Pros and cons of moving to Dublin
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As is the case with any city, there are both pros and cons to living in Dublin. Before making the leap, here are a few things to consider.
Culture in Dublin
+ PRO: Lots to do
From pubs and bars to museums and cultural gems, expats are sure to find plenty to see and do in Dublin. Exploring Dublin's pub scene is a great way to meet locals, while culture lovers are bound to fall in love with Dublin's rich history.
- CON: Early closing times
Expats may be surprised to find that, despite Dublin's lively social scene, pubs tend to close around midnight, and public transport at any point after 11.30pm is a rarity.
Accommodation in Dublin
- CON: Expensive accommodation
Although there is much to enjoy about living in Dublin, the cost of accommodation is certainly one of the city's downsides. Rental prices in Dublin are frequently higher than those in other European capitals and expats will find they'll have to shell out a pretty penny to afford an apartment or townhouse.
Education in Dublin
+ PRO: Free education
Irish schools are free to attend for locals and foreigners alike, and the country's education system is considered to be of a high quality.
+ PRO: Teaching is in English
Unlike in many other popular expat destinations, Ireland is an English-speaking country and therefore, with very few exceptions, public education is completely in English. This limits the need to shell out for the high fees of an international school.
Weather in Dublin
- CON: Constant rain
In all likelihood, expats are bound to get fed up with Dublin's famously wet climate at some point, and expats from warmer climes are particularly likely to yearn for a bit of sunshine.
+ PRO: Beautiful countryside
Nourished by the rain, Ireland's lush green countryside is the reason the country is known as the Emerald Isle. When the constant downpour gets to be too much, this thought can be a consolation for expats wishing the rain away.