Looking for private accommodation can be a time-consuming and stressful task. To make your search a little less daunting please read the following information. 

Students carrying boxes Moving day for students once they have secured private accommodation in Dublin

The main thing you must consider is that you cannot book private accommodation from abroad. You must be in Ireland to arrange non-student accommodation; otherwise you are an easy target for accommodation scams. We recommend you book several weeks of temporary accommodation before your arrival to Dublin. Once you are in Dublin you can arrange viewings for properties you are interested in renting. 

What to consider

Pros

  • You usually pay rent in monthly instalments 
  • You have some flexibility who you live with and how you live 
  • Lease is generally for 12 months or longer 
  • Rent can work out cheaper than student residence accommodation 

Cons                  

  • You must be in Dublin for your accommodation search
  • You need to arrive well before your course starts to focus on accommodation search 
  • You will need to book temporary accommodation for the first few weeks 
  • Time-consuming to search and view accommodation 
  • Difficult to focus on studies while searching 
  • Target for accommodation scams

Temporary accommodation 

Temporary accommodation can be booked with a hostel, hotel, homestay or short term lets. To guide you we have prepared a list of nearby options. 

Please allow enough budget for several weeks in temporary accommodation before you find a permanent place to live. There is high demand for accommodation in Dublin and we advise you start your accommodation search early. 

Hostels

Due to COVID-19, hostel accommodation is not suitable for students when they first travel to Ireland.

For temporary accommodation we strongly recommend booking student residences accommodation.

Hotels

There are several hotels close to NCI: 

For students travelling to Ireland please check with the hotel if they allow bookings for travellers to quarantine on arrival.

Please note NCI is not affiliated with any of the listed accommodation providers. NCI have not visited nor vetted any of these accommodation options. Details are for information only. 

Homestay

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

Some students stay with a host family for a few weeks while they search for long-term accommodation and some students decide to stay for the duration of their studies. 

Whatever you decide there are a number of companies that can connect you with families. 

You can book homestay accommodation directly on the providers' webpages. 

Please note NCI is not affiliated with any of the listed accommodation providers. NCI have not visited nor vetted any of these accommodation options. Details are for information only. 

Short-term lets

Another alternative for temporary accommodation are short-term lets of apartments. the most common providers in Dublin are: 

Please note NCI is not affiliated with any of the listed accommodation providers. NCI have not visited nor vetted any of these accommodation options. Details are for information only. 

Accommodation Links 

The best place to look for accommodation is online. We have compiled the most common platforms to search accommodation to rent and share. 

Please note NCI is not affiliated with any of the listed accommodation providers. NCI have not visited nor vetted any of these accommodation options. Details are for information only. 

Online Platforms

In the following you will find the most common online platforms to search for long-term accommodation in Dublin. 

Please note NCI is not affiliated with any of the listed accommodation providers. NCI have not visited nor vetted any of these accommodation options. Details are for information only. 

Social Media

Connecting with friends who are already in Dublin or linking in with current NCI students is a good starting point for your accommodation search. Quite often existing NCI students share vacancies at their accommodation with us at the International Office. 

NCI have not visited nor vetted any of these accommodation options. Details are for information only. 

 

Other

As part of our Welcome Programme we offer Accommodation workshops. Students who are looking for accommodation have the opportunity to team up and search for properties together. 

We will share any vacancies we are informed of during those workshops, too. 

NCI have not visited nor vetted any of these accommodation options. Details are for information only.