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What is the cost of studying in Ireland?

Wondering how to manage your expenses in Ireland? Here’s our list of estimates to help!

Studying abroad can be an expensive affair, but thankfully, Ireland is one destination where quality education is available at tuition rates lower than many other countries. Since the duration of graduation courses is mostly 12 months unlike the 16-24 months’ duration of programs in other countries. So, as a student from India, it makes for a very desirable place to study at, with innumerable growth opportunities.  

Before you depart from India, ensure that you consider expenses like accommodation, food, health coverage and travel along with your tuition fee when calculating the estimated cost of studying in Ireland. This will help you plan your budget more effectively.

1. Tuition fee is your prime expenditure

Your expenditure on tuition fee depends on the type of qualification and institution you opt for. To cover your tuition fees, you will need approximately between €10,000 and €25,000 a year. 

Most commonly, courses in humanities, education, and arts are a little cheaper, while subjects such as medicine, engineering, business, and management are likely to be more expensive. If you wish to study at a postgraduate level, the tuition fee is typically higher, and the costs vary depending on the program.

Study program

Average fees (in Euros*)


Undergraduate program

€9,850 to €25,500 annually


Postgraduate master's degree

€9,500 to €34,500 annually


Doctoral degree

€9,500 to €34,500 annually

*Please note all fee figures are indicative

If you want to bring down your educational expenses, it is best to apply to various scholarships available for Indian students.

2. Where will you live? Calculate accommodation costs

Most institutions in Ireland offer on-campus residence facilities to international students. You can also opt for off-campus accommodation wherein you can share apartments with other students from India. Take help from the accommodation office at your college. The cost of accommodation may range anywhere around €427 per month (if you choose to stay alone) depending upon your location and time of the year. However, if you choose to stay within the campus, then the cost may come around €300-600 per month.

For a shared room, the accommodation cost is approx. €400 per month and can go up to €850 for a private room in a shared apartment. 

3. Cost of your student visa and permit

To study in Ireland, the first step is to secure a valid study visa and that comes with its own costs (approx. €60).  Feel free to consult your IDP counsellor for latest updates and information on the visa application process and related costs. 

Read more: All about Ireland’s student visa

4. Living expenses

You need to keep a little money aside for your grocery shopping, social activities, and emergencies. When living in a foreign country as a student, it is better to keep track of your expenditures so that you do not overspend. As an international student, the monthly living cost that you are likely to incur will be approx. €650-1,000 (indicative). You should also consider these common expenses when creating your budget:


Average monthly cost (indicative)

Utilities (like electric/gas/refuse)

€30 - €50

Food expenses

€250 - €350

Travel expenses (monthly bus ticket expense)

€65 - €85

Book & stationary


Mobile phone


Personal expenses (specifically social & sports)

€200 - €300


Know more: Find out how much it costs to live in Ireland as an Indian student

5. Keep safe. Consider health support and insurance

It is mandatory for all students travelling to Ireland from India to get medical insurance before the commencement of their program. The average cost for medical insurance ranges between €500 - €800 annually (indicative). Extensive health and support services are readily available for all Indian students in Ireland. 

Know more: Health and support services in Ireland

6. Transportation. Know how much it will cost to move around

Unless your institution provides a shuttle service to-and-fro from your lodging, you’ll have to rely on the available public transport. 

For short distances

You can make use of regional trains, buses, DART, LAUS or local taxi service, the schedule of which is available on the web. Transportation costs in Ireland shouldn’t cost you more than €135 on a monthly. It is a good idea to get a Student Travel Card for commuting around the city as they can reduce your costs by up to 40%.

For long distances

For travelling between different cities, you can avail any of the following options:

  • Long-distance bus

  • Rail

  • Air

7. Don’t ignore your taxes

Indian students studying in Ireland are allowed to work 20 hours per week during academic sessions and full-time during vacations. If you choose to work along with your studies, your Irish earned income will be taxable. 

Remember, the exchange rate variations may also affect your budgeting. We suggest you also look for a part-time job while you are studying in Ireland or seek scholarships in the universities you apply to. This can help lower your cost of studying abroad to a great extent. 

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Updated on June 25, 2020

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