English Language Students:
Most English Language Institutes include accommodation in their fees and have it arranged for the student upon arrival, often with a host family.
Most English language students visiting Ireland stay with Irish host families. This gives a perfect opportunity to integrate fully into Irish life, while enjoying the friendliness, warmth and sincerity for which Ireland is renowed. The informal atmosphere of family life also helps greatly in absorbing the language in every day situations.
Students are placed with host families in safe residential areas. Student guests are treated as one of the family and are included in family outings and social occasions.
All host families are carefully selected, individually inspected and continually monitored !
Residential School Accommodation
Residential school accommodation is another form of accommodation for English language students. This is mostly available during the summer months, but also throughout the year in some schools. Residential school accommodation offers students the benefits of “student village life”.
Third level students:
Third level students have a number of accommodation options available to them. Most third level institutions have on-campus student residences, often resembling small villages with on-site facilities such as shops, laundrettes, restaurants etc. Prospective students should contact the host institution for further details.
Another popular option, particularly in the main cities is self-catering rented accommodation, often shared with other students. Students opting for this kind of accommodation are advised to arrive in the country two or three weeks prior to the start of the academic year in order to secure a place in a house/apartment.
Some third-level students opt for host family accommodation. This can be a good option for those leaving home for the first time as it helps to integrate them into the local community and the Irish way of life. Students are normally provided with their own room and with morning and evening meals. Host family accommodation costs about €125- €180 per week.
Note: Most third level institutions have an Accommodation Office, a good first point of call for overseas students in their search for suitable accommodation. Accommodation can also be found through the local newspapers and estate agents in the cities.
(You should note that it is usually not possible to reserve long term accommodation in advance, as owners of properties will not hold rooms without payment of rent.)