What to know before renting as a student in Ireland

Dublin is an immensely popular city to live, work and study in, and its popularity is only continuing to grow. However, this means that finding comfortable and affordable student accommodation can be quite the challenge.  

Finding the right place to live is a particularly important part of college life and there are several different options available for students, such as, on-campus/student specific accommodation, renting a property from a private landlord or sharing with the owner, commonly referred to a homestay or ‘digs.’ Each different type of accommodation has varying costs attached which may or may not be within a student’s budget.

Important tips to know before renting: 

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What can a prospective landlord/agent request from you? 

Avoiding scams: 

In many parts of Ireland, especially in cities like Dublin, the number of students needing accommodation is continuing to grow, but the number of available accommodation units has not increased at the same rate. This has led to an increase of frauds happening leaving students out of both money and accommodation. Below are some signs you should be aware of before you start a tenancy: 

Student Rent Network: 

Dorset College Dublin understands that finding appropriate accommodation to rent in Dublin is exceedingly difficult. More and more students have been approaching the Student Experience department for support and guidance. Due to these discussions, the Student Renting Network was created. This is a support group for students who are looking for accommodation and would like to connect with others. Each student was emailed a link to join the group from the Student Experience department, and from there can be added to a closed WhatsApp group. This gives students more options as it provides the chance to share advice and even spaces with other Dorset College students.

Where to look for accommodation: 

https://www.daft.ie/

https://www.rent.ie/student-accommodation/

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

https://www.collegecribs.ie/

https://roomigo.io/

http://easy-apartments-to-rent.com/  

Useful websites/resources: 

https://www.internationalstudents.ie/info-and-advice/practical-information/accommodation-guide

https://www.threshold.ie/advice/seeking-private-rented-accommodation/be-careful-of-rent-scams/

https://www.threshold.ie/assets/files/pdf/guide_to_renting_for_students.pdf

https://www.rtb.ie/renting-in-college

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