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Urgent appeal for accommodation to be made available for students in Dundalk

Urgent appeal for accommodation to be made available for students in Dundalk
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The students’ union in Dundalk IT has issued an urgent appeal for accommodation to be made available to students returning to college this September.

President Pauraic Renaghan told The Argus this week that not one house had been so far advertised through their system for the forthcoming academic year with adverts placed in the local media appealing for landlords to get in touch with them as soon as possible.

Student Union president Pauraic Renaghan

Like the rest of the country, Dundalk is struggling for rental accommodation across the board at present with the town experiencing some of the largest increases in rents of any area nationwide.

Mr Renaghan told The Argus that it was a worrying situation.

He said: “We are worried that we may have to turn people away. We are willing to consider houses, new rooms in digs etc. We have become a commuter college as a result of not having the level of student accommodation that we once had in Rockfield and other estates which led to a fantastic atmosphere not only in DkIT but also around Dundalk where the nightlife was arguably second to none.”

If students are unable to find accommodation locally it could also have a knock-on effect on local businesses who benefit from their custom throughout the year.

Local councillor Tomás Sharkey has encouraged people to rent a room in their home.

He said: “Dundalk has a shortage of accommodation for 3rd Level students. I am asking everybody to consider renting spare rooms to students. It could be worth your while.

Anyone interested in adding their home to the student accommodation list can contact Mr Renaghan on 085 2781462 or download the form at www.dkitsu.ie/accommodation/landlords

The appeal coincides with the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) launcing their new #HomesForStudy campaign today encouraging people to rent a room to students. The campaign points out that homeowners can earn €14,000 tax free. Further details are available here.