Cheap and Affordable Universities in Ireland

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Updated on Mar 24, 2022 02:31 IST

Cheap and Affordable Universities in Ireland

Study in Ireland: With Brexit closing on a shoddy note, a lot of questions have been left unanswered for international students wanting to study abroad. The COVID-19 emergency has only deepened the crisis, with universities having to resort to remote education and online techniques of learning to keep education still accessible to a larger audience. Read on as we talk about the cheap and affordable popular universities in Ireland for Indian students wanting to study abroad.

Ireland has over the years become one of the most promising destinations for studying abroad. One of the major factors for studying abroad is the total expense incurred in the process of studying abroad and with COVID-19 not leaving us anytime soon, purse strings are being held tighter than usual. So what do you do in such a scenario? Do you throw your dream of studying abroad? NO. You look for cheap and affordable universities for studying abroad. And in this article, we are going to discuss the cheap and affordable universities in Ireland for Indian students.

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Cost of Studying in Ireland

Before we jump into the individual university costs for studying in Ireland, let us understand the average cost of studying in Ireland. Candidates should note that the cost of studying is mainly made up of two parts, the tuition cost and the living cost.

Tuition Cost in Ireland

The higher education system in Ireland is primarily made up of 10 universities, 10 Institutes of Technology (IOTs) and nine private higher education institutions.  The average tuition costs in Ireland is mentioned in the table below.

Type of Institution

Cost of Studying in Ireland/ year

Public Universities

14,000 - 21,000 euros

Private Colleges

12,000 - 14,000 euros

Institutes of Technology (IOTs)

10,000 - 12,500 euros

Cost of living in Ireland

As is true in most cases, the cost of living in the capital would be higher from areas further away from the capital. In Ireland too, candidates can expect a monthly expenditure of 1,200 – 1,500 euros per month including accommodation. However, this would be higher or lower depending on the lifestyle of the student. Below are living costs in Ireland as calculated by two top universities in Ireland.

Cost of Living in Ireland as published by TU Dublin 

Cost of Living for Students Living away from home

Monthly (€)

Annual (€)

Rent (National – for Dublin)

585

5,265

Utilities

55

495

Food

220

1980

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

1539

13,827

 source: https://www.tudublin.ie/ 

Cost of Living in Ireland as published by University College Cork, Ireland

Expense

Average Cost Range per month

Option 1 - On-Campus Accommodation

€600 - €680

Option 2 - Private Complex

€600 - €1,000

Option 3- Private rental (house share)

€500 – 600 (bills not included)

Utilities (Electric/Gas/Refuse)

€30 - €50

Food

€250 - €350

Travel (Monthly Bus Ticket)

€65 - €85

Textbook & Materials

€75

Mobile Phone

€20

Personal Expenses (Social/Sports)

€200 - €300

Overall Expense (excluding Accommodation)

€640 - €880

Overall Expense (including Accommodation)

€1,240 - €1880

 source: https://www.ucc.ie/en/ 

For the benefit of students wanting to study in Ireland, University College Cork, Ireland has also provided shopping costs of daily items for candidates to be more prepared for their stay in the country. The cost of daily items in Ireland is as follows. 

Sample Shopping Costs

Price

Apples / Bananas / Oranges

€0.30 - €0.50

Butter 250g

€1.80

Milk 1 litre

€1.15

Eggs 6 pack

€1.60

Bread Loaf 800g

€1.50

Cornflakes 500g

€3.00

Chicken Breast / Tuna 300g

€3.75

Coca Cola can 330ml

€0.85

Coffee 100g

€3.49

Pasta 500g

€1.75

Potatoes 1kg

€2.00

Rice 500g

€1.25

Toilet Tissue 4 Roll

€2.00

Toothpaste 100ml

€2.99

Washing Powder 3kg

€4.35

Cinema Ticket

€9.00

Bus Ticket – Single Ride

€2.10

Bus Ticket – Monthly Pass

€65.00

Nike Running Shoes

€70.00

McDonald's Big Mac Meal

€7.50

 source: https://www.ucc.ie/en/

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Top cheap and affordable universities in Ireland

Now let us take a look at the cheap and affordable universities in Ireland for students wanting to study abroad.

  1. Dublin Business School
  2. Griffith College Dublin
  3. National College of Ireland (NCI)
  4. Letterkenny Institute of Technology 
  5. Maynooth University
  6. University College Cork
  7. Dundalk Institute of Technology
  8. Cork Institute of Technology
  9. Trinity College Dublin
  10. University of Limerick

Dublin Business School (DBS)

Established in 1975, Dublin Business School has grown to become one of the biggest independent colleges in Ireland. Candidates can check out top courses offered at the Dublin Business School or take a look at our carefully crafted Admission FAQs for DBS, for candidates looking to apply to the university.

