Information on Accommodation 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 either:

  • Stay in purpose-built accommodation, either on-campus or very close by.
  • Go into "digs" and live with a family, either with meals included, or on a self-catering basis.

The pressure on housing in Ireland in the current academic year with rising rents has seen "digs" becoming very popular again.

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

Check with your college to see how to book as booking arrangements vary.


Brief overview of on-campus accommodation:

NUI Galway:  Applications for accommodation for the academic year 2022/23 at Corrib Village and Goldcrest Village (NUI Galway's campus residences) open on Tuesday, 8 February 2022 and will remain open until Tuesday, 1 March 2022.  Rooms are offered by a computer-generated random lottery (not on a first-come-first-served basis).  All offers are made by email.  A booking deposit of €250 is payable to secure your booking.  The Academic Year fee is paid in two part-payments. A utilities prepayment of €450 for Corrib Village and €375 for Goldcrest Village must be paid prior to check-in. Annual rates vary from €3,630 to €6,675 (21/22 rates) depending on room type.  For more information on Academic Year 2022-23 rates.

Maynooth University:  Campus accommodation booking for incoming CAO students for the academic year 2022/23 will be held after the CAO offers of Round 1 - usually in August 2022.  The booking will be on a first come first served basis - usually at 10am on the given date.  Please check New Students 2022-2023 for the Booking Date. This is a first come first served online booking process and you will be asked to make a payment of a non-refundable booking fee of €500 (covers all utilities and services for the full academic year).  Typical payments are: (Rye Hall and Village single shared bathroom) is €4,,488. (River, Rye Hall and Courtyard single own bathroom with en-suite) is €5,988 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 expected that applications for 2022/23 academic year will will open from 30 March - 16 May 2022 for new entrants to the college. It is anticipated that the provisional offers to CAO students will be made in late June 2022. Please check Trinity Hall for updates closer to time and Residents information for Indicative Residential Charges for Campus & Trinity Hall 2022/23. 

UCC:  Campus Accommodation for the Academic Year 2022/23 will open for accepting applications on Tuesday March 8 2022.  Applicants will have 1 month (closes 5 April 2022 at 5.30pm) to complete their application to be included in the accommodation lottery.   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 is not required to make an application.  Successful applicants pay a Booking Deposit of €300 at the time of accepting their room offer.

UCD: The CAO Waitlist opens 13 April 2022  The waitlist remains open and gets randomised after 3 months on 17 July 2022. After the 3 month period applicants can still join the waitlist but their place on the list is final subject to others on the waitlist receiving and accepting a UCD CAO offer. Fees for 2022/23 vary from €7,554 at Belgrove and Merville, €9,352 at Ashfield, Glenomena, Proby and Roebuck Hall, Roebuck Castle is €11,718 (includes catering fee).  For more information go to the CAO Student's Guide to UCD Residences.

UL: Lottery Applications for 2022/23 will open on 7 March and remain open until the 3 April 2022. There are seven residential villages at UL.  You will be required to pay a non-refundable €50 application fee.  A €500 depost is payable upon accepting room offer. Accommodation Fees for Academic Year 2022/23.

Griffith College Dublin, which is conveniently located close to the city centre off Dublin's South Circular Road makes its on-campus accommodation Griffith Halls of Residence 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.

Cost of Living Guide 2021/22 from TU Dublin

TU Dublin release an annual Cost of Living Guide for students.  If you are starting college in September, it can help you to predict and plan your spending. The guide shows that staying at home is nearly €7,191 cheaper for students and their families. 

  • If you are living in rented accommodation, budget €13,827 for the college year. 
  • If you are living at home will need €6,636. 

The following is a guide to the cost of living for a student in Ireland for 2021/22.

Students Living Away From Home  Monthly (€)  Annual (€)
*Rent (National- for Dublin)
585 5,265
Utilities 55 495
Food 220 1,980
Travel 108 972
Books & Class Materials 74 666
Clothes / Medical 39 351
Mobile 50 450
Social Life / Misc 75 648
Student Charge 333 3,000
Total 1,539 13,827


Students Living At Home  Monthly (€)  Annual (€)
Contribution to Utilities 61 549
Food 108 972
Travel 123.75** 1,113.75**
Books & Class Materials 74 666
Clothes / Medical 39 351
Mobile 50 450
Social Life / Misc 75 648
Student Charge 333 3,000
Total 740 6,636

* Average price based upon private rental market.  The average price for Private Student Accommodation is about €940 per month. For a Host Family ("Digs") average is about €540.

 Other sources of accommodation information

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