Translation: Patricia Costa

Studying abroad is one of the experiences most sought after by people who want to improve their level of English. This is because, while enhancing their language skills this experience also allows them to develop on a personal and professional level. To make the most of this new adventure, we recommend you organize all the steps of your trip to ensure that everything happens according to your plans, including managing your usual expenses.

The main concern that our students usually have when it comes to going to Ireland are their economic resources. Students who opt for long-term courses (33 weeks visa) can work legally in this country for 20 hours during most of the year; and 40 hours per week during two different periods: from June to September, and from December 15 to January 15. However, we recommend that you save enough money to cover all your expenses while looking for a job.

Some tips to make your money last are:

1. Food
Of course, eating is one of our students’ the most important expenses. It’s very common that students who have left their homes for the first time to live abroad have not had the opportunity to cook for themselves while living with their families. Therefore, eating at restaurants may be the easiest option, but it can also be the most expensive. Preparing your own food can help you save a lot of money! Buy the ingredients in a supermarket and try to explore your culinary skills. You can find a new passion and of course save money to invest in other things.

2. Transport
Dublin is known for its flat, easy-to traverse streets. You can visit many attractions on foot and, of course, save a lot of money. However, there will be times when you will have to use transport. Public transportation in Dublin is great and can save you on a really rainy day. But if you walk every day from your home to school and vice versa, in addition to saving money, you can discover new places and explore the city in a way that you would not be able to if using the bus every day. Another good option is to buy a bicycle. Dublin is a bicycle friendly city and you can get anywhere in a matter of minutes and without spending money. If you still, do not feel comfortable buying a bike, Dublin Bikes is a great option. It costs € 20 annually to become a member. If using for only 30 minutes then the use is free, however you will pay 0.50c if you exceed this 30-minute time limit. Below is the price list and the link to know more.

The search for leisure and entertainment is also a top priority while studying abroad. There is a whole new world right in front of your eyes: pubs, castles, museums and night clubs… of course you can and must enjoy it. However, you need to organize yourself properly to avoid spending more than you can afford in the long run. In Dublin, there are a large number of activities that you can join in for free. Many of the museums and art galleries have free entry and those that charge a fee usually open once a week or a month for free, you just have to check the dates and availability. Most nightclubs are also free before certain times. So, why don’t you leave the house a little earlier to save a few notes? Check out our post with more tips on places to go without having to pay anything. 6 activities for the weekend in Dublin – take a note!

You can have a spectacular experience during your time in Dublin without spending a lot of money. You just have to organize your expenses to the maximum. Try it!