Cost of Studying at Dublin Business School

Level of Study

Tuition & Fees per annum

Undergraduate

12,000 euros

Graduate

12,000-12,500 euros

MBA

12,000-12,500 euros

Griffith College

Founded in 1974, Griffith College is one of the largest colleges in Ireland and remains to be a centre for learning excellence since its inception. Candidates can check out the popular courses available at Griffith College, Dublin.

Cost of Studying at Griffith College

Level of Study

Tuition & Fees per annum

Undergraduate

12,795 Euros

Graduate

Masters-14,000 euros

PG-12,000 euros

MBA

14,000 euros

National College of Ireland (NCI)

Started in 1951 as a joint venture between Irish Jesuits and Irish Trade Unions, the National College of Ireland (NCI) is a non-profit state-supported advanced education institution located in Dublin. The college offers a wide variety of courses for students looking to apply to the National College of Ireland.

Cost of Studying at National College of Ireland (NCI)

Level of Study

Tuition & Fees per annum

Undergraduate

10,000 euro

Graduate

15,000 euro

MBA

10,000 euro ( higher diploma)

Cost of Living

10,000 euro

Letterkenny Institute of Technology 

Established in 1971, Letterkenny Institute of Technology is a third level institution offering over 130 programmes that range from one to four years in computing, design, engineering, science, the "social science" of business, law, nursing and veterinary practice.

Cost of Studying at Letterkenny Institute of Technology 

Level of Study

Tuition & Fees per annum

Undergraduate

10,000 euros

Graduate

15,000 euros

Cost of Living

10,000 euros

Maynooth University

Established in 1997, Maynooth University of Ireland is one of the fastest-growing universities in the country. The universities offer a variety of programmes largely focused on the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, and are equally committed to research, teaching and engagement. Read: Maynooth University Ranking 2021

Cost of Studying at Maynooth University

Particulars

Cost of Studying

Fee Structure (all courses)

14,000-16,000 euros

Living Expenses

10,000 Euros

University College Cork (UCC)

Established in 1845, University College Cork or popularly referred to as UCC is one of the Irelands leading universities for higher education. Candidates can check out the various programmes available at the university and also take a look at our carefully crafted UCC Admission FAQs.

Cost of Studying at University College Cork

Level of Study

Tuition & Fees per annum

Undergraduate

16,080 – 18,080 euros

Graduate

15,000 – 18,000 euros

Cost of Living

15,000 euros

Dundalk Institute of Technology

 Founded in 1971, Dundalk Institute of Technology based in Dundalk within County Louth, Ireland is a research-intensive institute. The university offers various programmes for candidates looking to pursue research-intensive courses.

Cost of Studying at Dundalk Institute of Technology

Programme Name

Total Fee (indicative)

International Foundation Programme

7,250 euros

Pre-Sessional English Programme

2,000 euros

Bachelor Degree/Higher Diploma

9,950 euros/ annum

Master Degree

12,000 euros/ annum

Mandatory Facilities Fee

125 euros annually

Cork Institute of Technology

Established in 1973, Cork Institute of Technology is one of the leading universities in Ireland offering learning opportunities to a vast student community. Candidates can check out the various courses being offered at the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT).

Cost of Studying at Cork Institute of Technology

Level of Study

Annual tuition fee

Undergraduate

12,000 euro

Graduate

12,000 euro

Trinity College Dublin

Established in 1592, the University of Dublin is a public research university and one of Ireland’s oldest universities. Candidates can check out of the top courses offered at the university and also at our carefully crafted Trinity College Dublin Admission FAQs for candidates looking to apply to the university. Read: Trinity College Dublin University Ranking 2021

Cost of Studying at Trinity College Dublin

Level of Study

Annual tuition fee

Undergraduate

20,000 euro

Graduate

16,000 euro

University of Limerick

Founded in 1972 as the National Institute for Higher Education, Limerick. The University of Limerick (UL) got its university status only in 1989 after the University of Limerick Act 1989 accord. It is one of the top universities in Ireland offering popular programmes for all candidates looking to pursue quality higher education.  Read: University of Limerick Admission FAQs

Cost of Studying at the University of Limerick

Level of Study

Annual tuition fee

Undergraduate

12,514 euros

Graduate

13,140 euros

Candidates looking for more information about studying among the affordable universities in Ireland can get in touch with our Shiksha Counselors for admission guidance on the same. 

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