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:

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 2021/22 will be open for a three week period towards the end of February 2021.  Rooms are offered by a computer-generated random lottery (not on a first-come-first-served basis).  A booking deposit of €250 is payable to secure your booking.  The Academic Year fee is paid in two part-payments. A €375 utilities deposit is payable along with the first part-payment.  Annual rates vary from €3,630 to €6,675 depending on room type.  For more information on Academic Year 2021-22 rates click on this link.

Maynooth University:  Campus accommodation booking for incoming CAO students for the academic year 2021/22 will be held on the 8th of September 2021 at 10am on a first come first served basis.  Please check 'Booking Links' at this link for up to date information. This is a first come first served online booking process and you will be asked to pay €500 which is used to cover the utilities for the year.  Typical payments and their due dates are: (Rye Hall and Village single shared bathroom) €2,200 fee per semester, total cost is €4,900. (River, Rye Hall and Courtyard single own bathroom with en-suite) €2,935 fee per semester, total cost €6,370 for the academic year. 

TCD: Trinity Hall is the official residence of TCD and is the recommended accommodation option for all students but particularly for first years and new entrants to College.  It is anticipated that the the application process for 2021/22 will open at the end of March 2021. Please check this link for updates closer to time. For Residential Rates for Campus & Trinity Hall go to:

UCC:  The Application dates for Academic Year 2021/22 have yet to be finalised (as at 20/01/2021).  UCC will post an update at this link as soon as the dates have been confirmed.  Similar to other years, applicants will have 1 month to complete their application.  All applications received will be included in the Random Selection Lottery as long as the application is received within the relevant time frame with a valid CAO number, the applicant lives more than 45 kilometers from UCC and is planning to study at UCC. A booking deposit of €300 will be payable on acceptance of a room offer.  Click here for accommodation rates and more information.

UCD: The CAO Waitlist will open in April.  Please keep an eye on this page for updates.  Fees for 2020/21 varied from €7,392 at Belgrove and Merville, €9,067 at Ashfield, Glenomena, Proby and Roebuck Hall, Roebuck Castle is €11,317 (includes €2,250 catering fee).  Fees quoted includes €400 deposit plus insurance €35 and fixed utilitity charge €375.

UL: Lottery Applications for 2021/22 will open in March 2021. There are seven residential villages at UL.  You will be required to pay a non-refundable €50 application fee.  A €300 depost is payable upon accepting room offer. Rental fees include internet, utilities and gym membership.  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 2020/21

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 €5,643 cheaper for students and their families.  A student living in rented accommodation should budget €11,948 for the college year.  A student living at home will need €6,305.  The following is a guide to the cost of living for a student in Ireland for 2020/21.

Students Living Away From Home  Monthly (€)  Annual (€)
Rent (National- for Dublin see below) 499* 4,491
Utilities 38 342
Food 170 1,530
Travel 123.75** 1,113.75**
Books & Class Materials 74*** 666
Clothes / Medical 39 351
Mobile 13**** 117****
Social Life / Misc 37.50***** 337.50*****
Student Charge 333 3,000
Total 1,327.25 11,948.25


Students Living At Home  Monthly (€)  Annual (€)
Contribution to Utilities 31 279
Food 61 549
Travel 123.75** 1,113.75**
Books & Class Materials 58*** 522***
Clothes / Medical 43 387
Mobile 13**** 117****
Social Life / Misc 37.50***** 337.50
Student Charge 333 3,000
Total 700.25 6,305.25

Sources used to produce the TU Dublin Student Cost of Living Guide included the rental report Q1, 2020, Consumer price index Feb 2020, HEA Eurostudent V (2016), and (2020).  If referencing the Student Cost of Living Guide please cite TU Dublin.  The TU Dublin COVID-19 survey had 1,502 respondents and was completed by students in May 2020.

* 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 €596.  Rent in Dublin can vary widely from less than €508 per month for a single room, up to €1,929 or more for a one-bedroom unit in Dublin 2. (€596 is the mean of Dublin region single rent a room costs)

** The travel cost is taking on the capped student LEAP fare at €27.50 per 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  Many companies have introduced unlimited sim only plans, which offer great value ranging from €12.99 per month

***** Social costs have been halved in line with Covid-19 restrictions. 


Find out more information on student finance and budgeting at  To get detailed information on rental costs in your search area, the RTB publishes a national rent index.  More details can be found at:

On average, 40% of students receive Higher Education grants, and SUSI pays their Student Contribution Charge.

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