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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're absolutely devastated to let you know that The Bernard Shaw and Eatyard will close its doors for good in October.

The beloved pub posted to their website as well as their Instagram and Twitter accounts to announce the end of their Bernard Shaw adventure, and we'd be lying if we said we didn't shed a tear.

"At the end of October 2019 we will close the Shaw, Eatyard, all organisational, art and performance spaces and everything else in the building and yards – for good. We've tried really hard over the last few months to renew the lease, stay on longer, or buy the place. A lot of things didn't go our way over the last 12 months either, but it's out of our hands now unfortunately."

They continued; "We'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who was part of this 13-year adventure. Our landlord, our neighbours & the council were by and large all brilliant and very helpful & supportive.

"The artists, makers, designers, bands, DJs, promoters, hustlers and lunatics who did their thing at the Shaw – we couldn't have done it without you. We have had amazing, loyal customers, many who came, and left, and came back again over those 13 years as life got in the way while we were busy making plans and being busy fools."

They made sure to thank their crew;

"Past and present we have had incredible people work with us. Everything we do is about people…. their ideas, trying things out, making a mess of it, trying again, getting it right, having fun, making memories, and when the party's over, lets plan another party."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Their last paragraph honestly sent us straight to the tissue box;

"Parties weren't meant to last… Dublin is changing, we can all see and feel it but we are going nowhere and we won't go down without a fight. We'll start something else, somewhere else (plans are afoot), and keep fighting the good fight.

"There are so many young creative, clever, smart people in Dublin & Ireland at the moment – there's lots to be optimistic about – but they need the spaces to meet each other, make plans, and make them happen!" they added.

Both the Bernard Shaw and Eatyard will remain open as usual until the end of October; "We'll have more info, lineups, events, wakes, next steps out over the next few days and weeks."

Feature image: Instagram/@thebernardshaw

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We are all well aware that the Dublin rental crisis has reached a critical point, with the cost of housing skyrocketing due to the lack of residential prospects in the capital. 

UCD's student union are using Snapchat to uncover how the rental crisis is impacting Irish students. 

'We're going to the worst places for rent in Dublin to expose how bad the situation is for students,' reads a statement on their Facebook page where the videos are being uploaded. 

'We want you to know what kinds of kips are out there and how landlords can try and pressure you into on-the-spot cash deposits.'

'Our goal is to pressure Govt for support for a joint project with Trinity & Daft.ie by bringing the horror stories to camera.'

Irish rent prices are at an all time high, according to a report from rental site Daft.ie.

The average price of rent nationwide now stands at €1131.00.

The average cost of renting a home has increased by €134.00 a month over the last year, according to The Irish Times. 

So far, the UCDSU have uncovered landlords demanding deposits and first months rent up front, cash in hand, a house where the kitchen utensils are kept in a bathroom cupboard, temporary camp beds, and a house in which three strangers are sharing a bedroom for €750.00 per month…each. 

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