Are You Planning Of Living In Ireland For 3 Months? Here Are What You Need To Know!


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Whether you’re planning to live in Ireland for 3 months or longer, there are some important things you have to know before taking your first step. These things will make your moving and settling easier and more enjoyable. Below, we provide you with all important things you must know before packing your bags and also camera for beauty you'll see when live in Ireland for 3 months.


​Visa Requirements

Short Stay Visas (less than 3 months)

Before sending in an application for a short stay ‘C’ visa, it is important to make sure that you make yourself familiar with what benefits you can get from acquiring this type of visa and of course, what requirements you need to be able to acquire it.

Policy to consider for short stay ‘C’ visas

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When applying for a short stay ‘C’ visa, you have to prove that you have adequately strong family, economic, or social ties to your home country. This is important as this proves that you have no intention on staying in Ireland longer than you declared. The maximum stay permitted under Ireland’s short stay ‘C’ visa is 90 days or 3 months.

The proofs you can use may include but not limited to: real estate properties, cars, businesses, offspring, and a permanent job. But of course, proving that you have the aforementioned things doesn't guarantee your approval for visa -- it still depends on the immigration officer's decision whether they will grant you a visa, ask for more proofs or documents, or deny your application on the whole.


Housing in Ireland


You will have a lot of options when it comes to the type of accommodation you are able to buy or rent, like apartments, houses, or rooms. Renting your own private bedroom in a shared house is probably the most common options when living in Ireland for 3 months, especially if you are alone in bigger cities where rents are usually more expensive.

The prices of rents and houses differ widely depending on the location. Of course, while the rent in the cities like Dublin is higher compared to other parts of the country, it also offers more convenient access to amenities and an outstanding transportation system. In larger areas, the housing market is a lot cheaper. Be ready for a first come, first served basis and be practical whenever you make inquiries and trying to arrange viewings.

Renting in Ireland

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Tenancy Agreement is an officially binding contract signed by both of the owner of the property and you as the tenant. This contract explains all the terms like the price of rent, the lease duration, and what are the penalties apply if the terms break. A contract normally runs for 6 or 12 months, but it’s not impossible to find owners who allow 3-month lease.

Just like any other European cities, it’s not difficult to find rentals; you can go online and begin your search. There are several sites that let you search according to price and area and of course, type of accommodation. 

Note the accommodations for rent in Ireland are usually semi or fully furnished.


There are also agents that can help you look for the perfect home, and might also offer management, administrative, and other useful services. But of course, be ready to pay some extra fee.

Normally, bills may come in the form of electricity, the internet, gas, water, phone, and waste management. It is important for you to be aware of the bills you need to settle during your stay. 

When you apply to rent accommodation in the country, you might be asked for the following documents:

  • Proof of employment, which includes address and contact number to verify employment
  • Prior landlord reference, which includes address and contact number
  • ​Valid identification card to prove your identity
  • Bank information, to show that you are financially capable of renting the property

Renting and Your Rights

  • Ireland offers strong protection laws for the tenants, and it is important to be familiar of the rights
  • The price of rent can’t be changed to a certain amount after the contract is signed
  • The length of stay can't be changed after the contract is signed
  • Depending on the agreement, you must give prior notice before leaving the place
  • Rent shouldn’t go beyond the market rate

Temporary Accommodation

When you rent a place, you’ll normally have to settle a security deposit. This fee is reimbursed when the contract ends unless you broke the terms. Property-owners can keep security deposits when the tenant breaks something on the property, bills left unpaid, or contents have been taken.


If you arrived in Ireland without a plan where to stay, you may want to find temporary accommodations for your first days. You’ve got a lot of options in terms of temporary accommodation. In addition to the usual hotels and hostels, you can go for popular short-term apartment rentals like Booking and Airbnb. Staying in these types of accommodations could be a nice way for you to experience living like a local and experience neighborhoods in the new city while arranging the viewing schedule for your temporary home.



Dublin has an exceptional and affordable transport system which includes taxi, train, bus, and tram. There’s also an affordable public bicycle sharing system you may want to try.

Every city and town in the country also have good rail and bus network and other transportation selections.

The huge decision you need to make when getting around in Ireland is to travel by car or take the public transport. If you think that buying a cheap car for your 3 months of living in Ireland is better, then you can save a lot of your time and it is going to be easier for you to access remote places.


The bus system, made up of a combination of private and public operators, is widespread and largely quite cheap – although journey times could be slow. The rail system is faster but more limited and serves only some big cities and towns. Both trains and buses when it is peak season; you will have to book earlier in order to guarantee a seat.

Importing a Car into Ireland


Unless you are staying in Ireland with your car for more than 12 months, then you are exempted from paying Vehicle Registration Tax and registration. Foreign-registered cars can be imported into Ireland temporarily by a non-resident without the obligation of paying VRT or register the vehicle. For more information, visit their Revenue website.

If you’re moving to Ireland and are exempted from paying the VRT, you will not be allowed to sell your car, unless you stay there for over 12 months and get the vehicle registered. If you pay VRT, then you are allowed to sell your vehicle in the country once it got registered.

If you have questions about VRT exemptions, transfer of residence, or any other appeals or any information, make sure to check this link.

Health Insurance


Visitors from certain countries might be entitled to the country’s free public health services. Particularly, citizens of other European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) member states staying in Ireland temporarily can have medical care if they get sick or get into an accident.

Those who come to live, study, or work in Ireland for a longer time or who decide to retire to Ireland are a lot likely to be considered as living there, These people will be entitled of health services and medical cards.

If you're only staying for 3 months, then you are considered as a visitor to Ireland who is not entitled to avail free public health services. Generally, if you need to use health services, you have to pay the full economic expenses of the services offered to you.


Ireland offers magnificent breathtaking scenery. The countryside is nothing but garden-fresh landscapes. Ireland is probably one of the greenest countries in the entire world! It’s just great for pacifying your tired eyes. Rolling mountains, singing birds and those exquisite scents of flowers are what you can smell, hear, and see in the country’s scenery.

If that’s not enough, there are also many old wonderful castles, ruins, and towers! They are just majestic! Their culture and beliefs of Irish people are just as fantastic as well.

As you already know by now, living in Ireland for 3 months, or maybe more is going to be a good idea. With its beauty, convenience, generous people, along with other amazing activities it offers, your time here will surely be amazing. So, what are your thoughts about leaving your own country to live here? Let ForTravelista know in the comment below!

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About the Author

Hi, I’m Alice Ross, a long-term traveler who left the corporate world to travel the world. I chose to live life on my own phase and live day by day while immersing myself in new experiences, new knowledge, and new people in a different walk of life I met along the way.

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Marcy January 6, 2019

Alice, Planning on living.
Moving and settling.
for beauty you’ll see when living.
“that the visa officer that who assess you”-this is not understandable at all.

“you’re acquainted with the program that underpins deliberation of applications for visas intended for short stays.”
This is crazy English! So many more. Hopefully you will accept these comments in a spirit of generosity. I love to understand what I’m reading. When I find so many errors it’s difficult to take anything in the article serious. Surely I’m not alone. Good luck in fixing it. Marcy

    Alice Ross January 6, 2019

    Thank you for your concern, I’ll pay more attention next time 😀

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