Living Expenses – Education Ireland MY

Living Expenses

Living expenses will differ depending upon the location of the institution, the type of accommodation preferred and on the personal expenditure of the student. To give some idea of the total cost involved, the following approximate figures – at 2011 rates – are given as a guide to overall expenses.

On average we estimate that a student will spend between €7000 and €12,000per year depending on location and lifestyle.



Textbooks €600
Accommodation €2500 – €5000
Food & Household €1500 – €2500
Other Living ExpensesTravel, Health Insurance, Social Life, Communications, Miscellaneous expenses €1000 – €2400


Please note that all the above figures are approximations as some students will live on less and some on more depending on their allowance.


All third level institutions will have an accommodation officer or advisor who can provide information for you about accommodation on, or close to your campus. The following options are generally available:

Self Catering Accommodation

Self catering accommodation includes a large number of options from a room in a shared house to a large private apartment. While self catering accommodation can offer full independence, the prospective student should be aware that there can be significant set-up costs associated with self catering accommodation. You will be required to pay the first month’s rent and a deposit in advance. The deposit is normally the same amount as the monthly rental figure. Minimum lease period is usually 1 year and if you vacate prior to this period you will be liable to pay rent for the remaining period. Please note that miscellaneous items might have to be purchased e.g. crockery, cooking utensils, bed linen etc.

On-Campus Accommodation

Most universities and a number of other colleges offer on-campus accommodation. This can range from a single, or shared room in a large apartment to a one-bedroomed apartment. Your institution of choice will be able to provide you with full details of the options on offer.

Family Based Accommodation

Many international students, particularly in the first year, opt to choose family based accommodation. This means a private room in a family home where two meals (generally breakfast and evening meal), utility costs and laundry services are provided. Again the institution you are applying to will have lists of experienced families in the area who provide approved accommodation for international students.

Other Costs

There are a number of other costs associated with studying in any country and these include food, laundry, household expenses, clothes, textbooks, transport & travel, communication, health care, and of course socialising! These costs vary form area to area and from person to person.

For further details on these and other living expenses which you may incur while studying in Ireland, check the website of your institution of choice and The Irish Council for International Students