Securing Student Accommodation: Rental Prices Across the Country

Education 5 min read

07 Aug 2019

If reading the top-line figures of the 2019 Daft rental report made you question the overall necessity of college for your teenager - (Maybe they could stay on the farm? Join the navy? It’s all about experience these days… right?) - We don’t blame you. While they're dreaming of their own roomy pad a nifty 10 minutes walk from campus, your bank account is hyperventilating in the background.

Securing the right student accommodation for your soon-to-be college-goer as they embark on one of the most nerve-wrecking - and exciting – parts of their life, is a balancing act: achieving what’s right for them and also what’s right for your household budget.

To make things a little easier, we’ve compiled this year's student campus accommodation costs, average rent prices for each college town from the Daft Irish Rental Price Report Q1 2019 plus the average costs for individual areas from the Residential Tenacies Board Average Monthly Rental Report Q3 2018 -  so you can see the lay of the land.


If you're thinking of taking out a student loan, check out our blog on everything you need to know on student loans. 

1. Campus Accomodation 
2. Dublin
3. Maynooth
4. Cork
5. Waterford
6. Limerick 
7. Galway

1. Student Campus Accommodation

You might be toying with the idea of on-site accommodation, if you are lucky enough to get it. This is a nice way to ease your new student into college life, as it eliminates stresses such as transport or landlord issues. Campus rooms are done on a lottery basis or first come first served while some are reserved for first years or international students.  

Below is a cost of each college’s onsite student accommodation. Some application deadlines may be closed already for certain colleges.

  • DCU student accommodation - Onsite accommodation has increased from €551 in 2015 to €746 per month in 2019 in their College Park residency.

  • UCD student accommodation– Now UCD only accommodates first year students and international students on campus – so if your student is a first year, there is less competition when securing a place. There’s a downside though: UCD is the most expensive student accommodation, costing €790 per month in their Belgrove residency, up from €706 per month in 2015.

  • Maynooth student accommodation – With 900 beds, Maynooth urges parents and students to seek accommodation around the town as opposed to on campus. Prices are €707 per month for a one bed ensuite, and €511 per month for a shared room.

  • Cork: UCC student accommodation - Cork’s Victoria Lodge accommodation will be €674 per month, up from €485 per month in 2015.

  • UL student accomodation – In UL, a room in a 6 bedroom with an ensuite is €644 a month, up from €520 In 2015.

  • Waterford IT accommodation – An ensuite single room in Waterford Institute of Technology is €460, up from €368 in 2015.

  • Galway  NUIG accommodation– In NUIG, price for a single ensuite room is €601 per month – up from €543 in 2015.

Student Accommodation Dublin

The problem is students are now battling with working professionals for places to rent and unfortunately most of the offers are going to go to the latter. Students who aren’t lucky enough to get on-campus accommodation and don’t want to rent digs will have to commute a little further. Even though there may be more transport costs, North and West Co. Dublin offer more affordable rent options. The good news from the Daft report is that the average cost of a rented room fell slightly in commuter counties in early 2019, although rose in midlands. The prices listed below from the report are the average total costs to rent a 4-bed house. 

Cheapest areas: 
  • North Co. Dublin €1,881,
  • West Dublin, €1,778
  • D.22, €1,944
  • D.24 €1,926,
  • D.15 €1,939,
  • D.11 €1,989
Areas to avoid:
  • D.1 €3,048
  • D.2: €3,102
  • D.4: €2,955
  • D.8: €2,416       

Image credit: Daft.ie

Student Accommodation Maynooth

According to the RTB monthly rental report, the average rent in Maynooth across all property types is €1,359 - which is about the average for the county. However there are regular transport options such as the train or bus from surrounding areas such as Leixslip, Celbridge and Kilcock, and these areas cost slightly less. 

  • Kilkock €1,106
  • Celbridge €1,245
  • Leixslip €1,307
  • Clane €1,135
  • Sallins €1,150

Student Accommodation Cork

UCC offer student apartments as well as shared housing which you can view on their website. Digs is a viable option for students here, as they are plentiful. We’ve pulled data from RTB rental report to give you an idea of average rent in individual areas from the cheapest to the most expensive places to let around the city. To avail of cheaper rents, students might have to commute a short distance. 

  • Montenotte: €997
  • Passage West: €1,00
  • Tower: €1,010
  • Blackpool: €1,015
  • Tivoli: €1,055
  • Glanmire: €1,073
  • Wilton €1,102
  • Ballincollig: €1149
  • Douglas: €1,200
  • Ballintemple: €1,212
  • Frankfield: €1,216
  • Blackrock: €1,217
  • Bishopstown: €1,225
  • Rochestown: €1,225
  • Ballinmure: €1,206

Student Accommodation Waterford

Cost of renting in Waterford has remained the cheapest of all student towns. According to the RTB report, the average price for rent (taking into account all property types) in Waterford city is €750, with prices starting from as little at €611 in Portlaw. This area  is still an18 minute drive from Waterford IT so you may have to weigh up the cost of transport etc. The next cheapest option is Poleberry, which is much closer to the college with options starting from €644. All locations below are within a half an hour walk to the college or ten minute drive, with some a more central.

  • Portlaw €611
  • Poleberry €644
  • Mary St €675
  • Scotch Quay €690
  • Ballytruckle €693
  • Penrose Lane €708
  • Canada St.  €759
  • Johns Hill €759
  • Dunmore East €762
  • Inner ring road €762
  • Ferrybank €797
  • Cork road (close to WIT) €816
  • Dunmore road €886
  • Templars Hall €1,000

Student Accommodation Limerick

The average cost of rent in Limerick based on the RTB rental report for all property types, is €901. For a five bed house, Daft reports an average of €1,373.  

  • Dock Road €726
  • Old Cratloe Road €772
  • Corbally €825
  • Dooradoyle €957
  • Raheen €978
  • Annacotty €1,076
  • Castletroy €1,189

Student Accommodation Galway

Again, a few of the areas listed below might be a 30 minute drive from the university, so you will need to weigh in accommodation costs/transport options. In the RTB report, the average cost of renting across all property types is €1,106 with Daft reporting €1,453 for a five-bed house. The prices listed below are the average across all property types.

  • Athenry €842
  • Moycullen €927
  • Claregalway €930
  • Ballybane €940
  • Oranmore €980
  • Doughiska €1,006
  • Wellpark (close to NUIG) €1,044
  • Rahoon (close to NUIG) €1,045
  • Knocknacarra €1,057
  • Renmore €1,077
  • Salthill €1,078
  • Roscam €1,149
  • Ballybrit €1161
  • Bohermore €1171
  • Barna €1,229
  • Newcastle (close to NUIG) €1,239
  • Woodquay (close to NUIG) €1,344