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Before You Book
How do I search for accommodation?

It couldn't be easier to book your room or studio with Hosting Power. You can narrow down your search by using filters. We also provide a detailed description and an accurate location map for each listing to ensure that they are the best fit for your stay in Ireland!

To book your accommodation:

1. On hostingpower.ie, enter your city destination and select your check in and check out dates, then Click on "Find a Room".

2. You can also use the filters to narrow down your search. Click "Advanced Search" to see all available filters. Select the option of your choice and then click on Search.

3. Scroll through the listings and click on any of them to open them. To discover everything about the listing, read the detailed description to learn about the home, location and host.

4. If you’re ready, request to book the room by clicking "Book Now"!

What type of accommodation does Hosting Power offer?

Hosting Power offers a wide variety of accommodation choices for Students, focusing on offering great comfort and privacy. Students are guaranteed access to the kitchen in order to prepare and eat their own meals and will have use of the washing machine to do their laundry.  

Here are the 4 accommodation types we offer:

1) Private Room with Shared Bathroom
When you book a room with Hosting Power, you'll have your own fully furnished private bedroom which has a comfortable single or double bed. You will share the other rooms with your host.

2) Private Room with Private Bathroom 
Additionally to your private room, you'll get your own private bathroom. It is not attached to your room but it is for your sole use 100% of time. Ideal for someone who wants a little more privacy! You will share the other rooms, such as the kitchen, with your host.

3) Private Room with Private Ensuite Bathroom   
Why not get your own ensuite bathroom, accessible directly from the comfort of your private room? Great option for someone looking for a lot of privacy! You will share the other rooms, such as the kitchen, with your host.

4) Studio
Our Studios are completely self-contained, including a fully private bathroom and kitchen. No space to share with anyone!
 

How do I use search filters?

If you want to narrow down your search when looking for your accommodation, you can use the search filters.

Available filters:

Location: Choose which side of the city you want to live in! 

College: Choose the college you will be going to see the available listings sorted by distance to your future college!

Sort by Price: Choose "Low to High" or "High to Low" to sort out the listing according to the rent amount. 

Special Offers: Choose "Specials Offers Only" (when available) to only see the listings which offer a discount on the service fee. This discount may be as high as 50% off! 

Maximum Rent: Set up a maximum rent according to your budget.

Gender: Some hosts accept only or female or males guests, indicate your gender to save time!

Walking Distance to: Want to be close to the tram or train station? This is the option for you.

Bathroom: Looking for extra comfort? See only listings offering private or ensuite bathrooms! 

Allergies: If you have a pet allergy, you can exclude houses that have a dog or a cat. 

Keywords: Looking for something really specific? Type any keywords and scan the listings!

How do I search by location?

To help you decide where to stay, you can search:  

1. By area. On the search bar, click on "Location" and choose the area of your choice (ie: South Dublin City)
2. By college. On the search bar, click on "College" to see the rooms closest to your future college. 
3. By postcode. Click on "Advanced Search" then on the "Keywords" section indicate the postcode of your choice (ie: "Dublin 24").

How do I know if the accommodation is available?

Enter your city destination and the check in and check out dates, then click on "Find A Room". All listings which appear are available for your stay in Ireland! 
 

Can I view a room before I book?

It is unfortunately not possible to arrange viewings for every student at each property. But no worries, you are perfectly safe booking with Hosting Power: we have already inspected all listed accommodation and met every host for you! 

Also, all the pictures displayed on our website perfectly reflect reality as they all have been taken by Hosting Power agents.  

H​ow long can I book a room for?

We accept all bookings from students staying from 1 to 10 months. We strongly recommend students book for the full duration of their studies or internship in Ireland as an extension of stay isn't always possible.

How much is the rent I will pay?

The rents differ depending on the location, type of room and type of bathroom. The rent per room will be clearly indicated on each listing. With Hosting Power, you don't have to worry about rent increases as it can't be increased for the full duration of your stay!

Note that the rent includes all bills and free WiFi. Bed linen will be also provided for you.

How is the rent calculated?

Every student deserves to pay a fair rent so it is our policy to strictly control the rent amount. It means that all the rents are in line with the current market price or in some cases, below!

Are bills and WiFi included in the rent?

Yes, all bills are included and free WiFi is available in all of our properties. Bed linen will be also provided for you.

