Ireland is a preferred country for Indian students wanting to study abroad, because of the excellent quality of life in Ireland, the Irish education system and the fact that Irish universities enable students to undertake quality scientific research in diverse fields. Being an English speaking country that is cheaper to study in than the USA and the UK helps Ireland achieve high student enrollment numbers from countries such as India and China.
Ireland as a study destination , though it is cheaper than England and other major countries in Europe. The overall programme fee ranges from €9,900 - €55,000 at the undergraduate level and from €9,900 - €35,000 at the postgraduate masters level. Other major expenses students incur while studying in Ireland are transportation, accommodation, and food costs.
Student Expenses in Ireland
Living expenses for international students in Ireland vary according to the student’s university location, budget and lifestyle preferences. There will also be some one-off costs such as advance accommodation deposit, sim card and travel and medical insurance. Below is a general idea of how much you would be spending on the three basics on a monthly basis – food, accommodation and transportation.
Transportation in Ireland
Here are some useful tips on travelling in Ireland
- Public transport is not inexpensive all over Europe and it is the same for Ireland. You’ll end up spending a lot if you travel by means of air, cab/taxi, or a rented car.
- If you take the bus to university then as a student you could get a bus pass for €105. Lots of students in Ireland use cycles to commute to college, as it comes out as the cheapest and most convenient means of transport. Students can buy cycles or rent them for around €120- €160 and the best part is that this is a one-off investment.
- Students in Ireland can get a national student ID and discount card, and the Student Travelcard is Ireland’s largest provider which offers exclusive discounts with almost 50% off on DART, LUAS, Dublin bus and Irish rail. It also offers more than 200 retail discounts all over the country on showing the card in-store and also online with your unique ID number.
Accommodation in Ireland
- Campus based
It is a challenge to get accommodation on a university campus in Ireland, with thousands of students coming in each year. If interested in on-campus accommodation, it is advisable to come to the university at least 3 weeks before the start of your academic session. Campus-based accommodation is convenient, though it can be more expensive than off-campus accommodation as each student is charged individually for their lodging. It amounts to €600- €800 depending on the university’s location.
- Non-campus accommodation
Apart from campus-based accommodation, there are individual and shared student accommodations available in the city around every university. The places close to the university will be more expensive than the places which are say 4-5kms away from campus. Rent for an apartment is between €600- €1100, depending on whether you’re in the city or the suburbs. This cost can be lesser for students who are willing to live on a sharing basis.
Food Expenses in Ireland
Food expenses would include your groceries, meals at the university and eating out. All kinds of budget food options are available in Ireland.
- Indian food, spices, halal meat and dining places can be found, though they may not be available very close to your university. Western or local Irish food is easily available and is cheaper as well.
- A meal on-campus will cost you about €7 whereas eating at an inexpensive restaurant will cost over €15. Dining at a good restaurant can cost €50 or above.
- On an average, you’ll be spending €60-€100 overall per week on dining and grocery supplies. It is a good idea to learn how to cook meals on your own if you wish to eat Indian food on a regular basis and also save on unnecessary expenses.