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Costs of studying in Ireland

Let’s explore your living costs in Ireland on an international student budget

Are the costs of studying in Ireland expensive? Compared to many other top-level universities around the world, not really. Dublin, Ireland’s capital city is the most expensive city to live in, but Irish cities are often cost-effective as compared to other popular study destinations, including the UK.

What are the living costs for students in Ireland?

The estimated cost of living in Ireland for a student for one academic year is €7,000 to €12,000 per year. This includes rent, electricity, food, books, laundry and medicine, as well as travel passes and social expenses (excluding tuition fees).
Of course, your living expenses will vary, depending on the study location, type of accommodation and the type of lifestyle you choose. 
You’ll also need to budget for once-only costs, like buying kitchen items, bedding, a mobile phone and so on. 

What are the tuition fees in Ireland?

Undergraduate courses: €9,000 (USD$10,190) – €45,000 (USD$50,947) per year.
Postgraduate Master and PhD courses: €9,150 (USD$10,359) – €37,000 (USD$41,896) per year.
Fees vary depending on your chosen field of study, program and university.
You’ll also pay around €2,500 (USD$2,831) per year for student services, such as examination entries and support for clubs and societies. 

How much will I pay for everyday items? 

One litre of milk 
€1 (USD$1.13)
Can of Coca Cola 
€1.4 (USD$1.59)
Cup of coffee
€2.7 (USD$3.06)
Lunch from a campus cafe
€7.5 (USD$8.49)
Meal in an inexpensive cafe
€15 (USD$16.98)
Meal at a restaurant
€55 (USD$62.28)
Movie ticket
€10 (USD$11.32)
One-minute mobile phone call
€0.26 (USD$0.29)
Taxi ride for one kilometre 
€1.25 (USD$1.42)
One litre of petrol 
€1.3 (USD$1.47)
One-room apartment in city centre
€1,029 (USD$1,165)
One-room apartment in suburbs
€829 (USD$939)

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Ireland has one of the best education systems in the world and there are many reasons to study here. Schools and universities are globally connected and graduates of Irish education institutions have access to opportunities in many different careers all over the world.

Student visa for Ireland

Before you get on the plane, there are some important documents you need. If you are from a non-EU (non-European) country, you will most likely need a student visa for Ireland.

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