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Advice for students

Finding the right place to live is an important part of college life and there are a number of different options available for students who move away from home including:

  • Student on campus accommodation and student specific accommodation near colleges
  • Renting a property from a private landlord 
  • Renting a room in the owners house (often referred to as digs)*

The Union of Students in Ireland has re-launched its website homes.usi.ie, a room rental registration website for students looking for accommodation and for landlords who can lease vacant rooms to students during the college term tax-free up to the value of €14,000 annually through the rent a room relief. Click here for more information.

*It is important to note that in digs this is a licence arrangement and the normal landlord and tenant laws do not apply only what is agreed between the parties.

The latest daft.ie report  for Q3 2017 shows an average national rent of €1,198 pm  (which you can view by clicking here) this is due to an extremely high demand for accommodation and, with supply at an all time low, it can be hard to source affordable rented accommodation.  The table below gives an indication to the rent you may be asked to pay in some of the key urban centres.

 

Rent €pm       1 Bed       2 Bed       3 Bed    
Cork8789901,186
Dublin1,3411,5501,852
Galway7938931,070
Limerick718809970
Waterford603679814

 

With under 3,400 properties advertised on Daft.ie available to rent nationally and 1,300 in Dublin  this may make finding  accommodation more difficult so you should start looking as soon as possible but most importantly do not rush out and take the first place available. There are a number of points you should keep in mind before you rent. Download our Top Tips for Students document which tells you what you need to know.