The first big step of your study abroad will be finding a student accommodation in Dublin. Yet, discovering a good place to live it’s not always easy. The Irish capital is full of students looking for a room, like you. Using our tips tips and doing a research before arriving may put you ahead in this race.
To help out your seek, here it’s what you should consider and look for while digging for a room in Dublin:
1. Choose the type of accommodation you want
During your search for a home in the capital, the first step should be deciding on the type of accommodation.
For international students in Dublin, the main options are single and shared rooms. There you will likely live with other exchange students like yourself. But if you like privacy and want to have your own space, a small flat is also a good option, although a bit more expensive.
2. Plan your rental costs
Consider your monthly budget and how much you can spend on rent. After deciding what type of house you want and can afford, it is easier to narrow the available options. Take into account extra costs like a deposit or any other fees.
3. The location will have an impact on the price
In general, the city center is a good location to live. You will save some money and time on transportation, while you do your everyday activities, by walking. Despite this, the rent can be quite expensive when living in the heart of the town. To negate that you will need to share the place with more students. It’s a case of knowing what it’s better for you during your time in Dublin.
If taking the public transport every day doesn’t bother you, it’s a good idea to look for houses farther away from the city center. In this case, you will find more single flats and houses to share with fewer people for a better price. Depending on the location of the house, the city center will be a short trip away. Remember that Dublin has very good public transport – the Dublin Bus, Dart and LUAS reach all areas of the city. This makes it easier to live away from the center but not less convenient.
4. Websites and Facebook groups can help you find a room in Dublin
Some of the most helpful places for searching are the rental websites and Facebook groups. In Dublin, websites such as Daft.ie, and Myhome.ie have new offers every day. You can use filters to see the offers suitable for your budget and chosen location. On Facebook, look for groups such as: “Dublin Rent a room /house/apartment/flat/accommodation”. Join all these groups to keep an eye for new offers that show up every day.
Also, find a group with people from your country as they can be very helpful too: for example “Italians in Dublin”, etc.
5. Talk to your classmates and friends from school
If you are a newbie in the city sometimes it’s good to ask for some help from people who had already been in your shoes. Try to talk to your classmates and ask about vacancies in the houses they live in. They might also know about other available places. You could receive a contact of a good landlord or a good rental agency. You never know.
6. It will take some time to find the perfect house
Don’t get frustrated if your first visits don’t work out. Sometimes the number of students looking for a house can be higher than the available options. In some cases, you can try moving to a house that it’s not exactly what you want at first, and then keep looking until finding the perfect one.
If you’re coming with a travel agency, you can chat with them to extend your stay at their accommodation. You will have some extra time to find the perfect house in Dublin.
7. Check whether your school provides own accommodation
Luckily, if you are a student at Erin School of English, the school can help you with accommodation as well.
They are collaborating with many host families to provide comfortable conditions for students at a reasonable price. Another option is the Student residence which also has very good apartments shared with other exchange students.
Author: Juliana Hansen