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Sunday 22 July 2018

'I had to move to another county' - Foreign student tells of 'dreadful' rental experience in Dublin

Mohammed Azim Ansari (23) moved to Dublin in September 2016 and struggled to find accommodation
Mohammed Azim Ansari (23) moved to Dublin in September 2016 and struggled to find accommodation
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

A foreign student living in Ireland has told how some of his college friends had to return home because they couldn't find accommodation here.

Mohammed Azim Ansari (23) from Mumbai, India is currently studying a masters in engineering management at University College Dublin.

After months of living in substandard housing in Dublin, the masters student decided to move outside the capital.

He eventually found nice, affordable accommodation in Bray, Co Wicklow and commutes by train to college every day.

Mohammed said his "dreadful" search for somewhere to live made him feel "miserable."

"Two of my college mates went back to India because they couldn't find anywhere. I had to live in shared temporary accommodation as I was not able to get a house in Dublin. It was a very difficult time and I was feeling miserable."

Mohammed said a lot of landlords rejected him because he was a student.

He claimed some property letting agents asked for double deposits, bank statements and security clearance letters.

"It was an unpleasant time. I love Ireland as a country and I'm glad to have a roof over my head. It was a lot cheaper and easier to find accommodation in another county."

He now rents a two-bed apartment for €600 each month.

During his shared accommodation days, he was paying nearly the same price to sleep in a room with two other people.

Students from across Ireland and abroad have been scrambling to try find housing since they received their CAO offers on Monday.

Rents have risen nationwide by almost 12pc and the supply of accommodation is at an all-time low for the 50,000 students accepting college places, according to Daft.ie's latest report.

Home-hunters are now facing an average monthly rent nationwide of €1,159. This is up €122 a month since last year.

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