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University accommodation in Ireland is almost the most expensive in Europe

Trinity College, Dublin.

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University accommodation prices in Ireland exceed UK prices.

Only one university in London is ahead of Dublin in the ranking and if we look at the ten most expensive universities in Europe, six are Irish.

A survey also reveals that the number of apartment offers is decreasing.

This means that students are obliged to accept any accommodation.

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From our correspondent in Dublin

Laura Taouchanov

At Trinity College Dublin, Cathal is one of three privileged students who works in the small university store.

Fifteen hours a week to cushion his studies in psychology: “

I come from Cork, and I have friends at home who didn't go to college because it's too expensive.

Me, I was lucky: I pay 600 euros per month for a student house.

We are new in it!

Our oven hasn't worked for five months and there's no door in the shower.

There is such a shortage that you take what you find wholesale.

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Luxurious residences

The lack of student accommodation is partly explained, reveals

this survey by the University of Galway

, by the development of luxurious student residences with cinema rooms for example.

Very few students can afford them, explains Nathan Murphy, the vice-president of the student union of DCU, the university of the city of Dublin: “

Students cannot pay 250 or 300 euros per week.

I see people driving 6 hours round trip just to get to college.

They'd rather that than pay those fees in Dublin.

They are deprived of social life and their attendance decreases.

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With these exorbitant prices, the risk is also to penalize people with disabilities and discourage international students from coming to Ireland.

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