78% of students are concerned about paying rent, says Threshold – Extra.ie

Over three-quarters (78%) of Irish third level students are worried about their ability to pay rent ahead of the new academic year.

A survey showed half of students did not have their deposits returned when forced to leave their rented accommodation at the beginning of the lockdown.

This new research from the national housing charity Threshold, which was published Thursday in conjunction with the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), found that 45% of students have been asked to pay more than one month’s rent in security deposits.

Over three-quarters (78%) of Irish third level students are worried about their ability to pay rent ahead of the new academic year. Pic: Getty Images

Meanwhile, 21% of those seeking accommodation for the new academic year have been asked to pay four months’ rent or more in advance.

Chairperson of Threshold Aideen Hayden said of these findings: ‘When universities closed

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