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UCD STUDENTS’ UNION INFURIATED AT DECISION TO INCREASE ON-CAMPUS ACCOMMODATION RENT BY 4%, EACH YEAR

UCDSU CALLS ON ELECTION CANDIDATES TO COMMIT TO DELIVER AFFORDABLE STUDENT ACCOMMODATION AND IMMEDIATE RENT FREEZES ACROSS CAMPUSES.




Today, UCD Students’ Union President, Joanna Siewierska, has expressed fury at the decision to increase campus rents by 4% year on year for the next 3 years, and a premium of €1,000 on average for the 1,000 newly built student bedrooms.

UCD already has the most expensive on campus accommodation in the country. This decision was made yesterday behind closed doors by the University Management Team, with zero consultation with any student representatives. The SU is calling for an immediate reversal of this decision.

UCDSU calls on election candidates to respond to the student housing crisis and pledge to deliver affordable beds and freeze on-campus rents immediately.

Joanna Siewierska, President, UCD Students’ Union said;

It is shocking to see Ireland’s largest, public university use student accommodation to make a profit, and do nothing to help students manage the crippling rents in Dublin.

Students are already being locked out of education by the housing crisis. We are seeing fewer and fewer students from outside of Dublin choosing to study in UCD, and little or no increase in students from lower socio-economic backgrounds coming to our University. This decision by UCD Management shows that they don’t care about this reality.

We are pleading with those seeking election to prevent our public education institutions from taking advantage of students in this manner; it is unacceptable.

UCD is using rents on campus to raise funds to build further extortionately priced accommodation. It is a clear sign that UCD is only interested in recruiting students who can afford to pay incredibly high rents to attend it, or become crippled by debt. This does not meet the needs of the vast majority of young people and families in Ireland. This does not reflect the ethos or goals of a public education.

‘The University Management Team is a small group of UCD Senior Management, which have made this decision with zero consultation with UCD students. Their action is a symbol of their utter disconnect from the student experience and profit-driven decision making mindset. The welfare of students and ensuring access to education for all is a secondary concern, at best. ’

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