New student ‘hotel’ opens in UCD

UCD students who were unable to move into the Montrose Student Residence have been provided with alternative accomodation and €200 compensation per week by Ziggurat Student Living,

At the beginning of 2014 Ziggurat Student Living confirmed it would open the Montrose Student halls, in the former Montrose Hotel opposite UCD in Dublin. Originally they said the rooms would be available in time for the start of the next academic year in September.

However this was not the case as “due to an unanticipated level of work required” on the building, the student halls did not open in time for Semester 1.

While only 58 students were directly affected, all Montrose residents were not required to pay rent for September, due to the inconvenience.

Currently all available rooms are sold out, and the top floor rooms and the two penthouse rooms will not be available until November the 3rd. Generally rooms cost between €180 and €265 a week. All prices include 24/7 security, on site laundry, secure bicycle storage, inclusive broadband internet and free contents insurance.

Daft.ie’s quarterly report was published in recent weeks, it reported there were just under 40pc fewer properties available to rent compared to the same period last year. Dublin has also seen a price increase of 17.2% in the last year.

The new student accommodation near University College Dublin comes at a time when many students are struggling to find accommodation for the academic year.

Nicole O’Connor

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