NUI Maynooth is one of a number of universities who are putting up the cost of accommodation for incoming first year students, writes Henry Bauress.
According to a report in the Sunday Business Post, NUI Maynooth made the second largest increase in the country with students paying between €2,780 and €5,060. This represented a rise of 6%. The report said that UC had increased first year residents prices for this year from €4,470 to €5,050.
Some institutions were increasing prices by 11%.
It quoted an NUIM Accommodation spokesperson as saying that it had been putting off a price hike but when it say others institutions raising prices it had to do so itself. It was the first increase in four years.
It said NUIM has introduced a news scheme wjere students can op for “bunk” rooms where rates are reduced to €60 a week if students are willing to share a room. Around 33% of NUIM students rent private rented accommodation while 45% stay with parents or family, Sixteen per cent stayed in student residences. Asked about the rise, NUIM had not responded by deadline time.