Advice to Parents of Students Facing Accommodation Crisis
Managing Director of Winters Property, Enda McGuane, has previously described the accommodation crisis facing students as a ‘Perfect Storm’ in which many factors contribute to an overwhelming shortage for tens of thousands each September. 2017 has arrived and the situation has not improved. If anything, it has gotten more challenging.
“Winters is the largest provider of student accommodation in Ireland. Almost 3,000 bed spaces sold out in just 90 minutes last February” notes Enda. “First years are the ones who are suffering most by the time they get their course offer in August, there is literally no managed student accommodation left”.
Enda offers advice to concerned parents during this student accommodation shortage. “The most important focus for every student should be their course choice, content and study. While the stress of the Leaving Cert and achieving enough points required is upsetting enough, without the stress of a seemingly fruitless accommodation search. Parents are currently facing an awful situation and are understandably concerned for their teenagers, entering a different city, without structured accommodation options.”
“Firstly, do not panic. There will be an initial frenzy in August and September, which will settle down in approximately 8 weeks as people move around or into alternative accommodation. Students have worked hard to get a specific course which will probably take 3 to 4 years to complete. In time, accommodation options will open up but there is always be a bottleneck during these months. Keep in touch with the accommodation office in your chosen college for advice and assistance.”
“Colleges are exploring both short and long-term solutions to this national issue, with NUI Galway taking the lead in issuing a special appeal to homeowners this week to open their homes to a student. Winters is partnering with the college in order to help house students safely, whilst allowing homeowners to earn up to €14,000 tax free. Spread the word to parents and parent networks in a city near you and consider becoming a student landlord in your town.”
Ends. Issued Friday, 18 August, 2017