UL to introduce shared student bedrooms at Travelodge site

The University of Limerick will offer shared rooms at the Park Point site in Castletroy.

THE WAY has been paved for more student accommodation in Castletroy following the approval of a planning application.

Plassey Campus Centre CLG had previously applied to Limerick City and County Council for change of use of the upper floors of the Travelodge building at Park Point in Castletroy.

Planners this week gave permission to change the use of floors six, seven, eight, and nine of the building by the Groody Roundabout from office to student accommodation.

The four floors would see 50 student apartments developed, with 46 twin bedrooms and four single bedrooms.

The development would create 96 new student bedspaces.

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This is not the first time that the University of Limerick have signalled their intention to offer shared rooms to students.

In 2020, the University announced plans to add a second single bed to their existing accommodation offerings, heralding it as a more cost effective accommodation option for students.

However, UL’s decision to offer twin rooms was met with widespread controversy, with students on social media likening the shared rooms to a “prison cell”.

The lower floors of the existing building are currently in use by the Travelodge hotel, who had lodged a submission with council planners citing their concerns about how student behaviour may impact guests staying at the hotel.