• No Advance Permission Needed To Allow Guests Stay Over
  • 24 Hour Security, cialis SPAR Shop Along With Laundrette Planned

UCD students will be offered the opportunity to live the suite life from September when the former Montrose Hotel reopens its doors. UK based company Zigguart Student Living have invested over €22 million in a project that will transform the iconic hotel into a 192 room student residences.

The announcement of the 192 room development was welcomed by UCD Students’ Union who are “acutely aware of the accommodation shortage for UCD students at the moment.”

“Zigguart Montrose Student Residences” will be arranged in a choice of five to eight bedroom “cluster flats” with communal living, kitchen and dining areas in each flat. Room rental, including all utilities, broadband, internet, and contents insurances, is projected to start from €175, based on a 42 week term – approximately €7,000 in total.  The figure was reached following consultation with UCD Residences.

The residence will offer 24-hour security, an on-site Spar convince store, and laundrette.

McAdden told the College Tribune that the company is considering the inclusion of an on-site cafe, but confirmed there are no plans to introduce a student bar to the premises.

International language students will be targeted to rent rooms the residence during the summer months.

The developers intend installing a cabin displaying a mock-up bedroom in front of the premises in the coming weeks, giving students the opportunity to see what the development will offer.

Significantly, residents of the property will not be subjected to a curfew on welcoming guests onto the premises. Unlike UCD student residences where students are required to gain advance permission to allow guests stay over, residents of Zigguart Montrose Student Residences will be allowed bring guests into the premises at any time.

McAdden said he hopes the property will operate more like a regular set of apartments.

Although the Montrose property includes some bedrooms with balconies, access to these will be restricted given the obvious associated risks, according to McAdden.

Access to a communal smoking area will be restricted at night to help avoid noise pollution. It is understood several local residents raised the issue of noise pollution and other concerns when plans for the development were first submitted to Dun Laoighre  Rathdown Co Council in 2013.

The company, which already operates several student residences in the UK, hopes to expand their Dublin portfolio further according to co-founder Matt McAdden: “Our intention is to rapidly expand the availability of safe, secure, quality residences for students in both the UK and Ireland. We’re now firmly focused on the Irish market, and our plan is to create over 1,000 new bed spaces over the next 5 years.”

Students will be able to register their interest in the coming weeks on www.zigguratstudents.ie

~ Additional Reporting: Donie O’Sullivan