79 percent of students who stay in the private, purpose-built accommodation are international students.
That has caused