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Burrito babes Boojum are putting the spotlight on skyrocketing student rent prices with their new campaign, which lets one lucky student win a life-changing college prize.

The franchise is going above and beyond for its student customers. The food brand is highlighting the serious issue of student rent, with the food company offering the chance to win free rent for one year.

With students heading back to college over the last few weeks, they're facing another year of trying to balance study, examinations and social lives. Many take up part-time work to help their living costs.

The rents in Dublin are ever-increasing and add to the worsening homelessness crisis in the city daily.

David Maxwell, Boojum’s Managing Director commented on the campaign: 

“We’re on the side of students, always aiming to deliver real value every day for them, but we knew we could take it beyond burritos. Almost fifty percent of our workforce is made up of third-level students so we’re really conscious of the pressures that they’re under.

“From speaking with our students, increasing rent really is one of the biggest issues for them and is a distraction that they don’t need."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"That’s the thinking behind this promotion; if we can help one student this year by taking the pressure of rent off their mind, then we’ve done something positive,” he added.

Boojum has become known for its ties with students, whether it's the exam season burrito boosts or part-time jobs. The new campaign looks at the struggles students face financially nationwide as tuition fees rise.

Boojum is duplicating typical ‘To Let’ signs that line the streets in popular student areas in all university cities, announcing the chance to win free rent.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The food company has also turned two restaurant windows into Estate Agent windows, with listings available from €0. 

According to the National Union of Students in Ireland (USI), colleges are increasing campus accommodation costs by as much as 11.5 percent. 

Boojum aims to solve this problem for one lucky student, freeing up much-needed cash to help pay tuition fees and household bills.

For more information on the campaign and how to win coveted free rent for a year, head to their website here.

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We know Ireland has an obsession with burritos, but this is still a major deal given our population.

Boojum has some of the world's most loyal customers as their burrito came in at an impressive fourth place in this year’s overall top ten dishes on Deliveroo around the world.

Flex those burrito muscles, as the dish bet off the likes of Bubble Tea from Hong Kong and a Poke Bowl from Amsterdam.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The winner that took the top spot on the list was Pad Thaï from Thaï at Home, Paris.

In second was a Cheeseburger from Five Guys, in London.

And in third came Sushi Lovers Poke Bowl from CALI-POKE in Dubai. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Overall, our nation is a clear lover of takeaway as we were featured eight times in the top 10 dishes ordered in 2018 around the world.

Seven of the eight restaurants were based in Dublin, the other one was a Satay (wok dish) from Xian Street Food, Galway.

So it seems the capital of the country enjoy nothing more than ordering their FAVE meal from the delivery service.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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While noodles and Hawaiian poke bowls were ultra trendy this year, 2018 also saw healthy plant-based dishes grow in popularity – g'wan the vegans.

Although a firm FAVE during last year was pizza, which remained a top choice for food delivery around the world with five appearing in the top 100.

Looks like we'll have to have a burrito in celebration of Boojum's success – well done, lads. 

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Too hungover to walk to the shop for a hot chicken roll?  Not to worry, that trouble could soon be a thing of the past as drones are about to start dropping food on college students.

That’s right, those big boy toys you keep hearing so much about but may not really see the point of have finally found their noble purpose and it's a good 'un.

According to the New York Post, Alphabet – the parent company of Google – has decided to give drone delivery a go for the next few weeks after being granted permission to do so by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Unfortunately for now only those on the far side of the pond will be able to avail of this service as the initiative will be tested by delivering Chipotle Mexican Grill to students at Virginia Tech.

But if the experiment – which is designed to test if the packaging can effectively protect the goods mid-flight – is successful, maybe drone delivery will become the norm.

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The mason jar is just about the coolest piece of Tupperware you can buy. 

And yes we just used 'cool' and 'Tupperware' in the same sentence!

But it's true, the culinary advantages of this glass jar are brilliant. Heavy duty seals mean that perishables will wilt less slowly, as well as keeping your food in tact from morning to lunch.

And we obviously can't go without mentioning the photographic qualities of a mason meal. They're practically Instagram-famous!

Not only getting you the most likes on IG, these jars will keep your wet and dry ingredients separate and keep everything as fresh as when you first assembled it. All you have to do is throw all your ingredients in and your good to go!

Courgette Pasta Salad

You'll need a spirializer to make this amazing courgetti but it will be so worth it. 

Ingredients:

  • Courgettes
  • Celery
  • Peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Avocado
  • Feta

 

Breakfast Oatmeal

Stay in bed that little bit longer by prepping your breakfast in advance. They will keep fresh all week!

Ingredients:

  • Oats
  • Yoghurt
  • Chia seeds
  • Milk
  • Fruit of your choice

 

Wrap Free Burrito Bowl

Who thought something as indulgent as a burrito could become healthy?

Ingredients:

  • Chicken
  • Quinoa
  • Bacon
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Yoghurt / sour cream

 

Instant Noodle Soup

Outshining the Pot Noodle by miles, all you have to do is add hot water in work for a delicious, healthy noodle dish. 

Ingredients:

  • Rice noodles
  • Dried mushrooms
  • Soy sauce
  • Lime juice
  • Stock cube (chicken or vegetable)
  • Ginger and garlic
  • Shredded vegetable of your choice

 

Mud Pie

And for cheat day, this creamy, chocolate mud pie is perfect when made in a mason jar. 

Ingredients:

  • Oreo cookies
  • Ice cream
  • Milk
  • Coffee
  • Sugar
  • Cream
  • Fudge
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We love Jason Segel but it looks like a burrito debate got too much for him and caused him to leave Twitter!

Niamh Geaney reports.

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