To anyone who succeeded in wrangling a decent place in Dublin amid the riot of accommodation seekers and unscrupulous landlords around the city, congratulations are due! The rest of you who are living away from home for the first time will have to deal with all sorts of things: outrageous rents, finicky landlords, rising damp, ‘interesting’ flatmates, and bill after bill after bill may distract you from your studies and your social life over the year. These ominous warnings aside, you are about to embark on one of the most exciting and rewarding episodes of your life, living on your own in the middle of one of the most impressive cities in Europe. There are ups and downs about it: enjoy the ups, and we’ll try to help you with the downs!
The most important thing to note is that help is here!
In terms of having it organised before you arrive I strongly recommend that you view in person any property before paying a deposit.
First thing to do is start linking up with other students. You’ll find some options of how to do that below.
Next you should get your documents (references etc.) together, decide what areas you'll look in and your maximum rent price and call private rental sites to set up viewings. You'll find them on the property websites listed below.
Consider digs as an option for first year. We have a good lot of digs loaded on our Accommodation Advisory website which you can log into with your tcd email address once you're registered. Digs may not be ideal but they are a good affordable option and once you link up with friends and societies you can connect to college life the same as people living in private rentals.
In any case call into the Accommodation Advisory Service desks if you need some advice before you search.
We have a list of host families who have rooms (and in some cases full board) available to students. Digs are traditionally a little cheaper than private rented accommodation. If you wish to look through our listings just let us know here in the office. Digs generally cost between €80 - €120 per week and vary in what they include (many include bills, meals, laundry etc. within this price). Make sure to clarify what the cost includes. You can find these on the accommodation advisory digs directory https://www.tcdsu.org/accommodation/accommodation
*important legal note* Digs and lodgings are not covered under the same law as normal tenancies and therefore do not have the same level of legal protection as a normal tenancy as they are covered under the 2015 Rent a Room scheme (http://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/housing/owning_a_home/home_owners/rent_a_room_scheme.html).
The landlord is not obliged to register the tenant, to provide a rent book or to meet the legal minimum standards outline in the Residential Tenancies Act. Therefore it is up to you to make sure that the property meets your standards and to ensure that you have use of the facilities you need. You can see a guide to this and a sample agreement between the tenant and landlord on our accommodation advisory page.
2. Private Rented Accommodation
There are a number of places online that you can search in order to view properties in all areas of Dublin including, and to get a reasonable idea as to what prices you should expect for private rented accommodation:
The Accommodation Advisory Service: From the early August until the end of Freshers’ Week the Accommodation Advisory Service is open in House Six, from 9:30-17:30, Monday to Friday. They also open for the first two weeks of term in January. Here you’ll find accommodation listings, maps, general info, phones, and friendly helpful people to give you a hand if you get into any bother. The Accommodation Office will be continuing it through Week 1, but in their own office on the left-hand side of the college chapel. The Accommodation Advisory Service also manage our list of You can call them on 016468431 or visit their website on https://www.tcdsu.org/services/accommodation
Noticeboard: The TCD noticeboard has a section for accommodation where students can find roommates, househunting buddies or a place to stay http://www.tcd.ie/Secretary/Communications/Noticeboard/ac_notices.html
The Evening Herald is probably the best newspaper for rented property listings, beware places are quickly snapped up. It comes out around midday each day, so it’s best to be ready to grab as soon as it comes into the shops. Be warned, however, that ads run for 3 days at a time, so there may be accommodation advertised that is no longer available.
Word of mouth, a friend who has a friend whose cousin has just left a place scenario, jump at these opportunities. Be careful, however, that you don’t end up in the wrong place or paying too much for what you’re getting.
If you, as with most students, can only afford to share a room, it may be a good idea to search for accommodation with a friend so that if you find a room to share you can take it immediately, and you don’t end up sharing with a total stranger. you can search on the Daft roommate database.
You can also try this link to the TCD communications noticeboard https://www.tcd.ie/Secretary/Communications/Noticeboard/ac_notices.html which has plenty of students posting looking for roommates.
Always always always see the place before you hand over money.
Do try and bring a parent with you.
Do borrow a mobile if you don’t already own one: it will be invaluable.
Do get a receipt for any money exchanged. Make dead certain you have this – some students in the past have lost a lot of money by forgetting this rule.
Do read your rights as outlined below before dealing with a landlord.
Bring a good map of Dublin including bus numbers with you.
Do check in with the Accommodation Advisory Service if you need any info.
Don’t admit to being a student if possible.
Don’t agree to pay out more than you know you will be able to continue to pay for the rest of the year, it will cripple you later.
Don’t get too freaked out by all the accommodation crisis reports. Yes there is a shortage of places out there but no that does not mean you should settle for a hamster cage. No matter how frustrated you get don’t be disheartened: you will not end up sleeping on the streets.
If you get stuck for somewhere to stay for a few days get in contact with the Welfare Officer. Trinity have deals with local hostels that can act as a base while you search for somewhere more permanent.