Cost of living in Dublin

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Par Marlene Bousquet 23/03/2016
Cost of living in Dublin

     In this article, I will list you all the different future expenditures you may have and I will provide you all the necessary information you will need for it. In the end, I will try to give you the average monthly expenses you will have to manage.

      First, it is obvious to start by food to answer to your physiological needs. To do your shopping, you have the choice among several supermarkets. I would sort them by price. Lidl and Aldi are the cheapest ones. Then comes Tesco which offers reasonable prices. Finally, there are Dunnes Stores and Marks & Spencer which are a little bit more expensive. From my point of view and from all of those supermarkets, Tesco is the one offering the widest range of products. Finally, if it is getting late and you realise that you are running out of milk, eggs, grated mozzarella cheese or whatever… there are two convenience stores open until late at night: Spar and Centra.

      Second, at the beginning of the year, you may need to buy some scholar supplies and some furniture (if there is not everything yet in your bedroom). You will find what you are looking for at Eason (What is more, you have 10% off all the products thanks to your student card). There is a special department of supplies where you can find notebooks, pencils, post-it note or whatever... For information, you do not require any special books in ITB. Then, for all the furniture, there is a IKEA in Dublin 11.

      To travel, you should get a Leap Student Card in Trinity College. It costs you 15€ to create it and then you have to top-up. I strongly recommend you to go to Trinity College before the beginning of the autumn term otherwise you will queue for hours and hours. I warn you that the Leap Student Card is really expensive. For 30 days (30 unlimited days), you will pay 112.5€, in other words, 3.75€ a day. 30 days does not mean necessarily 1 month since those 30 days are non-consecutive days; That is to say that if you do not take the bus every single day, you leap student card can last longer. As you can conclude, it is really expensive, however, we always should try to look for the positive alternative of things. Here, it is the fact that thanks to this card, you can get special discounts in various places. For instance, you can get 10% off at Boots or at Eason. You can also get for only 5€ a menu in MacDonald’s. I personally have a Leap Student Card but I also bought a second-hand bike at the beginning of the year (55€) and I go to college with it or to the city centre which help me to save money. Another point for travelling: taking the taxi will not ruin you compared with Paris. For instance, from the city centre to Cabra (where I live), it costs 14 € for 4 persons, so it is 3.5 € per person if you have the opportunity to share it with some of your friends. From the city centre to Blanchardstown, it is around 24 € for 4 persons, in other words, 6 € per person.

      Finally, for the shopping and leisure, there is a huge shopping centre located in Blanchardstown at 15 minutes walking from ITB. The Blanchardstown Centre is Ireland’s largest shopping centre and premier destination for shopping and leisure.

     To conclude, the cost of living in Ireland is quite high. However, you can find some tips to try to save money. Even though, I have difficulties to find some of my favourite stuff such as fresh dates or “chouquette”, I have to admit that in Dublin, you can find whatever you need.