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Student feature: Top renting tips from DIT

Posted: 10 August, 2017

One of the first things you will need to do after accepting a place at DIT is find somewhere to live. Unfortunately, student accommodation is in short supply in Dublin so you will have to start looking as soon as possible. This might be a scramble but we have some tips to help the process a little easier.

1.      Talk to our student pad experts

If you don’t know Dublin well, one of the first things you should do is contact DIT Studentpad to find out the best locations for your campus. Our campuses are all in city centre locations but travel may be cheaper and easier if you choose a location that is closer to your particular campus. For example, the suburbs of Cabra or Phibsborough are closer to DIT Bolton Street or DIT Grangegorman. You can also use Google maps to calculate the difference.

2.      Live with a host family

Of all the accommodation choices, staying with a host family is the most economical and DIT strongly encourages this option. It will help you to save money but also give you a chance to find your feet in your first year away from home. Currently, DIT has over 230 host families listed on its student accommodation website.

3.      Staying in a student hub

If you like to be close to the action, campus style accommodation may be the option for you. DIT is busy planning its own student residences at our Grangegorman campus, which should be ready circa September 2020. In the meantime, we have block booked bed spaces with a number of external providers of campus style accommodation. You can find more information about these providers on DIT Studentpad.

4.      Private rented accommodation

You might prefer to live in a shared property with friends and the best place to search for this type of accommodation is on Daft.ie. When you find a suitable property make sure you get your landlord to confirm, in writing, the length of your lease, the conditions you must meet to get your deposit back, who to contact if anything goes wrong and how much notice they need before you leave the property.  Make sure you get a receipt for all money paid, avoid paying in cash and when you move in take photos of any damage, so you don't get charged for it when you leave.

5.      Watch out for rental scams

One of the most common scams is when someone copies listings of properties that are genuinely available to rent and advertises them with their own email or phone number. They might refuse to show you the property, saying they are too busy or living elsewhere, but may send you photos and fake documents or keys in the hope of getting you to pay rent or a deposit. Often victims do not realise they have been scammed until they show up at “their” property to find someone else living in it. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

6.      Know your rights and responsibilities as a tenant.

You can find lots of information about renting, your rights and responsibilities at www.rtb.ie or www.threshold.ie. DIT Students' Union also has a really good guide to renting in Dublin on their website