Getting a PPS number

If it is your first time working in Ireland, you need to apply for a Personal Public Service (PPS) Number. This will be your unique number for tax matters and all social welfare benefits. For further information on PPS numbers, you can contact Department of Social Protection at

How do I find a place to live?

Many people in Ireland buy their homes, with the help of a loan or mortgage, but a large number live in rented accommodation. As in most countries, the cost of buying or renting is higher in major cities when compared to smaller towns or rural areas.

We recommend that you begin looking to secure your accommodation at the earliest opportunity in preparation for your move to Ireland as there can often be a lot of competition for housing, particularly in the larger towns and cities. You will be asked for a security deposit before moving into the accommodation. The landlord holds this deposit as security to cover any rent arrears, bills owing or damage beyond normal wear and tear at the end of the tenancy. You will typically have to pay a month’s rent in advance.

For more information on renting, click here.

Opening a bank account

You can use a current account to manage your money day-to-day. To open a bank account you usually apply in a branch or online. You have to provide proof of your identity and verify your address.

For advice on how to choose the right bank and account for your needs, click here