Student accommodation converting to other uses


This was predicted on the Pin previously (I cannot find the exact topic) - didn’t think it would happen so soon…

An application has been lodged for the partial occupation of a student accommodation block in Newcastle for the purpose of tourist and visitor use temporarily.

The proposal is led by NTM ROI Seed Capital and concerns the student block site located at the former Westwood Hotel in Upper Newcastle.

The application seeks to temporarily alter a condition of approval so that part of the accommodation could be used by tourists from September until the end of May next year.


So this is the first indicator (officially at least) that the students will not be coming back in any significant way this autumn. Will be interesting to see if the application is granted. Looks like there will be a bloodbath in the tourism market in the autumn as the hotels and Short Term Lets will also be in the mix for whatever tourists are out there.


Where are the tourists going to come from?

By that it seems a lot of work for potentially zero return in terms of tourist numbers.


Not limited to tourists

“tourist and visitor use”.

FG/FF won’t abolish direct provision anytime soon, regardless of what they tell the Greens.


You would have to think some of the newer developments in Dublin will be flipped as well. Would make a serious dent in homeless figures if they can be converted for such use.


Paradox: the pandemic will resolve our housing crisis while bringing construction to a standstill.

It might even solve homelessness as we have come to know it, though (sadly) real poverty may increase.


More detail below - this would make a mockery of the SHD planning process, which was specific to student accommodation…

The permission by An Bord Pleanála was subject to 14 conditions at the time.

Condition 2 of the Board’s decision stipulated that “The proposed development hereby permitted shall only be occupied as student accommodation, in accordance with the definition of student accommodation provided under section 13(d) of the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016, and shall not be used for any other purpose without a prior grant of planning permission for change of use.”

An application has now been made to vary condition 2 of the grant of planning permission to allow limited use of the development for tourist accommodation.

The developer seeks permission to “permit partial occupation of the permitted student accommodation for tourist and visitor use” from September 2020 to May 2021.


Surely this will happen here as well.


Even before Covid I was struggling to see how they were going to be able to fill all the rooms at the rates they are looking to charge.


Post Covid Universities are going to have to change the way they teach
Crammed lecture halls are a thing of the past
Foreign students paying 10s of thousands are a thing of the past
Large groups of students sharing accommodation are a thing of the past
I expect to see a surge in MON -Fri room rentals in private houses as
A ) Safer for the student
B) Income for those under pressure due to job loss/tax hikes /Wage reductions


Excellent, candid analysis from the frontline of US education.


During the summer many of the Dublin student accom blocks are subcontracted out to management company for short term tourist lets. Cant see any way they didnt make a killing last couple of years with tourist saturation.