UCD’s Student Union (UCDSU) is launching a commuter breakfast series on Tuesday, January 30th. The series hopes to provide practical support for UCD’s cohort of commuting students. 

These free breakfasts will supply food to 200 students every Tuesday from 8 am until stock lasts in Café Brava in the UCD Student Centre. The aim of this new programme is to “provide nutritional support and foster a supportive environment for students dealing with early morning commutes”. 

This initiative follows the results of research carried out by UCDSU that found approximately 20% of UCD students spend over two hours commuting. This creates many challenges for commuter students such as limited participation in societies and clubs as well as curtailed class time. 

Commuting “has the potential to hinder a student’s ability to get what they need from their time in college” said UCDSU Campaigns and Engagement Officer, Miranda Bauer. Speaking on the new programme Bauer explained that it “is our practical support to address the challenges faced by commuting students, as we continue to demand political solutions to ease the burdens on our members”. 

President of UCDSU Martha Ní Riada commented that, “UCDSU is asking all students to take part and avail of the free breakfast if they need it. Ahead of local and European elections we also want as many students as possible to meet their SU team and share their views on commuting, well-being, student accommodation, or any other concerns they may have”. 

Some of the items available at these breakfast mornings will include Kellogg’s cereal, Nomadic oats and Fyffe’s bananas, tea and coffee. 

Ellen Clusker – News Editor