This is Part 2 of Study in Ireland Article from Adnan Awes. In this article, he talks about his day to day life in Ireland like cost of living in Ireland for Indian Students.
This article includes following topics
- Travel and Transportation
- Housing and Accommodation
- Cost of living in Ireland ( Dublin, Ireland )
- Indian Grocery Shopping and Food Items
Well public transport is very expensive here in Dublin, Ireland. One month pass for the bus is €105.00 for students.
That’s why most people including me travel on bike (cycles).
Everyone here rides a bike, even some of my senior professors travel to the University on cycles.
There are separate tracks exclusive for cycles and you can get a decent bike for €120-160.
My personal advice coming to students here, prepare to ride a bike for at least, 8 km a day, or pay for approx €105.00 per month for a bus card, or find an accommodation near the University.
Coming to the accommodation, it is HIGHLY recommended for prospective students to come at least 15 or more, days prior to the joining for the college.
Most Universities have the academic year start in the first 2 weeks of September.
It should be made very clear that the accommodation scene gets very messy here in August to October as thousands of international students come here and there are literally no places to move in.
A friend of mine lived for one month in a hostel (bread and breakfast) since he could not find a place. The prices in these months are sky rocketing as students are willing to pay anything to find a roof.
Secondly, the closer you find the place to the University, the more expensive it gets.
Here’s What my expenses look like per month.
- Stay at 2 double bedroom apartment
- It’s located about 4-5 km from the university
- House rent is €1200 per month
- Plus bills like internet, gas,electricity etc
- Total which is divided among 5 of us (~€240/month/person)
If you need cheaper, you’ve move in to a place which is either in the middle of the city between noisy clubs/bars or an unsafe Junky area or in a very crowded house.
On-campus accommodation is (filthy) expensive, starts from €600-800 per month, includes bills but no food. Even these fill up as soon as the University publishes on the website.
I could write loads more into the accommodation like the place I suggest you can live, what places not live, etc. But I can only talk about Dublin and not other city universities like Maynooth, Cork, Limerick etc as I have no idea about them.
Food and Grocery
Coming to groceries, you may not find Indian priced stuff here so you have to think twice before purchasing anything.
You get all the stuff you need, all sorts of vegetable, Masala, dhaal, spices, Halal meat and everything.
The prices are fairly expensive but you have no choice.
Lots of Asian stores here with Indian buffets, foods, restaurants, shops etc.
So you wont miss anything relevant to food, except if you know how to cook it (restaurants are expensive).
I had no clue how to even flip a egg in the frying pan when I came here. I can now make dinner for up to 10 people 😀
Do you have any questions about Studying in Ireland?
Post your questions in the comments section. Adnan will answer them in the next blog article.