UCD plan to convert 40 student beds at the Blackrock campus into seminar rooms for corporate weekend courses. All of this is happening while there is a blatant UCD accommodation crisis happening in the college. According to the Irish Times, the university is spending €2.5 million on seminar rooms to cater for business diploma courses.
Not only that, but UCD also plan on developing fine dining facilities to accommodate course-goers. This comes at a time when there is a serious accommodation crisis amongst students all over Dublin. A spokesperson from the Blackrock campus has said they plan on developing a 354-bed block on their main campus and a further 3000 on-campus places.
The rent for students last year alone was €196,040, and with these new courses the expected amount would be much higher. Which is more important; housing students or making a profit? It seems UCD have decided.
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