There’s no way around it, Dublin is expensive. But with a bit of savvy budgeting, it is affordable. Here’s an overview of what it might cost you to live here.
Dublin is a popular city to live, work and study – and its popularity is growing. This means that finding comfortable, affordable student accommodation can be challenging.
Things are improving, however. New laws to control rent and encourage more building are coming into effect; with a bit of planning and persistence, you can find a great place to live at a price you can afford.
What kinds of student accommodation are there?
Living on campus is a great option. It means you’re always close to class, you’re surrounded by like-minded people, and there are plenty of facilities built with students in mind. Consequently, space on campus gets snapped up quickly, and prices have been creeping up. Nevertheless, if you get in early you can enjoy all these benefits and the quintessential university experience. Follow the links below to the halls of residence for some of Dublin’s universities and institutes of higher learning.
- Trinity College Dublin (TCD)
- University College Dublin (UCD)
- Dublin College University (DCU)
- Technical University Dublin (TUD)
- National College of Art and Design (NCAD)
- Griffith College
- Independent College Dublin
- National College of Ireland
- Dorset College
The private rental market offers a range of housing options – from apartments to freestanding houses, whole properties or single rooms. There’s also a wide variation in the standard of these properties, so be sure to inspect them before you agree to a tenancy. Make sure you understand how much it will cost to live there – you may have to pay for electricity and heating separately. It may seem warm when you’re searching in the summer, but think about how you will heat your accommodation in the winter. Check the cupboards and wardrobes for mould.
Dublin colleges are currently encouraging homeowners to rent a room to students and many are doing so. If you’re comfortable living with a local family, a homestay or ‘digs’ can be a great way to learn more about Ireland and keep the bills low while you’re at it. There are plenty of homeowners around Dublin who welcome international students. Start your search at Homestay.
Where can I search for accommodation?
Real estate is a big deal in Dublin and there’s no shortage of websites serving the market. Some have excellent student accommodation offerings too.
Checking out Daft.ie is a good idea. It’s strong for finding shared room options. You can search by price range and area.
Uninest has form offering student accommodation all around the world, and Dublin is no exception.
International Student Accommodation (ISA)
Similarly, ISA has a great selection of accommodation options and some great advice on finding the right place.
Student House are Dublin based and list over 8,500 rooms in Dublin across 17 properties.
Highlight Student Living
Highlight Student Living is a Dublin based student accommodation manager focused solely on making Highlight Thomas Street and Highlight Parkgate the best student living experiences in Dublin.
Want a bit of swagger in your search? College Cribs has got that in abundance. They also have some great listings.
Mezzino Student Living
Highfield House by Mezzino is Dublin’s newest purpose built student accommodation. Located in Grangegorman, Dublin 7 it is well located for access to all Dublin city Colleges and Universities.
Rent.ie organises their student accommodation listings by university or higher learning institution. Handy!
Where do most students live and how much is the rent?
The Glasnevin district of Dublin is home to DCU and many students live nearby. Renting at the purpose-built Shanowen Square accommodation will cost you €7,955 for the academic year – which works out as €215 per week (info correct as of 1st July 2020). Meanwhile, a room with an ensuite bathroom in a shared apartment at Hazelwood Student Village might cost you around €205 per week (source: Locanto.ie).
Clonskeagh in South Dublin is adjacent to UCD’s extensive campus and is very popular with students as a result. A room in a shared house here will typically cost around €150 per week (source: Daft.ie).
Dublin 2 in the city centre is a very convenient location for students attending Trinity. Here, on Pearse Street, a room in a shared house here will typically cost around €150 per week (source: Daft.ie).
The Smithfield area of Dublin is close to DIT Grangegorman. A single room in a shared apartment here is likely to cost around €160 per week (source: Daft.ie).
More information on Dublin’s residential neighbourhoods.
Are there Facebook groups to assist in my search?
Search for ‘accommodation Dublin’ on Facebook and a whole bunch of groups will appear.
Dublin Rent a Room/House/Apartment/Flat/Accommodation hits all the keywords – that’s why it has over 57,000 members. It’s a private group, so you’ll have to answer a couple of questions to reassure the administrators that you’re a human. These are simple and shouldn’t be a problem. Then just wait to be notified that you’re in.
Other prominent groups include Lovely Rooms for Rent in Dublin, for the discerning housemate, and groups for students of specific schools. Trinity (TCD), University College Dublin (UCD), and Dublin City University (DCU) each have sizeable groups.
Are there new student accommodation buildings underway?
Yes, absolutely. High rents have drawn developers into the market and new projects are being launched all over the city. That said, it will take a while before this new supply influences prices. In the meantime, the government is passing laws to regulate students’ rents and encourage more building. The supply problem will get better, it’s just a matter of time.
What are my rights and obligations as a tenant?
The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has a useful guide (PDF) to your rights and obligations.
Dublin is a compact and highly walkable city which is also well served with public transport. A number of its colleges and universities, including Trinity College (TCD), NCAD and The Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI) are located in the heart of the city centre. Others, like UCD, DCU and DIT are situated nearby. Maynooth is in itself a university town. Here’s a rundown of how to get to them. City centre universities & colleges Trinity College Dublin (TCD) TCD is located in central Dublin. Its campus is serviced by a full range of public transport, including mainline railway
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