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 and will be accepted up to midnight the day BEFORE CAO OFFERS are issued. 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. Charges are not yet finalised for 2017, but as a guide, in the current academic year the annual rent for a bedroom in the Larkfield apartments is  €4,572 payable in two instalments (August & January) plus €300 damage deposit and €450 for utilities such as electricity and internet. There is no upfront deposit.

NUI Galway: the most popular on-campus accommodation for first years is Corrib Village, which has seven different accommodation 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 late August.

Maynooth University: Bookings for on-campus accommodation will open on the first Tuesday in May. Typical payments and their due dates are: (single shared bathroom) New/CAO students will be asked to pay €400 to book a room in May,  €2,033 for first semester rent in August with a final payment of €2,033 in January.

TCD: applications may only be made after a student receives an offer through the CAO. Those resident outside a reasonable commuting distance of Dublin are invited to apply for accommodation in College Residences at Trinity Hall, a few miles from the university.

UCC: applications open 7th February 2017 and close on March 7th 2017. Accommodation for all eligible students is determined by a lottery.

UCD: Step 1- 10th May 2017: Place your name on the waiting list.  Step 2- 11th July 2017: Waiting list is ranked by random select. Step 3- 21st August 2017: CAO offers are published.  Step 4- 23rd August 2017:  Accommodation booking begins.

UL: apply online from February (pre September of year of study). When you apply online, you will be required to pay a non refundable €50.00 booking fee.  Room offers are made on a first come, first served basis.

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.

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.

Students leaving nest face €11,000 a year in costs

The following is a guide to the cost of living for a student (living away from home) in Ireland in 2015/16.

Monthly € Annual €

Rent (national average - for Dublin see below)

Monthly €325*, Annual €2,925


Monthly €34, Annual €306


Monthly €172, Annual €1,548


Monthly €135**, Annual €1,215

Books and Class materials

Monthly €74***, Annual €666


Monthly €43, Annual €387


Monthly €32, Annual €288

Social life/Misc

Monthly €74****, Annual €666

Student Contribution Charge Monthly €333, Annual €3,000

Total  Monthly €1,222, Annual €11,001

This table was created by Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) Campus Life offices and sources includes the rental report Q4, 2014, Consumer price index March 2015, HEA Eurostudent V (2013).

* The above guide is a national guide. The rent figure is the mean of National City regions single rent-a-room cost.  The average rental figure for students in Dublin is higher at around € 418 (mean of Dublin region single rent a room cost).  Rent in Dublin can vary widely from less than €348 per month for a shared room, up to €1,089 or more for a one bedroom unit in Dublin 2.

** The travel cost takes in the capped student LEAP fare of €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.

**** Base Figure taken from Eurostudent V 2013 and adjusted for 2014 CPI inflation.

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