Where are all the gaffs?

Third-level students are struggling to find affordable accommodation. A new 368-room centre in the Liberties is the latest development to add some units to the equation.

Dublin is experiencing one of the biggest housing crises in recent history. Images from late summer of more than 100 people trying to view a single house in Drumcondra, Co. Dublin illustrated the stark realities facing renters, especially in the capital.  

Video of people lining up in Drumcondra

“Been here almost 30mins, barely any movement and 50+ more have joined the queue,” Connor Finn wrote on Twitter.

“An hour later and I’ve left the queue after no real movement or chance of viewing the house tonight. People were still joining the end of queue as I left,” he added.

Many students are extremely stressed searching for accommodation. “I will have to stay in a hotel for the next three weeks while searching for accommodation, but so far there’s no luck – the prices are crazy,” Amanda Meyer, a German exchange student studying communications, told The Liberty.

“I have been searching for accommodation since June – unfortunately, I found nothing. I didn’t realise how bad the housing crisis really was, and the prices have gone up so much, I am considering looking at other countries,” Justyna Iseli, a Swiss student, said.

Nido Ardee Point will be a new 368-room student accommodation in Newmarket, Dublin 8. Ardee Point is just a ten-minute walk from the Guinness Storehouse and 20 minutes to the centre of town. The prices go from €265 to €372 per week – but according to the website, prices might change.

“Ardee Student accommodation in my opinion isn’t an amazing option for students like me who pay independently – the prices are high everywhere though so I guess I understand. I wish students had more affordable options,” Iseli said.

Nido Ardee Point, open to all third-level students, incorporates some industrial heritage left from the former Watkins and Pym brewery that occupied the site. In the 1820s, this brewery was the third largest in Dublin, with an output of 300 barrels per week. This brewery was later known as Watkins, Jameson, Pim & Co.

Watkins Logo in the 1920s

“So far there’s no luck – the prices are crazy”

– German exchange student Amanda Meyer

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