Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Questions (555)

Rose Conway-Walsh

Question:

555. Deputy Rose Conway-Walsh asked the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science 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]

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Written answers (Question to Further and Higher Education)

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.