Finding Accommodation

You are responsible for organising your accommodation abroad. University of Galway cannot provide this service.

Each partner university will have an Accommodation Office. This should be your first port of call for advice and support when searching for accommodation. They will have detailed knowledge of the local area and the available options.

University of Galway students who previously attended your host university may be able to recommend accommodation. You can request to be put in contact with them.

Check with your accommodation what's included before you arrive. You may find that cooking utensils are not provided and that a number of people could be sharing communal cooking and bathroom areas.

Most universities will have student residences on campus. Often this is the best option for Study Abroad accommodation because it's located close to campus, and is a safe option.


  • On Campus residences to book up quickly so apply as early as possible.
  • You will normally need to complete a booking form in advance, this could include a non-refundable booking fee at time of application.
  • You will be required to pay a deposit in advance. 

Facilities / Shared Rooms

  • On campus accommodation will often be in shared room. This is particurly true for North America, you will share your room with at least one other student. Some universities have a mandatory meal plan either included or as an additional cost for on campus accommodation, and may have very limited cooking facilities. You can check what's included on the accommodation page of the partner university.

Arrival / Departure

  • Move in and out dates are strict in on campus accommodation so if you plan to arrive before term starts or remain after term ends, you will need to budget for additional accommodation elsewhere. Check the residence opening hours for key collection (reception might be closed in the evenings or at weekends).

Many students choose to live in private accommodation. You could rent a place on your own, or share with other students. Sharing can help to reduce your costs and can be sociable. 


It's important to be aware and vigilant of scams. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is! 

Tips for renting accommodation:

You will likely need to arrive before the term start to commence your search. This may mean booking into a hotel or hostel. Visit the university’s Accommodation Office, as the staff there will be able to give you advice.

Make sure that when you arrive in your host country you have sufficient funds for your initial expenses. For accommodation, you will likely have to pay a deposit plus a month’s rent in advance.

Finding accommodation

  • Start your search as early as possible.
  • Try to find out about different neighbourhoods in terms of their safety and their proximity to the university, and get an idea of the going rates for monthly rent. Talk to University of Galway students that studied at the location the previous year as they'll have local knowledge.
  • Only deal with established rental agencies.​

Viewing property

  • You should always view a property in person.
  • Always meet a prospective landlord in the accommodation to be rented.​
  • Check what's included with the rent.
  • Bring a friend and keep copies of correspondence.

Rental agreement / Moving in

  • Make sure there is a rental agreement that you understand and have read in full. Sign the contract prior to paying deposit. Stay informed of your tenancy rights.
  • Ask for ID (driver’s licence or photo ID) of landlord/letting agent.
  • Pay the deposit to the landlord only – not the person leaving the property.​
  • Ensure keys fit, door locks and opens, and rental contract is signed, prior to paying deposit.​
  • Make a list of furniture and appliances with the landlord. If there are any outstanding repairs, ask the landlord to state in writing that they will be repaired – take photos if necessary.