New building rules to reduce cost of student accommodation - ministers

Rents at new, purpose-built student accommodation blocks currently €1,800 per month

Darragh O’Brien, Minister for Housing. Picture: Fergal Phillips

The government is planning to introduce new building rules to reduce the cost of student accommodation.

There have been 5,300 new student bed units delivered in the past six years, with an average size of 30 square meters each.

But there have been complaints from students’ unions that the cost of new purpose-built student accommodation is unaffordable for many students, with rents of up to €1,800 per month.

Simon Harris, the Minister for Further and ...