My daughter is starting college in Dublin in the next few weeks and we are looking for accommodation for her. Could you please give us some advice and tips on where to start looking, what our budget range should be and anything else we need to know?
My advice is to do your research, as there are a number of things to consider when renting a property. Proximity to the university will be important, as will the type of property and access to transport links. Your options will largely depend on your available budget and whether your daughter wishes to share a property with others or rent alone.
If you haven’t done so already it would be worth contacting the university your daughter will be attending about the availability of campus accommodation.
The next option would be the private rental market. House shares are often listed on college notice boards, both online and at the campus, and this would be a good place to start. Alternatively, a number of property websites list individual rooms to rent in properties. The rent can vary but would most likely be in the range of €350 to €550 per month, depending on the location and condition of the property. If your daughter wishes to rent by herself, again the property portals will help. The monthly rental range for a bedsit to a one-bed apartment in Dublin is somewhere between €500-€1,200, and this will vary considerably based on the location and condition of the property.
You should note that your daughter will be asked to sign a lease contract and will be expected to pay a deposit and first month’s rent up front. She will also have to register with the Private Residential Tenancies Board, and usually the landlord or their agent will arrange this.
Rowena Quinn is a member of the SCSI.