NUIG Students’ Union to protest this morning against 4% rent increases for on-campus accommodation

By Blathnaid O’Dea

NUI Galway Students’ Union will protest this morning against 4% rent increases for on-campus accommodation.

They announced their decision to hold a protest at the Quadrangle on NUIG campus on social media yesterday.

The protest will begin at 9.30am and all students are encouraged to join in the effort to “freeze the four”, a reference to the 4% rent increase proposed by Campus Living and NUI Galway for campus accommodation.

The Students’ Union Facebook page issued the following statement about the event: “From September a single room in the campus Goldcrest student accommodation will be €750 a month. This is a huge barrier to accessing education. Let’s show the University that students are not cash cows!”

Galway City Councillor, Owen Hanley, himself a former student of NUI Galway expressed his support for all students protesting via Twitter:

“Solidarity to all students protesting tomorrow against the outrageous rent hikes #FreezeTheFour ,” Mr Hanley tweeted yesterday.

More updates on this story to follow.

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