Tuition fees and living cost in Ireland for international students

Studying in Ireland offers you a range of options, and arriving to study in this country requires you to go through several stages from the process of choosing the appropriate Irish university to the way to register in Irish universities, then having student housing in Ireland. The cost of living in Ireland for students is an important aspect to consider.

Perhaps the most important stage in this process is to know the costs of studying in Ireland, in order to provide all the financial resources that are among the most important conditions for obtaining a study visa in Ireland.

Study costs vary from one university to another and from one major to another. You should note also that the costs of studying in a Bachelor’s degree program cost from 9,000 to about 40,000 euros a year.

The cost of studying for a master’s and doctorate is between 9,150 euros to about 37,000 euros.

Cost of university studies in Ireland

In Ireland, university studies are tuition-free for citizens from Ireland, EU/EEA countries and Switzerland. The Irish Higher Education Authority covers these costs, but they need to apply for the government funding program and prove they are eligible to benefit from this free tuition initiative. This depends on the student’s home country, immigration status, course requirements or residence. 

Non-EU students, on the other hand, have to pay tuition fees along with a student contribution fee for student services. This cost that amounts to up to EUR 3,000 per year cover examination entries, support for clubs to name a few services.

Universities offering low costs studying

  • University of Limerick: 6,000 – 8,000 euros a year.
  • Crook University College: 6,500 euros.
  • Kroc Technology Institute: 3,500 euros.
  • Saint Patrick College: 4,500 euros.

Costs of studying at internationally ranked Irish universities:

  • Trinity College Dublin: 7,500 euros.
  • University College Dublin: 6,700 euros.
  • The National University of Ireland, Galway: 6,000 euros.
  • Surgeon Royal College: 6,000 – 8,000 euros.

Find out about the best universities to study in Ireland.

The costs of studying some academic programs for a Bachelor’s degree

  • Medicine: The cost of studying medicine in Ireland ranges from 45,000 to 54,000 euros a year.
  • Engineering: between 9.950 and 23,500 euros for the year.
  • Technology and science: between 9,750 and 22,000 euros for the year.
  • Arts and Humanities: between 9,750 and 20,000 euros.
  • Economy: The cost ranges from 9,570 to 18,000 euros.

The costs of studying some of the master’s and doctoral study programs:

  • Medicine: The cost of studying medicine ranges from 4,000 to 31,000 euros per year.
  • Engineering: between 9.950 and 24,000 euros per year.
  • Technology and science: between 9,750 and 45,000 euros for the year.
  • Arts and Humanities: between 9,750 and 22,000 euros.
  • Economy: The cost ranges from 9,570 to 34,000 euros.

Discover also our list of low tuition colleges and universities in Ireland

Living cost per month in Ireland for students

Ireland’s cost of living is low compared to Britain and other European countries, ranging from 600 to 850 euros a month.

Find out the most important cities to study in Ireland

Dublin and Crock: The average cost of living in these two cities is between 730 and 870 euros per month.

Galway and other similar cities: The cost of living is between 600 and 700 euros per month.

These costs do not include housing costs.

Housing costs in Ireland

Housing is among the things that students must consider, accounting for 38% of their total expenses.

Ireland costs for student accommodation reach:

  • Private Accommodation: 700 euros per month.
  • Accommodation with a partner: 450 euros per month.
  • Housing on campus: 360 euros.
  • Other housing-related means: 150 euros per month.
  • Internet service: 20 euros.

For more information, see our article on the topic of student housing in Ireland.

Cost of groceries in Ireland

Eating is one of the most important elements of our daily life. As an International student in Ireland, you will also spend on food. However, average monthly food costs are not high, this may cost around 240 euros per month to buy groceries. You can also find cheaper food products in supermarkets like Aldi, Liddell, Tesco, Dunes or Supercentre.

You can also eat in a small restaurant and pay 15 euros, or enjoy a three-course meal for two people in an average restaurant for 50 euros.

Transportation cost

Students in Ireland can take advantage of transportation discounts if they have a student card, or they can also use Bus Éireann services.

Students use public transport, after benefiting from discounts of around 50 to 55 euros.

Bicycles are among the means used among students in Ireland, this means that you can, for example, rent a bicycle for 20 euros per day.

Additional living cost for students in Ireland

You may have other living expenses while in Ireland, like for example:

  • Books, research journals: you may spend around 70 euros a month.
  • Health insurance: The cost of health insurance in Ireland is about 45 euros a month.

If these costs are out of your reach, know that you can apply for scholarships in Ireland as well as work during your studies in Ireland.

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