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" Dublin is a great city and Ireland a beautiful country for sure! I had a really good time and especially due to the fact I have been very lucky with my hosts. As you may know Dublin's prices are high especially for students and the choice is limited. Furthermore, searching for an accommodation from abroad can be r isky. So hosting power was a good opportunity for me to cut expenses and to have an approved and clean place. I would not hesitate to use the website again.   "

Diana, Dublin City University

" My experience with Hosting Power was professional and stress free. I would recommend it to anyone searching for housing in Dublin. "

Ashley, University College Dublin

" I spent several weeks trying to find a room for three months in Dublin, but it turned out to be much more complicated that it seemed to be. Finally I found Hosting Power website and made a booking request. The chosen room wasn't available for the required time, but Hosting Power suggeste d me a similar option, so I booked the room within a few days with their help. I really enjoyed staying with my host, who was very kind and helped me with practical advice about the city, transportation, shopping and so on. "

Marija, Internship at Google

" I had a lovely experience living in Dublin with Hosting Power. After few months in County Kerry I had to find a place to stay for my 4 months internship in Stillorgan, Dublin. Looking for apartment in Dublin is way more difficult than anywhere else, in fact it's complicated when you are a young foreign student who doesn't have so much money to put in for an apartment.  I finally used Hosting Power and I met a lovely family to live with. I had to adapt to their lives in particular with 3 children. After the first moments, I felt right in this family who cared about me like its own child. Serena the mother is an incredible woman and she helped me many times. She taught me about Irish History and we shared opinions many times together. I also had the opportunity to help the children in French for school, and the entire family were adorable with me. From the beginning until the end of my stay, the family cared about me. The real experience in Dublin was with them and I can't be more grateful for this.   "

Morgane, Internship at Irish Welcome Tours

" Why Hosting Power made the difference? Last year, I accomplished a long-time goal and was selected for an internship in Ireland. As I made my plans to spend five months in Dublin, I came across all the horror stories about the housing crisis. Scams, rooms made for one person that accommodated three people etc. I st arted to feel anxious.  But then I came across Hosting Power. After exploring the page, I chose this service. It made all the difference. Not only it spared me the stress of dealing with the finding, interviewing and agreeing to terms on accommodation that I saw a lot of people go through, but when my first home had to give up renting the room, the Hosting Power team found a second host family for me without delay and with no extra costs. I had a wonderful time in Dublin, and I know part of it was because of the good accommodation I was provided with. I recommend them to every newcomer to Dublin! "

Diana, Internship at European Parliament Office in Ireland

" I'm missing Dublin indeed, but that's the price you have to pay for having a good time abroad I guess. Thanks to I easily found an accommodation for my stay in Dublin at a reasonable price. The room was very nice and I had a great host who helped me a lot to find my way around the place and gave me loads of tipps and stories about Dublin and Ireland. Ultimately, the reason why I decided to use is that it is completely safe. I had tried to find a flat on my own first and got scammed. At least, I found out about it before I arrived in Dublin. Booking via Hosting Power was much more comfortable then. There was no "sorry, the room is not available anymore", no haggling about the price etc. The house location was not very central, but I could easily get to the city centre by bus or Luas. Additionally, I enjoyed being close to the Dublin mountains which are always worth a trip. All in all, I can highly recommend to students looking for accommodation in Dublin. "

Pascal, Internship at Headhunt International

" I really had a great experience in Dublin and found the most incredible hosting family, that made me feel very welcome and at home. I miss them very much. "

Sacha, University College Dublin

" I have recently returned to Dublin to stay here long-term, so my experience was a very good one. I was very happy with the service that Hosting Power provided, especially the quick responses to my queries. I have also recommended Hosting Power to other students who were looking for a room since I believe it is much easier to find a decent ac commodation if you are not competing with countless other candidates. I found your team to be very efficient, kind and professional. One recommendation for improvement that I wanted to mention is that it would be helpful to include a floorplan of the house or a video in the listings.  My hosts were very accommodating and friendly and I never had any issues with them. They helped me whenever I had a question and they provided me with all the basics that I needed like towels etc. The house was modern, bright, spacious and clean - just like in the pictures. The neighbourhood is very quiet and green. For grocery shopping, there is a Lidl within walking distance (app. 20 minutes). In retrospect I found the room to be a bit pricey, but for someone studying at DCU it might be ideal. "

