'Buying property and settling down just not possible'
Vivien Fekete expected culture shocks before she moved from Hungary to Ireland. But little could have prepared her for the surprise of rental prices.
"In Hungary, you can rent three houses for the price you would rent one in Ireland," she told the Irish Independent.
Vivien is currently living with her partner and his family members in a three-bedroom flat near Greystones, Co. Wicklow.
For that, they pay around €1,400 per month.
"We are quite lucky because it seems a little cheaper than other houses around the area," she said.
"The landlord has been very good to us and very helpful," she added. "There was only one time when we need something fixed and he was happy to help us."
However, she pointed out that friends who have lived in Co. Wicklow before say their rent has gone up by around 20pc since the recession.
The couple are currently studying English here and work to pay the bills.
After finishing the course, they hope to stay and find jobs in Ireland. However, current property prices are discouraging.
"We would love to stay here, maybe for five years," she said.
"But buying a property and settling down is just not possible for us."