When you move to Ireland, you will obviously need somewhere to live. For the first few days or weeks, it is possible to either stay at a hotel, hostel or campsite. After that, you will obviously want a proper place to live.
What are your priorities
If you have children, you may want to consider what the schools in the area are like. If you travel abroad often, you may need to be close to an international airport. If you’re travelling back to the UK every week or two, then perhaps even close to the ports for the ferry.
What kind of life do you live? Do you want the excitement of a city, or are you looking for the quiet, rural life? You may wish to focus your search on cities like Dublin, Cork and Galway, or you may prefer the more tranquil areas like those along the west coast.
Dublin is the capital of the Republic of Ireland, and there’s no doubt that it can be an exhilarating place to live. However, the cost of living in Dublin is higher than that in the rest of Ireland’s cities, so it is worth some careful consideration. Many visitors are familiar with Dublin, so it often becomes the first port of call when looking for a home in Ireland. But don’t forget that Ireland has other great cities as well. Visit Cork, Galway, Shannon, Kilkenny, Waterford and Limerick to see how they compare to the capital.
Check house prices
These can vary greatly from area to area, and this will probably be a big factor in your final decision, especially if you are planning to buy a home. Have a look at the House Prices Index, which will tell you the average price paid for a house in Ireland, as well as the regional variations. Housing tends to cost significantly more in Dublin than in the rest of the country. Prices in the commuter counties of Louth, Meath, Kildare and Wicklow also tend to be higher than those in the rest of the country, but not as high as Dublin’s.
County Leitrim is a popular alternative. House prices are significantly less than Dublin, which is a positive for some people.
Consider Where you will find employment
A lot of people may well go to Ireland as a self employed person – trading online in one form or another. Other’s will need to find employment. For this reason, despite the price of homes in Dublin – the increased living cost may be acceptable due to the obvious employment opportunities in such a large city.
There are many useful resources to help you with your search: