One third of students are facing serious financial strain.
That's according to a new survey - which says many students are spending more than they earn and are being forced to rely on family to bridge the gap. Almost a third of students are feeling significant financial pressure according to a new report by the Higher Education Authority.
It blames rent as the biggest burden - with average student accommodation costing nearly €500 a month. The report says many students are spending more than they earn and are having to rely on family to top them up.
That's despite nearly two thirds of students having a job. The report also says that the Pandemic has left its mark on students.
Nearly 60% said their mental health had been affected - with female students suffering most. Despite these struggles, students say they're generally happy and the report says there's been a rise in the number of students enrolling in college in recent years.