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Costs of studying and living 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 very cost-effective places to live compared with 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, but excludes tuition fees.

Of course, your living expenses will vary, depending on the study location, type of accommodation and lifestyle you choose. Consider any international travel you plan on doing during the year.

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 – €45,000 per year.

Postgraduate Master and PhD courses: €9,150 – €37,000 per year.

Fees vary depending on your chosen field of study, program and university.

You’ll also pay around €2,500 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


Can of Coca Cola


Cup of coffee


Lunch from a campus cafe


Meal in an inexpensive cafe


Meal at a restaurant


Movie ticket


One-minute mobile phone call


Taxi ride for one kilometre


One litre of petrol


One-room apartment in city centre


One-room apartment in suburbs


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Why study in Ireland

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.

Ireland higher education system

Education has been prized in Ireland throughout its long and sometimes difficult history. Today Ireland’s higher education system offers excellent programmes for international students of all ages. More than one in ten full-time students come from overseas.


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