Despite a multitude of offers, finding a place to stay in Dublin can be long process. Before you start your search, there are several points you should consider:
See that rent for a house or flat in Ireland is payable monthly but the price can be shown weekly (i.e., by calculating rent x 52 weeks / 12 month, you should be able to find the price monthly). Most of the time, modern convenience is available such as dryer or Internet, but other charges may not be included in the price. For example, you should add electricity, gas and TV licence fees when estimating your budget.
Most rooms, flats, apartments, or houses are advertised on accommodation websites. You can search for a particular type of accommodation and set up alerts for your specific requirements.
Other sources include the accommodation sections of newspapers; advertisements in shops; college notice boards etc. Most student unions keep accommodation lists as well. You may also find available accommodation through word of mouth or 'To Let' signs on properties.
Accommodation agencies or letting agencies are commercial organisations that help you find private rented accommodation. They may charge you a fee.
Flatsharing is most popular among students who are not able to afford a flat by themselves. A good reference is the Daft, the most popular Irish website for buying and rental accommodation.
However, flatshares are usually the result of networking in the circle of friends and acquaintances or through social networks groups.
If for any reason you don't want to share a flat, for example if you would prefer not to pay a two month deposit for a flat or if you are in Ireland for just few weeks, a good solution is a youth hostel. There's thousand of them in Dublin, and most of the hostel purpose some night, weekly or monthly price. The main advantage is that you will meet people from all around the world.
Looking for cheap accommodation in Dublin isn’t easy and can be time consuming. Fortunately the times of browsing innumerable adverts, making hundreds of phone calls and visiting dozen of houses belong to the past: with Uniplaces now you can look for your room comfortably sitting at home. You can pick a room in a shared home with other expats, a studio flat if you want more privacy, or you can team up with other friends and rent an entire apartment just for yourselves.
The booking system is very simple and doesn’t require any visit: all can be done in advance thanks to the detailed descriptions and photos of the rooms and you can secure your room before even getting there. Moreover the Uniplaces team will be available for any questions and help.
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