Private Renting

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Renting private accommodation can be the most risky of the accommodation options, as well as the most attractive to students craving independence and responsibility. Students looking at possible flats and houses should keep their wits about them, and make their decision carefully.

It is always easier to find somewhere suitable if you are moving in with friends. Three or four people getting a house or flat together is more convenient than moving in with strangers. That said, you won’t be strangers for long, and many people become lifelong friends after living together at college. It is generally best to find a house in an area heavily populated with students, where you will have better relations with neighbours, local student discount shopping opportunities, the cheapest rent prices, and shouldn’t be too far from your college.

Some student housing can be towards the lower quality end of the rental market, so it is important to find a trustworthy landlord. The landlord should never enter the house without your permission. It is also his or her responsibility to ensure that all appliances are working, that there are solid locks on all doors and that the heating and hot water systems are up to scratch. Inspect the house thoroughly before handing over any money, and bring someone along (such as a parent or friend) who recognises the warning signs of damp and structural problems.

You should insist on a rent book and a properly written lease, and it is generally best, though not always possible, to pay rent by direct debit. Renters usually pay a month’s deposit when they move in and pay each month’s rent in advance. Visit www. citizensinformation. ie, and check out ‘Landlord and Tenants Rights’ in the Housing section for further information in this vital area. The accompanying checklist includes some of the most important things to bear in mind when inspecting a potential home.

One small upside of the ongoing recession is the growing number of rental properties available to students, and the fall in rental rates. Research carried out by Daft. ie shows that rents are now 25% below the peak levels witnessed in early 2008. This downward trend may well continue or the market may stabilise, but an increase in rents is not likely for the foreseeable future. Each student can expect to pay around €70 to €120 rent per week.

It is important from the outset that you foster a spirit of sharing and cooperation with your fellow tenants lest the situation quickly degenerates to drawing borders with chalk on the floor. You should also make sure that there is agreement on how bills such as gas, insurance, waste collection and connection fees for the phone and NTL will be paid. Try and work out some agreed rules regarding housework and people sleeping over at an early stage also. A good financial tip is to maintain a kitty for food essentials, cleaning products, etc.

Most students end up living in rented accommodation at some stage of their college lives, even if they choose on-campus or digs at first. Renting offers the most freedom, but with freedom comes responsibility, and it is up to you to decide the most suitable accommodation option for your financial and personal situation. is a national database of universities, colleges, institutes and providers of third level and PLC courses in Ireland. We operate a national search database of courses at certificate, diploma and degree level as well as providing information about career paths and directions.
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