For TU Dublin students, living with a host family, commonly referred to as 'digs', is often the most budget-friendly and adaptable living arrangement. Host families offer accommodation for five to seven days a week, and some are now considering shorter stays to accommodate various needs. Generally, you'll pay for the weeks during the academic year, with rents averaging between €100 to €200 per week, including utility bills. Many hosts also offer the option of added comforts like a light breakfast and evening meal.
To explore available options, take a look at StudentPad. If you are a current student, register with your TU Dublin student email. Incoming students can use '1234' as a student number but must email firstname.lastname@example.org for access confirmation.
Before committing, ensure you have a contract in place with the host family, and never pay a deposit before viewing the property in person.
Things to Consider:
- Home Comforts: Living with a family offers a homely atmosphere, which can be comforting for those new to living independently.
- Supportive Environment: Host families can provide support and guidance as you navigate your new life at university.
- Less Responsibility: With fewer household duties compared to renting, you can focus more on your studies and less on managing a household.
- Safety: Living with a family can provide a sense of security, especially in a new city.
- Less Independence: Living under someone else’s roof means following their rules and schedules.
- Privacy: You may have less personal space and privacy than in other accommodation types.
- Limited Choice: You cannot choose your housemates as you would in shared student accommodation.
For those interested in this type of accommodation, you can view a full list of available accommodations on the TU Dublin StudentPad