Searching for accommodation in Dublin can be a trying, and sometimes rather frustrating, experience. However, with the right tools and an early start a place to stay is just around the corner!
ACCOMODATION ADVISORY SERVICE
The students' union's Accommodation Advisory Service helps all students, postgraduates included, find accommodation by providing them with advice and access to house and apartment-hunting resources. In August and September, a fully staffed service is run from the Students’ Union office in House 6. Please feel free to drop in and meet with a member of staff, who will then aid in your accommodation search. The service is open Monday to Friday from 9.30 am to 5.00 pm and Saturday from 9.30 am to 1.00 pm.
This service allows for access to the Trinity accommodation noticeboard, as well as private listings. It also provides further advice on living and renting in Dublin.
The Students’ Union also manages a Facebook group, TCDSU Accommodation Support, which can help connect you with possible roommates, as well as accommodation listings.
Online resources for long-term accommodation
Temporary RESOURCES FOR LONG-TERM ACCOMMODATION
It is helpful for new postgraduates, particularly international students, to note that it can be rather difficult to secure accommodation in Dublin while outside of the country. A very common practice is for a student to stay in a hostel for their first few weeks in Dublin, while looking for permanent accommodation. Please do not panic if you don’t have permanent housing upon arrival in Dublin!
For any issues regarding your rights as a tenant, please refer to the Private Rented Tenancies Board, www.prtb.ie.
Your GSU sabbatical officers have first-hand experience regarding the steps needed to settle down in Ireland as an international student. It is easy to become overwhelmed while adjusting to jetlag, a new country (sometimes even a new continent!), a second language and separation from family and friends.
That is why we are here to help you through this process in any way that we can. Whether it be dealing with internal College issues regarding paying fees or registering for your course, or the process of securing a visa, opening up a bank account or securing accommodation, we are here to help!
The Graduate Common Room is located in Front Square, on the first floor of House 7. It is equipped with a kitchen area, and stocked with tea and coffee, as well as a "take a book, leave a book" library. All registered postgrads are entitled to purchase a key, which is available from the Student's Union Front office on the ground floor of House 6. From September 2016 onwards the room is free to use for all current postgraduate students.
1937 READING ROOM
Rich in history, the 1937 Postgraduate Reading Room is known as the designated study area for Postgraduate Students. It is situated in Front Square, beside the Exam Hall and access is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Postgraduate Reading Room contains a large study space, a computer room and printers. Lockers are administered by the Graduate Students’ Union, and students wishing to procure a locker must do so through the GSU at the beginning of the academic year.
The Reading Room has a new Conversation Room, if you want a breather from studying. From Autumn 2016 there will also be a welfare area and new toilet facilities.