Students hoping to return to education in Thurles this September are facing a severe housing shortage, with many unable to find lodgings for this College year.
The lack of suitable accommodation has led many anxious students and their parents to look as far afield as Templemore and neighbouring towns, with as many as 100 students affected. Some students have even failed to make it back to college in the TI and St Patrick’s, claimed one caller to the Tipperary Star.
David Broderick, of Broderick Auctioneers and Estate Agents in Thurles, confirmed that many distraught students have contacted him, unable find a place to stay though Thurles has dozens of houses lying wholly or partially unoccupied. “They’re in a desperate situation,” said Mr Broderick. Some students have resorted to paying for their accommodation throughout the summer months in order to retain a space, meaning more expense for them and their parents. “There is a serious serious shortage. It’s going to affect the College. The word is out now that there’s no accommodation in Thurles,” added Mr Broderick. Some homeowners in Thurles are unwilling to rent to students, while other landowners who bought second or third homes during the height of the boom have no experience in dealing with tenants. The result is that the two Colleges in Thurles - Tipperary Institute and St Patrick’s - have enrolled about 100 students who have nowhere to live in the town. The Tipperary Star understands that at least one mother from another county is concerned for her daughter who has to live with three males unknown to her.
At present, there is no coordination between landlords, the Colleges, and the Town Council, to secure places for the hundreds of students coming to Thurles this College year. Concerns have also been expressed about the quality of accommodation available.