A new city, a new country… Next step? Finding our place in Dublin. How to find accommodation and other tips about Dublin!
When we arrived in Dublin, our first concern was to finish all the visa documentation. For safety purposes we had booked our first accommodation through the travel agency in Brazil. They assured us we would stay with an Irish family but we didn’t have a clue where it would be. It was a nice place, a bit far from the city centre, but just what we needed to start our journey.
With the accommodation (double room just for us) we got breakfast and dinner included, a money-saving option since we had no job yet. Also Paula and her husband were awesome to us, they explained about buses and the best places to visit. They taught us a little bit about the “Irish English” and let us stay for another week after the contract had finished (of course we paid for it).
As soon as we organised our visa we started looking for places to rent. We used the website www.datf.ie, that was the best one in 2007, and after two weeks of searching and viewing the places, we found a nice house to share with a European couple. We got a double bedroom, a shared bathroom, a kitchen and a big living room, everything fully equipped and a small backyard. It was in Dublin 2, south side of the river, really close to the Grand Canal and the Quays.
Daft website is still on and you can find places to rent on your own or shared houses or apartments. I suggest sharing a place, especially if your flatmate is from a different country. It’s a unique opportunity to learn new things and also to save money. You have to remember that apart from rent you still have to pay for electricity, gas, internet and cable tv, so things can get cheaper if you live with more people.
We were more than lucky and shared the house with a great couple. He was German and she was Spanish, so we had to speak English all the time (what really helped us to improve our skills) and we got to know their countries better. We had a great time together: Christmas dinner, barbecues, the best Spanish tortillas made by a German dude, and much more. Sadly one year later they moved to Spain and we just kept in touch by Facebook. After 6 years of not seeing each other, we finally had a chance to visit them in Elche while we were travelling around Spain, and it was so nice, like in the old times. I was super happy to see Belen, Heiko and little Mark.
Back to the renting process, after they had left we started looking for new flatmates. Again we used www.daft.ie. The renting process in Ireland is really easy: you find a place, you give your details to the landlord, pay a deposit (one month rent in advance) and move in. When you decide to leave you find new people to stay in your place, give their details to the landlord, get your deposit of them so you don’t lose money and leave the place.
I can’t remember properly, but I guess we stayed one week or two on our own till we found new people. After sharing a house with someone for a whole year, having those two weeks for ourselves was amazing. Many people came to see the house and we choose an american couple. It was difficult to understand their American English as we were used to the Irish accent. I am not sure if they realized that but it took us some time to have a proper conversation with them. We didn’t have a chance to get to know them very well because we decided to move in with a friend/teacher that had a room available in her apartment. The latest news we got from Aaron and Katie is that they had a lovely baby girl, and they are living in the USA again! All the best to you guys!!!
We gave our details to the landlord, paid the deposit and a few days later we were in the new apartment. Super comfy and well located. It was in the corner of Caple St., the most mixed multicultural street of Dublin. A couple of steps outside our door we could find a Polish shop, African beauty salons, Turkish groceries, an Irish butcher, a Japanese seafood shop, and some sex shops too. What a great mix!!!
I do recommend to everyone that is moving to a new country to find a place like Capel St. It blows your mind, you can have a little piece of the entire world in front of your eyes. Also it was close to supermarkets, shops, schools and pubs, everything in a walking distance. Only Rob´s work was a bit far, in the south district, full of companies. To get there he used to take the Luas, a local tram that runs from the city centre to several neighbourhoods. It was a 20 minute ride to Sandyford.
We stayed in that apartment for the next whole year, and if we come back to Ireland probably we will look for a place around there again. Sadly we can’t share the place with our great teacher and best friend anymore. Paulina is now married and has a family. Now she has a Brazilian husband Lucas, and a beautiful girl named Barbara. So happy for them!! It has been a year since we last saw each other but our friendship is stronger than the distance.