Huge housing shortage for UL students

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

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Huge housing shortage for UL students

‘UNPRECEDENTED demand’ for student accommodation in Limerick has led the university to appeal to homeowners and landlords to come forward and advertise available rooms.

UL provides over 2,600 student bedrooms on campus and lists over 1,000 rooms in off campus housing. But it is close to capacity for the upcoming academic year.

Over 1,400 student bedrooms in purpose built student accommodation off campus in Castletroy are also fully subscribed for September.

John O’Rourke, general manager of Campus Life Services, said they are calling on homeowners to consider renting an available room.

“There may be some families in the local area where sons and daughters may have moved to other cities for work or are living abroad and homeowners might consider renting a vacant room,” said Mr O’Rourke.

According to the Revenue Commissioners, if homeowners let a room and the rental income for the year does not exceed €12,000, the profits or losses on the relevant sums are treated as nil for income tax purposes.