The French embassy in Ireland has warned anyone thinking of moving here that the country is currently experiencing a “severe housing crisis”.
In a statement on its website, the embassy in Dublin said new arrivals will face “significant difficulties” in finding housing.
It published the advice on its website as part of guidance for French people wishing to move to Ireland.
It also warned that strong demand has led to a “sharp increase in rents, which are currently much more expensive than in Paris, including shared apartments”.
“It is therefore advisable that persons wishing to settle in Ireland allow sufficient time for this housing hunt (which may take several weeks),” the statement said.
Strasbourg doctoral student Lucie Duillon told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that she had been looking for accommodation for two months.
Ms Duillon said she knew the search would be “difficult” but thought it would be a similar experience to Paris. She is currently studying sociology in Dublin.
“I started looking for accommodation in July and it took me about two months to find an apartment in Dublin,” she said.
“And it really felt like a full-time job because looking for a place to live was the first thing I did when I woke up and the last thing I did on my day.
“Of course it’s much more difficult, it’s so more expensive than in France. My plan at the beginning of July was to pay around 500 euros, maybe 600 euros and now my rent is 1,000 euros which is way too expensive for me so I might have to change apartments later in the year.”
Meanwhile, the President of the Union of Students in Ireland said international students had been “misled about the availability of accommodation in Ireland”.
In a post on Twitter, Beth O’Reilly said, “Our international students deserve the full story before deciding to study in Ireland.”
“You should be aware of all the costs that studying here entails, as well as the miserable living situation.
“I will be reaching out to other embassies in the coming weeks to encourage them to post similar warnings. Hopefully more will follow to educate students about the housing crisis.”
https://www.independent.ie/news/french-embassy-in-ireland-warns-international-students-that-ireland-is-experiencing-a-severe-housing-crisis-41994110.html The French Embassy in Ireland warns international students of a “serious housing crisis” in Ireland