On campus accommodation for students at University College Cork has risen by around 11% ahead of the coming academic year, it has been revealed.
A survey carried out by the Irish Independent found that UCC raised its prices by the highest percentage of any university across Ireland for its university-owned and on-campus accommodation.
The Cork university increased costs for Mardyke Hall accommodation by 11.5% for the coming 2019/2020 academic year - from €5,439 last year to €6,068 this year.
UCC's University Hall saw the second-highest price hike in the country, with an 11.3% increase for a room with a private bathroom and double bed which cost €5,550 last year but €6,179 this year.
A spokesperson for UCC said on campus accommodation is “specifically designed for student life”, and includes on-site reception, 24 hour Security, underground private parking, a convenience store and other services and amenities.
“UCC is extremely conscious of the financial challenges faced by students such that no changes to Campus Accommodation rates were made from 2016/2017 and 2017/2018,” he added.
“In 2018/2019 weekly charges increased by eight euro, while in 2019/2020 weekly charges will increase by €14 to €17.
“UCC’s Campus Accommodation rates for 2019/2020 remain significantly below the level of privately owned student accommodation in Cork City,” the spokesperson said.
“UCC’s Campus Accommodation company is operated to meet the costs of running the service.
“The increase in rates was necessary to ensure UCC is in a position to meet the attendant rise in costs for the ongoing maintenance and security of student accommodation.
“An ongoing refurbishment programme is also necessary to maintain the standard of facilities and to ensure student accommodation meets access and health and safety standards.
“Any increase in Campus Accommodation rates are considered with student representatives and UCC is committed to providing safe accommodation of a high standard for its students.” Demand has been high for on-campus accommodation at UCC, with more than 4,000 applications ahead of the coming academic year.
More than 4,000 students have applied for on campus accommodation in the past two years, it has been revealed.
Campus Accommodation UCC currently manage five complexes, Victoria Mills, University Hall, Victoria Lodge, Castlewhite Apartments and Mardyke Hall with a total of 1,277 bed spaces.
Students are allocated beds in a lottery style draw.