Accommodation and Living Costs

Accommodation and Living Costs

Dublin is a vibrant and busy destination however it is a relatively small city so accommodation is in demand. If you’re from outside Dublin one of the things you will need to consider is to find somewhere to live so we have pulled together some useful information to make the process a little easier for you.

Although Dublin is a capital city it is quite easy to navigate. The river Liffey runs through the centre dividing Dublin into the Northside and Southside. Northside postcodes are odd numbers and Southside postal codes are even numbers.

Our campuses are spread throughout Dublin in Blanchardstown, Tallaght and the City Centre, so travel may be cheaper and easier if you choose an area that is close to your particular location. For example, the suburbs of Cabra or Phibsborough are close to Bolton Street and Grangegorman. Cabra is also handy for Blanchardstown while Rathmines is only a ten-minute cycle from Aungier Street. Kingswood is only a few short stops on the Luas Red Line from Tallaght. Our map displays our campus locations and student accommodation hubs and we recommend you use Google maps to calculate the best or cheapest routes for you.

Because student accommodation is in high demand we also recommend you shortlist any accommodation that you’re interested in and arrange a booking as far in advance as possible.

There are three types of accommodation available to students:

This is the most economical and flexible option.  Rent averages at approximately €140 per week and is typically paid for 25-30 weeks over the academic year. Bills are included in the cost, and many host families provide optional extras such as a light breakfast and evening meal.  If you plan to return home for weekends you can opt for a five-day rental agreement.  To find what’s on offer, check out StudentPad.

If you’d prefer to be close to the action, staying in a student hub may be the option for you.  

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. 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.

On a final note 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.

Find your StudentPad

StudentPad is your one-stop-shop if you’re looking for accommodation with a host family, in a student hub, or private rental 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 just 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 the following:

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

Blanchardstown area:
Student Information Desk –, +353 1 885 1590

Tallaght area:
Students’ Union Accommodation Service -, +353 1 404 2562

Read the TU Dublin guide to the cost of living for a student in Ireland for 2019/20.