The one question that every international student asks before they travel to Ireland is ‘What are the best options for student accommodation in Dublin?’.
Trying to research your options from abroad and decide what is suitable for you can be difficult – especially when you are living abroad and have never been to Dublin before!
There are many options for student accommodation in Dublin. From homestay to on-campus and speciality-built student accommodation blocks to privately rented apartments. Each option has its pros and cons, and the best option for you will depend on your own personal needs.
To help you choose the right option for you, we’ve taken a closer look at the best options for international students looking for accommodation in Dublin. But first, there are few top tips the you should know when you are booking your accommodation:
- There is high demand for accommodation in Dublin. So, the main thing you need to bear in mind is, the sooner you book, the better!
- For on-campus or specialty student accommodation blocks, you may need to pay for the full year in advance (or in two instalments)
- Most accommodation providers will refund fees paid in the event your visa is refused to Ireland – but you should confirm this with them
- Need to be clear about what your budget is for accommodation and living expenses – there are options for a variety of budgets
- Students under 18 years must stay in a DIFC homestay until they are 18 years old (unless they are living with family or their guardian)
There are 4 main options for student accommodation in Dublin for international students:
- Off-campus student accommodation
- DIFC arranged homestay
- Privately rented accommodation
DIFC is located on Griffith College campus which has on-campus accommodation provided by Griffith Halls of Residence (GHR). It is a very safe and secure option for international students. And, for DIFC students, you will literally be a 2 minute walk from your classes. Bonus!
GHR offers both shared or private ensuite rooms with twin share rooms from €6,000 for the full academic year. Private rooms are just under €12,000 for the academic year. Accommodation is on a self-catering basis, but includes basic utilities and WiFi for students.
Places are already fully booked for September 2017 intake, so they are now operating on a waitlist. This waitlist also extends to students joining in January 2018, with places allocated on a first come, first serve basis from the waitlist.
Off-campus Student Accommodation
This year has seen a number of high quality student accommodation blocks open in Dublin, but again, there is incredibly high demand. All of these are either walking distance or a short bus ride from DIFC so very convenient for international students.
The benefit of living in off-campus accommodation blocks is the independence it teaches you. Furthermore, you will develop a broader network of international contacts as you’ll be living with students studying in different universities throughout Dublin.
Our top tips for off-campus accommodation are as follows:
Aparto – Dorset Point
Officially opened last week, Aparto Dorset Point is a new luxury student accommodation block purpose built to provide the best facilities for students. You can keep it cosy in an exclusive 2 or 3 bed apartment or be social and choose an ensuite room in an apartment of 5, 6 or 7 bedrooms. In the shared apartments, you will have a private, ensuite room that is connected to a common living/kitchen space with 5-7 private rooms in each apartment.
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Around the corner from Aparto Dorset Point there is a bus stop where you can catch a bus directly to DIFC, which takes approximately 20 minutes. So it is a very convenient option for international students.
Prices start from €235 per week and are fully-inclusive with on-site gym, social programme, study area, cinema room and games/social area, as well as an amazing rooftop terrace. Places are booking fast and you can make your booking here. Aparto also operate Binary Hub, but places are already fully booked for September 2017.
Uninest Student Residence – New Mill
Another new addition for 2017, New Mill is purpose built student accommodation located right in the heart of Dublin’s historical Liberties area. It offers accommodation for up to 400 students with prices starting from €249 per week – so it’s at the higher end of the market in terms of cost.
With shared rooms and private rooms available, Uninest also offers students fully inclusive high-speed broadband and WiFi, bike storage, common rooms (cinema room, music room and study areas), as well as plenty of outdoor areas.
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New Mill is walking distance from DIFC, so there is no additional transport cost for students.
More information and booking details are available on their website
International Student Accommodation
ISA have a number of smaller independent student residences and apartments in central Dublin. You can choose between single, twin or double rooms, with a private ensuite room or shared bathroom. They come with fully equipped kitchens, living rooms, laundry facilities and free wifi. Rent includes all bills and free laundry facilities plus can be divided into 3,6 or 9 payments across the whole Academic Year – so is a great option for more budget conscious students.
You’ll also have the benefit of living with other international students, so you’ll have a instant friend network and get to discover Dublin together.
For further details, visit their website
Many universities and colleges in Dublin have a network of local host families who will accommodate students studying with them. DIFC has varies homestay options for students – both short-term and longer term.
Host families generally live in the suburbs of Dublin, so you will need to take public transport to and from your host accommodation. Your host family will tell you which service is the most suitable for you.
The fee for homestay is €700 per 4 weeks (€800 for students under 18 years) plus a €50 booking fee. This includes a private room with a bed, wardrobe and a desk as well as your morning and evening meals. There are also options for shared rooms available. In some instances, you may also need to pay a deposit of €800 – especially long term homestays – which will be refunded once you leave the homestay in good condition.
The benefit of arranging a homestay is that you’ll have that added support network at home – as well as some ‘local knowledge’ for getting out and exploring Dublin. Plus, there are also often other students living in the house, so you’ll have an instant network of friends as well.
Homestay bookings are managed directly through DIFC’s dedicated Accommodation Manager – so you need to contact us directly to make a booking at email@example.com
Privately Rented Accommodation
Sourcing privately rented accommodation in Dublin as an international student can be a difficult process. August and September sees a massive influx of both Irish and international students into Dublin, so there is a high demand for student-friendly rental accommodation.
You can do some research before you travel to Ireland – however, from our experience very few legitimate landlords will sign a lease with a student who is not in the country. Therefore, we recommend students to arrange short-term accommodation, through DIFC arranged homestay or, if you are travelling with a parent – a short-term apartment – and this will allow you time to look for accommodation.
You can do your homework before you arrive – but it is best to wait til you arrive to book something. The best websites are for searching private accommodation are:
For private rental, prices can vary broadly and advertised properties may be a room in a bigger property or the full property itself. It is also standard practice for landlords to ask for a deposit plus the first month’s rent in advance. The deposit will be returned to you once you leave the property in good condition.
Another top tip is for students who are travelling with a parent/guardian. It is a good idea to get them to come along to any inspections, as this will reassure the landlord that finances are available to pay your rent.
Book early to avoid disappointment!
So, that’s it! The low-down on the student accommodation scene in Dublin. If there was only one piece of advice to take away from this article it would be to book your accommodation as early as possible. Places do fill up fast and already some accommodation options are full.
If you are a DIFC student joining in September 2017 or January 2018 and you need advice regarding your accommodation options, feel free to contact our Accommodation Manager, Sharon, at firstname.lastname@example.org