Nearly 100 students are living in a Cork hostel as the rental crisis worsens

A family hostel in Cork City says that of 150 guests currently staying with them, almost 100 are students who are struggling to find a permanent place to live because the university term has already started.

Usually, Sheila’s Hostel does not have long-term staying guests.

But they had to drop this policy and allow some students to book until December because they are desperate and can’t find anywhere else to live.

“It’s completely manic right now, we’re getting this year when term starts, but not that many students at a time,” staff member Emily Maher told CorkBeo.

“You have all these students – some from India, Europe and a lot from Ireland trying to live and study here, and then you have your bachelor and bachelorette parties, and the travelers who go and come – I wouldn’t like to be a student living in a place where all of this is happening in the background.

“Because of Covid, we didn’t have this influx of students last year, but now it’s absolutely hectic, and they’re still all trying to find a permanent place to live, I imagine that’s very stressful for them,” she said.

“After being half full all summer due to Covid restrictions, we have been full for the past three weeks.

“These students don’t have anywhere else in town to go right now that they can afford, when you have to tell people we’re full they can be very upset on the phone,” Emily added.

Sheila’s Rooms

She says living in a hostel can take a toll on people, even if it’s a quality, well-maintained hostel like Sheila’s.

“You share all your space with other people – it’s meant for socializing and having fun, not long-term student accommodation, but everyone is struggling to find somewhere right now, and that’s is even harder if you don’t know Cork as a city,” she said.

Last week, CorkBeo reported that some students and graduates had to consider giving up their degrees and jobs because they couldn’t find anywhere to live in the city.

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Linda G. Ibarra