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Cost of Living

The Republic of Ireland utilizes the decimal based Euro (€) system while the province of North Ireland uses the decimal based British pound sterling (£) system. Exchange rates can fluctuate on a daily basis. To check today's rate, visit an exchange rate currency calculator. The prices listed below are provided to help you estimate expenses, though may vary slightly according to city. You may wish to also visit the Planning a Budget page for further information.

Everyday Items
Tipping (not necessary for students to tip)  10-15%
Phone Call
Three minutes to USA
Reduced Sunday Rates
€0.40
€0.60
€0.45
10p
Letter 1st class
Aerogramme
€0.37
€0.55
25p
Newspapers €1 - 2 20-45p
Coin Laundry - Wash €4 - 5 ₤2.50
Coin Laundry - Dry €2 - 3 20p, 5 minutes
Haircut, men €8 -12 ₤5.00
Haircut, women €15 - 30 ₤4.00-25.00
Theater ticket, Dublin €10 - 30  
Theater ticket, student/standby rate €10.00 ₤10.00
Cinema €6.50 with student ID ₤1.50-10.00
Rock Concert €15.00-32.25 ₤3.00-30.00
Dublin Transport monthly €50.00  
Dublin Taxi    
Dublin Hotel €100.00  
Dublin B&B in city €82.00+  
Dublin B&B outside €45.00+  
Youth Hostel, €21.00-25.00  
Round trip rail fare to Galway €20.30  
Round trip to Cork €30.40  
Clock Radio €35.00-40.00 ₤25.00+
20 Cigarettes €8.55 ₤4.00
Compact Disc €17.00-25.00  
Blank Cassette €4.00 ₤1.20
Portable Hairdryer €22.00 ₤9.00+
Curling Iron €22.00 ₤8.00+
Umbrella €6.30 ₤3.00
Twin flat sheet €10 ₤12.00
8x10 Notepaper €1.90 ₤1.80
Ballpoint pen €0.30 15p
Paperback books €7.50+ ₤3.00-25.00
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Food
Restaurant, fancy, lunch €19.00+ ₤25.00+
Restaurant, fancy, dinner €38.00+ ₤35.00+
Restaurant, modest, lunch €10.00-12.00 ₤10.00+
Restaurant, modest, dinner €16.00-18.00 ₤15.00+
Pub Lunch or dinner €5.60-12.00 ₤5.00
Fast food lunch or dinner €6.30 ₤5.00
Bacon, lb. €2.00-4.00 ₤1.60-3.90
Hamburger, lb. €2.25-5.00 ₤2.45
Haddock, fresh, lb. €4.50+ ₤2.60-3.80
Pork Chops, lb. €2.50-3.80 ₤1.85-2.15
Chicken, fresh cutlet, lb. €3.80-5.00 ₤3.00
Chicken, whole, frozen €6.30+ ₤4.00
Apples, each €0.32 45-85p
Cabbage, head €0.35-0.70 30p
Bananas, lb. €0.45-0.75 55p
Lettuce, head €0.45-0.50 30-50p/head
Grapes, lb. €2.40 ₤1.25-2.00
Tomatoes, lb. €2.00 45-65p
Grapefruit, each €0.45 25-50p
Potatoes, lb. €0.50+ 15-40p
Oranges, each €0.35 26p
Carrots, lb. €0.30-0.50 20p
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Miscellaneous
Loaf Bread €1.13 45-85p
Peanut Butter €1.89 ₤1.20
1/2 dozen Eggs €1.64 65-85p
80 Tea Bags €2.60 ₤0.85-1.40
1 lb. Butter €2.03  
1 lb. Spaghetti €1.00-2.00 49-65p
12 oz. Jam €0.75 ₤0.59-1.40
Instant Coffee €2.15-3.00 ₤0.90-2.60
Ltr. Fruit Juice €1.13 ₤0.90-2.60
Can Soda €0.63-1.50 35-60p
Corn Flakes €2.85 ₤2.00
15 oz. Soup €0.44-1.00 35-70p
Pint Milk €0.50 38p
1 kg Sugar €0.95-1.00 70p
1.5 kg Flour €0.75 55p
7 oz. Tuna Fish €1.90 80p
1 lb Cheese €2.91 ₤1.29+
1 lb Macaroni €1.00 50p
7 oz. Crackers €0.46 37p
7 oz Cookies €0.70 39-80p
Candy Bar €0.35 28p+
35 oz. Detergent €1.90-3.00 ₤1.50
Toothpaste €1.80-3.00 70p
40 Tampons €3.80  
Facial Tissues €1.00 79p
5 oz. Bath Soap €0.50 40p+
7 oz. Shampoo €1.00-6.00 ₤1.25
Shaving Cream €1.90 ₤1.25+
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