DIT Students’ Union Guide to Accommodation

Posted: 22 August, 2014

DIT Students’ Union Guide to Accommodation

We are not going to lie to you. Finding accommodation in Dublin is not going to be the most fun you have this year. There are less places available, rents have gone up and the one thing that hasn't changed is that students are not at the top of the list when it comes to 'ideal tenants'. But even though we can’t actually find you a place to live, we are here to give you as much information, advice and support as possible, this will make your search a bit easier.

Finding Accommodation

Daft.ie is the most common way people advertise places to rent. Setting up email alerts, saving searches and even publishing an ad can help you get the most out of this site. We also have a limited accommodation listing on their website here.


Student Purpose Built Accommodation

DIT block books a range of Student Accommodation. It means that you will be living with other students and there is usually some sort of security on site. There are several locations to choose from, but these always full up early, so get in touch as soon as possible.


Digs

This type of accommodation is when you rent a room in a private home. This can suit those looking to keep costs down as you pay a flat rate which and it usually includes breakfast, main meal and bills. There can be options to pay for 7 days or 5 days, for those of you who will be travelling home every weekend. You can find more information on both www.homestay.com and www.getdigs.ie.


Know Your Rights

It’s important that you get informed on your tenancy rights. As well as loads of info on www.ditsu.ie, www.threshold.ie is a very valuable resource for tenants.

Drop into your local SU office and speak to the Student Support Advisor:

Southside Offices:

Aungier Street: (01) 402 7630
Kevin Street: (01) 402 2813

 

Northside Offices:
Bolton Street: (01) 402 3621
Cathal Brugha Street: (01) 402 4370
Grangegorman: (01) 402 4111


And Finally!

  • Give yourself plenty of time to search for a place, lots of patience and persistence is needed for your search.
  • Get a receipt for your deposit.
  • Create a 'checklist' on moving in.
  • Be careful handing over cash! Steer towards cheques and bank drafts.
  • Check out the local transport and safety of the area before committing to a lease. If you are concerned about the area, pop into the local Garda Station or shops and ask about
  • the area.
  • Host a 'housemate meeting' with your fellow tenants early on to avoid 'challenges' later in semester.

 


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