Hi , my girlfriend and I are moving to Dublin on a working holiday visa. We really need info on great ares to live and areas to avoid. Any great websites to find places to live would be fantastic. We have found one or two but have no idea where to start. We want to live quite in a reasonaly affordable and central area if possible. Even if you know some really nice, areas or suburbs that have loads of public transport etc. Neither of us have ever been to Dublin before so we are pretty clueless. Anyone who has already done what we are planning or has ever lived there we would love your tips, advice etc. Cheers!
I'm a Dub and might be able to help. It's a thriving but expensive city - the best areas (ie., best served by public transport and most secure are also the most expensive. The city centre is v expensive to rent -€1600 pm upwards (although north city is somewhat cheaper). For starters try Dundrum since it is southside (generally nicer) and on the Luas light rail line. We used to rent from Drohans Lettings and their service was excellent:
You could also try MyHome:
The north inner city is also a good place for cheaper rents - try the areas "Phibsborough" "Parnell Square" "Drumcondra" (latter on the rail commuter service).
for cultural tips I have found this site great:
Feel free to message me for more advice.
It would be best to work out where you will be working before you rent somewhere as traffic is a nightmare, irrespective of public transport. Either way, try daft.ie, loadza.com (which contains the ads for the Evening Herald) or buyandsell.ie for accommodation.
Daft.ie was by far the best web site for private lettings.
We lived on the South side in Ringsend (which is a nice enough area) and central enough to let us walk into work each morning.
Also, the rental prices weren´t extortionate like more central areas.
Try for routes on the DART or on the Luis lines so you can get into town easily enough.
Enjoy... we stayed a year and loved it