The OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) takes a survey of the world’s education systems every three years. Over half a million 15-year-old students in 72 countries and territories take part in an internationally-agreed two-hour test that measures their attainment in science, maths, reading, collaborative problem solving and financial literacy. Ireland consistently excels in these tests. The most recent results indicate that Irish students perform better than the OECD average in science, maths and reading. Interestingly, immigrant students in Ireland p
Accommodation is available in Dublin but it is not abundant and this is reflected in prices. Excellent employment opportunities, a booming multinational sector and a high density of third-level educational institutions have driven the demand for housing high.
The government has responded to this pressure by introducing a 4% yearly cap on rent increases, preventing landlords from upping rent by more than this figure per annum. Although Dublin is still the most expensive county in which to live, a well-connected transport network means that living in one of the surrounding counties – Meath, Kildare, Wicklow – is a realistic option for people who want to work in the capital, without paying Dublin rental rates.
Daft.ie’s survey for Q1 2019 finds that the average rent in Dublin city centre is €2,046 – this figure reduces to €1,778 in the west of the county. This map indicates what you might expect to pay to live near a Luas (tram) or DART (commuter railway) route in Dublin – on average an extra 12%.
The competition for housing is strong and is driving up the number of new properties being built. According to the Central Statistics Office (CSO), the number of new homes built in 2018 rose by 25% compared to the previous year. Although housing prices are still high, their rate of increase is slowing down.
Daft.ie and the property sections of national newspapers like The Irish Times and the Irish Examiner are the best places to start your search if you’re considering buying. See this map for an indication of what you might be paying along the routes of the Luas and the DART.
With rental property proving difficult to come by, on-campus student accommodation has fast become a more desirable option for many in third-level education. Dublin City University, University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin all offer on-campus options; while OnCampus.ie also lists short-term spaces at each college. Bear in mind that long-term bookings for the academic year get snapped up quickly, so make sure you’re looking well in advance of term start. Again, Daft.ie is a great resource, with a student-specific search option.
The good thing about the search for student accommodation is the supportive network of other students and Student Unions that are willing to share tips and news on potential available properties. Check out the Union of Students Ireland accommodation page for advice from people in the know.
Dublin is not a cheap place to live. The Economist Intelligence Unit Cost of Living Report ranks it as the 19th most expensive of 133 cities. On the plus side, this ranking does indicate that Dublin is less expensive than Paris, Zurich, Geneva, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Tel Aviv and Frankfurt as well as New York and LA in the USA and Singapore, Osaka, Seoul, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Sydney in the Asia-Pacific region. Consumer goods The price of consumer goods is quite high compared to other European cities, although this is coming down. Ongoing competition between supermarket chains ha
Over 17% (approximately 92,000) of Dublin’s population is made up of people originally from other countries, with the vast majority of these hailing from Poland, Romania, the UK, Brazil, Italy, Spain and France. This reflects figures in the rest of the country, with Polish people being the largest non-national group in Ireland. Some areas of Dublin are more densely internationally populated than others; for example, one in six residents of Fingal, on Dublin’s northside, is a non-Irish national, while that figure stands at a significant 29% in Saggart, on the southside. It’s no surprise that so many people are choosing to call Dublin home: Ireland is world r