Student accommodation converting to other uses


Completely agree and, even before the pandemic, the scarcity of affordable college accommodation meant that many students were forced to commute for hours to lectures, leaving no time to engage in all those activities which are the essence of a rounded education. The bed sits of yore were dank and grubby but at least there was a sense of community.

Many students today have a dispiriting experience in college with little personal development. We expanded our third level system to accommodate everyone off the Leaving but failed to provide the necessary supports.

Don’t give them counselling, give them decent accommodation with fellow students. Don’t pretend that online lectures are a substitute for the real college experience.


Trump on the case:

Harvard, MIT sue to block Trump administration rule on international students during pandemic

Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology sued the Trump administration on Wednesday, seeking to block a new rule that would bar foreign students from remaining in the United States if their universities move all courses online due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The two universities filed a lawsuit in federal court in Boston asking for an emergency temporary restraining order on the new directive issued by the government on Monday.

“We will pursue this case vigorously so that our international students — and international students at institutions across the country — can continue their studies without the threat of deportation,” Harvard president Lawrence Bacow wrote in a statement addressed to the Harvard community.

The lawsuit, filed by two of the most elite U.S. universities, is the first to challenge the order that could force tens of thousands of foreign students to leave the country if their schools switch fully to remote learning.

Harvard had announced it would hold all classes online in the coming fall term. The university says the directive would prevent many of its 5,000 international students from remaining in the U.S.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said in a statement it was also planning to sue over the rule, which she called “cruel” and “illegal.”

Her office said it was still working out the details of any potential legal action but that it had been in touch with Harvard and other major colleges and universities in the state to “support their efforts to protect students.”

In a statement, the U.S. State Department said that while international students are welcome in the U.S., the policy “provides greater flexibility for non-immigrant students to continue their education in the United States, while also allowing for proper social distancing on open and operating campuses across America.”

U.S. President Donald Trump is pushing schools across the country to reopen in the fall.

The Trump administration’s announcement blindsided academic institutions grappling with the logistical challenges of safely resuming classes as the coronavirus pandemic continues unabated around the world and surges in the U.S., especially among young people.



Yea whateva Grandpa… like get with it, the work life is now WFH!

Screw your oppressive commutes and patriarchal rents, keep this up and it’s room 101 for you old man - hail the new normal, Bed is the new Boardroom!!! :policeman:


Locals thought they’d be getting students. But I bet they’ll be getting asylum seekers.


Did you ever wonder about that tax incentive for hotels, which saw hotels built all over the country. Planning was probably favourable too. I wonder would an audit of these properties turn up anything interesting.

I can’t imagine what. :whistle:



More students residences going to be offered to the general market soon? Hotels now offering students places to stay (albeit it at levels I can’t see many taking advantage of)


The first few pages of any Daft search of rental properties in Dublin appears to be comprised mainly of dedicated student accomodation.

I would have assumed that most of these places are aimed at the International Student market. Most such students will have arrived by the end of next week if they intend coming. If not, youd have to assume that asking rental prices will begin to reflect this fact by mid to late October.


From RTE: 35 properties to be leased in Galway city centre to house asylum seekers.

"The Department of Justice has announced plans to lease 35 properties in Galway city centre to house asylum seekers.

The apartments and town houses are located on Dominick Street and on Munster Avenue.

The properties in question have been used for student accommodation and short-term tourist rental purposes in the past."

"The department has agreed to lease the units for an initial duration of two years. "

Does anyone know if these apartments were actually dedicated student accommodation units or just regular apartments that happened to be rented to students? If they were dedicated student accommodation units, this may give an insight on the future plans for all those empty new built student units in Dublin.

Link to RTE article here:


Well, that’s one way to get round those pesky locals holding protests to block hotels being converted to Asylum Seeker accomm


According to the Irish Times today: ‘Tourists and renters to be permitted in student accommodation’

"The decision by Dublin City Council to allow five purpose-built student facilities to be used for holiday or general rental was described by Labour Senator Maire Sherlock as setting a dangerous precedent for co-living by the back door. The council approved the use up to May 31st with a condition that short-term lets would be restricted to two months.”

Link here:…tion-1.4391807


Housing regulations on a very slippery slope …again.


Maybe also a realisation that the students are not coming back anytime soon and may as well put these units to use instead of lying vacant.

Question is will this have much of an effect on the rental market.


No real surprise to folk around these parts but it looks like the student gravy train will be tapped now to make up for the shortfall in office demand.

Landlords swap offices for student housing as pandemic hastens change

The world’s biggest commercial property landlord is shuffling its $378bn real estate deck. Two moves by Blackstone — the sale of BNY Mellon’s London office in St Paul’s to Italian insurer Generali for £465m, sealed this week according to people familiar with the deal, and an approach to buy student housing operator GCP Student Living — are a sign of how landlords are repositioning their portfolios as the pandemic accelerates structural trends. Covid-19 has hastened the decline of two key commercial property sectors — retail and offices — and prompted landlords to pile into alternatives they believe will fare better. Top of their shopping list are: warehouses, supported by the ecommerce boom; rental flats and student housing, made attractive by home shortages and growing student populations across Europe; and life sciences campuses, buoyed by huge investment in research and development.