Jana, Internship at Abbey Ireland & UK

" My stay in Dublin was amazing, I was there due to my internship for a period of 6 months. First I found myself accommodation through Facebook, however my stay was not pleasant. After a while I made the decision to move out. I found your website and saw the most wonderful room in the house of the nicest lady. At fi rst I made 2 booking requests by mistake, and of course at first I was shocked. However I send an email explaining what happened and I communicated with a very helpful person from your team who fixed the problem.  When I moved to my new room it was exactly as it was on the pictures. Everything was perfect, my host was amazing, I could not wish for better. Her name was Sylvia, and her home was beautiful, she made me feel welcome and we spend a lot of time together. I felt like I was staying at my grandmother's house, I was really happy with my stay and my accommodation "

Nadezhda, Internship at Bilfinger HSG

" I did not regret booking a room with Hosting Power for one minute, I would recommend you to anyone! Booking a room with you guys was as easy as booking a hotel room! The whole process was quick and very easy.  I know how difficult it is to find a place to stay in Dublin, even more so w hen you are trying to find accommodation while you are still in your home country. You are making things easier for a lot of people, so thank you for providing such a good and reliable service.  I'm sure it is appreciated by a lot of students and I would recommend it to anyone without hesitating! Because of you I had a great time with the most amazing host family. I was incredibly lucky and I'm very, very grateful! Thank you so much, Hosting Power "

Carina, Internship as Language School Teacher Assistant

" The booking was very easy and quick. In two hours I had a response and a confirmation from the family. The website is safe and well made. The only deception is that you cannot chat with the family before booking. I had a nice family, they were really independant so it was like a B&B room. It was clean and really a great place where to stay, in the city center. Thanks, I will recommend your website to my friends. "

Jana, Internship at Word Perfect Translation

" Hosting Power is without a doubt the best thing that happened to me! Being an international student, I was having trouble securing accommodation for the semester, and my previous lodging was mediocre at best.  Around this time, I found the Hosting Power website, as recommended by my college, Royal College of Surg eons. Taking a leap of faith, I booked my first accommodation with a host family in Dundrum, Dublin 14 for only half a year. In case things didn't go as planned, it would only be 6 months. However, I ended up loving my stay there. The warmth and hospitality of the host and her children really made me feel at home. I've liked Hosting Power so much that when I moved to Beaumont, Dublin 9 for my second year of medicine, I booked Hosting Power for another year.  My stay here in Dublin has been all the more enriched due to my staying with the locals, and it has given me an opportunity to live like a local - literally. I would not hesitate to recommend Hosting Power to any and all students studying here in Ireland. In fact, many of my friends have begun using Hosting Power and the feedback has been nothing short of amazing. My only advice is to keep up the good work! Cheers :) "

Weng Kit, Royal College of Surgeons

" Hosting Power really was a life saver ! The website was quick and quite easy to use. My host Sheila was really caring and she also let me be independent which was exactly what I needed during my time in Dublin. The house was lovely and located in a really sweet neighborhood of Dublin called Monkstown. Every morning when I got to work I could see the sea and the Sunset and it was really relaxing!  When I first got there, Sheila told me how the life in the house would be organized and she showed me where I could find anything I needed. She also told me I could go to her if I had any problem. Being alone in a foreign country I still knew I could rely on someone if I had major issues.  I do not have a bad experience with hosting power and it contributed to my Irish experience by providing me with safe and sweet home. "

Marilyne, Internship at City Wonders

" In the final year of my Master's studies, I was given an opportunity to take part in 3.5 month internship at Trinity College Dublin within the Erasmus+ Placement Program.  Regarding accommodation in Dublin, anyone you ask will give you an honest answer: it is really difficult to find one. At the time when my hope s about finding a place to stay started to wear out, I stumbled upon on the Internet. The reason why I chose to stay with Ana was that her house was in a pleasant and quiet neighborhood  well connected with the city centre. A gym within 3-minute walking distance with sauna and swimming pool was a big plus too.  When I arrived, I noticed that Ana's house was much bigger than it looked in the pictures, not to mention the absolutely gorgeous garden and beautiful vintage interior. Ana and I hit it off right away; she is an optimistic, kind, warm hearted, supportive and understanding person who made me feel as if I was a part of her own family. She is one of the best people I have ever met.  Staying in Dublin brought me new experiences and friends that changed my life and broadened my horizons. Ana is responsible for this as well and I am sure it wouldn't have been the same without such a delightful person. So thank you Hosting Power for providing me with a great accommodation and making it possible to stay with the most amazing host ever! "

Nikolina, Trinity College

" Hello! I am so satisfied with Hosting Power. This is a good website. The staff is so nice, they were so sincere in helping me.  "

Yunlong, National College of Ireland

" I really enjoy the stay here in Dublin, I had a great time with my landlord, she is friendly and helpful. Thanks!  "

