850 Euros in Aalborg vs Dublin

Hey Guys,

Thanks for checking in.

So, for those of you who don’t know me, I’m a Danish guy living in Dublin, Ireland. I’ve actually moved to Dublin twice – first after one year, then back to Denmark for a while and then back.

I guess I missed the city. I’ve actually written loads of stuff on why I left Denmark and why I chose Dublin. If you haven’t read it, you can find some of it right here:

These are just some of the posts. There are many more if you scroll through my page – so go crazy!

What I Did Not Miss…

So, besides from writing about leaving Dublin and moving abroad, I’ve also shared a few posts with pictures from my apartment in Aalborg, Denmark.

In Denmark, I had my own 3-bedroom apartment, 90m2, with a balcony and everything for about 800 euros/month. This apartment was really close (10 minute walk) from the City Center and was in the best area of my home town, if you ask me.

But what does that have to do with Dublin you might think. Here’s what.

The first time I moved to Dublin I was super lucky to find a 2-bedroom apartment to SHARE with one of my friends. I was lucky, because the apartment was located on Camden Street Lower, close to St. Stephen’s Green, Portobello etc. Best part was the rent. The rent was “only” 1360 euros/month.

Now you might think that it doesn’t sound great when I just told you what I had in Denmark for 500+ euros less a month.

Now, here’s the crazy part. Since I moved back, I found an en-suite bedroom (just a room) in Portobello (admittedly my favorite area of Dublin). You want to know what the price is, right? 905 EUROS A MONTH!

I’m paying 905 euros a month for a room… Let that sink in for a moment.

But WHY?

Yea, you tell me.

Unfortunately, there is a massive housing crisis going on in Dublin. Loads of companies move here because of the low company tax (if that’s what it’s called in English). These companies, like Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Amazon etc. are all attracting the greatest talent Europe has to offer. Only problem is that no one on Dublin is building new apartments, which means more and more people are coming to the city constantly – but nothing is being built.

I hear people talking about them starting to build, but it will take a long time for the city to recover from years of “no action” on that front.

And you move there, why?

Because of the mentioned companies. You really do not find opportunities like this anywhere else in Europe. You have everything here – except for apartments.

By the age of 26 I can say that I worked for companies like Microsoft and currently Google. I’m gaining experience here that I wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else. Unfortunately, loads of other people are doing the same.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s amazing to live in a multi-cultural city. It’s actually one of the many reasons why I wanted to and is living here.

I’m gaining valuable corporate experience that I’m sure I can use when I decide to move back to Denmark some day.

Wrap Up

So yea, there’s a massive difference in what you can get for 800+ euros in my two favorite cities.

We cannot wait for the crisis to be over – hopefully as fast as possible. But at the moment it doesn’t look like it’s going to be over any time soon.

Thank you for reading guys, hopefully I don’t scare you guys away if you were thinking of moving to Dublin. I’m really just here to give a realistic picture of what’s going on. Dublin isn’t the only place where you see this. Places like London, Barcelona, NYC, San Francisco etc. are all facing the same issue. It’s a part of the experience – unfortunately, but we still do it.

That’s a wrap up. If you have any questions or anything, feel free to comment below and I’ll get back to you!


Take care,

Junior out.

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