Accommodation in Dublin

Here are some of my thoughts on what I think is important to know when you are looking for accommodation in Dublin.

1. Dublin is Different!

Unlike some of the other major European cities like Madrid or Milan, the majority of Irish people don't live in the city centre (Dublin 1 and 2), but instead they live in the suburbs of the city. This may be something you might want to take into account if you are moving here. Often, living in the city centre gives you the advantage of being in walking distance of most of the city centre attractions/workplaces but it can be crowded, noisy and really expensive accommodation. In my opinion, it's a much better idea to look for accommodation in one of the Dublin suburbs which is well-connected to the city centre by either bus, the Dart (this is the train) or by the Luas (this is the tram). Read more about Irish transport here.

2. Don't Take Risks

Another point which I feel is worth mentioning is the fact that it's very important to sign a contract when you are renting and not simply pay someone in cash every month. I've heard so many horror stories of people being suddenly asked to leave or other nightmare scenarios.

Here is a little bit of advice from the Irish police force, An Garda Síochána:

  • Ideally only do business with established rental agencies, or check if a landlord is registered with the RTB on

  • Always meet a prospective landlord in the accommodation to be rented.

  • Ask for photo identification of the landlord or letting agent and take a photo of the document on your phone.

  • Pay the deposit to the landlord and not the persons leaving the property/courier other person.

  • Use cheques or bank drafts to pay the deposit and keep copies of receipts of payments and any correspondence.

  • Ensure keys fit, open door lock and sign rental contract, prior to payment of deposit.

3. Find a Location Right for You

In terms of locations, if you are willing to pay a high price for your accommodation and would like to be close to the city centre but away from the madness of it then areas such as Smithfield, Rathmines and around the Christchurch area (Dublin 4, 6, 7 and 8) are very popular and have some fantastic restaurants, parks, bars and shops nearby. Outside of these areas, my preference would be for anywhere on the Dart line (train line) or somewhere that has a good bus connection. I live in Dublin 5 and couldn't be happier there as I feel that it's well-connected and it has great parks and is close to the sea, but I guess it depends on what you're looking for from your accommodation to be able to decide what location would suit you best. If you'd like to know more about the areas of Dublin, check out this link.

4 . Useful Websites

There are a number of websites that advertise both short and long-term rental accommodation in Dublin and beyond. is by far the biggest, and you can sign up for alerts in your chosen area. Other sites worth looking at include,, and

5. Listen to the Professionals

Despite all of the advice I have given, please remember that I am no expert in this area! Here's a link to the Rental Tenancies Board (RTB) website They are a public body set up to support the rental housing sector. Their website has a lot of useful information and they would be the designated public body who should be able to help you if you have any problems in the renting market.

I know it's not easy out there, so I wish you luck and I hope that you can find a place that you are happy with!

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