Having the opportunity to study abroad is fantastic. It’s a chance to learn new cultures, meet new people and experience new adventures. Ahead of your studies in Ireland, we have put together this guide to make sure you are up to speed on everything Irish. From top sights to top universities, we have got you covered.
What are the main universities in Ireland?
Ireland is home to some brilliant universities and some that are also world-renowned. When people come to study, the main areas of Ireland in which they find themselves are Dublin, Cork, and Galway. Dublin is the capital of Ireland and is home to Trinity College, Dublin which is one of the top 100 universities in the entire world. Galway is famous for its student scene and is home to NUI ,Glaway which has been named university of the year 2018. Finally, Cork is situated deep in the south of Ireland and is home to University College, Cork. Regardless of the university you have chosen among these eight universities in Ireland, you will have a great student experience.
Cost of living in Ireland?
Ireland’s currency is the euro and living costs will vary, depending on the area of Ireland you are living. For example, living in the capital of Dublin will be more expensive than living in Cork. The approximate cost of living per month (without accommodation) is around €700. Of course, this will also depend on your lifestyle and whether you like to drink alcohol, go to concerts etc. There are lots of ‘student deals’ available in the universities areas such as reduced ticket prices for bowling, cinemas, and museums. Work out your estimated outgoings before you arrive and try your best to keep yourself financially stable.
The cost of rent in Ireland
This again varies depending on the region and whether you decide to stay in university halls or private rented accommodation. You should also take into consideration whether you will go catered or self-catered for. As a guide, accommodation can range from €545 per month to up to €1000 per month. The Daft website is a brilliant resource for finding accommodation to suit your budget. You can search via college and select a budget and time to filter the best results. Always make sure you know your rights and responsibilities when living in a new country, you can find out lots of useful information here.
Using public transport
Getting around Ireland doesn’t need to be expensive, there are lots of transport options available and your student discount will come in useful. Popular bus companies and services are Dublin bus, Bus Eireann (which is brilliant for airport links), and Dublin city has a tram network to make transport even easier. You can also walk around the cities or cycle your way through. Just remember to stay updated on the Irish bike law, because bicycle rules can vary depending on the country.
What to do in an emergency
If you find yourself in an unfortunate situation, then call 112 or 999 for the Irish Garda and ambulance services. There are many doctors and hospitals available, and always remember to ensure you do have adequate health cover insurance before you go to Ireland, so you are covered in an emergency.
Ireland is a fantastic country; it’s bursting with a unique culture and history and surrounded by breath-taking scenery. With so much to do, it’ll be a challenge to fit it all in while studying, but some things not to miss are the Cliffs of Moher in Co Clare; these are 702 feet high and span eight miles across the coast of Ireland. You should also visit the Ring of Kerry, a beautiful scenic route that will provide some stunning photo opportunities. You also can’t miss a day of tourism in Dublin city, with the iconic Guinness Storehouse, a walk in the beautiful Botanic Garden and a chance to hear the fabulous buskers on Grafton Street. The list of things to do in Ireland is endless, and it may make you want to stay forever.
One last note, Ireland is known worldwide for its charming people, green fields and… rain. It’s a generally cold country that does experience a lot of wet weather and strong winds, so be prepared to wrap up warm all year round.