How to rent in Dublin

Here are a few guidelines to help you to find and rent an apartment in Dublin:

1) Look at daft.ie, it’s the most popular renting website in Ireland, there is high competition among tenant applicants.You can also check rent.ie and spotahome.com which are smaller websites with lower demand.Bear in mind spotahome.com charges a fee to find you a room to rent in Dublin, whereas the other two are completely free.

2) Subscribe to an accommodation website such as daft.ie or provide your email address to receive updates on new offers that suit your requirements. This will allow you to be one of the first to know about new advertisements of rooms and apartments in Dublin.

3) Call or text before sending an email. In Dublin people prefers to communicate by phone rather than by email. Calling will give you an advantage over your competitors since it’s easier and quicker forlandlords to take a phone call or reply to a text than answering emails.

4) If the ad doesn’t provide any phone number, then send an email. The email should be friendly, including information like working/studying hours, age, gender and any relevant characteristics as a tenant (aka quiet, neat, clean…). If you don’t get a reply and you are still very interested in the property, send another email to reinforce your level of interest in the place.

5) If you are new in town and you don’t have any work or landlord references yet, you should focus on ads posted by tenants rather than landlords.

6) The average price for a single bedroom is around €500 per month, €700 for a double bedroom and approximately €300 for a shared room (bills not included). Prices vary according to location and number of flatmates/housemates (the closer to the city centre, the more expensive a room will be).

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7) Always ask about bills, to get a clear idea of your total monthly expenses. During the interview, ask as well about supermarkets in the area, public transport stops and the central heatering cost (this one is extremely important, considering the cold Irish winter).

8) Get an Irish mobile number a.s.a.p. If not, they won’t pick up the phone or call you back. If they don’t answer the call, always leave a voice message. In Ireland people actually listen to their voicemail!

9) If you are considering short-term renting in Dublin, for example just to study English for three months, don’t try to get an apartment on daft.ie, rent.ie and spotahome.com. On these websites people usually look for long term rental (8+ months). For short stays, you can search on Facebook groups where people often advertise temporary vacancies for a few months (rent a room in Dublin, Dublin apartments for rent). If you want to improve your English rapidly, we also recommend host family accommodation (If you are with an English school, you can ask them to find a host family for you). If you are staying longer, you can also book a hostel for a few nights while looking for apartments.

For information about booking host family accommodation in Dublin or advice on hostel or other short-stay accommodation, email accommodationsbabel@gmail.com.

10) Another option for people coming to Dublin to learn English is to become an au pair (childminder who lives with the family). As an au pair you will enjoy many comforts such as not paying bills, food or rent. However, your timetable will be conditioned by the family needs. Depending on the family, number of children and their age, they will ask you to work certain hours for a fixed weekly wage.
For information on au pair rights and employer responsibilities look at this link.
Or contact the Migrant Rights Centre in Dublin directly:
Migrant Rights Centre Ireland, 28 North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1 (just off Parnell Street – look for the blue and white building)
Phone: +353 1 889 7570
Email: info@mrci.ie

This blog post contains information about long-term accommodation and renting in Dublin, for information about short-term accommodation in Dublin, visit this post.

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