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Dublin is an international city on the rise, with both historic charm and sleek modernity. It is home to about one third of Ireland’s total population, and provides many accommodation options in the both the city centre and the fast growing suburbs.

Ireland’s east coast capital city, situated on a bay of the Irish Sea, is the largest in the country in terms of both size and population. The Greater Dublin Area is home to 1.8 million people, and this is set to grow to 2.2 million by the year 2031.

Being home to many international companies, Dublin continues to grow and host both expats and Irish people from other parts of the country. This means accommodation can be more expensive and competitive than in other areas of the island. Still, it continues to attract, and the cost of living tends to work out in the end.

There are various types of accommodation available, from small studios and one bedroom apartments, to multi-bedroomed terraced houses. The closer to the city centre, the less space you’ll get for your money. Getting further out into the suburbs could afford you a larger home with space both inside and out. You will most likely share at lease one wall with a neighbour, as fully detached houses are hard to come by. You can find older, character properties, as well as many new build apartment complexes in Dublin. If your time in the city is shorter term, a hostel, AirBnB, or serviced apartment might be a more appropriate type of accommodation. If you are single, or a student, then flat-sharing may be a more cost-effective way to live. Most Dublin rentals are on minimum 6 month lets, and many come furnished.

Dublin's neighbourhoods

The type of accommodation you end up in, as well as the costs involved, will likely depend on the neigbourhood you choose to make your home. Some of the areas you might want to consider are:

Ballsbridge – This is the most residential area still within walking distance of the centre that is also home to many of the embassies.

Fitzwilliam & Merrion Squares – These are two leafy squares situated near Trinity College and filled with Georgian townhouses, some of which have been converted to office buildings.

Grafton Street/St. Stephen’s Green – This is the main tourist area of the city, boasting Georgian architecture, nice hotels, and fine hotels and shops. More luxurious living can be found here.

Liberties – Just outside the old city walls, and home to the Guinness Brewery, is Liberties. It is known for its red brick terraces, but also for being a slightly lesser desirable place to live.

North Quays – Former shipping industry hub on the north banks of the Liffey, it is now home to many corporate offices, trendy hotel and dining options, and a new pedestrian boardwalk.

O’Connell Street – Just north of the river Liffey, this statue-lined street is Dublin’s theatre district. It has been known to be rough from time to time, but has come up in recent years.

Old City – The most historic part of Dublin boasts ancient city walls, the famous Christ Church and St. Patrick Cathedrals, as well as Dublin Castle. Fashionable bespoke clothing boutiques have also recently found a home here.

Smithfield – Home of the Old Jameson Distillery, this area near to Phoenix Park has been recently gentrified from its former grungy market past.

Temple Bar – Cobbled and character-full, this neighbourhood is cultured and trendy during the day with its galleries and cafes, but thumping at night with many rowdy bars and nightclubs.

Trinity College Area – This is pretty much as central as you can get. The university offers nice green space and historic buildings, while bookstores, cafes, and shops surround. There is a lot of traffic, however, both vehicular and pedestrian.

If you prefer to look further afield of the city centre, some up and coming neighbourhoods that are often recommended for professionals are, Drumcondra, Dundrum, Phibsborough, Ranelagh, Rathgar, Ringsend, and Stoneybatter.

 Good to know:

Dublin is divided by the River Liffey. Below the river is referred to as the South Side, while above is the North Side. Traditionally, the South was safer and more desirable, however the North has regenerated a lot in recent years and should still be considered.


Dublin is the most expensive city in Ireland in which to live. Demand for property often outstrips supply, so the market is very competitive, resulting in compromises and high costs. The average rental price in Dublin is €1,700 per month, and the average cost to buy is approximately €315,000. This can obviously vary slightly depending on the size and location of the accommodation you require, but is a good guideline to keep in mind while you search.

Searching for accommodation in Dublin

It is useful to start your search on the Internet to see what is currently available and what you might be able to get for your money. Newspaper ads, community notice boards, and even Facebook groups might also be able to generate some leads. Registering with estate agents can be very helpful, but be aware that this sometimes incurs a fee. Simply looking around your desired areas for available properties and putting the word out to your community can also help you to find your new home.

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