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The Sunday Times 18.10.2015. Reproduced here with kind permission of the Sunday Times newspaper.


Student accommodation is in short supply in Ireland, an issue that was covered in these pages last week. As a housing analyst, I see the topic arising time and time again. In a radio studio recently, Kevin Donoghue, the president of the Union of Students of Ireland, told me that, for the first time, it was not only first-year students who were asking for housing advice, but also second- and third-year students. Students who should have been able to house themselves. There are about 25,000 students in the private rental sector in Ireland. In Britain and Belgium, where I went to university, about a third are housed in specialist student accommodation, which is provided by the university or an outside company on behalf of the university. Student housing provided by commercial entities is a relatively new phenomenon in Ireland.