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Host Family Accommodation

Moving away from your family home and country can be a big transition for some students. Staying with a host family is good way of having some home comforts while you adjust to life in Ireland and search for long term accommodation.

The international office has a database of a small number of families. We can reserve host family accommodation for you and you pay the Host Family directly. There is a minimum stay of two weeks when booking a Host family through the International office.

Overview of Host Family Accommodation

Why choose host family accommodation?
  • It's a home away from home while you search for long term rented accommodation.
  • NCI have visited the Home Stay family and placed students with the families.
  • Improve your English language skills as learn about Irish culture while living with a family.

What's included?
  • Your meals are included with Breakfast and Dinner Monday to Friday and full board at the weekend.
  • Access to the family room with TV and DVD and most host families will have free internet access.
  • You have access to laundry facilities to wash and dry your clothes.

What's not included?
  • There is no house cleaning service. Students have to clean up after themselves.

How much does it cost?
  • €170 per week for full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) in a shared twin room.
  • €190 per week for half board (breakfast and dinner) in a single room.
  • €200 per week for full board (breakfast, lunch & dinner) in a single room.

Note: There is a minimum stay of two weeks.


Are there any extra costs?

Host families are based in the suburbs outside Dublin city centre so you will have to use public transport to travel to the city centre. A weekly bus ticket for students costs €20.


How to book?
  • Host Family Accommodation must be booked in advance of your arrival. When your student visa has been approved you should contact the international office to reserve a host family at international@ncirl.ie.
  • The number of host families is limited and rooms go fast so we recommend you book as soon as possible. Don't worry if the NCI host family accommodation is full as there are other options for booking host families directly online.


Other Host Family Accommodation

If the NCI host family accommodation is not available homestay.com is an excellent search engine for finding host families. You can compare families by price and availability. You can view the host family and photographs of their home and book directly with them. They usually have no minimum stay requirement and charge a nightly rate.

If you decide to go with this option please do not underestimate the amount of time you will need to stay with a host family while you search for long term rented accommodation. If you only book for a couple of nights and you need to extend your stay they may not have availability and you will have to move out.

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