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UL is to construct a new student village off campus to help address the accommodation shortage.

UL to build new 80-bedroom student village off campus

ESB Apprentice Moneypoint

University of Limerick is to construct a new 20-house student village off its main campus which will accommodate up to 80 students.

Located in Rhebogue just over 2km from the University’s main campus, the new student village will comprise 20 new A rated houses increasing the UL managed student accommodation by an additional 80 bedrooms.

With full planning permission in place, construction of the 20 new houses is set to commence next month with full completion and occupation due by August 2023.

The new student village at Rhebogue will be constructed by a private developer and purchased by the University through the UL subsidiary Plassey Campus Centre adding a 9th student village to its portfolio.

In order to maintain affordable rental charges for students at the new UL student village, the university has estimated a 27-year period in which the capital costs will be fully recouped.

UL Provost and Deputy President Professor Shane Kilcommins has warmly welcomed the announcement of the new UL student village, the purchase of which has this week been approved by the UL Governing Authority.

“We are looking at every single possibility we can to try to meet the huge demand for accommodation for our student community. This new development at Rhebogue will allow for community and multi-generational living for our students among the existing vibrant community of Rhebogue.

“The village will be fully managed by the University in the same way as our on-campus accommodation and we very much hope to work with the residents of Rhebogue to establish local initiatives, volunteering and community engagement between the UL students along with our neighbours. We will be connecting with local resident’s associations to ensure they are fully informed of plan for the student village.

“At UL we are now a multi-campus University with the addition of our UL City Centre Campus in recent years. This village will be ideally located between the two campuses, and we will be working to identify the most suitable student cohort, between undergraduate, postgraduate and our visiting international students, as to who will be the best fit for this new UL student village.”

The UL Student Village at Rhebogue will be UL’s third off campus student village alongside Troy Village and Groody Village and will complement the six on campus villages, Dromroe Village, Cappavilla Village, Plassey Village, Thomond Village, Kilmurry Village and The Quigley Residence and bring the full bedroom stock to 2,915.

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