What Is The Cost Of Living In Ireland For Students?

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Ireland is a beautiful country and home to some of the world’s most majestic scenery, but it’s also one of Europe’s most expensive countries. While there are plenty of ways to save money in Ireland, you’ll still need a decent budget – especially if you’re planning on living alone in Dublin or Cork for your studies.


In this guide we’ll look at the costs of living in Ireland as a student, from accommodation and food through to entertainment and transport!


The cost of renting in Dublin is high, with the average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment being around €1,500 to €1,600. Rents tend to be lower outside of Dublin; however, it can still be expensive depending on where you choose to live.

If you’re looking for accommodation during the summer months (May-August), keep in mind that there will be more competition for housing options and higher demand for places due to students returning from abroad. You might have more luck finding accommodation if you plan your move during the winter months (October-April).

Another factor that affects prices is whether or not your city has a university campus nearby. Student housing tends to cost less than other options because landlords know they’ll always have someone willing to fill these spaces!

Food and groceries

Food and groceries are an important part of your monthly budget!

As you’re probably aware, food prices vary from place to place. In general, though, if you live on campus and cook for yourself at home (instead of eating out), you should expect to spend around €150-€200 per month on food and groceries.

If you go out with friends every night and eat in restaurants or bars most days of the week, then obviously this figure will be higher—around €350-€400 per month.


Transport is a significant expense for students. You can get around on public transport and save yourself some money, though it’s not always convenient or easy to use.

If you absolutely need a car, it will cost you upwards of €800 per month, including insurance and servicing. Car rental companies often offer student discounts, so shop around!

There are also other options such as Zipcar—you pay as you go and pick up the rental car when needed. Renting cars from other people through sites like Craigslist or Gumtree is another great way to save money on your transportation costs in Ireland!

Entertainment and Socializing

Entertainment and socializing are a large part of Irish culture. When you first arrive in Ireland, it’s going to be hard to find everything that you’re used to. It’s important that you do everything possible to make your money go further while still having fun! Here are some tips:

  • Save money on transport by getting an InterRail Pass or Dublin Bus Card. You can get these when you arrive at Dublin Airport and they’ll save you plenty of cash over time. Don’t forget about the National Transport Authority website either – they have lots of information about how to save money when traveling around Ireland with public transport!


  • Save money when going out by getting creative with what food items you bring with yourself instead of buying them at the store (e.g., peanut butter wraps).

Clothing, appliances and other goods and services

Look for student discounts when buying something from stores! There are a number of stores and services that offer student discounts, including:

  • A range of clothing brands such as H&M, Uniqlo and River Island
  • Apple products
  • Amazon Prime: You can get six months’ free membership if you’re an international student; after that it’s €60 for the year or €6.99 per month. This includes unlimited photo storage on Amazon Drive, 2-day delivery on items sold by Amazon, access to their video streaming platform and more!

If possible, we would recommend using your own laptop or computer instead of buying one when you get here (unless it’s something really specific). Believe us, electronics are damn expensive in Ireland!

Average rent including all basic costs!

Ireland is a popular choice for students to study abroad. With a rich history, beautiful landscapes and vibrant cities, it has much to offer. However, the cost of living in Ireland is higher than other European countries, so it can be difficult for students to manage their money.

The average rent in Ireland is €1,000 per month. This includes everything from heating bills to internet access and cleaning services. Many students live in shared accommodation with other people from their course or country; this can help to reduce costs further by sharing bills between tenants.

In general, though, accommodation costs are still relatively high compared with other EU countries like France or Spain that have cheaper rents on average – although they may be less convenient as they’re often further away from city centers where most teaching takes place (and therefore require longer commutes).

Opt for flat sharing

If you’re planning on renting a flat or house during your time as an Erasmus exchange student then keep an eye out for “flat sharing” websites such as SpareRoom (UK) or Advertigo (Germany).

These sites make it easy for landlords/landladies too because all communication happens through them so there’s no need for emails back-and-forth!

Also, Read “What is Ireland’s number 1 tourist attraction?


We hope this information helps you plan your budget. You can find out more about living in Ireland on our website and you can also contact us if you have any questions!

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