New Study Shows Cost of Living Varies Greatly for Ireland’s University Students

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A recent survey analyzed monthly expenditures for university students across Ireland, revealing significant differences depending on location. The research highlights how inflation and rising costs have impacted student budgets countrywide.

Findings indicate that in 2023, students in Dublin face average living expenses of €15,738 for the academic year. This makes it Ireland’s most expensive city for learners. Monthly rents, grocery bills, entertainment and other costs in the capital run €642 higher than the national norm.

At the other end of the scale, Letterkenny proved the most affordable region  at €12,791 annually. Shopping, eating out and other student staples all cost less there than elsewhere. Other budget-friendly university towns included Sligo, Waterford and Athlone.

While Dublin topped expenditure across the board, spikes were measured in specific categories too. For instance, Waterford and Dublin grocery bills can be 50% higher than in value destinations like Sligo.

The analysis demonstrates a wide gap between the most and least expensive regions for Ireland’s students. With many already facing financial hardships, knowing the cost variances can help learners budget and choose where to study wisely.

New Study Shows Cost of Living Varies Greatly for Ireland’s University Students

1. Letterkenny

Total + fees per year: €12,791

Average per month: €1,088

Accommodation: €373 per month.

Groceries: €154 per month.

Entertainment: €308 per month.

Transport: €135 per month.

2. Sligo

Total + fees per year: €13,219

Average per month: €1,135

Accommodation: €424 per month.

Groceries: €144 per month.

Entertainment: €307 per month.

Transport: €135 per month.

3. Waterford

Total + fees per year: €14,573

Average per month: €1,286

Accommodation: €481 per month.

Groceries: €221 per month.

Entertainment: €329 per month.

Transport: €138 per month.

4. Dundalk

Total + fees per year: €14,598

Average per month: €1,289

Accommodation: €552 per month.

Groceries: €164 per month.

Entertainment: €307 per month.

Transport: €132 per month.

5. Athlone

Total + fees per year: €14,705

Average per month: €1,301

Accommodation: €527 per month.

Groceries: €180 per month.

Entertainment: €330 per month.

Transport: €135 per month. is a national database of universities, colleges, institutes and providers of third level, CAO and PLC courses in Ireland. We operate a national search database of courses and colleges.

Steven Galvin

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