75% of Student Housing Stood Vacant at Close of Last Year, Government Figures Suggest – Dublin Inquirer

File photo of Point Campus student accommodation. By Laoise Neylon.

Caroline O’Connor booked a room in one of Dublin’s multiplying purpose-built student accommodation for November, but she doesn’t think she will go back in January, she says.

“To be honest I don’t really like it that much,” she says. “It is way too expensive for what it is.”

The furniture and decor of the apartment look cheap, says O’Connor. She pays €265 a week for a room, shares a kitchen with four others, and has to pay extra to do laundry, she says.

Her sister is paying less for a “beautiful apartment” in Grand Canal Dock sharing with one other person, she says.

In May 2017, the government of the time laid out its National Student Accommodation Strategy, which sought, it said, to encourage the development of blocks just for students – to free up mainstream rentals

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