Mayo Sinn Fein Deputy Rose Conway Walsh claims that student renters have been let down by successive governments housing policies.
The Sinn Féin spokesperson on Further and Higher Education says some students may be forced to defer courses this year, as they are unable to find somewhere to live.
The Erris-based TD says that despite us having the highest EU college fees, accommodation remains the greater challenge for working students and families on low and medium incomes.
The Mayo TD says private student accommodation developers were given €87 million in public funds in the form of tax breaks by Fine Gael, yet no criteria for affordable rent was included.
Deputy Conway-Walsh told Midwest News that colleges need to be supported to build affordable on-campus student accommodation as a matter of urgency.