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TCDSU To Take More Active Stance on Student Accommodation

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Trinity College Dublin Students' Union's (TCDSU) has passed two motions that will see it take a more active stance on lobbying for lower rents and building more publicly funded student accommodation.

TCDSU is now mandated to oppose on-campus rent increases at College committee level, in addition to lobbying the government to build publicly funded purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA).

The motions were tabled by TCDSU President Laura Beston who said it was "important to write this into officer mandates" as the union had never been officially mandated to oppose on-campus rent increases.

She added that if the motion to support cut the rent was ever removed, this motion would maintain TCDSU's opposition to on-campus rent increases.

It was also suggested that publicly built PBSA would be cheaper and more affordable and that "this mandate will ensure that TCDSU will continue to lobby the government for purpose-built student accommodation but at an affordable price".