Living cost and accommodation for students in Ireland
Ireland is a country where you will enjoy a balanced lifestyle. Living costs are a bit below average for the European area. Total living costs for an international student are around 600 – 873 EUR/month.
Average living costs in Irish cities:
Accommodation costs in Ireland
Accommodation plays a major role when it comes to expenses as a student in Ireland. This means students spend around 38% of their total monthly budget on housing.
Universities accommodation in residence halls usually costs above the European average of 200 – 300 EUR. Only 12% of the total international students enjoy accommodation in student halls, according to a European study. However, 72% of them are satisfied with the rooms and services.
Apart from residence halls, you can rent/share an apartment or choose home stay housing.
The main accommodation prices for students in Ireland are:
- Student living alone: 414 EUR/month
- Student living with partner/child: 470 EUR/month
- Student living on campus: 375 EUR/month
Other costs associated with accommodation. During your stay in Ireland, you will also pay for:
- Utilities: around 153 EUR/month
- Internet pass: up to 100 EUR/month
Food costs in Ireland
Average monthly food costs are not high, these may cost around 240 EUR/month for grocery shopping. You can find cheaper food products in supermarkets such as Aldi, Lidl, Tesco, Dunnes or Superquinn.
You can also dine in a small restaurant and pay 15 EUR or enjoy a three-course meal for two in an average restaurant for 55 EUR.
Transportation costs in Ireland
Students from Ireland can benefit from discounts for transportation especially if they use the Student Leap Card or the Bus Éireann services to travel around the country.
Around 27% of the students use public transport in Ireland and a monthly pass with a special discount for students is around 50 – 55 EUR/month.
The most popular mode of transportation is the bicycle, chosen by 38% of the students. You can rent a bicycle to get around the city; rates start from 20 EUR/day.
Some other small expenses you may need during your study:
- Books, research magazines: 70 EUR/month
- Medical insurance: 45 EUR/month