Swuite complex eases some of the pressure on students

The entrance to the Swuite building

In the midst of the accommodation crisis, a newly redeveloped complex – aimed specifically at students and college staff – opened its doors at the end of last month to provide homes for up to 90 tenants.

The Iveragh Student Accommodation Group, based in Kildare, opened its privately-owned student accommodation complex just off Bohermore, with an investment of €10 million.

BY MARTHA BRENNAN

The vacant office block was purchased in December 2015 and Galway City Council gave the go-ahead for the redevelopment of the building last year.

The Iveragh Group were granted permission to transform the block into 77 self-contained studio apartments and students were able to move in late last month. 

All apartments in ‘Swuite’ are fully furnished and provide a double bed, study desk, TV, en-suite bathroom and small kitchenette.

Bookings are only open to students and lecturers during the college term which creates a friendly and suitable environment for Galway students, especially first years.

During the summer months the apartments will be used for the holiday market.

Parents of students living in the complex will be re-assured by security and a 24 hour reception. The building also has common areas, including a games area, study room and cinema room. The complex also has parking, bike storage and a laundry room.

The block will have on-site student wardens who have a “mature outlook and who are and are fully-trained in Health & Safety matters” the group said.

Following concerns from local residents, the group issued assurances that “anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated”. Tenants also need to be over 18 years old.

Rent for the apartments is substantially higher than the on-campus rates for Corrib Village in NUI Galway, which start at €3,375, but students only have to pay for the college term and all bills are included. This includes Wi-Fi, waste, electricity and heating.

The single occupant rooms are €195 weekly for 36 weeks and the twin rooms are €172.50 each a week to be paid in one or two instalments.