Who are the host(s) I will be sharing with ?

You will be sharing the property with your host(s), most of them being the landlords of the house.

Each host has a different background but they all have one thing in common: being committed to providing you with a warm welcome. A host description is provided on each listing, so please have a look for more individual information about each host!

What kind of home environment should I expect ?

You can expect a comfortable and quiet environment, ideal for your studies.

Each property has been inspected by Hosting Power to make sure that they comply with our standards. Please note that some host s might have young children, or pets living in the house. To find out more you can check the full description available on each listing.

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Booking Your Room
How do I book a room?

It is easy to book a room with Hosting Power, it only takes a few steps:

1. On a listing, click on "Book Now"
2. Indicate your email address and click on "Next"
3. Fill in the application form, upload a copy of your passport or ID card
4. Agree to our terms and conditions and click "Submit" 
5. Enter your card details and click on "Complete Booking"

We will confirm your booking within one working day maximum, but most of the time it will take only a few hours.

If your request is accepted, you’ll be charged the service fee. If the host declines your request or doesn’t respond within one working day, you won't be charged and you can request another accommodation. 

What are the requirements to book on Hosting Power?

Hosting Power is fully committed to help international students. You need to have confirmed your studies (language school, academic term, exchange program etc.) or internship in Ireland before your book, and be aged between 18 and 27 years old. 

Each student who books their accommodation through Hosting Power is expected to fill in some information about themselves and the reason of their stay in Ireland. 

Hosting Power information requirement for students includes:

- Full name, Email address and Phone number
- Self Description and Description of Studies/Internship
- Agreement to the Terms and Conditions and House Rules
- Copy of ID
- Payment information

Should I provide a copy of ID for the booking?

Yes, due to security reasons, a copy of your ID is necessary to finalise the booking. We accept ID cards and Passports. 

What is the Hosting Power service fee?

The service fee is a once-off fee charged at the time of booking. It covers all the services provided by Hosting Power, including the personal and thorough inspection of each individual property, and the assistance in any questions regarding your accommodation from the time of booking until the end of your stay. It also includes one free rebooking if you decide to change your accommodation during your stay. 

Please note that the service fee is separate from the deposit and the rent. You will pay the deposit and the rent directly to your host when you arrive. 

How is the service fee calculated for my booking?

The service fee is calculated according to the duration of the stay booked.

Also, we may offer discounts on the service fee according to the period of the year, you can check this by choosing "Special Offers Only" (when available) on the filters options and clicking on "Search". 

When am I charged for the service fee?

Hosting Power will never charge you until your host accepts your request. 

Please note that depending on your bank, you may see a temporary authorisation appearing as a payment (instead of a pending charge) after a booking request is declined. Depending on your bank, the release of the authorisation may take up to a few days.
 

Is my payment on your website secure?

It couldn't be more secure, as we use Stripe as our payment provider. Stripe is a highly secure payment method and only stores credit/debit card details on their server, not on ours.

For more information please go to: www.stripe.com

How long does a Host take to confirm a booking?

Our Hosts have one working day to accept or decline a booking request but most of our bookings are accepted within a few hours following the request.

If your request is accepted, you’ll be charged the service fee. If the host declines your request or doesn’t respond within 1 working day, you won't be charged and you can request other accommodation. 

When can I contact my host?

As soon as the booking is confirmed by the host, you will receive the full contact details of your host, including their full name, full address, email address and phone number. So you can contact them immediately. 

Why would my request be declined if the room is available?

If your booking request is declined although the room or studio is available, it might be because the host may have forgotten to inform us about a last minute change or because they are looking for requests for a different length of time.
 
If the host declines your request, you won't be charged the service fee and you can request another accommodation. 

Do I have to pay if my booking request is not accepted by the host?

Not at all! If your request is not accepted by the host or if the host doesn't reply within one working day, you won't be charged the service fee.

Please note that, depending on your bank, you may see a temporary authorisation appearing as a payment (instead of a pending charge) after a booking request is declined. Depending on your bank, the release of the authorisation may take up to a few days.

Can I request another room if a host declines my booking?

Sure! If your original booking gets declined, you will be quickly informed within one working day maximum and will have the possibility to select another room. 

Can I request changes to my booking request?

Yes, you can request changes such as a modification of the booking dates. We will then contact your host for you.   

