Living in Dublin

Welcome to Dublin and, more importantly, welcome to Trinity! Dublin is a vibrant, beautiful city, that’s always pulsing with energy, and always has something going on.

Here, you’ll find everything you need to get started, how to get established in the city, and some handy tips and tricks about surviving in the big city, and making the most of your time in Trinity

Getting Started

Whether you’re moving to Dublin from Meath or Malaysia, the biggest problem you’re likely to face is just getting started in the big city, and starting out living on your own. Below, you’ll find advice on getting accommodation, placing deposits, household utilities, looking after your finances, and general tenancy agreements.

Accommodation

Finding a Place

The first hurdle you’ll need to overcome coming to Ireland will be actually finding a place to live. It can be scary, particularly if you’re organising accommodation from abroad - however, if you start early and put in the effort, you’ll definitely find somewhere to live, that’ll meet your needs.

Organising accommodation online is one of the easiest things to do. If you can, always organise a viewing in person, to make sure the place is up to standard. Some of the best places to start your search are:

Note: there have been reports of fake accommodation offered through many property websites. If you feel as though a property is suspect, get in touch with the company, and ask them to verify the property.

The Students’ Union also offers an Accommodation Advisory Service, located in House 6 in Front Square, where you’ll be able to find out more about some of their listings, and their cribs. There is also a database of accommodation on their website, www.tcdsu.org.

Tenancy Rights & Obligations

As a tenant, you have a number of obligations under the Residential Tenancies Act of 2004.

  • You must pay your rent on time.
  • Main the property in good order and inform the landlord when repairs are needed, allowing access for them to do so.
  • You must not engage in activities that harm the property.
  • You must allow the landlord to do inspections of the property upon prior request.
  • Inform the landlord of who is living in the property.
  • Avoid causing damage, nuisance or breaking the law.
  • Comply with the terms of the tenancy agreement.
  • Give the landlord proper notice before termination of the tenancy agreement
  • Keep a record of all repairs, payments and dealings with the landlord.
  • Sign the PRTB registration form when requested to do so by the landlord.
  • Don’t do anything that could affect the landlord’s insurance premium on the location.

However, you also have a number of rights as a tenant.

  • The rented accommodation must be in good condition.
  • The tenant must have privacy - landlords can only enter the accommodation with your permission, unless it’s an emergency. Landlords are permitted to carry out routine inspections of the property.
  • Tenants must have a rent book, written contract or lease with the landlord.
  • Tenants must be informed of increases to their rent. A rent increase can only occur once a year except in certain circumstances when improvements have been carried out to the dwelling, and according to the current market rate after 28 days written notice.
  • Tenants must be able to contact their landlord at any reasonable time.
  • Tenants must be reimbursed by the landlord for any reasonable and vouched repairs that are carried out on the accommodation, in cases where the landlord has refused or failed to carry out repairs requested by the tenant within a reasonable time.
  • Tenants must be given given proper notice before the termination of the tenancy agreement.
  • Tenants can refer disputes to the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB).

Moving to Ireland

Students from EU and EEA countries can enter Ireland without restriction. All students who do not hold an EU or EEA passport will need to register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB). Some non-EU/EEA students will also require visas before entering Ireland. Please make sure to check whether you require a visa and allow as much time as possible for your visa application to be processed.

Registering with the GNIB

When you enter Ireland at the airport, you will need to show your offer letter from Trinity, your valid passport, proof of health insurance, a receipt for your College deposit or fees (or scholarship letter) and a bank statement showing your means to support yourself during your stay. The immigration officer will stamp your passport for a period of usually about 30 days. Within that time you are expected to visit the GNIB and register as a non-EU student.

The Trinity Global Room will organise several group visits to the GNIB, but you are also welcome to go at your own convenience. You’ll need to have your GNIB registration complete before you try to re-enter the country (so make sure you register before you travel outside of Ireland). The GNIB is on Burgh Quay, about 10 minutes from Trinity’s campus. In order to register, you’ll need to show your passport, proof of health insurance, proof of Trinity registration (from Academic Registry), a bank statement showing at least €3000 in an Irish bank account and a €300 fee. More details can be found here: http://www.tcd.ie/study/non-eu/undergraduate/coming-to-trinity/pre-arrival/

Visas

The visa that you will receive in your home country is a single-entry visa. After you arrive in Ireland and register with the GNIB, you will need to apply for a multiple entry visa to allow you to enter and leave the country as many times as you would like. You may need a separate visa to visit other countries in the EU, so you should be sure to check before planning any travel.

