Student feature: Top renting tips from TU Dublin

6 Lún, 2019

If you're from outside Dublin and are due to begin classes in TU Dublin this September, finding accommodation in the city is likely to be your number one priority right now. We have some tips to help the process a little easier.

Talk to our student pad experts

If you don’t know Dublin well, one of the first things you should do is contact TU Dublin StudentPad to find out the best locations for your campus. Our campuses are spread throughout Dublin in Blanchardstown, Tallaght and the City Centre, but travel may be cheaper and easier if you choose an area that is closer to your particular location. For example, the suburbs of Cabra or Phibsborough are closer to Bolton Street or Grangegorman. You can also use Google maps to calculate the best or cheapest routes.

Live with a host family

Host family spaces average €140 per week, and students pay rent for fewer weeks than in Student Accommodation. Of all the accommodation options, this is the most economical, and also offers the most flexibility. Bills are included in the cost, and many hosts also provide optional extras such as a light breakfast and evening meal. In addition, you can opt for a five-day rental agreement if you plan to return home for the weekend.  Rent in host family accommodation is typically paid for 25-30 weeks over the academic year, whereas in Campus-Style Student Accommodation the rent is generally paid for 40 weeks. Over the year, TU Dublin will have over 1,000 host families listed on its student accommodation website.

Staying in a student hub

If you like to be close to the action, campus-style accommodation may be the option for you. TU Dublin has block-booked bed spaces with some external providers of campus-style accommodation. You can find more information about these providers on TU Dublin Studentpad.

Private rented accommodation

You might prefer to live in a shared property with friends, and the best place to search for this type of housing is on Daft.ie. 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 money 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.

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.

Know your rights and responsibilities as a tenant

You can find lots of information about renting, your rights and responsibilities at www.rtb.ie or www.threshold.ie. The Union of Students in Ireland also have a great finance and accommodation guide on their website.