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Planning to relocate to Galway : a few questions...

  • 30-01-2007 7:28am
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    Closed Accounts Posts: 1 youkeo


    Hi everyone !

    I've been looking on Boards.ie for a while, and just registered today.

    I'm French, living in Romania for 2 years, and planning to relocate to Galway next summer.
    I'm planning a trip to Ireland in the next few months, to organize everything.

    I've got some questions about Galway, and more generally, about Ireland :D

    1- I'm afraid about of not understanding the Irish accent. My english isn't really good (I'm French, you know :D), and i'm afraid of not understanding Irish people. I hope i'll get used to it after a few months...

    2 - I'd like to rent a 2 rooms flat (1 bedroom + 1 living room), in a central area (in Galway). How much would it cost ?

    3 - Is life expansive in Galway ? Would 1500 to 2000€/month be enough ?

    4 - Is it ok to ride a bike in the city ? Is the traffic busy ?

    Thanks :D


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  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators, Regional North Mods, Regional West Moderators Posts: 81,470 Mod ✭✭✭✭ biko


    Hi
    I'll answer as best as I can:

    1- I'm afraid about of not understanding the Irish accent. My english isn't really good (I'm French, you know ), and i'm afraid of not understanding Irish people. I hope i'll get used to it after a few months...
    Well, the more you work with/socialise with Irish people, the quicker you will learn to understand the accent. Try to find a job where there are mostly Irish people and converse often. You'll get it, don't worry.

    2 - I'd like to rent a 2 rooms flat (1 bedroom + 1 living room), in a central area (in Galway). How much would it cost ?
    See http://www.daft.ie/ Choose Sharing apartment.
    Also http://www.galwayadvertiser.ie Choose Classifieds.


    3 - Is life expansive in Galway ? Would 1500 to 2000€/month be enough ?
    Yes. Maybe.

    4 - Is it ok to ride a bike in the city ? Is the traffic busy ?
    There is lots and lots of cars but many people go on bikes.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3 johncaulfield


    Your English looks pretty good to me!


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,295 ✭✭✭ PixelTrawler


    Thats a higher standard of english then you see on the average post here:D

    Seriously, move over you'll be fine, its a nice place.. Welcome!

    1 bed apartments can be pricey - maybe 650-700 a month and 2 beds from 750 and up

    In Ireland when you see something advertised as a 1 room apartment it implies one bedroom.
    (I know in some countries like Germany a place may be listed as a 2 room which implies its 1 bed & 1 living room. Here if you see a 2 bed apartment it means 2 bedrooms and possible a separate kitchen & living room but sites like daft.ie will list whats in each place). Also they are generally fully furnished over here.

    Even still 2 grand a month is plenty to live on


  • Registered Users Posts: 829 ✭✭✭ MattKid


    How easy is it to earn 2K a month?

    Looks like I'll be moving over in 2 weeks.

    Coming over next weekend to find a 2 bed place to live

    Logistics are going to be a complete nightmare


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 47,075 CMod ✭✭✭✭ Black Swan


    youkeo wrote:
    I'm French,
    The French have been commercially trading with Galway for hundreds of years. Some stayed. My Da is Irish, but my Mum comes from French parents. Welcome!


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2 trafficdecouenn


    Hey!
    I'm french too... And in Galway too...

    Is there only french people??? :D

    Actually, i'm not earning a lot of money (1000 euros a month) and it's ok for having a quiet life. 2 nights a week at the pub, quite good food (but i miss my french cheese!) and just walking or bike for transportation.

    So i think you will not have any problem with 1500-2000 euros!

    And about understanding irish people, it's realy affordable. I just have some difficulties with irish mens, women are more understandable to my mind...
    Maybe i just want more to understand them! Specially when they are pretty ;)

    So finally, I hope you will enjoy Galway as me!

    Pierre


  • Registered Users Posts: 15,815 ✭✭✭✭ po0k


    Have you tried Sheridan's cheese mongers near St. Patrick's national school/St. Nicholas's Church? They may already stock what you want, or be able to source a supplier for you.


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