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Tips for your accommodation search

Posted: 18 August, 2016

Planning to study in DIT? You won’t regret your decision!

DIT is a great place to study. By combining small teaching groups, great courses and experienced teaching staff along with our city centre locations, you will soon see why DIT is the best place you can go to college.
 
For many people, coming to college means living away from home for the first time. We understand that you would like to live in a place that is clean, modern, comfortable, safe, and not too expensive, within easy reach of all your activities and preferably with other students who share the same lifestyle as your own. Depending on your circumstances and/or preferences you may chose campus style or private rented accommodation.

All of DIT’s campuses are located in the heart of Dublin’s City.  Constantly voted as one of the world’s friendliest cities, Dublin offers students a truly unique place to live, work and learn. There is pressure on accommodation this year, but our Financial Aid and Accommodation Office are working hard to make your accommodation search easier!
 
At DIT we are busy planning our own student residences at Grangegorman which should be ready circa September 2019. Until then DIT have block booked bed spaces with a number of our loyal external providers of campus style accommodation for 2016/2017. We have added some new accommodation providers and these providers endeavour to place students from similar courses and DIT campuses together. DIT also now has 180 places in homestay style accommodation on offer to DIT students.
 
To help you consider your accommodation options and assist you with your search, DIT has compiled the following tips and tricks. 

  1. Check out the DIT Student accommodation website at http://bit.ly/2aFQukZ and register with DIT StudentPad at http://www.ditstudentpad.ie/
  2. Don’t dismiss lodgings / host-family!  Student surveys show that students living with a host family are happier with their living arrangements than those in private rented accommodation or on-campus accommodation.  If you use a host-family for first year it can give you time to settle in to college, and find a group of friends to move in with in second year.
  3. Sharing is caring!  Sharing a room with a friend can cut costs dramatically, and increase your chances of getting accommodation.
  4. Check the location of the house using Google Maps and Google Street View to make sure you feel safe in the area.
  5. Use a public transport App (such as Journey Plan from Transport for Ireland) to see how convenient it is for your campus.  The DIT accommodation website has a map showing the main campus style-accommodation blocks for DIT students.  
  6. It’s easier to get a rented house if there are a few of you, so gather a group of like-minded individuals with whom to go house-hunting.
  7. There’s a useful Facebook group for DIT students looking for accommodation, or looking for people to share with:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/DITStudentAccommodation/
  8. View the house and check it before paying a deposit.  Write a list of questions before you view so you don’t forget any.  Ask: how much is deposit, rent in advance and rent, what other bills are included or extra, where is the closest supermarket, is there secure bike parking.