I'm going to Dublin through the BuNAC program and I wanted ask a few questions.
Where in Dublin can I get a relatively cheap place to stay? Somewhere that is close to transportation so I can get around and get to my job. Also, what can I take to get around diff parts of Ireland? What kind of clothing should I pack, in terms of the weather there from May - Sept? Any other tips in living in Dublin will be greatly appreciated. thanks!
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Depends what you wanna spend on accom. with a few exceptions the cheap places are north of the Liffey i was living in Drumcondra and Stoneybatter when i was there.The good thing about Dublin is it's small so if you stay resonabliy close to town its easy to walk althoutgh once you get out and your not on the Luas the public transport is pretty bad.Also i had mates who lived around Rathmines which is on the soutyh side but has some good bars around.
Southside all the way! Rathmines is a good spot, really close to town and fairly cheap to live as far as I know. It is known as flatland :P
The best place to live if you want to live in an area with a lively studenty feel, then Rathmines and Ranelagh(postcode Dublin 6) are probably the best bet.Phibsborough (postcode Dublin 7)which is on the northside of the city is an ideal area to live in.It has a young, multicultural population and is within walking distance of the city centre and loads of pubs, shops etc.Rents aren't as high in Phibsborough as in Rathmines.You should also consder Glasnevin, which is a really nice area that is also very close to the city centre with good transport links.Any area on the DART line(eg Killester, Raheny or maybe even Howth) or on the Luas lines are usually more expensive but are perfect if you don't want to waste time commuting.You also have the option of living in the outer suburbs in Castleknock/Blanchardstown which are linked to the city centre by the Suburban railway.Rent is really cheap in these areas.Where will you be working?
May-Sept is fairly mild in Dublin.Always be prepared for a few rainy days while also be prepared for some warm days.You should be fine with mainly t-shirts,light clothes and a few light sweaters.For some reason Sept always seems to be the hottest month!!?
When living in Dublin always try to do your grocery shopping in the German discount stores eg Lidl and Aldi-You'll make huge savings.You'll find these in all the suburbs and on Parnell street in the city centre just off O' Connell Street.Buy any alcohol here as well.AVOID CONVENIENCE STORES eg SPAR, CENTRA, MACE and LONDIS-they're rip-offs!!)
There are lots of Asian food stores, supermarkets and restaurants in Dublin especially around Parnell street(mini Chinatown) and Dorset Street.There's a huge Chinese and Asian population in Dublin.
It's east to travel to the major cities from Dublin.The bus service is very reliable and relatively cheap(check out www.cie.ie) as is the intercity train services.You can also fly with Aer Arann (www.Aerarann.ie) and Ryanair.
Hope the advice was of some help.If you need any other info or advice, let me know.