VIDEO: Footage From UCD Student's Union Shows Extent Of Student Housing Crisis

VIDEO: Footage From UCD Student's Union Shows Extent Of Student Housing Crisis
Andrew Lowth
Andrew Lowth

18 Jul 2017

This is quite damning.

Yesterday, the UCD Student's Union launched a new pact with Trinity's SU as well as Daft.ie to encourage locals to rent out their spare rooms to students.

Today, they've revealed why they're making the calls, as they've used Snapchat to go undercover, as they visit houses and rooms that are available to rent.

They've released some of the findings to their Facebook page in recent days, in which one of them involved kitchen utensils being found in a cupboard...in the bathroom:

Meanwhile, in another video, anyone interested is expected to share a room with two others for 750 euro per month:

Barry Murphy, UCD Students' Union Officer, featured in videos:
 
"I'm going undercover to these viewings because I think pictures speak louder than words sometimes.
 
"We see news articles about the student housing crisis but it's a different thing to be watching it on video - seeing landlords trying to scam you out of a deposit and the first month's rent without word of a contract."
 
He added "This isn't just an attempt to stir the pot. We've put €14K together with Trinity SU and we're trying to get better quality rooms on the market.
 
"We want some of these clips to reach Minister Murphy so he sees how bad the housing situation is and so his department responds to invitations from UCD Students' Union and Trinity Students' Union to meet on student housing."