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Preparing for Life in Dublin

Cost of Living in Dublin

One of the most important things to do when preparing for life in Dublin is to plan your finances for the duration of your stay here. 

The cost of living in Dublin may be very different to your own so make sure to research general prices for accommodation, transport, food, etc. Please see general outline below. 

General living costs for students in Dublin depend largely on lifestyle; below is a breakdown of expected costs. We estimate it at €1,100-€1,600 per month. 


Monthly Cost in €euro


Approx €500 to €700+

Food (on and off campus)


Bills (electricity, gas, water, bins)


Internet/ phone


Local transport

€107.50 (30 day bus pass)

Stationary/ books/ printing/ photocopying


Clothes, laundry, etc


Extra-curricular activities, other travel, misc.


Initial Expenditure

One-off payments

Academic Books


IRP Card (Immigration Registration)

€300 (annual cost)

Medical Insurance

€160 (annual cost of standard provision)

For a more comprehnsive breakdown on living costs in Dublin (and other cities around the world) visit the Numbeo website.  

Travel Tips

Dublin Airport

Before arriving at Dublin Airport, take some time to familiarise yourself with it by looking at this map.

If you come from outside the EU/ EEA you will be requested to complete a landing card with your personal details. You will need to hand this in to the Immigration Officer at Passport Control in Dublin Airport. You may also be asked for the following documents which we advise you to have in your hand luggage so they can be checked quickly and easily.

Before you leave home check that you have the following documents with you:

Non-EU Students:

  • Passport
  • Entry Visa (if applicable)
  • Evidence of Private Health Insurance
  • Offer Letter from DCU
  • Letter from DCU, stating that you have paid your fees in full

EU/EEA Students:

  • Passport
  • European Health Insurance Card
  • Acceptance letter from the Registry in DCU

Getting to DCU

The easiest way to get to DCU from the Airport is by taxi. It will cost about €20 to areas near DCU or about €30 to the city centre, depending on the number of people travelling and items of luggage.

You can also take a bus from the airport, but you will need to walk a considerable distance from the nearest bus stop to DCU. 

More details are in our Pre-Arrival handbook. 

Getting to the City Centre

Using a bus service is an easy, quick and cheap way to get from the airport to the city centre. The Aircoach bus service, Dublin Bus Airlink and local Dublin Bus routes all have routes to the city centre. 

Research the Culture!

Make sure you are well prepared for life in Dublin by doing some research into Irish culture and traditions.

An app that has interesting articles on culture shock is

Check out all you need to know about Dublin on the excellent LovinDublin site.