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This form of accommodation encompasses a number of different living arrangements. These include a self-catering arrangement with a rented room in the landlord’s house, or living ‘in digs’ with a host family, which may or may not include meals in the price.

Living with a host family is another recommended option for first years, as is it represents the easiest transition from home life. Not only is it very affordable, with costs ranging from €70 to €150 a week (depending on meals and whether the student is staying for five or seven days a week), but the majority of these families will also have long experience of making students feel at home.

It is highly recommended that you pay the host family/landlord a visit before agreeing to anything, just to cast an eye over the facilities and get a feeling for the place. Finding a landlord with whom you can strike up a good rapport is a valuable bonus, as nobody likes watching TV in an awkward silence, and sitting alone, sorting your sock collection in your box room is nobody’s idea of a fun evening.

Tenants’ legislation does not cover students living in digs, so it is very important to set out in writing all agreements on bills, meals, deposits and notice to quit from the very beginning. You should also make sure to ask the householder about having visitors over, staying out late, access to facilities such as the TV, etc.


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