Government to help fund building student accommodation in Galway

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Galway Daily news Government to help fund building student accommodation in Galway

The government has approved plans to deliver hundreds of student accommodation beds in Galway, by committing state funding to construction.

Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris announced the plans this week for the state to provide financial support for the construction of student accommodation.

This policy will prioritise developments where planning permission already exists, but work has not proceeded due to increasing construction costs.

The plans are expected to deliver up to 667 beds across University of Galway, University of Limerick, and Maynooth University in the short term.

Financial support for construction will be in return for developers committing to affordability on rent.

The government has also given the go ahead to begin preparing Technological Universities to build student accommodation.

“In order for our TUs to thrive and to ensure we have balanced regional development, we need to have more accommodation in our regions.”

“Our TUs are ready for the challenge and this funding will start them on their path,” Minister Simon Harris said.

“As we progress this policy, we will ensure students in our target groups, the students who need the most assistance, are at the heart of the plans.”