Gas & Electricity

Most places come with an already established connection to a supplier of gas and electricity. However, to maximise savings and make sure that you’re getting the best deal, it pays to shop around, and ensure that you’re really getting the most out of your money.

The main providers are:

Links to what's happening in Dublin

The following are a selection of Dublin-focused social and entertainment sites. From best places to eat, to cultural events, to upcoming activities.

Finance

Opening a Bank Account

A bank account is the most essential thing to set up upon arrival in Ireland.

The majority of banks require proof of address in order to set up an account - however, should you wish to choose them as your bank, the Bank of Ireland on Trinity campus only requires confirmation from the college that you’re a student before they set you up with a bank account. These branches can be found beside the Buttery just off Front Square, and next to the Hamilton Café.

If you have proof of address and wish to set up with a different bank, you will also need to bring your Passport or EU National Card with you.

Getting Connected

Outside of keeping warm, keeping the lights on and the water running, one of the most essential things for life is staying connected to the world around you. There are plenty of options for mobile networks in Ireland, and for getting up and running online as well.

Mobile Phone

One of the first things you’ll want is a mobile phone, to get connected to the wider world, and also so you can phone home and let them know that you’re safe. This is one of the easiest and earliest things you’ll want to get.

If you need to buy a new phone, there are plenty of phone shops in and around the city centre, primarily located on Grafton St. If you want to keep your old phone, but set up on an Irish network, it’s as simple as popping in, and talking to them about changing over your phone.

In Ireland, paying for phones comes under two categories - bill-pay and pre-pay. If you want to avail of a bill-paying phone, you’ll need a bank account first. You’ll also be asked to set up a fixed contract, which makes this a great option for Erasmus students who may only be here for a term. Pre-pay is even easier - it gives you ‘credit’, which you can then spend on texts and calls, and you can top-up from any shop or store once you run out. Pre-pay contracts often offer deals, like free calls on evenings and weekends, or free texts to phones on the same network.

The main network providers are:

Internet at College

Wi-fi is available throughout the college, and you can access it off all devices. If you don’t have an internet-ready advice, there are plenty of computer rooms in on and off-campus locations - you can also find computers in the Arts Block concourse. Just log on with your TCD ID.

If you’re having trouble accessing the internet on your personal device, get in touch with IS Services on helpdesk@tcd.ie.

Internet at Home

To set up broadband/wi-fi in your home, the easiest thing to do is go to one of the main suppliers, who are listed below. To check the best deals for your area, head to www.getbroadband.ie. It pays to shop around in this department, and find what suits you best.

Getting Around

Getting around Dublin is easy, and there are plenty of options to choose from when deciding which what’s best for you.

Student Travelcard

An essential for any student is the Student Travelcard, which you can pick up from the Students’ Union. Not only do they provide you with lots of deals for students around the city centre for food, clothing and more, they also allow you to avail of cheaper prices for taking Dublin Bus, IrishRail and the Luas system.

Transports

Bus

DublinBus operate an extensive bus network system that can take you to within walking distance of the majority of places in the city centre, the wider Dublin area, and some beyond. More information on rates and routes are available at dublinbus.ie.

Luas

The luas.ie is the light-rail system of Dublin, and offers a direct link to many major locations outside of the wider Dublin city centre region. Lines operate direct links to The 3 Arena concert venue, Dundrum shopping centre, Taillight and St. James’ Hospital.

There are two Luas lines, Red and Green. Red operates between The 3 Arena and Taillaght, and the Green operates between St. Stephen’s Green and Cherrywood.

The Luas is currently undergoing major works to connect the Red and Green Lines, and to extend the Luas network through the city centre.

Dublin Bikes

Getting around the city centre is easy with dublinbikes.ie - the bikes are available to rent from lots of city centre locations, and require a payment via card from the machine - you can get a 3-day pass, or an annual ticket.

You must pick up and drop off a bike at the designated stations throughout the city, or risk being charged more!