Planning to liveÂ and work in DublinÂ ? This aÂ quick guideÂ ofÂ how toÂ get yourself around the basics of setting up in Dublin!
So you just landed at the airport? FirstÂ offÂ you canÂ takeÂ the bus (Airlink 747 only â‚¬6Â – if you are on a tight budget ) into Dublin to the main Â Bus stationÂ orÂ a taxi if youÂ have loads of moneyÂ . Where to stay ? Jacobs Inn and Isaacs hostel are just a few metresÂ from the bus stationÂ and handy to stay a while inÂ Â clean , safe and friendlyÂ accommodationÂ , until you get yourself organized with a permanent place to stay . It sounds like a good start, but it`s only a start!!
What next? As anywhere else in civilized world, you will have to register with some local authorities, let them know you are here , and see what they can offer you! In Dublin the first and most important thing to do, to set up officially is to register with Social Welfare.
They will provide your PPS number, which you needÂ to start looking for a job! It`s a simple procedure with them, all you need is a proof of where you are staying. It could be a letter from us at the hostel, or your landlord, or first bill addressed to you for your place in Dublin.The PPS number is something that anyone who wants to work legally in Republic of Ireland is obliged to have!! If you are staying with us, the Â local Social Welfare office is on Parnell Street, about 15 minutes walk from either of our hostels open Monday to Friday fromÂ .
Accommodation – look at websites like daft.ieÂ for places to rent orÂ ask the staff hereÂ for where is good and bad to live in the cityÂ .
What then? Looking for work? For mostÂ jobs employers will ask for a bankÂ account numberÂ in order to pay you If you don`t have it I`m sure a cheque or occasionally cash in the hand is an option, but not for long. You will have to get a bankÂ account! With your PPS number and valid ID go to any of the four leading banks to open a bank accountÂ Â : AIB, Bank of Ireland, Ulster Bank or Permanent TSB. To setup an account does n’t take Â too much time, but the queueÂ in the bank could be nasty… Be ready for it! All of them major banks are based on O`Connell Street, super close from us , about 7 to 10 minutes from the hostels.
Phones –Â It would save you moneyÂ to getÂ yourself a phone with an Irish SIM card! There are 3 leading companies Vodafone, O2 and Meteor. All of them provide different offers, but at the end of a day they all the same! Other smaller providers, like Lyca or Tesco are cheaper and as good as them 3 big boys!! If you thinking of ringing your family that lives anywhere in Europe, get Lyca and tell them to get on for their countries too, in that case you would be able to ring them for free!!Â Or tryÂ Viber anÂ app which allows you to call for free over Wifi . It`s a good tip !!Â So that’sÂ all theÂ basic information you need to help you on the road to loving and working in Dublin- But most important is
justÂ enjoy yourÂ new life in thisÂ lovely countryÂ and don’t forget to find some CraicÂ
PS the Citizens information office website also has useful info Â