In order to prepare
The Irish Council gives to the international students some options for find a house or accommodation with varying costs attached. Student accommodation in Ireland falls into four broad types:
- On-campus accommodation: Campus accommodation is always in demand, can be relatively expensive and quite difficult to find. All universities have halls of residence, generally as apartments of 4 to 8 students, with a private bedroom and shared kitchen, living room and bathroom. On campus accommodation must normally be paid in 2 installments, in September and in February.
- Long-term student hostel: This is another option with quite limited availability, but which can be quite flexible. You stay in a hostel with other students and your monthly rent provides for use of a communal living area and kitchen, along with a bedroom. Breakfast and sometimes dinner will be included in the rent, as are utility bills.
- Accommodation with a family: You can live as a paying guest in an Irish home, where you have your own room with space to study, but otherwise share the house with the family. This is a popular option especially for short courses, but is also an arrangement that works well for many further and higher education students. In Ireland, accommodation with a family is commonly known as living in “digs”. In other countries it may be better known as “homestay”.
- Private rented accommodation: The options here include renting a bed-sit, a flat/apartment or sharing a house. It is usually cheaper to share accommodation with others.
High cost of living
It depends of the moment and with which country you compare Ireland. Right now everything is a little bit more expensive because of the crisis but when one of the interviewed students was there, eight years ago, it was not high at all.
Some problems with the language in Ireland are missunderstanding because some students do not speak too much english but they improve it in a few weeks. Some irish people used to speak gaelic at home, but English was the main language in the streets and at school.
People from certain countries need a valid Irish entry visa before arriving in the State, whether by air, sea or land. An Irish visa is a certificate placed on your passport or travel document to indicate that you are authorised to land in the State subject to any other conditions of landing being fulfilled. This means that you will still be subject to immigration control at the point of entry to the State even if you have a visa. You may also need to register with the immigration authorities.