Guess who’s back and this time it is all about Dublin. I really need to post more regularly but lately I have just been very active working on the new me. For the past 8 months I have started turning my life around. Getting healthy and more active. I will write more about that next week when I have the results of the health check.
Today I want to share some info with you, could be helpful if you ever decide to start-up a new adventure and want to move to Dublin. I have been living in Dublin for almost 8 years, might as well use that experience to help others. If you are going to live in Dublin you will most likely start off with sharing a house or apartment with other people. Housing is expensive indeed. If you find a room in a house with three or 4 people you will pay approx 300 – 400 Euros. If you want to rent a two room apartment it will cost 1000 – 1200. Most people spread the cost by sharing an apartment. Make sure you choose the right room-mate as it can turn sour if you don’t, I speak from experience. You can choose to pick someone to share a place with or choose to live with the owner/landlord. There are also one room apartments for 700-800 Euros. A one room bed sit or studio will cost 600-700 Euros. So it is expensive in Dublin, in fact, rents are about 12% higher than the rest of the country. Here are some links to get you started:
If you come to work in Ireland, it won’t be a problem to find a job if you are looking for language based roles or want to work in the hospitality industry. Most major IT companies have their European offices and service centres in Dublin. They always need people with a second language. Think of PayPal, EBay, Xerox, HP, Microsoft, Symantec, Facebook, Google, IBM etc. They always are looking for customer representatives. So if you speak a 2nd language that would be a benefit, but if you speak a foreign language and English, you obviously speak two languages. The pay-check will be between 20,000 and 25,000 euro gross annual pay. Account Executive and Account Manager roles start from 25,000 up to 40,000. If you have a sales background there is even more choice as they always need sales people. Waiter / Waitress roles pay around 8-10 euro per hour. You pay 20% income tax under 32,800 euro, and 41% over anything above. Your pay check is enough to live and party. I am an account manager and I make enough to rent a nice apartment, own a car and go out to the city twice a month and see a lot of good shows, movies and pay my bills. You will survive!
I moved to Dublin from the Netherlands in 2007. The most important thing to get sorted when arriving in Ireland is a PPS number for sure, and open a bank account. You can always contact your country’s embassy. Be aware, in Ireland they are still working with paper work and that brings a lot of bureaucracy and cost time. In 2014 more and more companies offer online forms, but you will notice that you still have to physically sign those forms and post them.
Dublin – www.dublin.ie
Citizens Information – http://www.citizensinformation.ie
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – www.dfa.ie/home/index.aspx?id=285
Irish Links – www.irishlinks.co.uk/moving-to-ireland.htm
PPS Number – Very looooooong link, just click here.
Last but not least, what about the famous Irish pubs?? Well, I’ll tell ya. A pint in Dublin will cost between 4-6 Euros depending on the location and venue. A mix will be 7,50. The food prices in restaurants are affordable and the food in Dublin is good. Quick note: Dublin has a zillion supermarkets, but shopping in Ireland is expensive. The main stores are Tesco, SuperValu, Dunnes and Superquinn. If you want to buy quality at reasonable prices you want to go to Lidl or Aldi. The Superquinn and the smaller stores like Spar, Londis and Mace are expensive.
For rock and folk music you are in the right place. You will find a lot of free gigs in the pubs. Porterhouse Temple Bar, The Mezz, Temple Bar (traditional Irish). If you want to go clubbing you can go to Academy (former Spirit 57) or the D|two. Areas to check out are Temple Bar, Harcourt Street / Wexford Street, Baggot Street, Grafton Street / Stepens Green, Dame Street and South William Street. Anyway there are many many pubs and restaurants in Dublin, and basically all pubs will serve bar or finger food, one of my regulars is the Foggy Dew, for the best Guinness go to McDaids. Dublin is amazing when it comes to nightlife although later than 3am you won’t find many places open but there are clubs that open till 4am or 5am. And come Christmas definitely do the 12 Pubs of Christmas, it is fantastic craic, stick to one drink per pub and you will make it.
I could keep writing forever but I think it is cool to just find out some stuff on your own, explore the city, meet the locals, meet fellow travellers, suck up the culture. Dublin is a great city, with a fantastic buzz and atmosphere. There are tons of things to do, you will not get bored here.
Hope this helps a bit. Enjoy your stay in Ireland, however long it may be. And if your want to eternize your stay with professional photos, check out this blog!