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A note from T.U Dublin Students Union
Finding accommodation can be daunting. You could be at the start of your 'independent living' journey, and moving away from home for the first time - completely unfamiliar with the Dublin rental or student accommodation landscape. You could be progressing to another year at university and looking for a different type of accommodation, having discovered that your last arrangement didn't quite suit. Whatever your situation, the Advice Team are here to help. You can find information on our website, or you can contact a Student Advisor.
The Accommodation Crisis
We want to acknowledge that while finding accommodation naturally comes with its own workload, there is an additional component this year as with previous years: the accommodation crisis. Supply is low and rents are at an all time high in Dublin (and other parts of the country) as of 2019. We as a union, along with USI continue to protest the crisis. As a result of Students Unions working together, a 'student accommodation' rent cap of 4% is now in place. This doesn't mean that accommodation has become any more affordable, but at least the ever-rising costs have a new level of control. We are recommending 'digs' as a solution for the time being, which you can read more about below.
Where to Start? Determine:
- What type of property do I need? House? Digs?Apartment?
- What is my budget? Weekly? Monthly?
- What areas suit my needs? Transportation? Location? Shops?
Types of Accommodation:
- Digs: rooms in host family homes available either on a 5 or 7 day basis, some include meals - try to get the one that best suits you.
- Private rented accommodation: residential lettings, either the full property or a room within the property, available 7 days a week with a lease anywhere from 3 to 12 months.
- Student accommodation: purpose built accommodation with other students, usually a private or twin room with ensuite, and shared kitchen and living space with up to 12 other students - available 7 days a week during term time
Things to keep in mind:
- Bills aren’t always included in the monthly rental, be sure to ask.
- Hand over the deposit when you sign the lease or after – NEVER BEFORE!
- Ensure you have a copy of the lease and receipt of deposit.
- If you are sharing with the landlord normal rights don’t apply- always draw up a letter of agreement regarding rent and bills with the landlord and be sure you both sign it.
Viewing Your Accommodation:
- Always meet the landlord at the property
- Bring a checklist and stay focused
- Ask what's included? Are bills extra?
- Bring a friend/family member along to get a second opinion
- Inspect the place for mould/damp
- Ask as many questions as you can
- Do not hand over money without a receipt
- Don’t feel pressure to decide straight away