What types of accommodation options are available in Dublin? What about rent prices? Here is an overview of the Irish capital city's accommodation market.
Being Ireland's capital city, Dublin is also the country's largest and most densely populated city. Its population amounted to more than 500,000 inhabitants in 2014 while the whole county had a population of some 1.2 million inhabitants. Over the years, Dublin has been attracting foreigners from across the globe, not only for the many opportunities offered, but also for its historical and cultural aspect. In fact, Dublin is very conducive to expatriation if you are looking for a new environment and a different lifestyle.
The Irish capital offers a variety of accommodation options for all tastes: studios, apartments, houses, hotels, etc. But before settling there, it is best to inquire on its different neighborhoods in order to determine where you would prefer to live according to your situation and your needs.
Dublin city is divided into several districts, including Ballsbridge, Irishtown, Milltown, Temple Bar, Portobello, etc. Temple Bar is still the most popular area of Dublin, hosting not only churches and cathedrals, but also a market, shops, restaurants and cafes, among others. Liberties, which is found in the west of Temple Bar, is famous for its red brick terraces.
In St Stephen's Green, you will be delighted with a pleasant atmosphere among modern and luxurious houses and stylish apartments. It is quite close to the Leinster House, the Irish parliament. You will also find hotels, shopping centers and restaurants in this neighborhood. Ballsbridge, meanwhile, is mainly a residential neighborhood including studios, modern and comfortable houses and apartments which are surrounded by green spaces.
Dublin's city center is known for being a bustling financial district. You are likely to find corporate offices, banks, as well as restaurants, bars, shopping malls, large stores and luxury hotels.
You are advised to avoid Northern Dublin's neighborhood for security reasons.
Furthermore, Smithfield Village, Georgian Quarter and Kilmainham are part of Dublin's historical districts. These neighborhoods are culturally very lively and you are likely to discover and taste ancient flavors during your visit. You will also find shopping alleys, old houses, pubs and cafes, etc.
You are less likely to find cheap accommodation in Dublin compared to other Irish cities. In general, apartments and houses rent prices are quite high, that is as from 300 euros per month. Prices vary according to the neighborhood, type of housing, comfort level and facilities available there. If you are making a short stay in Dublin, you could simply rent a hotel room or a vacation accommodation.
If you are planning to stay longer, you can start by living in a hostel until you find the ideal accommodation which meets your criteria.
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Most Dublin owners offer long-term rental, that is, as from six months to a year. Hence, you are less likely to find short time rentals.
Therefore, you will need some € 1,270 per month to rent a two bedroom flat in the city center. In other areas, you will need an average of € 1,000 for the same type of accommodation. If you prefer cheaper accommodation, you could rent a room as from € 400 monthly. As regards room or flat sharing, the rent price can reach up to € 600 if it is a new and modern accommodation.
In uptown Dublin, you will need some € 3,600 per month to rent an apartment. The rental prices for houses and villas will be higher.
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You can also consider renting a "twin room" in Dublin. This concept refers to a room consisting of two beds, which is ideal for students. The rent price is generally around € 250 to € 350. The "single/double room" concept includes a single or double bed and a rent price ranging between € 350 and €700 per month.
During your accommodation search, you can check out classified ads in local newspapers and housing offers on the internet. If you are already on the spot, you can as well register with a real estate agency or seek help from your friends or contacts there if you have any. You may also stroll around different neighborhoods in order to spot available housing.