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 open on February 27th 2019 at 11am and closes March 27th 2019 at 11.59pm for incoming first year students at the Glasnevin and St. Patricks Campus. Rent for the 2019/20 academic year (rents are inclusive of all utilities) for a bedroom in the Larkfield apartments is  €5,665. A single room in the Hampstead apartments is €6,015 or €6,093 for a double room (single occupancy).  A bedroom on St. Patrick's College campus is €5,555. Rents are payable in two instalments (Semester 1 & 2). 

NUI Galway: There are two student residences on campus, Corrib Village or Goldcrest Village (New residence opened in September 2018) with three apartment types. Applications for the academic year 2019-20 will open on Thursday 21 February 2019 at 10:00am 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 €3,630 to €6,675 depending on room type.

Maynooth University:  Campus accommodation for incoming CAO students will open on Wednesday 1st May 2019 at 12 noon for pre-booking. This is a first come first served online booking process and you will be asked to pay €500 on a bank card online which is used to cover the utilities for the year.  Typical payments and their due dates are: (Rye Hall and Vilage single shared bathroom) €2,200 for first semester in late August with a final payment of €2,200 in mid January.

TCD: Incoming students are mainly accommodated in college residences at Trinity Hall.  Applications from CAO students will be open on Tuesday 23rd April 2019.  Rooms from €158 per week.  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: CAO Applicants Booking Dates - Step 1 - 16th April 2019: Place your name on the waiting list.  Step 2 - 10th July 2019: Waiting list is ranked by random select. Step 3 - 19th August 2019: Booking.  Fees for 2019/20 vary from €6,745 at Blacrock Halls, €7,514 at Belgrove and Merville, €9,215 at Ashfield, Glenomena, Proby & Roebuck Hall, Roebuck Castle is €11,591 (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 in 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.

TU Dublin Cost of Living Guide 2019/20

TU Dublin 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 €5,400 cheaper for students and their families.  A student living in rented accommodation should budget €12,171 for the college year.  A student living at home will need €6,771.  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 2019/20.

Students Living Away From Home  Monthly (€)  Annual (€)
Rent (National- for Dublin see below) 469* 4,221
Utilities 37 333
Food 168 1,512
Travel 135** 1,215
Books & Class Materials 71*** 639
Clothes / Medical 39 351
Mobile 25**** 225
Social Life / Misc 75 675
Student Charge 333 3,000
Total 1,352 12,171


Students Living At Home  Monthly (€)  Annual (€)
Contribution to Utilities 30 270
Food 60 540
Travel 135 1,215
Books & Class Materials 56 504
Clothes / Medical 43 387
Mobile 25 225
Social Life / Misc 70 630
Student Charge 333 3,000
Total 752 6,771

Sources used to produce the TU Dublin Student Cost of Living Guide included the rental report Q1, 2019, Consumer price index March 2019, HEA Eurostudent V (2016), Money Guide Ireland (2019).  If referencing the Student Cost of Living Guide please cite TU Dublin.

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 €574.  Rent in Dublin can vary widely from less than €495 per month for a shared room, up to €1,976 or more for a one bedroom unit in Dublin 2. (€574 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 RTB publishes a national rent index.  More details can be found at:

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