Trinity College Students Union is proposing a 'hybrid learning model' due to housing shortages in the capital.
They've written a letter to Trinity College management to consider the proposal.
The model would see students allowed to study in person or online if they're unable to secure accommodation.
Welfare and Equality Officer, Chloe Staunton, explains their motivation for the move.
"In our letter, we just acknowledged that a lot of students are really, really struggling for accommodation."
"We've seen a rise in casework of students not being able to find anything. They've exhausted all resources"
"We wanted to present this hybrid model, just as a short-term solution for those students who might not be able to move to Dublin for their courses, but would like to continue their education."
An open letter sent to Trinity College management regarding @tcdsu’s demand for the immediate provision of hybrid learning due to the housing crisis. This cannot replace in-person teaching, and must accompany urgent efforts to reduce rents & increase accommodation supply. pic.twitter.com/lPJ0LmxAlZ
— Chloe Staunton (@tcdsuwelfare) September 8, 2022
The union has also highlighted the ongoing accommodation crisis through an online digs portal.
However, Staunton says they have had issues with accommodation providers charging high rents.
"What we're seeing now is that a lot of these rooms - we can't even put on the portal."
"They're over our threshold of rent caps, we're mandated to advertise affordable accommodation."