Student accommodation crisis: Share your story

Are you scrambling to find a place to live for the coming academic year? Are rental price hikes making it harder than ever to make ends meet?

DCU students protesting outside the Dáil earlier this year over student  rent increases in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

DCU students protesting outside the Dáil earlier this year over student rent increases in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

 

In a week when rents for new student developments were described as “extortionate” and as fears grow that many students from outside the capital are being priced out of going to college, The Irish Times is looking to hear from readers about their individual experiences of the accommodation crisis.

Share your experiences with us, for a special upcoming report on the student accommodation crisis. Please keep the text under 1,000 words, and send us a photograph if you have one. If you would prefer to remain anonymous, please indicate this in your submission – we will keep your name and contact details confidential.

Please note we may not publish every story we receive, or be able to reply to every submission. All authors whose stories are selected for publication will be contacted in advance.

Email your story to us at studenthub@irishtimes.com.

Thousands of new student beds which are coming onto the market are too expensive for Irish students and resemble deluxe boutique hotels, it has been claimed. Click here for more.

Tánaiste Simon Coveney insisted the Government was meeting its targets on developing student accommodation on Thursday as he faced trenchant criticism in the Dáil that students could not afford the rates for purpose-built housing. Click here for more.

The president of DCU has called on policy makers to take action to help control the escalating rental cost of student housing. Click here for more.

Ministers have appealed to homeowners to consider renting out rooms to college students to help ease a crisis in accommodation. Click here for more.

To read more visit irishtimes.com/studenthub