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Accommodation in Cork

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Cork may be known as the Rebel County, but its people are friendly and this compact city has quintessential Irish charm. Home to many fast-growing industries, it is attracting more and more expats, who are finding a part of Cork they can call home.

Situated on one of the largest harbours in the world is Ireland’s second largest city of Cork. This historic seaport is still considerably smaller than its capital counterpart, though, in both size and population. Currently it boasts a population of around 125,000 within the city centre, and nearly 550,000 in the county of Cork as a whole. With its recent influx of international companies and good universities, it continues to attract new residents.

Most of the housing available in Cork consists of apartments and houses. You tend to get more space for your money in Cork than you would in Dublin, and can often find houses relatively close to the city that are detached, have gardens, and parking.

Cork's neighbourhoods

As with all cities, different areas of Cork will offer different accommodation options at various price points. It’s worth getting to know the neighbourhoods before deciding where to settle down.

The city centre is an island of shopping, markets, entertainment, and restaurants with the River Lee splitting and lining either side of it. This is a busier, livelier part of town with lots going on, but smaller accommodations for more money. The Huguenot Quarter, Oliver Plunkett Street area, and Grand Parade are all found here.

North of the river is hillier, with great views over the river and centre. This houses the newly regenerated Victorian Quarter, as well as historical Shandon. South of the river is the Elysian Tower, which is considered a trendy and hip place to live by young people. Southwest of the city are the two universities, so these areas are comprised of students, book stores, cafes, and shops. East Cork is a great area for families with quality schools, beaches, the zoo, and a wildlife park. If you’re looking for something more suburban, but still within reach of the city, Douglas, Blackrock, Cobh, and Ballingcollig are worth looking into.

Prices

While there is high demand for property nationwide, your search might be a little bit easier with slightly more affordable options in Cork than it would be in Dublin. The average rental price in Cork is €1,122 per month, with the average house sale listing coming onto the market at just over €250,000. This may vary slightly depending on the size and location of the property you would like, but can be a helpful guide when first looking so you know what to expect.

Searching for accommodation in Cork

Property search websites are a great way to begin your search for a more permanent home, whether you are still abroad or already in Cork. From within the city, local newspapers, community boards, and word of mouth can also help, as can registering with a local estate agent.

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