Information on Accomodation for third-level students:

For many students, going to college also involves a move away from home and finding suitable accommodation is an important part of the process.

The general advice to first years who need to find somewhere to live is to stay in purpose-built accommodation, either on-campus or very close by, or to go into "digs" and live with a family, either with meals included, or on a self-catering basis.

The pressure on housing in Dublin and some other places in the current academic year, and the consequent upward drift in rents, has seen a return in popularity of "digs".

The seven universities and some other colleges offer on-campus accommodation, which has the benefit of being modern and fully-serviced.

Where on-campus accommodation is available, booking arrangements vary, so applicants should check with individual colleges.

Below is a brief guide to on-campus accommodation:

DCU: Applications can be made at  For 1st year students applications close on the 27th August 2018. Students with minimum 575 points are guaranteed a place (this is non transferrable in the event of deferring a course)  and everyone else goes into a lottery. Rent for the 2018/19 academic year (rents are inclusive of all utilities) for a bedroom in the Larkfield apartments is  €5,395. A single room in the Hampstead apartments is €5,729 or €5,803 for a double room (single occupancy).  A bedroom on St. Patrick's College campus is €5,290. Rents are payable in two instalments (August & January).  A damage deposit of €300 will be required.

NUI Galway: There are two student residences on campus, Corrib Village or Goldcrest Village (New residence opened in September 2018) with three apartment types. It will open for bookings in early February, but students may register an interest now, on, and will be alerted when bookings open. Accommodation is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and a booking deposit of €250 will be payable at the time of application.  A €375 electricity deposit is payable along with the first instalment in August and the second payment due early December.  Annual rates vary from €3,490 to €6,400 depending on room type.

Maynooth University: Bookings for on-campus accommodation will open on Wednesday 2nd May 2018. This is done a first come first served until it is fully booked. Typical payments and their due dates are: (Rye single shared bathroom) New/CAO students will be asked to pay €450 to book a room in May, €2,114 for first semester rent in August with a final payment of €2,114 in January.

TCD: Incoming students are mainly accommodated in college residences at Trinity Hall.  Applications from Leaving Certificate students are accepted once CAO offers have been made in mid August.  Residential charges in 2018/19 for a single (shared bedroom with shared bathroom) was €5,462.  A single bedroom within an apartment was €6,948 while a shared twin room within an apartment was €5,578. In addition, there is a seperate charge covering the various utilities available within the particular type of accommodation. For further information go to:

UCC: Applications for the Academic Year 2019/20 will open on 6th February 2019 and continue until March 6th 2019. Accommodation for all eligible students is determined by a lottery.  A booking deposit of €300 will be payable on acceptance of a room offer.  Click here for accommodation rates and more information.

UCD: Step 1 - 8th May 2018: Place your name on the waiting list.  Step 2 - 10th July 2018: Waiting list is ranked by random select. Step 3 - 20thAugust 2018: CAO offers are published.  Step 4 - 22nd  August 2018:  Accommodation booking begins.  Fees for 2018/19 vary from €6,229 at Blacrock Halls, €6,983 at Belgrove and Merville, €8,571 at Ashfield, Glenomena, Proby & Roebuck Hall, Roebuck Castle is €10,947 (includes €2,376 catering fee).  Fees quoted include insurance and utilites.

UL: There are six residential villages at UL.  New incoming first years can apply through the accommodation lottery application system from 14th February. You will be required to pay a non refundable €50 booking fee.  All bills are included in the rent.  The charge for utilities is based on specified usage.  A €300 security depost is payable.  Room rate charges can be found here.

Griffith College, Dublin, which is conveniently located close to the city centre off Dublin's South Circular Road makes its on-campus accommodation available to students from other third-level colleges.   Accommodation pricing can be found here.

Similarly, on the north side of the city, Marino Institute of Education, Griffith Avenue, also opens its accommodation to students from other colleges. The college is particularly close to DCU, St Patrick's teacher training college and is on a bus route to the city centre.

In Sligo, St Angela's college has its own student residences, also available for booking by students in IT Sligo.

DIT Student Cost of Living Guide 2018/19

DIT Campus Life release an annual Cost of Living Guide for students.  Each year the guide is designed to help those who will be starting higher education in September.  The guide shows that staying at home is nearly €5,000 cheaper for students and their families.  A student living in rented accommodation should budget €11,829 for the college year.  A student living at home will need €6,780.  Other costs have been very stable in this low-inflation environment, and there has been no increase in the Student Charge which will provide some relief to hard-pressed families.  The following is a guide to the cost of living for a student in Ireland for 2018/19.

Students Living Away From Home  Monthly (€)  Annual (€)
Rent (National- for Dublin see below) 430* 3,870
Utilities 35 315
Food 169 1,521
Travel 135** 1,215
Books & Class Materials 71*** 639
Clothes / Medical 40 360
Mobile 25**** 225
Social Life / Misc 76 684
Student Charge 333 3,000
Total 1,314 11,829


Students Living At Home  Monthly (€)  Annual (€)
Contribution to Utilities 29 261
Food 60 540
Travel 135 1,215
Books & Class Materials 56 504
Clothes / Medical 44 396
Mobile 25 225
Social Life / Misc 71 639
Student Charge 333 3,000
Total 753 6,780

Sources used to produce the DIT Student Cost of Living Guide included the rental report Q1, 2018, Consumer price index March 2018, HEA Eurostudent V (2016), Money Guide Ireland (2018).  If referencing the Student Cost of Living Guide please cite DIT Campus Life

On average 40% of students receive Higher Education grants and their Student Contribution charge will be paid by SUSI.

* The rent figure is the mean of National City regions single rent a room cost.  The above guide is a national guide, and the average rental figure for students in Dublin is higher at around € 541.  Rent in Dublin can vary widely from less than €483 per month for a shared room, up to €1,784 or more for a one bedroom unit in Dublin 2. (€541 Figure mean of Dublin region single rent a room cost)

** The travel cost is taking on the capped student LEAP fare which has remained at €30/week based on average month of 4.5 weeks

*** Class materials and equipment cost can vary greatly, particularly for students in Arts, Sciences and Catering. For more detailed information you should contact your programme co-coordinator.

**** Taken from the Money Guide Ireland ( “In 2016 the average spend per mobile customer in Ireland was €25.10 a month or €301 a year. Pre-paid mobile phone customers in Ireland spent half as much as bill pay customers – with average monthly prepay charges of €15.44 compared to a €34.94 monthly average for bill pay mobile customers.” 


Find out more information on student finance and budgeting at and To get detailed information on rental costs in your search area, the PRTB have launched the national rent index more detail can be found at

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