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General Information on Finding Accommodation in Ireland

The following information is to give students an idea of what to lookfor when seeking accommodation in Ireland. The information below is only a general guide.

Because there are large numbers of students living in Ireland's larger cities, it is often difficult to find rooms near your place of study at a reasonable price. It is unlikely that you will find suitable accommodation on the day that you arrive. Temporary provision should be made for this, e.g. hosel accommodation.

Initital Accommodation: Hostels in Ireland are generally operated by Independent Holiday Hostels (IHH) or Hostelling International groups such as An Oige. The latter is a membership organisation and international visitors can purchase a guest card for brief stays, The independent hostels are cheaper and tend to be more informal.

An Oige can be contacted at +353 1 8304555/ fax +353 1 8305808 for bookings in advance. A list of the 120 IHH hostels can be obtained from 57 Lower Gardiner St, Dublin 1 or phone +353 1 8364700/ fax +353 1 8364710. Prices vary across the year and also by location but you should expect to pay approximately 8- 10 per night in a private room.

Bed and Breakfasts (or B&Bs) are also very popular in Ireland. These are clean, relatively cheap and well-provided large family homes to be found in every town and city of Ireland. A comfortable bed and more than ample (usually meat-based) breakfasts are the standard fare for B&Bs. Those registered with the Irish Tourist Board- Bord Failte- tend to be of better quality and it is always advisable to book ahead if possible. A comprehensive list of such accommodation can be viewed at their website.

You might consider referring to the 'Accommodation' sections of the Rough Guide and Lonely Planet guidebooks (and online) for more detailed information about initial accommodation.

University residences: The National University of Ireland Dublin (University College Dublin), the National University of Ireland Cork (University College Cork), the National University of Ireland Galway (University College Galway) and the National University of Ireland Maynooth, and the University of Dublin (Trinity College), Dublin City University and the University of Limerick all provide a limited amount of student accommodation in the form of university residences.

All institution-based accommodation is in high demand so it is essential to apply for places as early as possible. Go here for a list of Irish universities and institutes of technology.

Getting information about longer-term accommodation: The Accommodation Officer in your higher education institution can provide advice, as will the Student's Union as well as other students. In addition to these sources of information, accommodation can be found in one of four ways:

  1. By contact with landlords
  2. Through information from other people leaving accommodation
  3. Through information boards in your place of study
  4. Through advertisements in the evening newspaper

When using an evening newspaper (see "Flats to let", "House Sharing" sections of the newspapers), you need to get the early edition, usually available at about lunchtime. If you leave it any later, you will find that many of the flats have been already taken.

Accommodation can also be located through Letting Agencies. Before registering with an agency, confrim that they are licensed.

Offices and Information: The Department of the Environment has responsibility for housing. Their website on housing can be found here. Further details and information about renting private accommodation can be obtained from Threshold, an organisation which provides advice and information by trained staff to those with immediate housing problems. For more information, see www.threshold.ie.

Source: International Education Board Ireland http://www.educationireland.ie/