249 new campus beds to open from November

The newly developed Printing House Square will provide 249 student bedrooms, a new health centre, a disability centre and sporting facilities on campus

249 new student beds are to become available on campus from November 1.

In an email to students today, the college bursar announced that the newly developed Printing House Square will be open from next month.

Ensuite rooms will be clustered in flats of six to eight with a shared kitchen and common area, and will be offered to students based on an existing waiting list.

The new development will also provide a new health centre, a disability centre, sporting facilities and a new square on campus.

A new target shooting range will also be opened underneath the new accommodation block, for use by members of Dublin University Rifle Club (DURC).

Built on the site of Oisin House, a former office building, which itself was built on the site of the Queen’s Theatre, the project has faced significant roadblocks since its approval in 2016.

Originally planned to be completed in April 2019, the project faced significant logistical problems, including an industrial dispute. The project also faced delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with construction running at 50% capacity due to social distancing and hygiene requirements.

Conservation works on the Rubrics building are due to be completed in February 2023, which will provide nine student rooms, 17 staff studio apartments and five guest rooms.

College has also received planning permission for 358 new beds in Trinity Hall in Dartry, despite objections from local residents, which would increase capacity by 36%.