CIT expects to add at least an extra 3,000 students to its books in the next 10 years — it currently has 12,000 full-time and part-time students — while University College Cork (UCC) is also set to expand significantly.
Speaking to the Evening Echo, CIT president Dr Barry O’Connor said there is “no doubt that there is a serious shortage of student accommodation in Cork”.
He said this shortage is a manifestation of the general housing crisis.
“Recent additions to the stock of student accommodation are a welcome development but adding to these current and planned building projects will still not solve the current shortage,” explained Dr O’Connor.
“CIT, within the next ten years, will add at least an extra three thousand students to its books. Add to this the growth in UCC student numbers and the fact that Cork City is home to three of the largest Further Education Colleges in the country and it becomes clear that other solutions must be explored,” he added.