In the grand courtyard of Trinity College in the heart of Dublin, tourists have replaced the throngs of students. The latter left the campus to save a few thousand euros during the summer break. Because to study in the city it is necessary to plan a budget of around €14,000 per year, in addition to the registration fees. Rents consume most of these values, even in university residences.
Spend your vacation selling souvenirs
In the small shop on campus, Cathal Crowley, a psychology and music student, waits for customers. “Even with a job, I have to ask my parents for help” he explains. Having been unable to sign a lease for less than a year, he will spend his holidays selling souvenirs. “I’m lucky, I’ve never had to pay more than €600 a month, but I spent the first year living with the locals, then I shared a room for two years. 🇧🇷 If he is happy to finally have his privacy, he lives with eight other students in a house ” Wherethe oven doesn’t work and where the shower doesn’t have a door”.
According to a study by the National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway), university accommodation prices in Ireland are among the highest in Europe. The average cost of the cheapest room in a student residence is €5,451 per year (€605 per month from September to May), but prices rise to €10,720 per year for a single room with a bathroom. At Trinity College it costs €169 per week.
Ireland, a popular destination
The only English-speaking country in the European Union to still be part of the Erasmus programme, Ireland is nevertheless a popular destination: its universities welcome 32,000 young people from all over the world each year. “Some students see the degree as an investment and take out loans,” explains Padraic Kenna, co-author of the NUI Galway study.
he tells himself ” astonished “ of your search results. “We just wanted to get an idea of what universities charge, especially in relation to England, which is seen as expensive, and show that it is not necessary to pay so much. In Germany or Austria, prices vary between €60 and €80 per week! Irish universities own land, but the cost of building and running it drives up rents. Therefore, it is necessary to create funding to reduce them. 🇧🇷
“€1,000 per month for a room”
In the north of the city, perched on one of the colorful benches on the campus of Dublin City University, Nathan Murphy, vice-president of the student body, bristles. “There are luxury accommodations, but students can’t afford it! What they need is not a building with an integrated gym and cinema, but a decent rent. 🇧🇷 This is the case of Tatiana, a Colombian student who has just arrived in Ireland and who catches her breath between two visits to the apartment. “I’m currently paying €1,000 a month for a room. It’s temporary, and I absolutely have to find something else, because since the beginning of the school year I can only have a part-time job. 🇧🇷 But in the private market it is difficult to find what you are looking for. “I was just offered a room to share with three people for €630! 🇧🇷
Some students find themselves excluded from university life, either because they don’t enroll, discouraged by the cost of living, or because they multiply the trips and return trips. “Some students spend four hours a day on public transport to come from their parents’ house, continues Nathan Murphy. They miss out on the social experience of college, and this affects their energy and frequency. 🇧🇷 The cheapest option is to rent a room from a family for a week, but students with disabilities and foreigners are exposed to higher prices, due to lack of choice or knowledge of the market.
A higher cost of living than in France
Ireland managed to acquire a good academic career with elite schools and universities. The most famous of these is Trinity College, in Dublin, founded in the 16th century and which annually receives more than 15,000 students.
The cost of living is on average 10 to 15% higher than in Franceor even more depending on the French regions.
The downside of this popularity: in recent years, prices have risen considerably, making Dublin the third most expensive city in Europe in terms of housing, behind London and Reykjavik.