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So, if you've tried looking for a place to rent in Dublin over the past year or two, you'll know that the market of having a bit of a meltdown. 

If you're anything like us, outrageous rents and cramped bedsits have you thinking the grass truly is greener on the other side – and well, quite simply, the answer is yes. 

Seeing as most businesses are based in the capital, many of us are forced to pay extortionate prices for a place close to work, but it's shocking how have your paycheck can stretch when you look a little further afield. 

From the most to least expensive, here's a price comparison of two bedroom apartments in 10 locations across the country.  


Mount St. Anne's, Milltown, Dublin 6

Price per month: €2,500


The Mapels, Diamond Valley, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Price per month: €1,527



Price per month: €1,200


Park Way Grange Rath, Drogheda, Co. Louth, A92 D433

Price per month: €1,200


Eyre Square Centre Townhouses, Galway City, Co. Galway

Price per month: €1,170


Lansdowne Hall, Limerick City, Co. Limerick

Price per month: €1,150


Ashgrove, Parcnagowan, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny, R95 WD32

Price per month: €950


25 Marlinstown Park, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

Price per month: €950


35, Penrose Court, Penrose Lane, Waterford City, Co. Waterford

Price per month: €750


The Oaks, Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon

Price per month: €400



OK, so at this point we all know the Irish rental market is far from perfect.

Online property searches are over-flowing with shared rooms, outrageous rents and cramped bedsits, and it doesn't look like it's going to change any time soon.

And while prices are continuing to soar all across the country, value for money can differ dramatically from county to county. 

From Dublin to Longford, we've done some digging and discovered just what €600 per month can get you nowadays. 

House Share, Seville Place, IFSC, Dublin 1 – €600 per month 

In fairness, this place is an absolute palace compared to some of the bedsits dotted around the capital city – a separate space for eating and sleeping? Oh the luxury! 

It's location alone was enough to grab our attention, and let's face it, for €600 you could do a lot worse. 

The house is currently occupied by four "hard working Irish professionals, and judging by the random pineapple sitting in the middle of the kitchen floor we're guessing they're a bit of craic as well. 

Four Bed House Ballinalee, Co. Longford – €600 per month 

Where would you get it? 

Four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a garden backing on to woodland – sounds like a dream. 

Sure, Longford might may not have the same career opportunities as Dublin, but hey, if all us poor 20-something Dubliners make the move, the business will surely follow – who's with us? 

One Bed Apartment, Mervue, Co. Galway – €600 per month 

OK, we'll admit that this one bed flat looks like it's stuck in 1998, but its price and location are hard to fault. 

With Galway City Centre just a 20 minute walk away, this cosy self-contained apartment is the perfect option for someone looking to strike a balance between urban and rural . 

Apartment Share Lee Road, Cork City – €550 per month 

Pink throws, emoji cushions and private parking – sounds like our kind of place! 

It's big enough to make you feel like you have your own space, and cheap enough so you won't feel like you've been robbed blind. 

Plus, it's got heaps of natural light, which, when you're used to your kitchen window facing onto an alleyway full of bins, is a real treat. 

Two Bedroom Apartment, Limerick City – €550 per month 

Yes, you read that right – not one, but two bedrooms, meaning you and a housemate could call this place home for just €275 each. 

It's decor might leave a little bit to be desired, but that brand new bed and jaw-dropping price has us considering a move to The West. 




Irish rents have reached a new all-time high according to the latest report from property website Daft.ie.

Figures show that prices across the country rose by an average of 10.4 per cent last year, with the average Dublin rent now €380 higher than the previous Celtic Tiger peak.

The biggest increases were seen in Limerick and Galway, with rents rising by 14.8 per cent and 12.4 per cent respectively.

A lack of suitable properties is largely to blame for the spiralling costs, with just 3,143 units available to rent nationwide as of February 1 this year.

This is the lowest figure ever recorded since the report started in 2006.

Economist at Trinity College Dublin and author of the Daft report, Ronán Lyons said: "2017 marks the fourth consecutive year of double-digit gains in rents nationwide.

"The underlying pressure for rising rents remains due to a chronic shortage of available rental accommodation, at a time of strong demand."

Speaking about the report, a spokesperson for the Simon Communities in Ireland said the latest figures show that the Government's efforts to cap rent in so-called pressure zones, weren't working.

“Rent Pressure Zones and other measures cannot work without proper monitoring and enforcement by the Residential Tenancies Board," they said.

“Tenants cannot be expected to ‘police’ this private market when they are clearly at such a huge disadvantage with continuously diminishing supply and rising prices". 

Meanwhile, the Social Democrats co-leader, Catherine Murphy, called on the Government to immediately link rents to the Consumer Price Index until sufficient housing is made available.