Written answers

Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Department of Education and Skills

Student Accommodation

Rose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein)
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555. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the most recent data his Department has on the breakdown between purpose-built student accommodation in the private market and on campus are from 2014; his plans to update this information; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7981/21]

Photo of Simon HarrisSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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The latest available figures on supply and demand in the student accommodation sector, including the breakdown between private and university-owned accommodation, was published in 2017 and used data from 2014. My Department also tracks new developments in student accommodation, with the breakdown in the number of bed spaces completed in the private and HEI-owned sectors since 2016 available in the table below.

Year Private HEI-owned Total
2016 478 650 1128
2017 1478 0 1478
2018 2100 429 2529
2019 2961 250 3211
2020 2396 0 2396
Total 9413 1329 10742

My Department will publish a further report on supply and demand in the student accommodation sector in due course, however at present the demand for student accommodation is in flux due to the coronavirus and the level of demand for student accommodation, at least in the short term, remains uncertain.

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