Grangegorman Lower is a street that will effectively be part of the new Grangegorman college campus and it will host much student accommodation and related facilities.

Apartment Complexes for more than eight thousand students are now under construction near the new college campus. As a result local residents are worried that their living space will become overwhelmed by students, who will account for 60 per cent of the population in the Grangegorman , Smithfield and Broadstone areas.

While I may not be worried, I do live off Henrietta Street across the road from the Current Bolton Street College which will relocate to the Grangegorman Campus within the next few years and I can see two major Student Complex Buildings from my front door. The cement delivery trucks actually park outside my apartment producing much noise from 7AM every working day.

The worry is that an influx of students, on this scale, will change any residential area because students don’t require large food shops so there are more convenience shops and take-aways and there are fewer shops serving the needs of local residents. The student population also depart the area for three or four months every year and this does have a negative which can be seen to an extreme degree in the area near Queens University in Belfast.