To change or cancel your booking request, please send us an email at info@hostingpower.ie

Can I cancel a booking request?

Yes. If you cancel your booking request and it hasn’t been accepted by the host you won’t be charged the service fee. 

Please also keep in mind that every booking comes with a free rebooking, so if you are not fully satisfied with your first choice, you can book another room later on our website for free.

To cancel a booking request, please send an email to info@hostingpower.ie 
 

Do I get a refund if I cancel?

Yes, If you cancel a booking within 14 days after your booking has been confirmed you can request a refund, but please note that penalties will apply. Please see terms and conditions for full information.

But don't forget, each confirmed booking entitles you to an extra free booking, so you can always book another room on our website for free if you are not fully satisfied with your first choice.

What is the Hosting Power Cancellation Policy?

Hosting Power applies a really fair cancellation policy:

- If a student is cancelling their request before the host accepts the booking, no charge will be applied. 

- Additionally, each confirmed booking comes with a free rebooking so if the student is not fully satisfied they can cancel their original booking and book another room on our website, for free.

- Also, a student can cancel their booking and request a refund within 14 days after the booking has been confirmed, but please note that penalties will apply.  Please see terms and conditions for full information.
 

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During Your Stay
How does the check-in work?

Your host will welcome you on your day of arrival and give you the room you have booked. Your host will also introduce you to the common rooms such as the kitchen, and show you how the appliances you will use (such as the washing machine) work.

Can I use the kitchen?

Sure! You will have​ access to the kitchen as well as all the necessary utensils to prepare your own meals. 

The access to the kitchen will be restricted to certain times of the day to allow everybody to cook, but your host must give you sufficient access for you to prepare and eat your breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Can I use the WiFi?

Yes, all our properties offer you a fast, reliable and free WiFi, available at all times.

Can I use the washing machine? 

Yes, the host will allow you to use the washing machine so that you can clean your own clothes. Using the washing machine is free of charge for our students.  
 

Can the host access my private room?

It is your own private room, so ​hosts can only run inspections if they give ​you ​24 hours notice to do so. 

Who is in charge of the cleaning of my room?

As it is your fully private room, you will be responsible for this and expected to keep your room clean and tidy at all times. 

How often should I pay the rent?

The rent is paid on a weekly basis, upfront and directly to your host. This means that you will pay the first rent to your host on the day of your arrival, and then every week the same day thereafter.

Don't forget, by booking with Hosting Power you are guaranteed that the rent you pay is in line with the current market price or even below! Also, all bills are included in the rent and free WiFi will be provided.

Do I need to pay a deposit?

Yes, you will be requested to pay a 2 weeks deposit on your day of arrival. It will be collected and refunded to you at the end of your stay, directly by your host.

When is the deposit collected?

The deposit will be collected by your host on your day or arrival. It will be refunded to you at the end of your stay, directly by your host.

We will provide you with a Deposit Form to sign with your host so that you can keep track of it.

Can I extend my stay?

Yes, if you need to, most of the time it will be possible. To extend your stay, all you need to do is send an email to info@hostingpower.ie. A small charge of €1 per extra day will apply to finalise your extension of stay.

However, Hosting Power always recommends that students book their stay in Ireland in full at the initial time of booking, in case the room is not available after the original booking terminates. 

Can I go away on holidays during my stay? 

Yes, of course! The room will be yours for the entire duration you have booked whether you are in Ireland or momentarily away on holidays.

Please note that it also means that the rent is due for the entire duration booked.
 

What If I am not entirely satisfied with my booking?

Hosting Power is committed to the full satisfaction of their students, so if you are not entirely satisfied, you can decide to change your accommodation and book another property on our website, FREE of charge.  

Can ​I bring a guest into the home?

No, it is important to know that for the comfort of all occupants, it is strictly not allowed for you to bring anyone at any time into the house.

Can the host retain my deposit?

All deposits must be refunded on the day of departure by your host. Hosts may only retain the deposit under specific circumstances (eg: if the Student has caused any damage to the property).

Please see our terms and conditions for full information.

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Common Questions
How can I contact you?

We love communicating with our students! We reply to all our queries by email only as we find that this is the best and most efficient way to provide you with the most complete responses in the shortest period of time possible.

So, feel free to contact us by email at info@hostingpower.ie if you have any questions.

Is the house equipped with WiFi?

