Types of Accommodation


There are several types of rented accommodation that are available to students looking to live in the capital. We've outlined below the different type of accommodations and the various pros and cons associated with each type. We understand that it is often finanical constraints that will be the main factor in deciding accommodation, but as the saying goes fore warned is fore armed!

Private Rented Accommodation

Private rented property is a property which is let out by a landlord and available to all members of the public. This can include apartments, houses, or a shared room within a property. Sometimes the landlord can live in the property themselves. This is not to be confused with 'digs' listed below, which are rooms within a landlor'd home let solely to students. 

Pro’s and Con’s of living in Private Rental Properties  


  • More Freedom. 
  • You can come and go as you please as there would be no curfew or restricted times for using facilities in the house, like kitchen, livingroom, laundry etc. 
  • Shared cleaning: Cleaning isn’t that fun of a task and as they say, a problem shared is a problem halved. It can also be rather annoying if someone doesn’t pull their own weight or hasn’t got the same cleaning standards as you. Making a cleaning chart could be beneficial in this situation, or if you can afford it, hiring a cleaner to pop over once every couple of weeks if your place is getting a little bit too grimy.
  • You’re never alone: When you live with other people, there’s always someone to hang out with. From having someone to talk to when you need to share your worries or a binge-watching partner for your favourite TV show, they’ll usually be someone on hand to keep you company. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to meet new friends outside your usual circle.


  • Sign up fees: To apply to rent a property, whether a flat, house or just a room in a house share, you’ll need to save up the money for application fees, deposit and your first month’s rent in advance.
  • Extra bills. that include all your utilities such as gas and electricity, plus your internet and TV subscriptions. These can be quite costly at the end of each month. 
  • Lack of privacy: This could be an issue if you like a lot of time to yourself or if you don’t get along with your housemates. But you can always retreat to your room if you’d prefer some time alone.
  • Shared things: Pans, plates, cheese graters, it’s a lot of stuff to gather up by yourself. You never know how useful a tin opener is until you haven’t got one. Sharing a house means that between you, you can collate all the things you depend on to make your life that little bit easier. Unfortunately, it also means that someone is more likely to borrow your fancy shampoo or use up the last of the milk.
  • Friends turned enemies: As the saying goes, you never really know someone until you live with them. Who knew your best friend shed that much hair in the shower? Living with friends can be difficult or it could be the best fun you ever had, you just won’t know until you try it. With an open mind and a little bit of patience, house sharing can be an exciting, cost-effective living option. But if you like your own space and have a specific way of ordering the cutlery drawer, then it’s probably not for you.

Purpose-Built Student Accommodation



  • Convienence - In college there’s almost nothing better (or more terrifying) than waking up 15 minutes before class starts and still making it on time. There’s no long commute, traffic or fear of being late. Whether it’s for a quick nap during free period or ot prepare you own lunch, your room is never too far from the college. 

  • The social aspect, which is expecially good for foreign students who don’t know anyone in Dublin (or Ireland), but in general it makes it so mluch easier to get to know people outside of your course with different interests etc. 

  • Being on your own is a big and exciting step. There seems to be so much to take care of and a contract for almost everything. In student build accommodation, you simply pay your rent. Electricity, water and most importantly Wi-Fi are covered within the price.

  • Moving to a new city and leaving all your friends is tough. How to get over it? Make new friends. Fast. What better way to get to know new people than living in the same building?

  • Netflix Marathons, cooking together or getting ready for a party is easy – your new friends are just a few doors away.

  • Enjoy long shopping sprees, clubbing or sight seeing as all student built accommodation is located in city centre. 


  • You have to be willing to spend quite some cash on your new accommodation: the rates start at an average €672 every 4 weeks for twin room sharing and €696 for single room 

  • There are many rules you have to follow. If you don’t, you can easily get kicked out. One of the rules (maybe the hardest one to follow): No guests after 11 pm. No long parties, no sleepovers.

  • Sitting at home studying might be the last thing on your mind right now. But the night before an important exam, you could really use some quiet time to go through your notes. It is easy to get distracted if there is a lot of noise or your friends are having fun in the next room.

  • Living in the same apartment 24/7, there might be some conflicts with your roommates sooner or later. You have to be willing to communicate to make it work.

  • There are different room types available, but they all have one thing in common: they are very practical and don’t offer much space. You might want to reduce your shopping in order to fit the storage.

  • If you’re into interior design, you’ll find a lot of work in your dorm room.  Unfortunately, you are not allowed to make any big changes. You’ll have to get used to old carpets, orange bed linen and out of fashion furniture.

  • There are of course people who don’t get along with anyone in their room, this is the risk you take when you are sharing a room and don’t know who’ll you be sharing with. 

  • Studying can be very difficult, especially in exam period when a lot of people are already finished with their exams. on the upside there’s always someone to talk to and hang out with, so in halls you’ll never be lonely.


'Digs' is when a 'host family' rent out a room to a student within the family home. It can often include evening meals with bills included in the price. Some 'digs' are made available to students on a 5 days-per-week basis, and some on a 7 days-per-week basis, so be sure to keep this in mind when you're seeking accommodation. 


  • Can be less expensive. 

  • No need to worry about bills or the weekly grocery shop if meals are included.

  • If there are other students in the digs with you, you get to know them, but you can keep your distance if you want. There is no shared cooking, cleaning or money matters so things are simple.

  • Peace of mind for 1st students and their parents who are coming to college for the first time and are unfamiliar with Dublin.

  • Generally, digs will be in a nice safe area and the people you’re living with will keep tabs on you. If you’re sick, at least you know someone’s in the house to call a doctor if you need one.

  • Fresh bed linen and towels usually provided. 

  • Financially, it’s sometimes can be all-inclusive and therefore a lot less complicated. It’s like living with your Mammy without living with your Mammy.


  • But choosing to rent a room in someone’s home is a distinctly different experience from renting a house or apartment. First there is the legal difference: a tenant in a traditional rental has several rights under landlord-tenant legislation. Renting a room in a house isn’t the same thing at all. Your son would be there under a licensee agreement, not a tenancy agreement, which means a different set of rights and obligations on the part of homeowner and room renter. Basically, a room renter has fewer rights.

  • You have to live by house rules and it’s a rare digs-provider who would allow visitors, let alone late-night soirees. 

  • You don’t have the responsibilities and cmplications of your firends in toehr forms of accommodation, but you don’t have the independence eithere.

  • Having to be home at a particular time if you wnat to get fed can begin to get in the way of your social life.

  • Can be asked to leave at any time. 

  • Some properties offer lilmited kitchen and laundry access in meals are not included. 

  • May have curfews. 

  • Guests somethimes are forbidden to use sitting room.  

  • Staying at weekends may not be an option. If it is, it often costs extra.

  • It’s like living with your Mammy without living with your Mammy.

*It is a good idea to have this all in writing to prevent misunderstandings further down the line. You should be very clear as to the precise rent and when it is to be paid and over what time period. This will normally be over the academic term(s). You should receive a written receipt for all rental payments, and possibly agree on the condition of the property from the outset and perhaps take some photographs at the start of the rental agreement.