Students face serious challenge in finding accommodation in Dublin

Students preparing for a college course in Dublin face a serious challenge in finding rental accommodation.

In fact, the latest report from shows the number of properties available to rent has fallen to its lowest level since records began.

Rents in Sligo and Donegal reflect the national trend of an almost 12 percent increase in the first half of this year compared to last year.

Rents are up by almost 7% in Leitrim during the same period.

But in Dublin rents are now almost 20 percent higher than their peak in the celtic tiger at an average price of €1700 a month in the capital.

Ronan Lyons from Daft says its going to be a tough few weeks for students heading to college: