Living in Ireland- Cost of Living, Accommodation, Travel Tips

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With 24-month stay back scheme, Ireland is attracting a good amount of international students. A total of 35,000 students from over 160 countries move to Ireland each year.

For an international student going to study in Ireland, the overall cost of living is $35,000. Apart from tuition fee, international students have to spare approximately $20,000 for accommodation, transportation and other expenses. The ultimate student guide for living in Ireland here will direct all the students for pre and post preparations for life in Ireland.

At the airport, an immigration officer will check visa along with the following documents:

  • Bank statement
  • Letter of endorsement
  • Accommodation details

Living in Ireland- Accommodation, Cost

While universities in Ireland provide on-campus accommodation options, however, international students can also opt for self catering, rented options or homestays.

Generally, cost of living on-campus in Ireland is EUR 7000- 12000 per year. The payment is to be made twice a year in September and February. On the other hand, those choosing to live at a rented accommodation bear EUR 9000 every year. Also, students have to pay one month rent as a deposit to the owner. An agreement for rented accommodation usually lasts for 9-12 months.

To experience the Irish culture and live their life, some international students choose to live at homestays. The homestay costs similar to that of rented accommodations, i.e., approximately EUR 8500-9000.

Aside from the above mentioned expenses, the cost of living in Ireland also includes the following:

  • Health insurance- EUR 100- 120/ p.a
  • Utilities- EUR 1500/ p.a
  • Cost of running a car- EUR 12000/ p.a

Dublin is the most popular city among international students in Ireland. Trinity College, Dublin is among the top universities in Ireland with maximum number of international student enrolment. The average cost of living in Dublin is around EUR 1500 per month.

Transportation in Ireland- Student Discount Cards

International students in Ireland can fare well if they have valid students ID and fair idea of availing discounts.

International students in Ireland can avail discounts of up to 40% on the following:

  • Dublin Bus
  • Irish Rail
  • DART
  • LUAS
  • Bus Eireann services

Students of second or upper level years can take benefits from the student discount cards. Discounts are available from the following sources:

iconnect Card

With iconnect card, students can avail discounts on the following:

  • Aran Island Ferries- up to 20%
  • Bus Eirrean- No discount on single/ return fares; discount available on student 10 journey ticket
  • Go be and gobus.ie- Special Student fares for EURO 20 on Galway to Dublin City services and Cork City to Dublin City services.
  • Looking for Parking: 15% off on booking of airport parking online using code: USIT15.

Student Leap Card

Student Leap Card discounts for international students are:

  • Dublin bus- student rate capped at EUR 5 per day; rambler ticket onto Student Leap Card, wherein unlimited travel for 5-30 consecutive days.
  • Bus Eireann- 30% cheaper
  • Irish rail- student tickets capped at EUR 7 per day
  • LUAS- Capped at EUR 5 per day

The ISIC Card concessions ca be availed with International Youth Travel Card.

The above mentioned discount cards can also be used to avail discounts in the following categories:

  • Accommodation
  • Education
  • Entertainment
  • Fashion
  • Food
  • Health and beauty
  • Museums
  • Sport

Discounts may be subject to some conditions. However, the primary requirement is to have a valid International student Identification card.

Opening a bank account in Ireland

To open a bank account in Ireland, international students must produce the following documents:

  • Proof of name: Passport/ Drivers’ Licence/ National ID card
  • Proof of home address: accommodation proof provided at the registered international student service desk of the university
  • Source of funds: pay slips/ employment letter/ grants and scholarships
  • Source of wealth: salary/ grants/ scholarships

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Part- time Jobs in Ireland- Per Hour Wage

Under the work while study scheme, international students in Ireland can find part-time jobs. The working hour restrictions are as follows:

  • Mid term- 20 hours per week
  • While on break- 40 hours per week

The per hour wage offered to international students in Ireland is $15.

Things to Carry while Travelling to Ireland

Carry the following items while travelling to Ireland:

  • Travel Insurance for thefts, accidents and cost of emergency trips back to home country
  • Smartphone
  • Portable charger
  • Flash drives
  • Prescribed medicine (with prescriptions)
  • Rain proof clothing
  • Hiking shoes
  • Camera
  • EUROs
  • Debit and Credit Card

Things NOT to carry while travelling to Ireland:

  • Linens, bed sheets, pillows and blankets
  • Towel and facecloth
  • Blow dryer
  • Umbrella
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