Living in Ireland – Costs & Practical Guidance

Living in Ireland – Costs & Practical Guidance

Welcome to Ireland! We understand that moving to a new country for your English language studies involves careful planning. To help you prepare for your journey, we’ve put together a guide on the estimated costs and practical considerations for living in Ireland.

Accommodation Costs

Accommodation Type Average Monthly Cost
Whole Apartment rental (1 bed) €800 – €2,000
Shared Apartment €800 – €1,250
Homestay €1000 – €1250

Note: Prices may vary depending on the city and specific location.

Living Expenses

Expense Estimated Monthly Cost
Food/Groceries €150 – €250
Utilities (electricity, heating, internet) €40 – €150
Transportation €80 – €100
Mobile Phone €15 – €40
Health Insurance €50 – €100
Miscellaneous (social activities, personal expenses) €100 – €200

Practical Guidance

Opening a Bank Account

Before arriving in Ireland, consider researching and contacting local banks to understand the documentation required to open a bank account. Most banks will need proof of identification, proof of enrollment, and proof of address, such as a utility bill.


Public transportation is well-developed in Ireland. Consider purchasing a Student Leap Card for discounted fares on buses and trains. Alternatively, you can explore bicycle rentals or walking, depending on your location.


International students are required to have health insurance. You can explore health insurance options available to students, either through the school or private providers.

Social and Cultural Activities

Ireland has a rich cultural scene so it’s a good idea to budget for social activities, including exploring local attractions, dining out and participating in student events.


Remember that these are general estimates, and actual costs may vary based on personal preferences and lifestyle. It’s always advisable to plan a budget that suits your individual needs.

We hope this guide helps you prepare for your exciting journey to Ireland. If you have any further questions or need assistance, feel free to reach out to our dedicated support team at

Safe travels, and we look forward to welcoming you to the Irish College of English!