There is a range of accommodation options available in the town of Birr, which can be booked independently, to meet all budgets and requirements. For more information on accommodation in Birr please visit Discover Ireland.

Where students opt for accommodation as part of their tuition package, the IHS will facilitate the accommodation booking with specified local providers (Homestay).

Where students opt out of home stay accommodation as part of their tuition package, there are a range of accommodation options available in the town of Birr, which can be booked independently, to meet all budgets and requirements.  Please note students not staying in homestay will be required to make their own way to the project/program each day.


The preferred accommodation of the IHS is homestay, which is included as part of most of our program packages. We believe living with local families provides a more intimate and enriched cultural experience and ensures that the financial benefits of your stay filters down to the community hosting you.

We look forward to finding you a suitable home for your time with us have access to wonderful families in all our locations who do their utmost to ensure you have a wonderful experience. Students choose a homestay family if they like experiencing cultural differences, prefer getting to know local people and want to understand their way of life. In very many instances, lifelong friendships are created.

Our homestay is administered by a local homestay coordinator. They will place you in a home that is most suitable to your needs, matching you to your family based on a homestay form. Once you have been matched with a family you will be introduced to them by email, so that you will have the address you will be staying at while in Ireland, and so that you may, if you wish, contact the family in advance of arrival.

Key Information

  • Staying in homestay includes full board, breakfast, packed lunch and an evening meal.
  • Towels and linens are also provided as standard, and full access will be provided to a laundry in your homestay.
  • Students should allow that staying in homestay is very different to staying in a hostel or hotel. While we carefully match our students, and keep the placements as equitable as possible, students should expect that every home is different. Some students may have larger rooms, access to an en-suite, be closer to town etc.
  • Students should be advised that they are living with, and as part of, a family. While homestay is more rewarding than private accommodation students should always expect surprising cultural differences and be respectful to their host’s lifestyles.
  • In Birr, County Offaly, the homestays are within walking distance of the town centre.
  • It is absolutely essential you fill out your homestay form in full, including declaration of any relevant medical conditions (or medication) that may impact on your homestay/program placement.
  • Please make sure you let us know about any allergies or dietary needs when you apply so that we can match you to the best home.