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An Expat Talks about Moving to Dublin, Ireland

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Dublin

Name three things that you wish you had brought and three you wish you had left at home.

Wish I'd brought; Bike (traffic circulation is horrendous), sewing fabric (hard to find nice stuff), antiques (excrutiatingly overpriced) Wish I'd left behind; bathing suit ;-), sunscreen ;-), anything else sun related :-(

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What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?

Renters only have to give one months notice so potential homes won't come onto the market till they are ready (or nearly ready) to be leased. Find out what the different types of houses are like; terraced, semi detached etc. Think about your lifestyle, would you like to be near the beach, a park, the DART (Dublin's main transport system, your office, kids school etc.... Know that Dublin's traffic jams are are really bad and getting worse, a 15 minute journey on a sunday morning can take an hour and a half during the week!The bus system is hopeless, the Dart is more reliable. It's always worth investing time and money on a reconnaissance trip before moving.

What type of housing do you live in? Is this typical for most expats in your area?

We rent a house with garden. This is typical for expat families, flats are more common for single people.

How did you choose your neighborhood and find your home or apartment?

We came to Ireland on a pre-move visit to get a 'feel' for the different areas in and around Dublin. In the months previous to our move we scoured the homes for rent list on www.daft.ie which is THE website for real estate on which virtually all real estate agents and prive landlords advertise their properties. We eventually found our home via an estate agent

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Are your housing costs higher or lower than they were in your home country? What is the average cost of housing there?

Much higher!! a nice 4 bed house would be at least 3000 euros per month.

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Mellis5910
Jan 22, 2013 10:08

That's very helpful thank you for taking the time. I'm wondering if it might be cheaper to live in the suburbs of Dublin like Greystones. I'll check DAFT for prices.

Bradleysmimi
Mar 12, 2013 19:28

What about the rain? Does it still rain everyday? Does it normally stop raining everyday in the Spring and Summer or not? Also, are there any single people trying to rent part of their home or isn't that common there, say in the southern area, southwest of Cork? Lynne M.

suziehol
Nov 27, 2013 11:59

If you wanted to check out some areas in Dublin before you settle down, you could try staying in a homestay?http://www.homestay.com/ireland/dublin We have homestays all over the city, so you could see if you enjoy living by the coast in Portmarnock or in the foothills of Dublin mountains in Rathfarnham.

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