Where will I live? How do I find accommodation? How much is the rent? What’s a good area? They’re all really important questions! So we’ve given you a breakdown below.
Where will I live?
Most of the hospitals we work with offer free accommodation for the first 2-6 weeks to allow you to settle in and find your feet. After that, you’ll need to find your own accommodation. Where that is depends on your own wants and needs. Ask yourself – Do you want to live closer to the city or in a smaller town? Do you want to live by yourself or with housemates? How many housemates? Ireland is small but you can still have a bit of a commute depending on how far out you live – how long do you want this commute to be? There’s all types of accommodation in Ireland but only you can decide what suits you best.
Types of Accommodation
For Dublin and Cork, the most common types of accommodation you’ll find are apartments and semi-detached houses. For apartments you can expect studios, single bedroom & multi-bedroom. As you move towards the suburbs you’ll find more multi-bedroom apartments usually with garden and a bit more space. Older houses and apartments tend to be more spacious while more modern apartments have less space but more facilities. Depending on what you choose, accommodation can be expensive – similar to Sydney or Auckland. As with all major cities, the closer to city central you are, the more expensive it will be.
Areas in Dublin
Dublin is separated into 22 different postal districts, each containing a number of smaller suburbs. The Liffey River divides Dublin city into North and South. Traditionally, the south side was seen as a more middle to upper class neighbourhood with lots of houses, gardens and a safer vibe. However in recent times the North has grown and developed so it would be worthwhile checking out this side of town as well. The North tends to have more apartments for those wanting a low-maintenance household.
⇒ City Centre (Dublin 1&2)
If you’re looking to live in the heart of the city you’ll need to look within postal codes Dublin 1 & Dublin 2. These areas a full of colleges & markets with everything reachable by foot. Avoid anything on O’Connell st as it is the main street through the city. Dublin 1 tends to be cheaper however has older style apartments. Dublin 2 is more expensive and can be very competitive. Try Merrion and Fitzwilliam squares. They’re located close to Trinity College and have lots of beautiful Georgian styled houses.
⇒ A little bit of Quiet (Dublin 3,4,6,7,8)
These areas a far enough away from the noise of the city but still have great access to popular bars, restaurants and supermarkets. Dublin 6 tends to be the most popular with a large student population. In particular the suburbs of Rathmines, Ranelagh and Rathgar. If you look hard enough you’ll find some decent places for fair prices. The suburbs of Ballsbridge and Donnybrook within Dublin 4 are close to the embassies and tend to be more for those with a settled life. Smithfield in Dublin 7 is a newly gentrified industrial area close to the old Jameson distillery. New buildings for decent prices here.
⇒ Suburbia (Dublin 14 & 15)
Blanchardstown in Dublin 15 is one of the fastest growing suburbs in Dublin. The Connolly Hospital is located in this suburb along with Dublin’s biggest shopping centre. Blackrock, Glenageary and Dundrum are famous for semi-detached houses which are shared among flatmates.
Rental Prices (prices in Euro)
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The above is a mix of apartments and houses and is a guide only. For more detailed prices please visit one of the below website
How to find accommodation?
There are dedicated sites to finding accommodation. Below are a few options to get you started.
Various websites such as:
⇒ rent.ie for share housing
⇒ Daft.ie for rental properties
⇒ Flatmate.com for share housing
- Local grocery notice boards
- Bond is usually the equivalent of 1 month rent