When you begin your search for a room or apartment in Dublin, it probably won’t take long for you to discover that it’s one of the hardest places in Ireland to secure accommodation. Therefore, it’s best to be as prepared as possible.
The first thing you’ll discover is that there are a couple of different choices when it comes to finding housing. You can rent a room, share an apartment or take advantage of what is known as a "house share," which is renting a private bedroom in a house that is shared with several people. House shares are very popular, as they are more economical than some of the other options.
The prices in Dublin can be quite high, ranging from €500 to €800 for a single room. Studios begin at €1000, going up even higher, depending on the location. Apartments are typically well-maintained, and it’s fun to share with other international students.
When you find the ideal property, you will need to sign a contract, as well as pay a deposit, which is often equal to the first month’s rent. As long as the property is undamaged and in the same condition when originally rented, the deposit will be returned at the end of the contract.
The River Liffey runs straight through the center of the city, where O’Connell Bridge is a notable landmark. The side located on the O'Connell Street area is known as the North Side, and the Grafton Street side is called the South Side. When trying to follow directions, it’s good to remember that all odd postal codes are on the North Side, with all even postal codes being on the South Side. Dublin 1 and 2 are found in this area.
Resembling a rectangle, just southwest of O’Connell Bridge and by the River Liffey, you’ll find the lively area of Temple Bar. It is commonly known as "Dublin’s Cultural Quarter," but it also boasts a host of different pubs and restaurants. Rather than the modern street orders in other parts of Dublin, Temple Bar still has cobblestone and the old street patterns. Temple Bar is also the place to be on a Saturday morning, where a food market is held in Meeting House Square, along with clothing and jewelry stalls along Cows Lane.
This area of Dublin is full of history, with many beautiful townhouses from the 18th and 19th centuries. Merrion Square, Baggot Street and Fitzwiliam Square have the highest concentration of these cultural properties, popular with Dublin’s attorneys or even used as offices.
Areas located further from the city center are primarily residential, with a few shopping centers or office buildings. The Northside is mostly filled with working-class residents, and the Southside more high-end. Many favorable areas are in the Northside, such as Malahide, Clontarf and Howth, while Blackrock, Killiney and Dalkey are nice areas in the Southside.
When it comes to overall popularity, Dublin 1 and 2 in the center are at the top of the list. However, 4, 6, 7 and 8, which include Rathmines, Smithfield and Christchurch, are within a short walk fo the city center, with plenty of attractions.
When you’re on the hunt for housing in Dublin, it can often feel a bit overwhelming, which is why knowing what to expect can be key. Plus, there are quite a few ways to begin your search.
Look online well before your move, at least three to four months.
You can opt to utilize an agency, but they can be expensive.
Use a trusted housing platform with experience with living in Dublin. You can set your preferences and be alerted when new properties are listed. Additionally, you can feel secure in the booking system, with 72 hours from your arrival to cancel and receive a full refund.
You can also check out Facebook groups, which is an excellent way to see what’s available in Dublin. However, you should be aware of scams and never transfer money to anyone you do not know. Only trust well-known groups, such as Housing Anywhere’s Facebook group.
Keep an eye out for notice boards at your university or school, where students often place advertisements when looking for roommates.