Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Cost of living

The main costs that students can expect to incur while studying in Ireland include tuition fees, accommodation and living expenses.

These vary considerably depending on the course and the lifestyle of the student. The below figures provide an estimate of the approximate cost of living for 2016.

Self-catering accommodation

(approximate cost per month)

  • One bedroom apartment: €1000 – €1,600  
  • Two bedroom apartment: €1,300 + (per person sharing)
  • Light and heat: €180+
  • Food: €300+

Other expenses

Travel expenses (off campus): €65 

Pocket money (varies considerably): €300

  • When renting private property you will be required to pay the first month's rent and a deposit in advance. The deposit is normally the same amount as the monthly rental figure.
  • Minimum lease period is usually one year and if you vacate prior to this period you will be liable to pay rent for the remaining period.
  • Miscellaneous items might, on occasions, have to be purchased e.g. crockery, cooking utensils, bed linen etc. These items will differ according to what is supplied and what is needed. Warm clothing may also need to be purchased at an approximate cost of €380-€500.
  • Mobile/cell phones can be purchased from a variety of phone shops located all around the city. Prices start from €55 but there are terms and conditions. Pre-paid mobile/cell phones also exist where you can purchase top up credit.This option means there are no large monthly bills to pay. Check special offers with the retailer. Fixed lines are available by contacting eir. Special purchase 'call cards' can be purchased at reduced rates for overseas calls in College and most newsagents and telecom centres.
  • Other items you will need to budget for include: stationary, photocopying, printing, books, toiletries etc.
  • A television license must be purchased at a cost of €160 per annum. Available at any local post office or online.

Insuring your possessions is vital.



  • The average price of a single city bus fare is €2 (cheaper with a Leap Card); the average single LUAS fare is approx. €2. Monthly student bus tickets include the following options: Bus only 30 days unlimited costs €111.50, while Luas student tickets cost from €44 for 30 days. 
  • Travel by bicycle is also an option. Bicycles can be purchased new or second-hand from local shops. There is a bicycle park located in the College. You can also use the public bicycle rental scheme, dublinbikes, there is a station terminal for pick up or drop off outside of the College on St Stephen's Green. Should you decide to travel by car, parking is available in the city but is very expensive (approx €2.30 per hour). On-street parking is available at meters but this is difficult to secure and many streets only allow a two-hour maximum period.
  • Car insurance is very expensive in Ireland, especially for under 25s. Quotes vary depending on experience, age etc. Contact individual companies for costs. For further information regarding car tax and licences contact the Motor Taxation Department.


  • Cinema seats cost approx €9.50. Student discounts are available to holders of a USIT card.
  • Disco entrance (cover charge) €7 to €15 – this can be cheaper or free before 10pm. Theatre and concert tickets €15 to €25+.
  • A pint of beer in the city pub costs on average €4 to €5, a glass of wine approx the same (coffee and tea €1.30 to €2.50). Soft drinks are also available (approx €2 in a café and €1.80 in a shop).
  • Cigarettes cost €10.50 for a packet of 20.
  • Most parks and museums, art galleries, etc. have free entrance or offer student discounts; some have free entrance once a month (e.g. the first Wednesday of every month).



Rebublic of Ireland and Northern Ireland: 72c for a letter or postcard

Great Britain, Europe and Rest of the World: €1.10 for a letter or postcard

Daily newspaper costs approximately €2.


Please note that all the above figures are approximations as some students will live on less and some on more depending on their allowance.