Depending on where you plan to live in Ireland, the process of finding rental accommodation and the amount you will end up spending on rent can vary. Generally, the main go-to resource for finding a rental property is Daft.ie, but Roomigo is an innovative new site that is proving extremely popular with renters in Dublin looking to live with like-minded people. Rent.ie and Property.ie are also useful resources worth exploring. You can also find room shares on Facebook groups — just search on Facebook for the town or city you intend to rent in. Airbnb is also popular in most towns and cities across Ireland, and may prove to be a useful stop-gap while you look for a permanent place to call home.
What you need to know
One of the most important things to remember when you rent in Ireland is that time is of the essence. In cities like Dublin, Cork and Galway, demand often exceeds supply so it is often first come, first served. So, before you even think about viewing a room or apartment, it is important to be prepared.
A good way of getting ahead of the curve is to have two reference letters from previous landlords ready. An employer reference letter from your previous job and proof of employment from your current one (if you already have a job) will also increase your chances of getting the place you want. You also need to make sure that you have a deposit (which could be one or two months’ rent), as well as the first month’s rent ready to go, but make sure not to pay in cash; proof of payment may be useful at a later date. Finally, your Personal Public Service (PPS) number and some form of official identification (copy of passport, national identity card or driver’s license) are also important and can speed up the rental search.
In general, finding a place to rent in Ireland, especially in larger cities like Dublin, Cork and Galway, can be quite a time-consuming process. With so much demand for rental accommodation, you may not get the first room or apartment you view but if you prepare properly and remain patient, then you will find a place that best meets your needs.
Renting in Ireland: important questions to keep in mind
To help narrow your search, it is good idea to have a think about what matters most do you. Having a clear idea of your your priorities will help you find the perfect place quicker. So, with that in mind, here are some important questions that you need to answer before getting started:
Do you have a job?
Whether you have a job or not will help determine how you approach your rental search. If you do have a job, then you know what town or city you will be living in. This means that you can focus on other questions like how much you want to spend, whether you want to share a place or go solo, and if a parking space or a back garden is a must-have. However, if you are not currently employed, then you may need to have a broader outlook and find a location that will maximize your employment opportunities.
What is your budget?
The answer to this question may be heavily influenced by whether or not you have a job. If you are employed in a large city, then you are more than likely going to have to spend more on rent than if the position is located in a smaller town or village. That being said, there are greater employment opportunities in Dublin than elsewhere. It is also important to remember that both in cities and smaller towns, there are many options to choose from. For instance, in Dublin, the price for a 45 m2 (484 ft2) studio apartment can range from €1,100 to €1,500 depending on the area that you wish to live in. Factors like proximity to the city centre, access to transport and crime levels all affect this total and are important things to consider when making a decision on how much you wish to spend.
Will you have a car?
Regardless if you choose to live in Dublin city centre or rural Co. Mayo, access to a car is an important consideration. If you have a car or plan on buying one, then you should consider choosing a property that provides a parking space, especially if you intend to live in Dublin. If you don’t intend on driving, then you need access to public transport or find a place to live that is within walking or cycling distance of where you work or study. It is important to remember that public transport is far more reliable in cities like Dublin and Cork than it is in the countryside, but even then, you still need to do the research to make sure the closest bus stop isn’t too far away.