Cost of Living

The cost for a student living in Dublin has ranged between €9,000 and €12,000 per year, largely depending on the type of accommodation chosen. These estimates include rent, electricity, food, books and laundry and medicine as well as travel passes and social expenses, but exclude tuition fees.

When moving to Ireland for study, you should also budget an additional sum for one-off start-up costs – such as buying kitchen items, bedding, a television, mobile phone, etc – and also for any international travel you plan during the year.

Fees and living costs in Dublin are around 35-40% less than in London
Dublin, Ireland London, UK
Foundation Course Fees €12,600 €18,600
Living Costs (9 months) €9,000 €18,500
Total for the year €21,600 €37,100
Fees for Undergraduate Students in Irish Universities/Colleges*
Business Degrees (3 years) €10,000 – €16,000 p.a.
Engineering/Science degree €10,000 – €21,600 p.a.
(4 years including 1 year internship)
How much will I have to pay for accommodation?

Rent is likely to be your largest item of expenditure but prices can vary greatly depending on the type of accommodation chosen. The amount could be as little as €350 per month for a shared room up to around €700 for a modest self-contained flat.

On campus accommodation is also available but is in heavy demand and must be booked directly


How much will I have to spend on food?

For food, including some meals bought on campus or in cheaper restaurants, you will probably spend between €80 – €120 a week on these items. Meals are included in homestay accommodation.


How much on average will I have to spend on transport?

The cost of an average journey on a bus in Dublin is about €2.30 – however with the Student Leap Card you can travel across Dublin bus, commuter train (DART) and tram (Luas) services with a capped weekly fare of €30. This card also provides student discounts to a number of retailers in Dublin and across Ireland. You can apply for your card in person or via the post.

Many students also cycle in Dublin and there are often road lanes dedicated to bicycles only. Cycling in the city centre can be quite dangerous, particularly at peak times, so if you do decide to cycle, you should wear a bicycle helmet and stick to the bicycles lanes where possible.


Is socialising in Dublin expensive?

Cinema tickets cost between €7 to €12 depending on what time and where you see the film. Student discounts are usually available during the week on production of a student card, but most cinemas do not offer student rates at the weekend and there is no discount at the expensive soft-drink and snack counters!

Entrance fees to nightclubs generally vary between €7 and €15 depending on the venue.

On average, a pint of beer in Dublin costs about €4.50 and a glass of wine costs about €5. However, prices can vary quite significantly between bars.  If cigarettes are part of your lifestyle, you are likely to find them expensive in Ireland at around €10.50 for a packet of 20. There is a ban on smoking in any workplace, which means that it is prohibited to smoke in bars and restaurants.