Students around the country are this morning 'raising the alarm' over the rising cost of living and housing crisis.
The Union of Students in Ireland is staging a nationwide walk-out of lectures at 11.11 am today, and says "students can’t afford to stay quiet, so we’re walking out".
The organisation says 88 per cent of students are worried about their money and finances during the academic year.
The cost-of-living crisis is a student crisis too❗️
We, the students, need to take a stand for affordable, accessible education
Students can’t afford to stay quiet, so we’re walking out
Join us on October 13 at 11.11am
Get all the info at https://t.co/pGCN9uGZgC#USIWalkout pic.twitter.com/H6APQE5qrk
— Union of Students in Ireland (@TheUSI) September 28, 2022
USI says landlords are "exploiting the student accommodation crisis by charging sky-high rents", and forecasts an expected shortage of 20,000 student beds by 2024.
The union says it aims to remind college authorities and politicians that students aren’t an endless money pit.