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Wednesday 1 October 2014

Dublin’s cheapest single bedrooms for under €300

As the hunt for accommodation continues, we take a look at some of the single bedrooms on offer for Dublin students on a tight budget.

Patricia Murphy

Published 19/08/2014 | 11:25

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Single room in Raheny

Searching for affordable accommodation in Dublin is a difficult task being faced by many students this week and if you’re not up for having a roommate and student digs aren’t your bag, it can be even more overwhelming.

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While single bedrooms for less than €300 per month in Dublin are a rarity, there are a number available as the hunt for accommodation continues.

Greg O’Donoghue, Welfare Officer of the USI (Union of Students in Ireland), said that university goers should not necessarily be suspicious of reasonably priced rooms in the city.

“I don’t think students should automatically think that there is a catch. Finding the right accommodation for you is all about doing your research.

“Ask locals what the area is like at night and if it’s safe. Make sure that there are good links from your accommodation to your college and also the city centre.”

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O’Donoghue said the panic to find accommodation in the city can cause students to make rash decisions with regards to deposits, leases and money transfers.

“It is vital that you read the conditions of your lease before signing anything. Have someone else read over it to make sure before putting your name to paper.

“With deposits, make sure you have a record of the transaction, especially if it is done in cash.

“When you move into the place make a list of everything that is there so that if your landlord does try and withhold your deposit for unfair reasons at least you have a record.”

The USI has recently launched a new website which focuses on student digs, a increasingly popular option for many students.

“With our new website, we’ve tried to encourage homeowners to open up their houses to students. It’s a great extra income for them, and also a bit of a support system for students especially in their first year of study,” said O’Donoghue.

“Student digs are a great way to get on your feet in Dublin and are extremely affordable.”

 

Single Room

Where: Inchicore

Price: €250 monthly

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A single room is available in Inchicore, with four housemates and what the advert describes as a ‘lovely’ dog (let’s hope so). Pets are welcome, there’s direct links to the city centre on the 13, 40 and 68 buses nearby. A washing machine, microwave and internet access are modern amenities that are part of the package as well as a large garden patio and balcony.

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Single Room

Where: Raheny

Price: €250

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A single room is what’s on offer in Raheny, in what’s described as a ‘spacious, four-bedroom house’. Just a stone throw away from the local shopping centre and with access to the DART and bus stops with links to the city centre.

‘Decent, easy-going people’ is what is desired by these potential housemates, all men in their twenties.

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Single Room

Where: Glasnevin

Price: €240 monthly

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A single room is available in Glasnevin within walking distance of DCU as well as the Bon Secour and Mater Hospitals. The house is close to local bus routes to the city centre and very near an abundance of amenities. Without an available picture, it might be worth a peek.

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Single Room

Where: Swords

Price: €300 monthly

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A single room is available in Swords for €300 which includes bills. The three bedroom house is occupied by three women and has direct links to the city centre via the 41 and 102 buses.

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Single Room

Where: Phibsboro

Price: €300 monthly

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A single room is on offer in Phibsboro for €300 in addition to bills. The house is occupied by four women and is a twelve minute walk from the city centre. On street parking is available should you wish to bring your car.

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Single Room

Where: Smithfield

Price: €225 monthly

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While the price might be appealing, the fact that this bedroom does not have a door, but a curtain may be a little bit off putting. A ten minute walk from the city centre, the box room is available for one year. The bills are not included. With no picture,  this one is probably best avoided.

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