Cost of Living in Ireland for International Students
Cost of living in Ireland: The cost of living in Ireland forms an integral part of studying abroad. It is probably the other main component apart from tuition fees in Ireland that constitute the total cost of studying in Ireland. The cost of living in Ireland would greatly depend on a number of factors including, lifestyle choices, the standard of accommodation, leisure activities, and so on. A lot of times students going abroad to study wonder, whether part-time jobs in Ireland would fund living expenses. The short answer, No. The long answer, students are advised against relying on part-time jobs as their single source of income to fund their living expenses. However, for the benefit of our readers, we have provided an estimate of the amount of money one would look to spend around activities that make up living expenses.
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Cost of Living in Ireland
Read on as we bring together important factors that make up your cost of living in Ireland.
Students looking for accommodation could reach the country beforehand to look for housing options or book accommodation around the college, online. Note that the closer the accommodation is to the college, the more expensive it will be. However, transportation costs are affordable in Ireland, hence renting a room a little further away is never a problem.
If you share your apartment with other students or tenants, then the rent will be a lot less individually as it will be divided. The average rent for a two-room apartment within cities is around €1000-1200 per month, and €800-€900 in suburban areas. In addition to this, the student would have to pay utilities such as electricity bills and maintenance charges. On-campus boarding could cost students anything between €600-€800 per month.
Accommodation Costs in Ireland
|Expense||Average Cost Range per month|
|Option 1 - On-Campus Accommodation||€600 - €680|
|Option 2 - Private Complex||€600 - €1,000|
|Option 3- Private rental (house share)||€500 – 600 (bills not included)|
Students generally prefer a mix of eating out and cooking in. It could be slightly difficult for students to find Indian food ingredients, however, the wide range of Irish food will not allow you to miss home even for once. Here is an average expense list for international students studying in Ireland
|Sample Shopping Costs||Price|
|Apples / Bananas / Oranges||€0.30 - €0.50|
|Milk 1 litre||€1.15|
|Eggs 6 pack||€1.60|
|Bread Loaf 800g||€1.50|
|Chicken Breast / Tuna 300g||€3.75|
|Coca-Cola can 330ml||€0.85|
|McDonald's Big Mac Meal||€7.50|
Commuting in Ireland is relatively convenient for international students given Ireland’s extensive public transport systems. This is an important point to consider as you would be living on your own in a foreign country and you would be exploring the country or travelling to your university/college. Hence, the affordable cost of transportation will make your movement around the country that much easier.
|Bus Ticket – Single Ride||€2.10|
Bus Ticket – Monthly Pass
This is what a typical living expenditure would look like for Indian students going to Ireland to pursue higher education. Other components that should be taken into account are, utilities, personal expenses, and leisure activities such as movie outings and restaurant visits would cost you over and above. However candidates should note that the rates could vary depending on market conditions, but this is what the candidate would be spending in Ireland.
Living Expenses in Ireland for International Students - At a Glance
|Overall Expense (excluding Accommodation)||€640 - €880|
|Overall Expense (including Accommodation)||€1,240 - €1880|
|Personal Expenses (Social/Sports)||€200 - €300|
|Utilities (Electric/Gas/Refuse)||€30 - €50|
|Food||€250 - €350|
|Travel (Monthly Bus Ticket)||€65 - €85|
|Textbook & Materials||€75|
|Nike Running Shoes||€70.00|
|Washing Powder 3kg||€4.35|
|Toilet Tissue 4 Roll||€2.00|
Note: the tabular data has been sourced from the official website of University College Cork, Ireland
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