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Report Highlights Cost of Accommodation in Dublin

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Students planning to live in Dublin should allow more than EUR 13,000 to cover an academic year, according to a new report by the Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin).

In the university's annual cost of living guide, the institution said that living at home could halve expenses, with the cost of renting the largest expense for students.

TU Dublin estimate that a student living away from home should be budget for EUR 1,352 per month, whilst this cost for those living at home should be EUR 752 per month.

President of the Union of Students in Ireland, Siona Cahill, said that most student accommodation in Dublin is unaffordable for ordinary students.

She added: "It charges a premium because it provides recreational facilities that aren't required by students. It is primarily aimed at international students who have taken out loans to come to Ireland for their accommodation."

The report suggests the rent figures can vary dramatically, from less than EUR 495 per month for a shared room up to EUR 1,976 for a one-bedroom apartment.

Ms Cahill commented that costs would be even higher if students are required to buy course materials.