UCD Begins Digs Drive To Secur...


UCD Begins Digs Drive To Secure Accommodation For Students

Emma Tyrrell
Emma Tyrrell

08:21 22 Aug 2022

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UCD students are handing out flyers this morning in the hopes of getting homeowners to rent a room to students.

This week's Digs Drive comes as college goers struggle to find accommodation ahead of the new academic year.

The union say college goers are so desperate they're asking can they pitch a tent on campus or sleep in their cars because they haven't been able to secure accommodation.

Others say they will be travelling from Galway and Belfast each day.

UCDSU is asking people who live in the vicinity of UCD or on a good transport route to the campus to consider letting a room "because the chronic shortage of rental accommodation in Dublin has put the pursuit of education and the on-campus student experience of a growing number of prospective and returning students at risk."

Students’ Union Officers will be targeting commuters at St. Stephen’s Green Luas stop until 9 am this morning and from 5 pm to 7 pm this evening at Balally Luas stop.

Landlords who rent out a room can avail of tax-breaks of up to €14,000.

Higher Education Minister Simon Harris said last week that everything is being considered when it comes to the issue, including using modular or quick-build homes to accomodate students on campuses.

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