Private Rented Accommodation
As College has a student population in excess of 17,000 students, College accommodation is limited. The following pages give guidelines for the various options available. An Accommodation Advisory Service is run before the start of the autumn term, which is known as Michaelmas Term, to assist students seeking private accommodation in Dublin. Searching for accommodation in Dublin particularly for the first time can be quite difficult. Some students may wish to secure alternative accommodation in either lodgings (digs), or in private accommodation. Further information on these options is detailed below.
Self-catering accommodation in Dublin falls into three types:
- Flats or apartments: generally one or two bedrooms. These tend to be the most popular and the most expensive types of self catering accommodation;
- Houses: students often join together and rent a house. This tends to be the most economical type of student accommodation;
- Bedsitting rooms: in a bedsitting arrangement, the student has his/her own room with cooking facilities, but the bathroom and shower are shared with other residents in the house.
Private self-catering accommodation can be difficult to obtain and is relatively expensive. Some of the cheaper accommodation on the market can be of poor standard. The demand for rented accommodation is especially high at the start of the academic year, and students should arrive in Dublin well in advance of the start of their course if they are seeking such accommodation. It is recommended that students plan to spend at least a week looking for self-catering accommodation.
While cheaper, but often less satisfactory accommodation is available, the Accommodation Office recommends that students should budget at least €145 per week for rented accommodation. This should enable students to obtain a place (often a shared room) in a house or apartment.
Searching for accommodation can be difficult and time consuming. Many properties are let through auctioneers and letting agencies, while some are advertised in evening newspapers. Students should be particularly cautious when asked to pay significant registration fees to letting agencies. Because such property is normally let within a short time of being advertised, it is impractical to circulate lists of available property to students. The Accommodation Advisory Service will have notices of all types of self catering accommodation.
Rents in Dublin generally are paid week-to-week or monthly. While some landlords will allow students to sign a lease for the duration of the academic year, an increasing number are requiring year-long leases. A security deposit equivalent to one month's rent is generally required upon taking possession of accommodation. When renting accommodation, students are strongly advised to check the standard of the property on offer and the conditions relating to occupancy. It is highly recommended that students ensure that they have a written lease, and that they obtain a rent book to record rental payments. Further information on tenant's rights can be obtained from the Threshold website (opens in a new browser window).
The Accommodation Advisory Service runs from mid-August to the end of Freshers' Week each year and is located in House 6, Front Square.
The Advisory Service hours are:
- Monday - Friday 9.30 - 17.00
- Saturday 9.30 - 13.00
The Advisory Service has notices for lodgings and self catering accommodation. The service also posts copies of the rental listings published in the local newspapers. In addition, the service has two telephones that students may use at no charge to contact prospective landlords and a detailed map of the city so that students can easily locate accommodation locations. The staff of the Advisory Service will give advice on location and costs of accommodation, and will provide any other necessary information to help students new to Dublin orient themselves in the city. The Advisory Service also has information on tenant's rights and other health and safety information. One of the great benefits of the Advisory Service is that students have a perfect opportunity to meet other students to join together to share a house or multi-bedroomed apartment. The Students' Union's Living in Dublin Guide which is published on their Accommodation Advisory page has up-to-date information on finding accommodation in Dublin.
The Accommodation Advisory Service may only be used by those associated with Trinity College. A College ID or letter of acceptance to College is required to gain admittance to the service.