Accommodation Services & Information About Living in Dublin & Ireland
ICD has a regularly updated list of student friendly accommodation locations, which can provide you with short-term or long-term accommodation. All you need to do is contact Joyce (the Registrar) or June (Student Liaison Manager).
June and Joyce will also help you to secure accommodation and advise you on locations, travel arrangements, and the norms and rules around rental accommodation in Ireland.
Paying Rent, Deposits, and Bills
Depending on your accommodation, you may be required to:
- Pay rent weekly (usually paid in advance)
- Pay rent monthly (usually paid in advance)
- Pay a deposit (usually one month’s rent, paid in advance of moving into the accommodation). Provided you maintain the accommodation to the standard you found it in (e.g. no damage), you are legally entitled to receive your deposit, paid back to you, at the time you move out of your accommodation
- Most rental accommodation requires the tenant to pay all utilities bills (e.g. electricity, internet, heating, bin charges)
- Most rental accommodation will expect you to provide your own food
Signing a Lease
A lot of rental accommodation will expect a tenant to sign a lease agreement, in which it will stipulate that you agree to pay rent for a period of time (usually 9 or 12 months). Please be aware that a lease is a legal document. If you do not adhere to the terms of a lease you may lose your deposit or even face eviction. It is normal that a tenant choosing to leave rental accommodation in Ireland will be expected to give notice to the landlord. Notice periods vary but the general notice period is usually about one month.
You may choose to live with a host family. This means that you will live in the same house as a local family. Many students prefer to security, certainty, and home comforts that can be provided by a host family. Host families can also help a student settle into a new city or country. ICD has a list of host families available. Just contact June or Joyce to discuss.
How to find Accommodation in Ireland
If you are looking for accommodation in Ireland you will find information in the following locations:
- Local newspapers
- Estate agents (e.g. their websites)
- Daft.ie website
- MyHome.ie website
- HousingAnywhere.com website
General Advice on Searching for Accommodation
- Start searching as early as possible before you need the accommodation.
- Do plenty of research about locations to ensure the location is the type of place you wish to live in (e.g. access to services) and that it has adequate transportation services to help you to get to college and work
- Be clear about your budget. Do not agree to rent a place that you may not be able to afford
Services to Help You with Accommodation and Renting in Ireland
Threshold provide support and advice to tenants regarding:
- Dealing with landlords
- Rent scams
- Lease questions and difficulties
- Difficulties with letting agents
- Paying and refunds of deposits
- Bills and utilities
- Housing Assistance Payment (HAP)
- Rent supplement
- Student accommodation and advice for students renting
- Rental increases
- Difficulties paying rent
- Security of tenure
- Ending a tenancy
Tel: Freephone 1800 454 454
Student safety is of paramount importance at ICD Business School.
We are proud of the fact that Ireland is ranked as one of the most peaceful countries in the world. In the Global Peace Index 2019, Ireland ranks as the 12th most peaceful country in the world, out of a total of 163 countries worldwide (CountryEconomy.com 2019). To put this in perspective:
- Sweden is ranked 18th
- Germany is ranked 22nd
- Spain is ranked 32nd
- United Kingdom is ranked 45th
- France is ranked 60th
- USA is ranked 128th
Even though Ireland is a particularly safe and friendly place to study, live and work, we hope that you might keep the following pointers in mind to ensure your safety while studying at ICD:
- Do not walk alone at night
- When walking in public (particularly at night), it can be better to walk in busier, brighter areas, rather than quieter, darker areas
- Try to keep friends and family informed of where you are, especially on nights out
- Only use licensed taxis
- Do not take lifts/rides in cars from strangers
- Try not to use ATM machines at night on dark or quiet streets
- The phone number for emergency services (police or ambulance or fire) in Ireland is 112 or 999
- Try not to carry large amounts of cash or extremely valuable items
If you have any questions or concerns about general safety, please contact in ICD staff member, particularly Ms June Shannon (Student Liaison Manager), who is always available to help and advise you to ensure you are safe.