Student Culture in the Republic of Ireland
The Republic of Ireland (or Eire as it is known in Irish), is an island off the western coast of Britain. Whilst the northern 6 counties of Ireland are part of the UK, the southern 26 counties make up the Republic of Ireland, the capital of which is Dublin - home to around a third of the country’s inhabitants.
Gaining its independence from the UK in 1922, the Republic of Ireland is part of the European Union, which makes it a great choice for students from other EU countries who would like to study abroad.
Known as the ‘Island of Saints and Scholars’, Ireland has a strong tradition of education and, as its economy was ranked as the fastest growing in the EU in 2015 and there is almost no unemployment, prospects for graduates are good.
Manners and Behaviour
One of the friendliest and most welcoming countries in the world, the Irish are renowned for their wit and banter, as well as their love of ‘the craic’. Family and their ties to ‘home’ are a very important part of the culture, and even when living separately, close connections with extended family is maintained.
Banter (sometimes called ‘slagging’) is something you’ll encounter on a daily basis; as is taking being teased well and not seeing it as an insult. Rest assured that trading insults with one another is more than likely a sign of affection!
Revolving around simple, hearty dishes, Irish cuisine makes the most of seasonal produce especially lamb, green veg and, of course, potatoes.
- Irish stew
- Soda bread
- Boiled bacon and cabbage
- Smoked salmon
Cost of study in the Republic of Ireland
Before making your decision to study in the Republic of Ireland or not, you’ll need to know how much everything is going to cost. Of course, costs will vary depending on which university you choose and your accommodation, but the following figures will give you something to aim for.
If you're planning on studying an undergraduate degree, you can expect to pay around €10,000 - £54,000 in tuition fees depending on what course you choose to study.
Please bear in mind that these fees are indicative only, and are subject to both increase or decrease depending on which course you choose to study and where.
Student Accommodation in the Republic of Ireland
Students studying in the Republic of Ireland spend around 38% of the budget on accommodation, so it really pays to choose where you live wisely. Student accommodation will normally be offered in your first year, usually in halls of residence which are subsidised by the university.
Costs can vary depending on which city you study in, but you should budget around €10 -15,000 per year to cover accommodation and living costs.
Dublin is by far the most expensive city to study in, but smaller cities such as Galway can be significantly cheaper.
Typical monthly costs in the Republic of Ireland might look something like this:
- Accommodation: €500
- Utility bills: €130
- Mobile Phone: €15-30
- Broadband internet: €40
- Study materials: €70
- Travel: €55
- Groceries: €250
- Typical night out: €30
- Cinema ticket: €8-12
Work and Study in the Republic of Ireland
A great way of challenging and expanding your language skills as well as helping you support yourself, it’s possible for international students to work whilst studying in the UK.
In general, if you are studying at degree level, you are ale to work for a maximum of 20 hours per week during term-time, and up to 40 hours during holidays.
Your bio-metric residence permit should provide information on what hours you are able to work whilst you’re studying, but you can also check you are eligible to work in the UK or speak to one of our advisors who will be happy to give you more information.