Yes, all our properties offer you a fast, reliable WiFi free of charge.

Is breakfast or any other meals provided?

No, all our rooms are let on a self-catering basis.

It means students will buy their own food and have access to the kitchen facilities and utensils to cook their own meals.

What does the rent cover?

Pretty much everything is included! The rent includes your own private room, use of the kitchen and washing machine, bills, WiFi and bed linen.

Are the rooms rented on a 7 days a week basis?

Definitely! All our rooms are available on a 7 days a week basis, so this includes weekends.

Are the rooms equipped with a desk? 

Some are, some aren't! If it is really important for you to have a desk, all you need to do is check the pictures and description on each listing and you will see it clearly mentioned if there is one. 

Will I be able to do my own laundry?

​Yes! You can do your own laundry. The property will be equipped with a washing machine that you will be allowed to use.

Also, a dedicated space and clotheshorse will be available for you to dry your clothes.

Is the bed linen provided by the host?

Yes, you won't need to buy any linen, as each room is fully equipped with bed sheets, bed linen, duvet and pillows.

What kind of beds are the rooms equipped with?

As a good night's sleep is a vital part of anyone's life, we ensure that all our rooms are equipped with a comfortable standard single or double bed.

For your comfort, we do not accept any other type of bed, such as sofa bed for example. 

Do you inspect all your properties?

Yes we do! We inspect every property and meet each host in person.

Also, all the pictures displayed on our website perfectly reflect reality as they have all been taken by Hosting Power agents. 

Can I view the room before I book?

It is unfortunately not possible to arrange viewings for every student at each property. But no worries, you are perfectly safe booking with Hosting Power: we have already inspected all listed accommodation and met every host for you! 

Also, all the pictures displayed on our website perfectly reflect reality as they all have been taken by Hosting Power agents.  

Can I share a room with my friend or with a fellow student?

No. For the comfort and privacy of everyone, our rooms are let on single occupancy basis only.

Will you provide me with proof of address?

Yes! As soon as your booking is confirmed, we will send you a receipt that you can use as proof of address to apply for your visa, for example.

Does the accommodation have house pets?

Some of them do! If you are allergic to dogs or cats, please carefully check the 'More Information' section on each listing. There, it will be clearly indicated if and what kind of pet is living in the house.  

You can also exclude properties with pets when you are booking, using the search filter.

Is the service fee refundable?

Yes, If a student is cancelling their request before the host accepts the booking, the service fee will be fully refunded and no charge will be applied. 

Also, students can cancel their booking and request a refund within 14 days after the booking has been confirmed, but please note that penalties will apply.  Please see our terms and conditions for full information.

Don't forget that each confirmed booking comes with a free rebooking so if the student is not fully satisfied they can cancel their original booking and book another room on our website, for free!

What are the rules ​for the use of the kitchen?

As you will have access to the kitchen as well as all the necessary utensils to prepare your own breakfast, lunch and diner, you are expected to clean your dishes immediately after your meals and leave the kitchen clean, as you found it.

Please note that kitchen access will be restricted to certain times but leaving you enough time to prepare and eat your meals. 

Should I help in the cleaning of the common rooms?

The host can request that you participate in the cleaning of the common rooms, but only in a fair way, divided between all ​persons living in the house.

Can ​I bring a guest into the home?

No, it is important to know that for the comfort of all occupants, it is strictly not allowed for you to bring anyone at any time into the house.

Is there a low noise policy at night? 

Yes, there is a low noise policy at night as we know how important sleep is!

You are also expected to not make noise from 10 pm to 7 am, as other people in the house might be trying to sleep.

Should I pay the rent when I am away on holidays?

Yes, as your room is guaranteed for your sole use for the full duration you have booked, the rent is due even if you are away on holidays, for Christmas time for example. ​
 

Can I leave before the end of the period I have booked?

If for personal reasons you decide to leave before the end of the period booked, you are required to inform your host​ as soon as possible.

Also, it is important to note that under these circumstances your host is within their rights to retain your deposit to cover the rent loss due to your early departure.

What about drinking alcohol and smoking?

Please note that it is strictly forbidden to consume or store any alcohol on the property at any time during your stay. 

Also, all our properties are non-smoking, so smoking is strictly forbidden inside the property, and this includes your private room. 

Can my pet stay with me?

Sorry, you are not allowed to bring any pets with you to any property.