LIMERICK students are going through an accommodation crisis with hundreds being forced to sleep on floors and others paying up to £440 rent per month for three-bedroom houses, the president of NIHE Students Union, Mr Miceál O’Callaghan, claimed this week.
The governing body of NIHE are to discuss the problem at their next meeting and Mr O’Callaghan will be recommending that the college proceed quickly with plants to provide campus accommodation for students.
Mr O’Callaghan, a public affairs graduate, said that many students had yet to find accommodation, half-way through the college year.
”A lot of people are forced to crash out on couches and floors in sleeping bags. There are up to 11 in a house and many landlords are just terrible,” he claimed. Mr O’Callaghan, a student representative on the governing body, would like to see condominium type accommodation for 400 students on campus. At present there are 2,350 students at NIHE with most staying in the Castletroy. He said that with three exams each year people preferred to stay as close to the college and its library facilities as possible.