Accommodation and Living Costs

Dublin is a vibrant and busy destination city so accommodation is usually in demand. However, we understand that Covid-19 will have an impact on your choice of accommodation this year so this information may help you make your decision. 

Choosing your location

Our TU Dublin campuses are located in Dublin city centre, in Blanchardstown and in Tallaght. Dublin City Centre has three locations: Aungier Street, Bolton Street and Grangegorman. Commuting to college may be cheaper and easier if you choose accommodation in an area that is close to your campus location. For example, areas like Cabra and Phibsborough on the north side of the city are close to Bolton Street and Grangegorman and have good public transport links to Blanchardstown. On the south side of the city, Rathmines is only a ten-minute cycle to Aungier Street. The Tallaght campus is just a few stops on the Luas Red Line from areas like Kingswood and is on good bus routes to locations in Oldbawn, or Knocklyon and to the City Centre. Our map displays our campus locations and accommodation hubs and we recommend you use Google maps to calculate the best or cheapest routes for you.

Types of accommodation available to students

The three most popular types of student accommodation are living with a host family; staying in a student accommodation hub; or renting private accommodation. Student accommodation hubs are an ideal choice for international students and those wishing to live in Dublin full-time. Host families usually offer five or seven-day accommodation but may take bookings for a shorter week if you do not intend staying in Dublin for the full week.

Living with a host family is often the most economical and flexible option. The family may offer five or seven-day accommodation but this year they may take bookings for a shorter week.  You will typically pay for 25 – 30 weeks over the academic year.  Rent averages at approximately €150 and €200 per week and utility bills are included in the cost.  Many host families provide optional extras such as a light breakfast and evening meal.

If you plan to live with a host family ask the homeowner for their plan should the household be impacted by Covid-19. 
Choose a family that regularly hosts international students and research the accommodation as much as possible before you commit to a booking.

To see what’s available, check out StudentPad.

If you’re an international student or wish to live in Dublin full-time, staying in a student accommodation hub may be the option for you.

Please note due to high demand, the accommodation in our Student Hubs may fill quickly.  Contact providers for up to date information on availability. 

Alternative student accommodation is advertised on the TU Dublin StudentPad. 


The best place to search for this type of housing is on  When you find a suitable property, make sure you get your landlord to confirm in writing the length of your lease, the conditions you must meet to get your deposit back, who to contact if anything goes wrong and how much notice they need before you leave the property.  Make sure you get a receipt for all monies paid, avoid paying in cash, and when you move in, take photos of any damage, so you don't get charged for it when you leave.  Other private accommodation websites include HomestayMyHome and SwitchingRooms.

It’s important to know your rights and responsibilities as a tenant and you can find lots of information about renting on the Residential Tenancies Board website and Threshold – the National Housing Charities website.  The Union of Students in Ireland also have a great finance and accommodation guide on their website.


Watch out for rental scams. One of the most common scams is when someone copies listings of properties that are genuinely available to rent and advertises them with their email or phone number. They might refuse to show you the property, saying they are too busy or living elsewhere, but may send you photos and fake documents or keys in the hope of getting you to pay rent or a deposit. Often victims do not realise they have been scammed until they show up at ‘their’ property to find someone else living in it. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true.

Find your Place

StudentPad is your one-stop-shop whether you’re looking to live with a host family, stay in a student accommodation hub, or rent private accommodation (including house and apartment shares). Along with an accommodation search, the site offers advice on housing and locations and a message board. Accessing the site couldn’t be easier - just register using your university email address. If you haven’t received a university email address yet, register using your personal email address and once you’ve received approval you’re ready to go.
If you have any queries regarding student accommodation please contact:

City Centre locations
Student Accommodation Service – +353 1 220 5066

Blanchardstown area
Student Information Desk – +353 1 220 8088

Tallaght area
Student Accommodation Service – +353 1 220 5066

Quick Reference Accommodation 2022-23

Cost of Living

We know students are on a tight budget so each year we prepare a Cost of Living Guide to help you plan and tips to help you cut costs.

General Disclaimer

Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) offers information about accommodation on this website in good faith.  The information is for information purposes only and should not be construed as a representation, recommendation or endorsement made on behalf of TU Dublin.  The University is not a regulatory body and does not vet properties, landlords or homeowners.  Any lease or letting agreement entered into shall be between the student and the provider only.  TU Dublin cannot take responsibility or become involved in any disputes or letting issues between tenants and landlords. In light of COVID-19,  before signing any lease agreement, ask the homeowner or landlord for their plan should you or any tenant or member of the household contract COVID-19.