UCD students have pitched a number of tents at the University's main entrance in a protest against planned rent hikes.
The University has announced plans to raise on-campus accommodation rent by 12% over the next 3 years.
UCD students have pitched tents at the University’s main entrance in their ongoing fight against rent hikes pic.twitter.com/4D7ssMTy3w
— Stephanie Rohan (@StephGrogan3) February 27, 2020
The move has sparked anger amongst the student population.
They say the increases are locking young people out of access to higher education and must be reversed immediately.
UCD Welfare officer Una Carroll says students can’t afford to pay more:
"I have students come in to me weekly saying that they are either at risk of being homeless or have just been made homeless".
Una says others are resorting to sleeping on friends couches, cars or even the airport.