Finding suitable accommodation in a Dublin can sometimes be difficult, and we would recommend that you organise this as soon as you have been made an offer to study at RIAM.
You first need to decide on whether you would like to live under student residences or consider looking at alternative options. Each student will have his/ her own preference and both forms of accommodation have advantages and disadvantages.
We often find that students studying for one year (for example a postgraduate programme) prefer to live in a student residence.
Students coming to study in year one of a three- or four-year degree programme tend to live in student residence for the first year and then explore possibilities of moving off-campus with friends.
Student Residence Accommodation
Our partner providers will assist students in choosing the most suitable type of accommodation for their period of study in Ireland. Student Residence accommodation facilities provide options ranging from standard accommodation to more luxurious.
Full details are available at:
Ardcairn House Residence Dublin ( Book through Uninest: has purpose built music room which RIAM students have access to)
ApartoStudent: Dublin Locations (5 properties to book from)
Prices for student residences start from €160 - €240 per week
Alterative Accommodation Options
There is also accommodation available in the vicinity of RIAM. Students can choose from private apartments, renting a house with fellow-students or living with a family. Please remember that you should allow yourself ample time to search for a suitable accommodation type to meet your needs (2 weeks should suffice).
RIAM and TCD Students’ Union also regularly advertise accommodation on their Facebook Page.
Short Term Accommodation
If you arrive in Dublin early you may need to book a local hostel or Bed and Breakfast until you can move into your room on campus. The following websites are good for finding short-term accommodation in Dublin:
The following list of hostels, Bed and Breakfasts and Guesthouses may also be of use if you need temporary accommodation when you arrive in Ireland.
Homestay accommodation is when a student stays with a local family.
Living with a local family helps students to settle in to life in Ireland. Homestay includes full board (all meals). Students feel like part of a family and live in a safe, comfortable Irish family home. Staying with an Irish host family allows students to learn about the Irish way of life, Irish culture and will give them lots of opportunities to practice their English.
The following facilities are available to students who stay in homestay:
- Single room with a comfortable bed, a good supply of quality bedclothes and weekly change of bed linen
- Laundry taken care of by host or reasonable access to laundry facilities allowed to student
- Space for clothes stora
- Table and chair in the bedroom for private study or access at all times to another room with a table and chair
- Adequate lighting and heating
- Free access to bathroom and bath or shower daily
- A clean and well maintained house
Homestays can be booked for the first number of weeks or for the full length of the course in agreement with home stay provider.
Homestay Accommodation in Dublin (hostfamilydublinireland.ie)
Dublin Postal Codes
When looking at the location of a homestay to RIAM, you should consider the distance from the RIAM, access to public transports.
Always look at the postal code address to determine location
The postal district appears with one or two digits (or in the case of one district, a digit and a letter) appearing at the end of addresses, e.g.:
Sample Address: RIAM, Dublin 2 or (D2)
Map of Dublin postal codes: Dublin Postal Code Map - IrishTourist.com