Moving to Dublin – Housing in the Irish Capital

Moving to Dublin – Chapter 2: Housing

So you’ve applied for a job in Ireland- GREAT! But, now what? Here are the answers to some of the questions you’re probably asking.

This is the second chapter in a series of articles hoping to make your move to Dublin easier and achievable. In this chapter we will be discussing what kinds of accommodation you can find in Dublin. How to find housing, what kinds of housing Dublin offers, and what to expect when looking at places for rent. The previous chapter in this series was on transportation in Dublin.

How do I find housing in Dublin?

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Arguably the most difficult part of relocating to Dublin is finding suitable and affordable housing. It can be overwhelming looking for housing while abroad, and it is much easier to find housing after relocating to the city. It is a good idea to wait to look for an apartment until you come to Dublin, so you can go to apartment and housing showings in person. You can use Airbnb or Easy City to find short-term accommodation while you’re looking for long-term housing.

Helpful Hints:

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  • The city is divided by the River Liffey into north and south.
  • In general, the more expensive areas in Dublin are closer to the city centre.
  • Areas like Blackrock, Rathfarnham, and Glencullen-Sandyford are some of the most expensive in Dublin.
  • The city is divided into districts that extend away from the city centre. In general, the higher the number the further the area from the city centre.
  • Most apartments and rental agreements only require about one month notice to break the housing agreement. This means that if you aren’t happy with your place, you can change locations fast. It also means that most apartments don’t come onto the market until a month before the move in date. So, make sure you don’t start looking too early.

Dublin has many different kinds of housing available for rent. Ranging from apartments, to homestays, you first must decide what kind of housing you are looking for.

What are typical apartments like?

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The average apartment for rent in Dublin typically has 1-2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, does not have a backyard, and sometimes contains a balcony. Generally, apartments come with clothes washing machines, but no dishwashers. Luckily, most are furnished, so this makes moving much easier.

In general, most people share apartments to keep the costs down. The average price of renting a 2 bedroom apartment in the Dublin city centre is €1,200-€1,600/month. For a studio apartment, the rent can range from €900-€1,100.

But don’t let that scare you!

Neighborhoods in Dublin have a huge impact on apartment price- as does distance to the city centre. Apartments just a few rail stops away from the city centre see a drastic change in both price and size.

Consider staying outside the city centre!

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Areas outside the city centre will be less expensive, and although there would be a longer commute, the price differences are incredibly noticeable. With easy-to-use accessible public transportation, the cheaper rent really makes the difference.

Areas like Raheny, Clongriffin, and Lucan can often be cheaper than city centre, and closer to other areas of Dublin to explore. And suburbs like Fettercairn, Citywest and Cheeverstown can be even more affordable. A few minutes commuting into the city centre via DART, LUAS, or Dublin Bus is definitely worth the much cheaper rent.

Keep in mind: Even if you find a cheaper apartment in a more expensive neighborhood, there are associated costs that might also be more expensive in that neighborhood (i.e. groceries and shops).

Get a roommate!

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Splitting an apartment with a roommate or a friend is a great way to find affordable housing. Sharing an apartment is also a great way to cut down on costs and meet new people in the city.

Websites like Easy Roommate have people who are looking for roommates, are also a great place to find people who may be new to Dublin.

Rent a room!

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You can always rent a room in a shared house! With more space than an apartment, and more flexibility for location, often renting a room in a shared house can offer a much different experience than living in an apartment.

Stay in a homestay!

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This is an option that most people don’t even know about. While very similar to renting a room in a shared house, this is different in a very important way- instead of simply renting a room, you are being immersed in Irish culture. Living with a host family is a great way to experience Irish culture, and really feel like you are gaining a cultural experience right after you’ve moved. In some homestays you have the option of also being provided meals, which can be incredibly convenient for when you’re in the process of getting used to a new city.

And not only do you feel like you’re gaining culture, but you’re also learning about the city from people who live there! What better way to find orient yourself about town than from an expert? Even if you don’t decide to stay in a homestay permanently, they can be a great introduction to the city at the beginning.

So, where do I start?

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First, remember that it is a good idea to wait to start looking at apartments until after you arrive in Dublin. While it is possible to compare prices, map your route to work, and even look at neighborhoods all while you’re out of the country- it is nearly impossible to get the apartment that you want while you are not in the city. It is highly advisable that you wait until you arrive in Dublin to look for your long-term accommodation.

This way, rather than just picking the first apartment that you see, you can actually decide between different options and figure out what area is actually the best for you. By seeing the apartment and the neighborhood in person, you can see if you picture yourself there. And in some cases, you might get lucky and stumble upon a great apartment in an affordable neighborhood that was never advertised online.

Of course, doing a little research before you arrive can never hurt, but coming into the city with an open mind is certainly an advantage for the Dublin housing market. By the time you’ve arrived in Dublin, you might have changed your mind about the area you thought you wanted, so waiting until you are immersed in the city is a good idea.

What are the best places to look for housing?

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Facebook groups are a great place to find people looking for roommates or find people looking to rent out their apartments or spare bedrooms.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/expatsindublin/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Rentdublin/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/RentinIreland/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1607597689487462/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/587046708059311/

Websites where people directly post the places they’re renting are also a great place to look.

http://www.daft.ie

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For homestays, you can look at websites such as:

http://www.dublinhomestay.ie/

https://www.homestay.com/ireland/dublin

From friends or coworkers!

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Another great way to find apartments is by simply moving here and making friends. Networking with coworkers, or just by asking around friend groups can often turn up a hidden treasure of an apartment or room to rent. By asking people who are already living here for advice about neighborhoods, and which type of accommodation you should be looking at, you save yourself the stress and panic of blindly looking for an apartment while abroad.

But most importantly…

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Whatever you do, DON’T PANIC! Not having your housing sorted out before you move should not be a deal-breaker for accepting a job offer you want. In fact, it can be an advantage. By allowing yourself the flexibility of later figuring out the neighborhood, the size of apartment, your route to work, you erase blind guesswork from the equation and instead make yourself open to more opportunities. And aren’t you relocating for that very same reason?

Author: Nicole Agger-Nielsen