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Cost of Living


It can be challenging to work out how much the cost of living is in a different country. The cost of living in Cork may vary greatly according to lifestyle. Things to consider before moving to Cork include:

  • What type and standard of accommodation would suit my needs?
  • How much will I need to spend on course textbooks and equipment? 
  • Will I have transport costs from my accommodation to UCC?

It is best to work out what your estimated income and expenditure will be and budget accordingly. Our Student Financial Supports and Advice team in UCC can help you with your budgeting skills will may make student life more manageable financially and can help maximise your student experience at UCC.

We have prepared estimated monthly living costs in addition to budgetary advice in the table below.  

Tuition Fees

Please note that fees are subject to annual increases. The most up to date fees information can be found on the UCC Fees Office Website.

Monthly Living Costs

Cost of living may vary greatly according to your lifestyle and choices you make whilst studying at UCC. The following decisions will impact your costs:

  • type and standard of accommodation
  • cooking for yourself or eating in campus restaurants
  • course textbooks and equipment
  • leisure activities
  • transport costs

It is best to work out what your estimated income and expenditure will be and budget accordingly.

Please note the following approximate figures serve as a guide only. Further information on the costs of living in Cork as a student are available on our Student Financial Supports and Advice website.

Numero, a world wide cost of living database, also provides an indication of the costs of everyday items in Cork.


Average Cost Range per month

Option 1 - On Campus Accommodation

€700 - €900

Option 2 - Private Complex

€700 - €1,200

Option 3- Private rental (house share)

€500 – 800 (bills not included)



Utilities (Electric/Gas/Refuse)

€30 - €50


€250 - €350

Travel (Monthly Bus Ticket)

€65 - €85

Textbook & Materials


Mobile Phone


Personal Expenses (Social/Sports)

€200 - €300



Overall Expense (excluding Accommodation)

€640 - €880 approx.

Overall Expense (including Accommodation)

€1,240 - €1880 approx.


Budgetary Advice

UCC offers budgetary advice to all students and has a dedicated Student Budgetary Advisor. They are available to assist you with advice on managing your budget and to assist with financial planning so that you can make the most of your time at UCC.

Comprehensive advice in managing your costs and expenses can be found on the UCC Student Financial Supports and Advice website.

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Roseleigh, Western Road, Cork, T12 R229

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