September 20, 2019
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Annual cost of attending college soars to over €12,000 for Kilkenny students


By COLIN BARTLEY

THE annual cost of being a student from Kilkenny has rocketed to over €12,000.

That’s according to the Technological University (TU) Dublin annual Student’s Cost of Living guide, which looks at accommodation costs nationally as well as other expenses such as travel, food, books and socialising.

The report says it will cost a Kilkenny student living away from home to study an average of €12,171 in the upcoming academic year.

The figures are shooting up every year, with the main driver of the  3.6% year-on-year increase being ever increasing rental prices.

The figure of €12,171 for the acedemic year ending in 2020 is up €400 on the 2018-2019 figure.

The report shows those who move to Dublin to study can expect to pay significantly more over the year than students in other college towns and cities across the country.

The average monthly rent alone in Dublin is over €100 more and that is before any other expenses are taken into account.

For students that live at home and can commute to study, the report says the annual cost is halved to €6,771.

While the report also states that big savings can be made for those studying away from home, if they are willing to live in digs, or with host families. The report states up to €378 per month, or  €3,500 a year can be saved.

Dr Brian Gormley, TU Dublin’s Campus Life service said host family spaces averaged €140 per week, and students, typically paid for 25 to 30 weeks, rather than the 40-week commitment with on-campus accommdation.

“Of all the accommodation options, this is the most economical, and also offers the most flexibility. For parents, it also comes with the peace of mind that their son or daughter is living in secure housing often with a family,” he said.

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