One of the mains questions of the people coming here to Ireland to do an exchange is about how much it costs to live in the country, specially in Dublin, which is the city that attracts more students in Ireland.
One thing I need to tell you: Ireland is an expensive country, if compared to other european countries, but the wages here are really good too (the minimum pays €9,25/h). So don’t be scared about the prices, you’ll earn enough to live here.
Here are some mais points about how much you spend to live here, average prices of basic itens (and some not that basic) here in Ireland.
The rent here is about €350,00 in a shared room, in a shared house. The prices may change according to the type of accomodation, localization and also the time you’re in the house. Here it’s not very usual to increase the rent every year, so if it’s expensive now, in two years it will be cheap for the market, what happens is that when the tenant leaves the house, then they increase the price of the rent for the next ones.
It depends also of with how many people are you sharing the house with, this helps to decrease rent value, and also other bills like eletricity, internet and water (if they charge it).
You can see here about the many types of accomodation.
It’s very hard to find someone here that spends more than €100,00 a month with grocery. The basic itens are very cheap here, so it’s possible to have a reasonable healthy diet without spending all your money on it, a pack os pasta costs around €0,60, milk €0,95, sliced white bread €1,70, butter €1,80, Coke €1,69, chicken breast €4,00, pizza €2,00…
Is the store where you buy your stuff that will say how much you’ll spend, the main ones are Tesco, Dunnes, Lidl and Aldi, being the two first slightly more expensive, although they have many products of their own brands that are really cheap and with great quality!
It’s difficult to find someone who needs public transportation here, specially in a daily basis, but if you need the rates are a little bit expensive if you do not have an student leap card, a card which gaves you discount in the tickets of all kinds of public transportations here in Ireland (including DART, LUAS and intercity buses).
The minimum bus rate is €2,00 (€1,50 with the leap card), and the maximum is €3,30, but with the leap card you can spend maximum €5,00 daily to do many rides as you like (or a total of €20,00 in a week).
It’s also very common using bikes here, if you don’t want to pay for a bike of your own, you can use the Dublin Bikes, a service who offers bikes to rent and it’s paid by year, €20,00.
Internet + Telephone
Most of the people I know use their cellphone internet here as broadband in their houses, the company 3 (Three) offers for €20,00 a month unlimited internet, text messages and a few minutes in calls.
Lycamobile, the most used by the brazilian sutdents, it’s the cheapest one if you don’t want/need internet on your phone (sometimes they do some promos), but the great advantage is calls to Brazil costing only €0,01/min!
To have broadband at home, it will cost you around €55,00 a month, the cheapest deals.
The eletrity can be charged monthly, or every two months, and it’s price will depending on many things like the type of heating (central or eletric) and how the water heating works (eletric shower or boiler, for example).
Generally, per persom, it costs you by month around €30,00.
For the ones who like to go out for some booze, a pint in the pubs costs around €6,00. The prices will vary according to the place you are and the kind of beer you’re having. The good news here is that most of the places do not charge entrance, but the one’s doing that the prices may vary between €5,00 and €20,00.
For the ones who like to go out to drink, Dublin offers also many restaurant options, and it’s possible to find good deals called Early Bird (starter + main course for €20,00), and in some places you can find sandwiches, hamburgers, fish and chips and salads for €10,00, or even less.
You can see here where to eat cheap in Ireland.
Another options of fun are the parks, open to the public and veeery nice, in the summer they’re always packed with people doing picnics and more!
Fast fashions are the loved ones by the exchange students, they sell beautiful and trendy clothes with a price way lower than the ones we find in Brazil, even of you convert the price is sometimes cheaper.
The star of the game is Panneys (or Primark in other european cities), where you can find jeans for €12,00, hoodies for €10,00, sweaters for €12,00, socks for €1,00, cwinter coats for €40,00 e etc.
There are still great seasonal offers, specially in the winter, where you can find clothes with up to 80% discount. Generally it worths wait till this offers come to buy that coat that is a bit more expensive than the usual or that jeans with a cool label.
The minimun wage is €9,25 per hour, working 20 hours a week, you have in the end of the month €740,00. It’s enough to have a modest life, with all the basic confort and you still have an extra cash for leisure (parties, trips or whatever), but this will depend on you, only you, to set goals and decide your priorities and how you gonna spend your money!