Universities warned state over inflation and planning issues amid student housing shortage

Several universities told the government their attempts to create new beds were being disrupted by cost pressures or issues with planning permission

Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris. Picture: RollingNews.ie

Ireland’s biggest universities warned the government that inflation, planning delays and funding shortages could scupper their plans to develop new student accommodation amid an ongoing crisis of availability.

Records released to the Business Post show that almost none of the country’s universities were in a position to open up new accommodation options ahead of the start of this year, even as students across the country grappled with widespread housing shortages.

And several told the Department ...