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Costs of going to College

Daily costs as a student

Student life can be as expensive as you make it - good budgeting skills and practises can make student life more manageable financially and can help to maximise your student experience in UCC.

Shop around for the best deals, use your student card to avail of student discounts, "club in" with friends or housemates for general house items such as milk, bread, butter etc.

Below is a breakdown of student costs that may be applicable to you.


Please Note: These are not concrete figures but a very reflective average. Furthermore please see further below information on associated costs with specefic courses. 

Academic costs

The academic costs involved in being a UCC student can vary depending on your course, and also on how much efficient you are in terms of your study and the resources you require.

  • Books
  • Photocopying and printing

You may feel that you need to buy every book in relation to your course, which is very admirable but it will also be very costly, with the average cost of a book at third level being approximately €80.

What if you rush out to buy four books at a total cost of €320, and then never use them?

You could have used that €320 to pay for a month’s rent or a few weeks food shopping.

Some core books you will need to purchase, but be frugal in your urge to buy books – instead borrow them from the UCC library or share with your friends!

Be careful when you are printing or photocopying notes etc.

Every page you produce is costing you money so only print what you actually need and where possible, print “back to back” as this is cheaper – you will be surprised at how much money you lose when you over print!

Below is a breakdown of printing costs in the Boole library.

A4 Black and White single-sided               

 6c per page

A4 Black and White double-sided    

 6c per page (12c per sheet)

A3 Black and White single-sided

14c per page

A4 Colour single-sided

20c per page

A3 Colour single-sided

40c per page

Specific course costs

Depending on the course you are studying, there may be costs within the course that you may not be aware of and these unexpected costs may affect your student budget and may put you under strain at times. These

costs will be on top of the regular day to day academic costs of books, printing and photocopying.

The best advice is to speak to someone actually studying the course who will give you the costs involved, both expected and unexpected.

If struggling to meet these costs, ask for help!

Make an appointment with myself or speak with your department in relation to specific department costs such as fieldtrips, course equipment etc.

Below is a list of costs students incur that they may not have been aware of upon commencement of their course.

Student Financial Supports and Advice

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