The following is a guide to the cost of living for a student in Ireland for 2018/19 

 

Student’s Living Away From Home

Monthly (€)

Annual (€)

Rent (National – for Dublin see below)

430*

3,870

Utilities

35

315

Food

169

1,521

Travel

135**

1,215

Books  & Class materials

71***

639

Clothes/Medical

40

360

Mobile

25****

225

Social life/Misc

76

684

Student Charge

333

3,000

Total’s

1,314

11,829

 

  

 

Students Living At Home

Monthly (€)

Annual (€)

Contribution to Utilities

29

261

Food

60

540

Travel

135

1,215

Books & Class Materials

56

504

Clothes/Medical

44

396

Mobile

25

225

Social Life/Misc

71

639

Student Charge

333

3,000

Total’s

753

6,780

 

 

 

Sources used to produce the DIT Student Cost of Living Guide included the Daft.ie rental report Q1, 2018, Consumer price index March 2018, HEA Eurostudent V (2016), Money Guide Ireland (2018). If referencing the Student Cost of Living Guide please cite DIT Campus Life

 

On average 40% of students receive Higher Education grants, and their Student Contribution charge will be paid by SUSI.

 

* The rent figure is the mean of National City regions single rent a room cost.  The above guide is a national guide, and the average rental figure for students in Dublin is higher at around €541 Rent in Dublin can vary widely from less than €483 per month for a shared room, up to €1,784 or more for a one bedroom unit in Dublin 2. (€541 Figure mean of Dublin region single rent a room cost).

 

** The travel cost is taking on the capped student LEAP fare which has remained at €30/week on average month of 4.5 weeks.

 

*** Class materials and equipment cost can vary greatly, particularly for students in Arts, Sciences and Catering. For more detailed information you should contact your programme co-coordinator.

 

**** Taken from the Money Guide Ireland (http://www.moneyguideireland.com/cheapest-mobile-phone-charges.html): “In 2016 the average spend per mobile customer in Ireland was €25.10 a month or €301 a year. Pre-paid mobile phone customers in Ireland spent half as much as bill pay customers – with average monthly prepay charges of €15.44 compared to a €34.94 monthly average for bill pay mobile customers.” 

 

Find out more information on student finance and budgeting at www.studentfinance.ie and www.consumerhelp.ie. To get detailed information on rental costs in your search area, the PRTB have launched the national rent index more detail can be found at www.prtb.ie.

 

 

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