National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG)’s new student accommodation complex was officially opened on Friday by TD Seán Kyne.
The complex, called Goldcrest Village, was built specially to alleviate the current housing crisis. In total there are 76 non-smoking apartments, with space for 429 students.
The complex itself is located just a short walk from the main campus, and it sits beside the 764 bed Corrib Village. In total, the number of student beds on campus at NUIG now sits at 1193.
NUIG President Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh said, “this is the product of great efforts to alleviate the issue, as with Corrib village, it provides the opportunity for students of somewhere safe to live”
“This was badly needed. hopefully, it will help solve some of the current issues which the students find themselves in”, said Cllr Padraig Conneely.
However, students around campus seemed to be of a different mind, questioning the cost of the accommodation
Arts student Iarlaith said, “it’s been open since September and has not yet reached full capacity, the deposit is rather high and non-refundable. It just shows that people cannot afford this amount of money.”