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Deciding to study abroad is not an easy decision. But the friendliness and hospitality for which the Irish are distinguished contributes to the ease with which overseas students adapt to the way of life in Ireland.
Ireland is a dynamic, lively, modern country with a young population and a successful, technologically orientated economy, but it also remains a country where music, conversation, culture and traditions are important. Find out more about life in Ireland:
Ireland, in common with much of the EU, is not a cheap country to live in. Dublin City is considered to be more expensive than other parts of Ireland to live. Dublin is followed by Cork, Galway and Limerick in terms of cost of living.
Recent estimates for the cost of living in Dublin have ranged between €8,000 and €12,100, largely depending on the type of accommodation chosen, including rent, electricity, food, books and laundry and medicine as well as travel passes and social expenses, but excluding tuition fees.
Rent in shared house/flat
Books and other academic costs
Clothes, laundry, medical, etc.
Students have a range of options to choose from:
The Accommodation Officer at the university or college is the person who can advise students about the accommodation that best fits their needs and budget. At the accommodation office students will be able to look through lists of suitable places.
When considering accommodation off campus, students should try and find out how good the transport links will be and how much time they will spend travelling.
The Evening Herald is the best newspaper for private accommodation listings in Dublin. For Cork and Limerick, the newspaper, Evening Echo is of immense help.
Ireland's climate is temperate. Given Ireland's high latitude the weather is quite mild. Temperatures rarely fall below freezing point in winter, but might sometimes due to easterly winds. Irish summers may be considered good if the temperature rises above 16 degrees Celsius, though some parts of the country routinely have higher temperatures and 30 degrees is nothing new.
The best way to prepare for Irish weather is to make sure you have warm clothes, at least one waterproof coat, some strong shoes, warm blankets and bedding.
To study effectively, it is important to keep the rooms that you work in warm enough.
The Citizens Information website provides a range of health related guides.
Taxis are available throughout Ireland. However, they are expensive. Before your journey begins, there is a basic charge of EUR 4.10 between the hours of 8am - 8pm and EUR 4.45 between the hours of 8pm - 8am. The rest of the journey is metered based on the distance travelled or, in slow moving traffic, the time taken.
Students can purchase a Student TravelCard which gives access to discounted ticketing valid on Dublin Bus, Iarnrod Eireann rail services, DART, LUAS, and Bus Eireann services.