Cost of living in Ireland

These estimates include rent, electricity, food, books and laundry and medicine as well as travel passes and social expenses, but exclude tuition fees.

Rents and many prices are cheaper for those living outside of Dublin so lower overall costs can be expected. When moving to Ireland for study, you should also budget an additional sum for one-off start-up costs – such as buying kitchen items, bedding, a television, mobile and phone, also for any international travel you plan during the year.


Price index of general items 



Combo meal at McDonald’s or similar 7.00 €
Meal at an inexpensive restaurant 13.00 €
Rent for an apartment in City Centre (per month) 700.00 €
Rent for an apartment outside City Centre (per month) 600.00 €
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.30 €
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.10 €
Gasoline (1 litre) 1.60 €
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 150.00 €
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 34.50 €

Depending on current exchange rate these prices might vary.

The table above shows the prices of the general items that can give students an idea of roughly how much they would need to pay for a certain things in Ireland on average. These costs might have to be paid monthly or daily by individuals, but then at the same time chances are that they can be shared for instance the electricity bill or the internet bills can all be shared by a group of people 4 to 5 people.

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