The price of student accommodation in Galway continues to rise, with some prices increasing by 20% for the 2019/2020 academic year.
This is the case with Menlo Park apartments in Galway, a privately owned apartment complex where 140 students live. The price of a single, en-suite room is being raised from €5555 to €6945 per year, which is a rise of 20%.
NUIGSU (National University Ireland, Galway Students Union) President, Megan Reilly compared these increases to that of Cúirt na Coirribe, who increased their accommodation prices last year. She explained that the rent increases were exploitative, especially in a time of an accommodation crisis.
Speaking with Campus.ie, Reilly explained that a national protest against the rising rents is being considered, to work in solidarity with other colleges who have seen a rise in student accommodation costs.
“There’s potential plans that we might be doing some more lobbying, specifically around accommodation, and using every means we have to get something done quickly”, said Reilly.
Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy, promised last year to bring student residences under the 4% rent cap, but no legislation has been brought in as of yet.
Reilly expressed her frustration with the government, and their failure to act on behalf of students across the country.
“Soaring accommodation prices continue to be one of the biggest barriers to securing a Third Level education, with parents now being faced with paying the increase, or students having to work extra hours to afford to live in Galway”, said Reilly.
This comes before NUIG are set to open their new on-campus student accommodation, Goldcrest Village. The residence will house 429 students and is close to NUIG’s other student accommodation, Corrib Village.