rents for a basic 2 bed flat are about $140 per week in a studenty type of area.
stay away from ballymun.
(i’m at Trinity so i’m not so sure about DCU in itself, but it has a very good reputation)
you can get the bus to DCU from O’Connell street, i think it’s the stop near the GPO, should cost 1.05 each way.
the social life is fantastic.
avoid Parnell Square and areas with a lot of corpo housing. Dolphin’s barn isn’t so good.
try to live near to a DART stop or on a bus route.
the best areas are Blackrock, Drumcondra, Donnybrook, Ballsbridge and Malahide.
if you can’t afford a house there you could consider sending your kids to school there.
in general the schooling standard is MUCH superior to a Uk state school, and for many of the better private schools like Belvedere, Dominican College, Gonzaga, Christs Hospital, Alexandra College you’ll find it cheaper and better than a Uk private school.
lots of my classmates went to irish state schools, and no-one thinks they were short-changed as regards to education.
if you don’t mind the religion, go for a school with that ethos, they usually have better exam results. they’re more easy going on the theology than you might imagine.
i think you kids would thank you for NOT sending them to an international school, you want them to fit in, and not to be foreigners abroad, right?
they could probably get out of learning irish, but they might enjoy it.
get a good health insurance policy and you’ll be fine as regards to that.
bring jumpers. it’s cold.
i too like ryan’s, but it’s not so handy for college, so i tend to drink in our pavillion bar or in one of the bars off grafton (M J O’Neill’s and the Thing Mote are nice for drinks, and Reynauds is good for cocktails) if i’m feeling classy.
it’s a great place to live, i can feed myself, buy books and go out on a budget of 70 euros a week so i don’t think it’s that bad if you economise.