Students in Limerick are facing a “very tight” situation when it comes to finding accommodation, the Catholic chaplain of Mary Immaculate College has said.
Fr Michael Wall told The Irish Catholic newspaper that student accommodation is becoming increasingly scarce, and that it is a concern of some of the students that he interacts with in his capacity as chaplain.
This comes following recent reports that students in Limerick are staying in hotels because they cannot find more suitable accommodation.
“It is difficult at the moment, and it’s extra difficult for first years because they’re coming to the table a little bit later, they got their results later,” he said.
A couple of reasons for the shortfall this year, Fr Wall speculated, include landlords growing used to not having students after a prolonged lockdown, student accommodation being offered to tourists instead, and landlords potentially being wary of students over Covid fears.