UCD students protest over accommodation price hike

Increase would see cost of campus accommodation rise to between €8,000 and €9,900

University City Dublin (UCD) students protest at the Belfield campus over a decision by the university to increase on-campus accommodation rents by 12 per cent over the next three years. Video: Kathleen Harris

 

University City Dublin (UCD) students are protesting at the Belfield campus on Tuesday morning over a decision by the university to increase on-campus accommodation rents by 12 per cent over the next three years.

The UCD students’ union said they are “outraged” by the decision and is currently holding a rally in the student centre.

The demonstration coincides with a meeting of the university management team, which is discussing the campus rent increase.

The increase would mean the cost of student accommodation on the Belfield campus rises to between €8,000 and €9,900 per year over the next three years.

The student union is calling for the rent increase to be scrapped immediately and for management to implement a rental support scheme for students struggling in the private market.