Theo, Dublin City University

" Actually, when I arrived in Dublin, I was so sad because I left my family and my friends so quickly, I was not really ready. Anyway, I was in Ireland for a two month internship, I did it in a small company in Dublin and thanks to my mentor, I learned a lot of things about trade ! It was very very useful. The house where I stayed was just per fect, the family was so nice with me, I really appreciated the relation I had with my host who was very friendly with me from the first day of my trip to the last one, I felt that she was used to welcome foreign people in her house, I appreciated it! Besides, another French student was staying in the other guest room when I arrived and we became friends very quickly, we did a lot of things in Dublin together, especially during the week end.. We enjoyed to get lost in the city because we were always discovering something beautiful or interesting like buildings, museums, shops, restaurants, and pubs obviously. We had pleasure to discover the Irish culture in Dublin.    "

Benjamin, Internship at Abbey Ireland & UK

" I am very satisfied with my journey in Dublin and I am really happy about Hosting Power. The host was nice and friendly. The rent was not very expensive given its location. It's really convenient. "

Yuxiang, Internship at Google

" As part of my Master 2 study in International Business in Paris, I had to find a 6 month internship in a marketing company. Choosing the location was up to the students, and I chose Ireland again at it is a place I can't stay away for too long (indeed, I did my 3rd college year in Cork). It is a wonderful country! As soon as I got my internship agreement signed by my boss mid November, I started looking for an accommodation. To be honest with you, family host like your services was definitely my B plan. Indeed I was looking for a shared house with other students or workers. But after weeks of research, I just realized that it was very difficult to find a shared house in Dublin, either very expensive for student, or only female allowed.  10 days before my placement start date, I therefore contacted you in order to find a place to live and I was very nervous at that time. Nevertheless, your customer team was lovely and very professional! I got a feedback by email in the same day and only 5 days later, the place I was looking for was booked for me. Your service is definitely great and people shouldn't consider it as a B plan, like I did. Indeed, you have plenty of houses available and there are all certified by your team. I feel as free to move in or out as my own house, and this is very important for students.The house in which I live is great! The family is lovely and always ready to help... I don't feel homesick at all. I would definitely recommend your service in the future! "

Alan, Internship at HappyThreads

" My time in Dublin was amazing. Dublin is a beautiful city and there is a lot to do there. Renting a room with Hosting Power is a very easy way to live for a period of time in Dublin.  First of all you can directly choose and book your room on the website. The first room I booked was not available anymore. But thi s was not a problem, because the Hosting Power Team gave me some alternatives where I could choose from. So I chose a room in Raheny, Dublin 5 which is 15 minutes away from the city centre with the Dart train.  Before I went to Dublin I have written to Valerie my host, about the time and date of my arrival. In this conversation she also mentioned, that there is another student, from France, which will arrive on the same day. So she told us to get a cab, which is the best option for two people. The arrival was very easy. On the arrival date she introduced us to the family, we got our house keys and she even showed us the most important shops nearby. My room was exactly like you would expect a room at your parents house. Living with the family was no problem at all. You could easily talk with them while cooking or doing any chores or just talk with them. When I had a problem, I could ask Valerie and she would fix the problem as fast as she could.  Leaving Dublin was as easy as the arrival. Except that I had to leave Dublin! All in all it was a very pleasant experience renting a room with Hosting Power. The team and the family always could help me, which is a big plus. "

Colin, Dublin Business School

"As someone looking for accommodation overseas, Hosting Power was the absolute best choice of service. I am very happy with my place of residence, and the service gives that much more peace of mind for those who are not able to see or visit their accommodation beforehand. I will be recommending Hosting Power in future. "

Tristin, Dublin City University

" I have found Hosting Power to be a great agency for households who now have empty bedrooms in their homes. The students are well vetted and hosts are informed well in advance of arrival of student. The students are well educated university level individuals so are very mature.    There is very little maintenance with this type of hosting as the student almost entirely looks after themselves in the home, they cook, wash, clean, shop for themselves and the Host and Student fall into a routine regarding use of utilities.    This is also an opportunity for hosts to educate themselves on the cultures from the countries where students come from. Again it is great to have Hosting Power to turn to should there be any small problem with student etc. "

Valerie, Donaghmede, Dublin 13

" Hi I’m Annette I live with my two daughters. We had two girl students staying with us on different occasions. The first girl was from Canada, bshe stayed with us for three months, she just settled in and was like one of the family. We still keep in touch with her. The other student has been with us since September and just settled right in, also another part of the fa mily. We are so lucky and happy with our students, my girls love having the girls here as they enjoy learning new things off each other because they are near the same age groups and have similar interests. I am looking forward to new students coming our way.  "

