O’Dea Calls For Clarity On Student Accommodation For Third Level Students

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Deputy Willie O'Dea Photo: Brendan Gleeson
FIANNA Fáil TD for Limerick City Willie O’Dea has called for universities
and institutions to provide clarity around student accommodation.

Deputy O’Dea said, “Students should not sign long-term leases until they
know how long they will have to spend on campus because they may only
actually require accommodation one or two days a week depending on the
current situation with COVID-19”

“I would like the Education Minister Norma Foley to ask third level
Universities and Institutions to provide more clarity to third level
students who do not know what to do when it comes to their housing needs
for the coming academic year.

“Students are being advised not to sign long-term leases until they know
how long they will have to spend on campus because they may only actually
require accommodation one or two days a week or they may be able to travel.

“There is huge uncertainty for students at present with only weeks to go
before students are meant to return to their third level colleges and now
many are being left in limbo as to what they should do about sourcing their
student accommodation.

“This has been a testing time for us all, but students need this clarity
urgently before they hand over large deposits to landlords which they may
not be able to get back depending on the amount of time they are spending
in colleges for the coming academic year,” concluded Deputy O’Dea.”