Wednesday, 27 January 2021
Department of Education and Skills
582. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills The number of additional purpose-built student accommodations beds that have been added since the launch of the National Student Accommodation Strategy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3846/21]
584. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the breakdown between higher education institute-owned accommodation and private sector accommodation in terms of beds; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3848/21]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 582 and 584 together.
According to a HEA report on supply and demand of student accommodation published in 2017, in 2014 the breakdown of HEI-owned and privately owned student accommodation was as follows:
My Department began tracking the completion of student accommodation bedspaces after the launch of Rebuilding Ireland in 2016. The National Student Accommodation Strategy (NSAS) set out a target of 7,000 additional bedspaces to be completed by Q4 2019. This was surpassed, with more than 8,000 additional bedspaces being completed by the end of 2019. As of Q4 2020, the number of additional bedspaces completed stands at 10,742. The number of PBSA bedspaces completed per year since July 2016 can be seen in the table below: