Financial Survival in University | Financial Assistance Service

Cost of Living at University

The costs of university can often come as a shock to students and parents alike therefore, it is important to be aware of your income and expenditure before you begin your year. Even though your studies are an investment towards future higher earnings right now, they do not pay the bills. It is advisable to be aware of the living costs, whilst studying at university. The cost of living at home or away from home varies. Many students will receive some or all of their income through their parents/guardians, however, in cases where there is a shortfall in your income; there is a variety of ways of bridging that gap.

Financial Survival at University 2023/2024

Financial wellness is important to all in order to be in a position to enjoy your time in university. Preparing a budget prior to commencing your year, re-assessing it on a monthly basis and adjusting when necessary will assist you in this goal.


To assist you in obtaining your financial wellness planning, please see below the following information (click on the links)

Academic Year   September - May

Living Away from Home

Living at Home

Monthly costs Monthly Costs

Sample Monthly Budget

Sample Monthly Budget

Complete your OWN Budget template

Complete your OWN Budget template


Possible ways to bridge the financial gap

Information on the SUSI Grant together with other grants and scholarships, Student Assistance Fund, 1916 Bursary can be found by clicking the below link -

Possible Ways to Bridge the Gap

Useful Contacts


DCU Foodbank 

RAG is a student run volunteering society on campus. They aim to support as many people as possible within the local community, including students. They offer a weekly foodbank service to DCU students who are struggling to buy food.  To avail of this completely confidential service, mail 



A financial assistance service is available to students who would like advice and guidance on budgeting throughout the year.

Contact     Financial Administrator     Celine Geraghty     T: 01 700 6055     E:


MABS  (External Advisory Service)

Money Advice & Budgeting Service