Anette, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10

" I have only positive things to say about your service. It was our first time hosting so I was a bit apprehensive at first but your team were very helpful. We had our first student named Vitaly, he is staying for one academic year and he has been a pleasure to have around. I would certainly consider hosting again. "

Mary, Firhouse, Dublin 24

" It is my pleasure to give Hosting Power and its team excellent feedback. My great experience can be summarized in three ways: 1. My first meeting with the property manager, when he came to interview me as a host, examine my accommodation and photograph my home. He was extremely kind and professional and did an excellent job of photographing the accommodation and made t he start of my journey with Hosting Power seamless. 2. The caliber of students that I have had are exceptional and you would be very proud of them and their behavior. They abide by the house rules and are polite, tidy, courteous and above all friendly. In fact I am still in touch with my first house guest so not only did I gain a tenant I also gained a new young friend. 3. The support from all the staff in Hosting Power is very comforting and they are always there for you if you need anything. It is obvious by the standard of the students that they are well vetted prior to them arriving in your home and that certainly gives me a great deal of security. To conclude I am highly recommending Hosting Power and it’s staff as you get peace of mind and quality placements from them. Thanks Hosting Power for all your support and help to date. "

Ana, Cabra, Dublin 7

" I find hosting very good and interesting. This is my third student and it has been all good. The first two students have been in touch to let me know how there doing now, which is nice. "

Sheila, Drimnagh, Dublin 12

" I have great faith in Hosting Power. I tell anyone that has a spare room about Hosting Power. Any of my students that have stayed with me has been a pleasure to have, they all study very hard and are very respectful. I first went to Hosting Power as my son went away and let out his room. I hope this helps other people to decide on letting their spare room out. "

Christine, Santry, Dublin 9

" To be honest I haven’t a bad word to say about Hosting Power. Very friendly staff and they always keeps us busy with a number of fun, kind and friendly students that stay with us. The vetting process is amazing and it’s great to ease the minds of students before they arrive over some discussions through email around the area and Dublin in general. Great work guys ke ep it up. "

Maria, Inchicore, Dublin 8

" I am delighted to have the services of Hosting Power. It is simple and straightforward initial set up and also free for the hosting family. It does not take long before you get a student and Hosting Power offers a very flexible setting in relation of time allocated for it. I recommend Hosting Power to home owners that are thinking of hosting a student. "

Mariam, Merchants Quay, Dublin 8

" Hi, I had a lovely student named Tim from the Netherlands to stay with me. He enjoyed his 5 months staying at my home. "

Sarah, Marino, Dublin 3

" I have been really very happy with my experience with Hosting Power, with the professional approach of the staff who facilitate the student exchange and liaise with me and I have really enjoyed hosting international students in my home. It is a system that works very well. "

Finola, Artane, Dublin 5

" My experience working with Hosting Power has been very positive. My husband and I enjoy hosting students. Our current student is from France and he is a pleasure to have in our home. He is so courteous and polite as well as being good humoured. Unfortunately, he will be leaving us soon but we will be looking forward to hosting another student in the near future. I find Hosting Power to be a very efficient company and I am very happy to be working with them. "

Joan, Dundrum, Dublin 16

" I found Hosting Power very easy and efficient to deal with. The property manager called out to take photos in the morning and by 2 pm on the same day we had an enquiry who then became our student. She was really lovely and settled with us in no time. I would have no hesitation in recommending Hosting Power. "

Jackie, Cabinteely, Dublin 18

" I must say any student I have had so far have been super. I love the fact that they are self sufficient and I am not tied to specific meals times. The girl I have at the moment is such a lovely person and she is very good company. "

Nancy, Beaumont, Dublin 9

" I have found Hosting Power absolutely fantastic. I found them extremely professional also. The two students I had from Hosting Power were absolutely perfect. They fitted in really well with my family also. I found having foreign students in my home a huge benefit to my children. We all learned from each other. I would highly recommend Hosting Power and trust their choic e of clients 100%. Many thanks! "

Yvonne, Clonee, Dublin 15

" As this is my first experience at having a student I must say I am enjoying having a student. He seems to be happy in my home and I am delighted with him he is a lovely mannered young man. I hope to have him here in my home until he finishes his studies. "

Brigid, Ashtown, Dublin 7

" I have found hosting power absolutely fantastic. I found them extremely professional. The male student I have from Hosting Power is perfect. He has fitted in with me really well. I have found that having a foreign student not only benefits him but also broadens my mind about other countries and cultures such as Portugal his home country. I am a very lucky host to have b een paired with this young man who is extremely well mannered and courteous. So I would highly recommend Hosting power and trust their choice of clients. "

Mortimer, Fairhill, Cork