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Shared Accommodation in Dublin

Paweł Zosik, Living in Dublin for over 10 years
09 January 2017

It is not easy to find good accommodation in Dublin. It is especially hard for newcomers who don’t have all the documents, references or deposit money required by landlords and letting agencies. Accommodation sharing is a lot more affordable than renting but in fact it is sometimes the only reasonable option.

Shared accommodation has become a popular alternative to renting. You can save a lot of money but there are things to watch out for.

Problems with shared accommodation

There are three types of problems you may need to overcome when you decide on shared accommodation: poor conditions, social tensions, legal issues.

Poor conditions. There is one golden rule: The cheaper the place, the more problems you can expect. Try to recognise and avoid places with a lot of mould, bad insulation and unsafe appliances.

Social tensions. If you are not used to living with a lot of people under the same roof, you can expect that sooner or later you will get annoyed with them… and that your house mates will get annoyed with you. To avoid unnecessary drama you will need to learn how to overcome these tensions in a positive respectful manner.

Legal issues. Not all shared accommodation is 100% legal, which in turn means minimum required documents and lower price. At the same time it means limited protection if something goes wrong. A formal proof of address will be required to apply for a PPS number and for other official purposes. You should make sure that your landlord or the main tenant can issue one for you.

Where to look for shared accommodation

How much does renting a room cost?

Price for entire room.

House / Apartment share (average price per month)

Single Bed Double Bed
Dublin City Centre €610 €714
North Dublin City €488 €602
South Dublin City €536 €683
North Co Dublin €434 €545
South Co Dublin €527 €646
West Co Dublin €452 €565

Source: Daft Rental Report

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