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02:30 15 Aug 2023

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Students in Cork are fearing the upcoming academic year over the accommodation shortage.

MTU's Students Union say they've been inundated with emails from students in Cork and around the country, who haven't been successful with securing accommodation near their college campus for September.

The SU say students are commuting from West Cork, Limerick and Tipperary and sometimes having to stay on friends' couches.

Speaking to RedFM News Vice-President of Welfare at MTU, Eva Corcoran, says the students' basic needs aren't being met.

"You have your basic needs and if those aren't being met, how are you supposed to focus on anything else?," she said.

"College is stressful enough; there's a lot of assignments, exams, different stresses going on.

"If you don't have a bed to go to at the end of the day, if you're travelling hours on end after and to college in the mornings and evenings, even that mental and physical exhaustion is going to get to you.

"You won't be able to sustain that through a three or four year period - it's not sustainable for students."

Many students who are waiting for Leaving Cert results next week say they still don't know whether or not they have accommodation.

'Looming in my mind'

Leah Murphy from Whitechurch is hoping to go to Mary Immaculate College in September.

She says it's an extremely stressful time.

"It's definitely a looming presence that has been in the back of my mind all summer," she said.

"I would love to go to Mary I - but it's just in the back of my mind that, even once I get in, I still have this pressure of having to find accommodation.

"The ringing to get through: I think the only way to describe is to compare it when you're in the queue at Ticketmaster.

"That stress is like trying to get a ticket, trying to get a spot in a house," she added.

Main image: A person holds keys to a rental property. Picture by: Anna Berkut / Alamy Stock Photo

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