Basic costs for renting and living in Ireland

The subject today will be the cost of living in Ireland

Renting a home:

Renting is like in Germany very dependent on where you live, in Dublin, it is comparable with Hamburg, Munich and Frankfurt/Main. That will allow you to rent an acceptable two bedrooms apartment for about 1800 Euros per month. Outside of the city center, you can find a 3-4 bedroom house a little farther away for around 1800 Euros per month. The closer to the city center the more expensive it’ll be, as always and everywhere the further outside one lives, the cheaper it’ll be. Cork and Galway are slowly approaching the cost level of Dublin for renting accommodation, but at least in Galway, it is still possible to find a decent house for around 1000 Euro with 3-4 bedrooms. Cork is somewhere between but as I am not living there myself nor have in the past, I, unfortunately, wont be able to give you reliable information for that. But as said it is probably between Galway and Dublin. Everything outside is massively cheaper, in an example, a 5-8 bedroom detached cottage in the countryside is doable for under 700 euro a month. (Smaller, and hence cheaper is also always a possibility as well)

So what do you get for your money? A bedroom is exactly one bedroom. These will differ in size, usually single or double, referring to the number of people able to sleep in it, as well as usually at least two bathrooms usually more than less, a kitchen a living room, sometimes including a dining area or a second living room. So actually rather more than less space in sqm than in Germany. Some objects are on par to German, Swiss or Austrian level, but usually, you have to make cuts, seals in doors, for example, are somehow rather rare, windows are mostly also less insulated than in Germany. However, this also brings the advantage that not everything is glued shut with styrofoam.


Electricity and telephone you have everywhere. Electricity costs on average 16 cents or less per kw/h (depending on the contract and if you have an extra night counter and how you designed your consumption). There are two vendors, Airtricity is usually the somewhat more favorable, one can save a few percent if. One online bill and bank withdrawal, together 8% so what already makes. The other one is Electric Ireland.


High-speed Internet runs via cable usually, in the cities up to 250 Mbit Flatrates so from 40 euro (Verizon / Sky) and there is also Highspeed Internet over Eircom (quasi the Irish Telekom). In the countryside getting a decent Internet connection can be a bit more challenging. And more expensive, there are various satellites and radio-based solutions which are sometimes more or less usable. Most of which provide speeds of up to 6 Mb down and 0.5 to 2-3 Mb up, but the simplest most reliable and fastest is almost always via a mobile phone connection. The best net cover by far has three (which have taken over here also O2) afterward Vodafone and do leave the fingers of Meteor, (which is not even in Dublin usable). Here you should pay attention that you do not buy a contract with an extra internet dongle. You can get a standard Internet Flatrate including mobile contract, which costs at 3 with 4G unlimited 27 euros a month (7mb down 4.9mb up across the country). I can use this to stream Netflix, play Xbox One, even shooters like Destiny worked fine (for those of you with kids 😉 ). It furthermore has the advantage, that if you are in the countryside, everyone will need a mobile phone including the offspring, which saves you costs and no one has to argue about ho can use the internet connection when and for what.

Also you do not need a landline, you can call much cheaper  and cost controlledto home with a prepaid Lyca or Tesco mobile card (both use the Three network)


Water is almost always still free, but in the country, there can be local initiatives, usually a yearly fee of under 200 euros. These will usually provide more than enough free cubic meters for a whole family for the year. The best option, however, are, of course, your well or rainwater collector which almost every Irish has in the countryside. This also has the advantage that there will be no chlorine and fluorine added and you will not always be on aa Boil notice actual (water boil down because bacteria in it).


Until 2011, Ireland was free of garbage fees, and this was the first thing I told many Irishmen then I moved over here in 2012, and they were not happy about it …
Meanwhile they have accepted this for the most part. The garbage disposal is locally organized and usually also in the country also the choice between 2 providers. The good news is that this is incredibly cheap here. Usually, you have recycling and waste refuse you can drop off glass and paper, and there are always compost heaps if you can and want to have one in your garden (make sure to pay attention to the lease terms and conditions afterward to avoid an unwanted and surprising experience). The costs range from 200 EUR to 300EUR per year.

Regarding other costs, a rental deposit and one rent in advance are common. Buying an accommodation goes quite well and takes approximately 6-12 weeks after acceptance of an offer, brokers are here much cheaper and are costs are carried by the seller/landlord.


So heat comes on top of your rent and can range from extreme to intolerable expensive to hardly worth mentioning at all. It is also important to keep in mind that the water heating should also run the heater. Otherwise, you have costly electric water heaters.
About the cost: I had everything from 10EUR included in the electricity per person for fully heated and warm water to 500 liters of oil during the wintermonths. Therefore, the cost is variable, so here is more about the possibilities: electricity, oil (here called kerosene, in the end, heatingdiesel) furnace and gas, sometimes also district heating.

In my experience, the most expensive are gas, the most favorable electricity if you are not a forest owner and can burn that one. Also in play comes the isolation of the house or apartment and your demands, if you like many Germans to jump around nude in the winter in your apartment, you probably will require a second income for that or build a super modern energy efficient house. In itself, the costs are comparable to those in Germany, but oil heating is very inefficient.
I prefer electricity (with a night saver) or furnace/palett, but I do know however that other people have completely different opinions on this. The best is to ask the neighbors or previous owners. The landlord provided data are here unfortunately hardly reliable. And also ask when and how much the heater was on. Ranges 15 Euro to 300 Euro per month.


There are satellite and cable, satellite is probably cost wise and quality wise as in Germany or the U.K, cable the same.
Since I have frankly no idea, because I utilize Netflix, Hulu, Youtube and co for movies and series in a cheaper and more tailored to my needs way.

My recommendation: Proxy services, which are available from 10 USD per year, for example, Proxmate, is an excellent plugin for Firefox and Chrome in combination with Netflix.

These are the basic costs you’ll have on top of this will come insurance, mobile phone, and your private pension as the necessary ones, but I’ll cover that in a different post later on

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