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Moving to Cork

What to know if you're moving to Cork

Cork is one of the most important cities in the country. Every area of Cork offers a wide choice of accommodation and is well-served by public transport. There is a high rate of employment for expats and an emphasis on a good work-life balance. Find more info in the InterNations GO! Guides!

Relocating to Cork

About the City

Situated in the south-west of Ireland on the River Lee, Cork is one of the most important cities in the country. With a population of 119,230, this city, in the province of Munster, is Ireland’s third most populous region. Cork is well known for being an iconic, historic destination with a large number of famous sights and has twice been awarded the title of European Capital of Culture. This cosmopolitan city attracts expats from a vast array of nationalities. An estimated 86% of people living in Cork are of Irish nationality, 8% are citizens of other European Union countries, 4% are from other parts of the world and the rest choose not to state their nationality. The religion of Cork is overwhelmingly Roman Catholic. Catholicism is ever present throughout the city with churches and monuments. English is the spoken and official language of the city.

Visas for Ireland

Anyone who wishes to stay in Ireland for more than three months, to retire, to study, to work or to settle permanently for any other reason, must apply for a long stay type D visa. The specific visa requirements vary greatly, depending on which country the expat is moving from and the reason for relocating. It is important to seek advice from your local Irish embassy and find out exactly what documents and evidence you will be required to supply the embassy with before being granted a visa. Further information can be found at the official website of the Irish Naturalization and Immigration Service. On this site, potential expatriates intending on moving to Ireland can find the correct visa form and a hugely helpful selection of information.

Finding Accommodation

The styles of property most commonly found in Cork are flats and semi-detached townhouses. Younger expats often prefer to rent an apartment or live in a group house share; however anyone looking to purchase property in the city can make the most of the house prices, which are much cheaper than other cities such as Dublin and London. Finding accommodation is straightforward and simple to do. There are a large number of websites which help to make house hunting in Cork extremely easy, for example Daft and Property. Another good way to search for houses and apartments is to check the property listings in city-wide newspapers such as The Evening Echo. As well as this, there are plenty of estate agents’ offices situated throughout the city. The helpful, professional agents will help expats to find their ideal property to buy or rent.

Updated on: January 27, 2022

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Join Our Exciting Events in Cork

Once we've helped you move to Cork, we can make you feel at home by introducing you to other expats who have already settled and are part of our Cork Community. Attend our monthly events and activities in Cork and get to know like-minded expats in real life.

InterNations Cork Official Get-Together @ Deep South

Start date Oct 16, 2021, 6:00 PM

Attendees 41

InterNations Cork Halloween 2021 @ Spike Island After Dark's

Start date Nov 13, 2021, 5:00 PM

Attendees 11

InterNations Waterford Official Get-Together @ The Reg

Start date Nov 20, 2021, 6:00 PM

Attendees 14

Ping Pong in Mardyke Entertainment Complex

Start date Feb 5, 2022, 5:00 PM

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