Dublin is a booming centre for higher education. There are currently some 80,000 full time students studying in Dublin’s nine higher education institutions and a further 100,000 students coming to the city to study English language courses each year. Both central government and Dublin City policies strongly support the promotion of Dublin as an international student city and the provision of good quality purpose built student accommodation is seen as a key element in meeting this objective. Compared to many other European higher education markets, domestic mobility of students is relatively high at almost 50%, compared to the UK at 40%.
Our current build program in Dublin totals approximately €130m and also provides a significant level of local construction employment.
Our residences in Dublin are operated under the Uninest Student Residences brand.
Broadstone Hall | Dublin
Broadstone Hall opened in September 2016 following a comprehensive refurbishment enhancing all en-suite rooms and communal areas. This 101-bed property launched with 100% occupancy and is in Dublin’s north inner city, located close to Trinity College Dublin, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) and the National College of Art and Design (NCAD).
New Mill Street | Dublin
A development currently underway by GSA in Dublin, Ireland is a 400-bedroom development in Mill Street, Dublin 8. The €41m project is part of a planned €250m investment in Dublin over the next five years in partnership with Chicago-based real estate private equity firm Harrison Street Real Estate Capital.
New Mill, as it will be known once operational, will deliver an extensive new public realm and landscaping to Mill Street and Warrenmount Lane. The project, due to be finished in September 2017, will see the area developed into a 400-bed student residence, but it will also feature shops, a cafe and commercial space for local businesses. Read our case study for more details.
Kavanagh Court | Dublin
In March 2016, GSA announced Dublin’s largest purpose built student accommodation, which will become home to almost 500 students following the acquisition of the former IDA site at Gardiner Street, Dublin 1.
GSA and its JV partner Harrison Street Real Estate Capital will invest a total of €60 million in the site to create a seven-storey building housing student flats, all with en-suite bathrooms.
The site, within close walking distance of Trinity College and Dublin Institute of Technology, is expected to be popular with students looking for high-quality homes close to Dublin’s centres of learning. As Dublin’s tram system expansion comes online, Gardiner Street will witness improved links across the city, with a stop less than a two minute walk from this new student development.
Brunswick Street | Dublin
Closing 2016, we achieved planning approval for an excellent 571-bed project located on Brunswick Street in the heart of Dublin, where construction is now underway. It will form the entrance to the new DIT Grangegorman campus.