We can help you find somewhere to live!!
One of the biggest problems for any student visiting Ireland for the first time is finding suitable accommodation. At The English Academy we are here to help. We can discuss all available options with you prior to enrolment and we can even arrange accommodation for you. We can organise Hostel, Host Family, Student Residence, or Hotel accommodation for you.
Hostels in Dublin are cheap, plentiful and generally very good quality. Hostels offer an excellent short-term solution whilst you look for longer-term accommodation.
There are a number of top hostels within a few minutes' walk of the School. For a sample of what is available check out www.hosteldublin.com
Prices are from €80-90 per week.
Homestay (Host Family)
Staying with an Irish family is a very popular option with students visiting the country for the first time. Homestay gives the perfect opportunity to integrate fully into Irish life, while enjoying the friendliness, warmth and sincerity for which Ireland is renowned.
Students are placed with host families in safe residential areas either within walking distance of the school or with a direct transport link. All families are carefully selected, individually inspected and continually monitored.
Homestay costs from €175 per week. This price is for half-board (Breakfast and evening meal/dinner), single bedroom, wifi, bills and bed linen/towels included.
Student Residence accommodation is becoming increasingly popular and offers more freedom than Homestay or Family style accommodation.
Typically you will be housed in a 2 or 3 bedroom apartment with other students. The apartments are very modern and come with a fully-fitted Kitchen. All services including internet access and bills are included in the price. The residences are conveniently located in districts close to the School. Contact us for more information.
Prices are from €150 per week for a twin (sharing) room or €210 per week for a Private (single) room.
Student Residence accommodation is in short supply at peak times of the year, so early booking is advisable.
Close to the School is a 4-star “Best Western” hotel offering preferential rates for students of The English Academy.
Check out www.academyplazahotel.ie
Single room only rates are available from €60 per night or €350 per week off season. If you are sharing with a friend prices start from just €200 per week. Meals are also available on request. Peak Season prices do rise considerably.
Room Share or Apartment living
When settled in Ireland most students choose to share an apartment or room with other students. It is the cheapest form of accommodation.
Once in the School it is easy to make friends and meet like-minded students to arrange to share with.
Alternatively, Dublin City Centre has hundreds of modern apartments housing foreign students or workers looking to rent out a room. Websites like www.daft.ie give daily listings of what is available. Other sharing websites like www.easyroommate.com, www.airbnb.ie are popular too.
Your arrival in Ireland
You will almost definitely first arrive in Ireland via Dublin Airport. The airport is located about 9km north of the City Centre.
On arrival we recommend that you take a taxi from outside the arrivals hall to your accommodation. It should cost no more than €20. Taxis are plentiful, clean and safe.
Alternatively there is a shuttle bus service to the City Centre. Tickets are from €7 one way. aircoach
The English Academy can also meet you at the airport and take you to your accommodation for €70 one way.
Students are recommended to check out travel and medical insurance in their own country before departure.
If required The English Academy can arrange special student medical insurance cover for €120 per year. It covers any major hospitalization costs whilst studying in Ireland up to €2,500,000.
From the 1st January 2011 it is compulsory under Irish immigration law for all non-European students to have medical insurance. This insurance must give at least €2,500,000 of cover for Irish hospitals. The English Academy policy is fully accepted by Irish immigration authorites. If you are purchasing your own policy please check with your insurance provider prior to travelling.
Whilst in Ireland if you need minor medical treatment, drugs or medicines, a general practitioner/doctor should be consulted. No medical insurance will cover such visits.