Accommodation is available in Dublin, but it’s limited – and this is reflected in its cost. Excellent employment opportunities, a booming multinational sector and a high density of third-level institutions have driven the demand for accommodation in Dublin.
The Government is trying to address this issue and new developments are constantly underway. However, the shortage is expected to remain a problem for some time to come.
There are so many great reasons to live in Dublin, but sometimes finding a place to live can be daunting. Here’s what you need to know about house hunting in the capital.
Renting in Dublin
Is Dublin expensive?
While there are plenty of reasons to live in Dublin, it is not a cheap city. A recent survey by The Economist shows that the cost of living in Dublin is among the highest in Europe.
While Dublin is less expensive than Paris, Geneva, Copenhagen, Oslo, Vienna, Helsinki and Frankfurt, it’s more expensive than the likes of Amsterdam, Berlin, Barcelona and Milan. Our nearest neighbours in London pay slightly more for everyday essentials
In 2019, Ireland recovered and recycled one million tonnes of waste for the first time. That year, 67.5% of all suitable materials were recycled and we significantly exceeded our EU waste targets. More recently, Dublin City Council noticed a further jump in recycling in the city. During the pandemic, it increased by 18%.
Dubliners are switched on to how important recycling is. But it
Whether renting or purchasing your own home, it’s important to know how to set up utilities and maintain your property. Renters should be aware that the relationship between a tenant and their landlord differs from country to country. How do things stand in Dublin?
As a tenant or owner occupier, you are responsible for setting up your home’s utilities in your own name.
If you are renting, make sure at the beginning of your rental contract sure that your landlord informs you of which companies supply your gas, water and electricity, so that you can contact them and take over the accounts.
Electricity and gas
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You will need to open an Irish bank account, if only to receive your salary – most Irish employers will not deposit your pay into a foreign account. There are two ways to do this – in person or online. Either way, you won’t be able to do this before you arrive in Ireland. Due to anti-money laundering legislation, most Irish banks will want to meet you in person before opening an account for you.
Ireland’s healthcare system is divided into public and private tiers.
Ireland’s public healthcare system offers world-class care, partly funded by the government.
If you are “ordinarily resident”, you can access a range of public health services that are free of charge or subsidised by the Irish government’s Health Service Executive (HSE). (You are considered to be “ordinarily resident” if you have been living in Ireland for at least one year – or you intend to live in the country for at least one year.)
Holders of a European Health Insurance
Dublin is a great place to raise a family. As well as an excellent education system, your children will be able to enjoy the city’s beautiful parks, open spaces and nearby beaches and mountains, all while growing up in a safe and richly cultured society.
There are many options for childcare in Dublin. Childminders are self-employed individuals who look after children in their home. Nurseries and creches offer a more formal environment, with set nap and meal times. Playschools and Montessori schools offer informal learning environments that prepare children for primary school. You might also consider engaging a professional nanny or au pair, although this te
The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) surveys the world’s education systems every three years. It tests over 500,000 students across 72 countries to measure their abilities in science, maths and reading. Ireland consistently excels in these tests.
The most recent results indicate that Irish students perform better than the OECD average across all three categories. Interestingly, immigrant students in Ireland perform better than their counterparts in other countries too. This is a credit to the school system in Ireland and provides one of the best
Is Ireland safe?
Ireland is generally a safe place to visit and live. The 2020 Global Peace Index ranks it as the 12th safest country in the world.
While we trail behind countries like Denmark, Canada and Japan, we’re streets ahead of our nearest European neighbours. Belgium, the Netherlands, the UK and France rank 17th, 21st, 42nd and 66th, respectively. Ireland’s scores in terms of homicides, weapon imports and imprisoned population are particularly low.
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If you need emergency services, including the Police (An Garda Síochana or ‘the Gardai’), Fire Brigade, or Ambulance call 112 or 999.
When to call
Call 112 or 999 in genuine emergencies – when someone’s life, health, property, or the environment is in danger. Don’t expect someone else to call – do it yourself. Make sure that your kids know how to call the emergency number, and what to say when they get through.
On the call
You’ll be asked which emergency service you need – the Gardaí, the ambulance or the fire brigade. If you’re not sure, the operator will ask you about the