Life & The Cost of Living in Dublin

For centuries, Ireland, the gateway to Europe, has been renowned for its rich heritage in music, literature and art. Nestled between the mountains and the sea, Dublin has a young and cosmopolitan population of about 1.5 million people who are known for being friendly, open, and welcoming. A UNESCO City of Literature, the city bustles with energy and a thriving social scene.

The CASA program offers students the opportunity to experience all that Dublin has to offer. Located in the heart of Dublin, Trinity’s 47-acre campus sits at the very center of everything. For over 425 years Dublin City has grown and developed around the Trinity campus. Blending a high-energy, multinational professional culture with traditional Irish warmth and hospitality, Dublin has sprawling parks, cosy cafés and quirky restaurants for the daytime, with classic pubs, fashionable clubs, music gigs and theater by night. Dublin is not just a vibrant capital city, it is an international center of excellence for business, culture and the arts.

Dublin Program Estimated Costs 2022-2023

EXPENSE EXPENSE TYPE COST ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Programme Fee Set Cost Set and billed by CASA to Home University based on relevant rate and then billed to student Includes: onsite tuition and fees (including access to the Trinity Sports Centre), related academic programming and programme sponsored excursions. It also covers the onsite orientation program, emergency travel assistance, and the services of the onsite program staff.
Housing: campus locations Billed to student by housing location Rate varies by location on campus: from €3,647 to €5,016* For full information, see: https://www.tcd.ie/accommodation/oncampus/. The fees quoted here in the table are inclusive of the period prior to the normal tenancy period for the semester since CASA students will arrive earlier for CASA orientation. Full break down of rates here: https://www.tcd.ie/accommodation/assets/pdf/residentialcharges.pdf. These figures are approximated and may vary slightly. The correct figure will show when you make your online payment.
Immigration Direct Student Cost €300 Due at time of immigration appointment. Students from visa required countries will need to pay additional fees to procure a visa prior to arrival in Ireland.
Setting up your housing Direct Student Cost Approx. €200 Some housing locations offer kitchen and bedding packs for students, or students can opt to pick up items needed for housing locally in Dublin (e.g. bedding, kitchen items, etc.)
Meals Direct Student Cost Approx. €600 per month Note that these costs will vary very widely depending on individual budgets and lifestyle. €150-200 per week is an approximate cost from previous students which includes a combination of buying and making food. (Note: Meal plans are not offered in Ireland or at Trinity, but there are several cafes and options for eating on campus: https://www.tcd.ie/accommodation/college-catering/) It is normal for university students to cook/prepare the majority of their food in Ireland rather than relying on eating out or meal plans. Please note that this costs just reflects meals and does not reflect entertainment.
Transportation Direct Student Cost Approx. €50-200 per month €10 Euro to purchase Student Leap Card. Amount students spend on transportation varies widely from student to student, and has ranged from €10-40 per month. Dublin is very walkable and this varies quite a bit from student to student! Some may pay as little as €10-20 per month on transportation just to get around to other areas outside the city centre. Please note the approximations do not include independent travel or transport.
Phone Direct Student Cost Approx. €20 per month if using Irish plan For Irish SIM plan, you can get a pay-as-you-go plan for €20 per month. Some students have phone plans that do not permit using an international SIM, in which case an international addition to the current phone plan is required which would be more expensive.
Health Insurance Direct Student Cost Varies Varies based on private provider or home university plan. For more info, ask your home university what they recommend/require for students studying abroad.
Books, Materials and Printing Direct Student Cost Approx. €150 total per semester Note: university bookstores are not common in Europe. Most students use books from the library and buy only the occasional book as needed. Printing facilities available at TCD libraries.
Laundry Direct Student Cost €150-200 per semester Can be between 6 and 9 Euro for each load of laundry, depending on your location.
Clubs & Societies Fees Direct Student Cost Approx. €20-30 Clubs and societies have a small registration fee to join (some as little as €1, some are €5), and the member cards often provide additional student discounts.

There may be additional COVID-related costs such as a PCR test prior to travel to and from Ireland, etc. These costs will vary depending on the changing regulations and your location.

Transportation

Student Leap Card (also known as Student Travelcard)

For discounted travel within Ireland, students need to get a Student Leap Card, the National Student Travel and Discount Card. It is a reusable smartcard that can be used instead of paper tickets to pay for transport in Dublin. It is the only card accepted by Irish Rail, Dublin Bus, Bus Eireann and LUAS (tram) for student fares. It is also a discount card for hundreds of goods and services nationwide. The Student Travelcard is accepted as authentic proof of student status and costs 10 Euro.

Buses

Dublin has an extensive bus route network. Routes and timetables can be found here. There is also a night service called Nitelink, which runs from the city center to the suburbs and are a cheap and safe alternative to taxis.

Bus Eireann is the Irish bus system with a nationwide network connecting all major Irish cities and towns. Buses leave and arrive in Dublin at Busaras (Central Bus Station), which is close to Connolly Station.

Luas

The Luas (Irish for ‘speed’), is a tram/light rail system with two lines, which connect the suburbs and intersect in the city center. The Luas has a stop right outside Trinity’s front gates.

DublinBikes

Dublin has a popular and growing bike-sharing scheme, allowing people to collect a bike from any DublinBikes stand and return it to any other stand. They offer low-cost annual memberships.

DART

The DART train (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) is a commuter rail that runs along the coast from Howth and Malahide in the north to Greystones in the south. The main DART stations close to Trinity are Tara Street Station and Pearse Station.

Iarnrod Eireann (Irish Rail)

Irish Rail operates train services to Irish cities from two train stations in Dublin: Heuston Station and Connolly Station, both of which are located in the city center.

Tourist information