It can be difficult to work out how much the cost of living is in a different country. Cost of living may vary greatly according to lifestyle. What type and standard of accommodation suits your needs? Will you cook for yourself or will you eat in campus restaurants? How much will you need to spend on course textbooks and equipment? How much will you spend on leisure activities? Do you have transport costs? It is best to work out what your estimated income and expenditure will be and budget accordingly. We do not recommend that you rely on a part-time job to help you fund your cost of living expenses. We have prepared estimated monthly living costs in addition to budgetary advice.  

Tuition fees do not include amounts for maintenance. Please note that fees are subject to annual increases. Also, be careful to factor in currency fluctuations.: https://www.ucc.ie/en/financeoffice/fees/

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.

Expense

Average Cost Range per month

Option 1 - On Campus Accommodation

€300 - €650

Option 2 - Other Housing Options

€500 - €700

‘One-time’ refundable security deposit

€300

 

 

Utilities (Electric/Gas/Refuse)

€30 - €50

Food

€250 - €350

Travel (Monthly Bus Ticket)

€65 - €85

Textbook & Materials

€75

Mobile Phone

€20

Personal Expenses (Social/Sports)

€200 - €300

 

 

Overall Expense (excluding Accommodation)

€640 - €880

Overall Expense (including Accommodation)

€940 - €1580

 

Sample Shopping Costs

Price

Apples / Bananas / Oranges

€0.30 - €0.50

Butter 250g

€1.80

Milk 1 litre

€1.15

Eggs 6 pack

€1.60

Bread Loaf 800g

€1.50

Cornflakes 500g

€3.00

Chicken Breast / Tuna 300g

€3.75

Coca Cola can 330ml

€0.85

Coffee 100g

€3.49

Pasta 500g

€1.75

Potatoes 1kg

€2.00

Rice 500g

€1.25

Toilet Tissue 4 Roll

€2.00

Toothpaste 100ml

€2.99

Washing Powder 3kg

€4.35

Cinema Ticket

€9.00

Bus Ticket – Single Ride

€2.10

Bus Ticket – Monthly Pass

€65.00

Nike Running Shoes

€70.00

McDonalds Big Mac Meal

€7.50

 

UCC offers budgetary advice to all students, and can be accessed through the following link:  https://www.ucc.ie/en/studentbudget/

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