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 26th February 2020 at 11am and closes 26th April 2020 at 11.59pm (deadline has been extended for one month from 26th March to 26th April) for incoming first year students at the Glasnevin and St. Patricks Campus. A €50 administration charge is payable on application.  Once a room is secured a booking deposit of €250 is required.  Once the student moves in the €300 payment becomes your security deposit.  Rent for the 2020/21 academic year (rents are inclusive of all utilities) for a bedroom in the Larkfield* apartments is €5,878. A single room in the Hampstead apartments is €6,252 or €6,327 for a double room (single occupancy).  A bedroom on St. Patrick's College campus is €5,766. Rents are payable in two instalments (Semester 1 & 2). * When applying, you should be aware that the Larkfield block may not be available in Septmeber 2020 pending a university decision on the potential development of new accommodation on the Larkfield site.

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 usually open in February each year. 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.  A €375 utilities deposit is payable along with the first instalment in mid August and the second payment is due in early December.  Annual rates vary from €3,750 to €6,942 depending on room type.

Maynooth University:  Campus accommodation for incoming CAO students will open on Wednesday 29th April 2020 at 10am for pre-booking. This is a first come first served online booking process and you will be asked to pay €520 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) €2,630 before Check-in for first semester in late August with a final payment of €1,900 before semester 2.

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.  Applications will be open on the 30th March 2020 and remain open until 11th May 2020 for new entrants to college for the academic year 2020-21.  It is anticipated that provisional offers to CAO students will be made by email at the start of June 2020.  Applications made after 11th May 2020 will not be reviewed until after the First Round of CAO offers are made.  Rooms from €158 per week.  For further information go to:

UCC: Applications for the Academic Year 2020/21 will be accepted from 6th February 2020 and continue until 6th March 2020. 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 : Waitlist Opens: Tuesday 14th April 2020.  Waitlist Closes: Wednesday 10th July 2020. Booking: To be confirmed.  Randimization will be on Wednesday 11th July 2020.  Fees for 2020/21 vary from €6,982 at Blacrock Halls, €7,781 at Belgrove and Merville, €9,550 at Ashfield, Glenomena, Proby and Roebuck Hall, Roebuck Castle is €11,926 (includes €2,376 catering fee).  Fees quoted includes €400 deposit plus insurance and utilites.

UL: There are seven residential villages at UL. New incoming first years can apply through the accommodation lottery application system in March. Result of lottery by 30 April 2020. You will be required to pay a non refundable €50 booking 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 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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