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Dublin, Ireland

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jan 22, 2023

Summary: The approximate population of Dublin, Ireland is 1.3 million people. People describe Dublin as a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with a rich cultural heritage. Expats love the friendly locals, the great nightlife, the abundance of green spaces, and the easy access to the rest of Europe. The weather in Dublin is generally mild, with temperatures ranging from the mid-30s to the mid-60s Fahrenheit (1-18 Celsius). The average cost of living in Dublin for an expat is around $2,000-$3,000 USD per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment is around $1,500-$2,000 USD per month, and a two bedroom apartment is around $2,000-$3,000 USD per month.

What do I need to know before moving to Dublin?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Dublin, they said:

"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," commented one expat who made the move to Dublin.

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How do I find a place to live in Dublin?

We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"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," added another expat who made the move to Dublin.

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What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Dublin?

"We rent a house with garden. This is typical for expat families, flats are more common for single people," commented one expat who made the move to Dublin.

"Flat. Usual. Most homes are flats, or ugly row homes. Best homes are in the south, but very expensive," remarked another expat living in Dublin, Ireland.

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What is the average cost of housing in Dublin?

If you are thinking about moving to Dublin, cost of living in probably a key consideration. Expats commented about the cost of housing:

"Far more expensive here. House cost about twice the price as in Boston. Food is about 30 to 40% more," remarked another expat who made the move to Dublin.

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How do I meet people in Dublin?

When we asked people living in Dublin about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:

"meetup.com has great groups (organized by interests) that get together often. Also, if you're living in Dublin alone, don't be afraid to go out to the pub or out to eat on your own. I'm a major introvert, so pushing myself to actually go sit at a pub alone, with people potentially judging me, was very daunting. But you know what, 4 different people came up and started conversations with me. The 2nd time I did it, I met the guy who is now my boyfriend of six months, and acquired a great group of friends," remarked another expat living in Dublin, Ireland.

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What should I bring when moving to Dublin?

People living in Dublin were asked what three things they wish they had brought and three they wish they had left behind. They wrote:

"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 :-(," added another expat who made the move to Dublin.

"More clothing. More Tech stuff. More everything, because everything is more expensive here," explained one expat living in Dublin, Ireland.

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Will I be able to find a job in Dublin?

When we asked people about industries and career opportunities in Dublin, they reponded:

"IT is big here. Google has its EU headquarters here, and Yahoo has a base here as well," added another expat who made the move to Dublin.

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What is life like in Dublin?

When we asked people living in Dublin what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:

"Family life is big. I love to see all the families out on the weekend spending time together in the parks or the sea front (weather providing). Socialising is a big thing as well, and there seems to be a healthy balance between the two. Often times, you'll see kids with their parents in the pub, which still seems so strange to me," explained one expat living in Dublin, Ireland.

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What do expats in Dublin appreciate most about the local culture?

"Quality of friendships (once made). Kindness and helpfulness of friends. Fascinating to learn about a new culture and to learn Irish history, of which there is an extraordinary amount!!! So many places to see going back through time. In a few days you can take a visitor to ancient ruins (3000-5000 years old), historic castles and abbeys from 1100s, Viking outposts, Book of Kells from the 400s? 500s?, you can walk down a sidewalk and see a Celtic cross next to a cafe that is from 800 AD, loads of castles from the 1700s and 1800s, lovely gardens, incredible natural scenery. And lots of green hills and sheep of course," remarked another expat who made the move to Dublin.

"Multicultural environment, ability to travel more, possibilities seem to be expanded here as compared to Argentina/Latin America, more connection with the spiritual side of human being," explained one expat living in Dublin, Ireland.

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What do expats find most challenging?

"Be careful not to talk too much about yourself and reveal too much about yourself too early. It will takes weeks and months of getting together with an Irish friend to learn personal details about them. Only reveal one or two personal details per visit or it will overwhelm them. They will respect the friendship more if it is earned and learned over time. Forget getting anything fixed, it will take weeks and more than one visit. Always offer a service person (plumber, gardener, etc.) tea and make sure it is one of the two Irish brands, offering a biscuit doesn't hurt too. Won't improve the service but they will appreciate that you are polite. Always apologize if you create any sort of inconvenience for another person, it will be much appreciated," added another expat in Dublin.

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Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Dublin accepting of differences?

"The Irish are very accepting of other cultures. You'll hear some people complain about the loud, obnoxious groups of Spanish tourists, or the taxi drivers of other nationalities, but for the most part, in my experience they are very tolerant," mentioned another expat in Dublin.

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What are the schools in Dublin like?

"The school is an International Baccalaureate school and hence children are learning using the enquiry based learning approach. The parent community is very supportive so you can reach out to each other in times of need. If you are considering this school, I strongly recommend visiting during school session," commented one expat when asked about International School of Dublin in Dublin.

"Politeness and proper conduct are very important. Do not be a typical pushy American. We loved this school. They will seem distant at first (very Irish) but you will find that everyone will warm up to you over time if they find you are polite. The international parents will warm up to you much quicker, and so you can have friends who are both expat and local parents (and children) over time. The other parents accepted our sometimes strange seeming American ways, perhaps because they sensed we were truly friendly and well meaning. By the way, excellent academics. Uniforms -- yes -- all schools in Ireland have them," explained one expat in Dublin, Ireland with kids at Castle Park School.

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What are the pros and cons of living in Dublin?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Dublin responded:

"The weather in the east of Ireland, middle/south, is better than most people think. It's nice to live close to the sea. Taxes deducted from your salary are relatively low compared to, e.g., Germany. Dislike: the people (of course there are always exceptions), the prices, lack of housing and lack of rights for renters, feels rather provincial once you are outside of Dublin, health care system, there's not Amazon Ireland and with Brexit now we have to pay import taxes, shipping parcels to other countries is ridiculously expensive, more traditional gender division than in other northern countries," commented one expat living in Dublin, Ireland.

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What type of social life can someone expect in Dublin?

When we asked expats and global nomads about their social experiences in Dublin, they replied:

"People are closed off and mainly stick to the people they already know from high school or family members," said an expat in Dublin.

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"It's very difficult to become friends with natives, so the expats are all that are left. Many of them leave the country after some time, though, so that's very sad," mentioned another expat living in Dublin.

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What advice to expats in Dublin have about housing?

"Very expensive, very difficult to get, even in commuter towns, tenants have hardly any rights, any kind of pet is usually forbidden, flats/houses are usually furnished, you are usually not allowed to put anything up the walls (e.g. shelves)," said one expat living in Dublin.

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What are medical services in Dublin like?

When we asked expats and global nomads about the quality of medical care in Dublin, they replied:

"Every visit to GP or consultant costs money, unless you earn very little money and have a medical card. Waiting times are insane, sometimes even when you are privately insured," said an expat in Dublin.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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