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The Basics

Ireland is predominantly English-speaking. 

In Gaeltacht areas of the country (parts of Galway, Cork, Kerry, Waterford, Mayo, Meath and Donegal for example) the Irish language, Gaeilge, is the first language. 

The Euro (denoted by € or EUR) is the unit of currency in Ireland. One Euro is equal to one hundred cents.

Currency exchange services are available at banks, post offices and credit unions. ATMs are widely available and MIC has an ATM machine beside the Students' Union area in the TARA Building.


There will be many factors determining a student's personal expenditure while studying at Mary Immaculate College. Please note the costing below is an estimate only.

Monthly Budget

  • Accommodation & utilities: €420
  • Food: €200 
  • Other expenses: €200
  • Textbooks and other materials: €50

Total monthly expenditure: €870


Estimated Total Annual Cost

An estimated cost for one academic year (nine months) of undergraduate study at Mary Immaculate College is outlined below:

  • Accommodation & utilities: €3,780
  • Food: €1,800
  • Other expenses: €1,800
  • Textbooks and other materials: €450
  • Health Insurance: €120
  • Tuition Fees (Bachelor degree): €11,148
  • Visa and Immigration fees: €400*

Total Annual Cost: €19,498

* Applicable to citizens of non-EEA countries only.

There is a  Bank of Ireland ATM on campus (TARA Building). 

To open a bank account with Bank of Ireland, you will need to present your passport and a supporting status letter from the College. Advice on foreign currency exchange can be provided on request. It is advisable to have contact details for your home bank account while in Ireland, in case you ever need to get in touch. All major credit and debit cards are accepted throughout Ireland. 

In Ireland and the UK, we use different plugs and voltage to the rest of the world. If you are bringing any electrical goods with you, you should purchase an adapter in your home country, as it may be cheaper there but check the voltage! Voltage in Ireland is 220V AC, at 50Hz. Most European appliances should work no problem. The plug in Ireland is a standard 3-pin plug so you will need an adapter to suit this.

The climate in Ireland tends to be mild and temperate, though rainy, for most of the year. Temperature extremes in summer and winter are rare but not completely unheard of. The term 'four seasons in one day' can be said of Ireland, meaning that the weather here can be changeable and unpredictable. It is a good idea to purchase an umbrella and either bring/buy a waterproof jacket/coat/poncho, suitably warm clothing and footwear.

More information on Met Éireann.



Some student accommodation provide bedding – but not all do. You should be able to find reasonably priced homewares, bed linen and towels in the following stores:

  • Dunnes Stores, Henry Street, Limerick City
  • Guineys, William Street, Limerick City
  • Heatons, Crescent Shopping Centre, Dooradoyle, Limerick
  • Penneys, O’Connell Street, Limerick City & Crescent Shopping Centre, Dooradoyle

It is a good idea to purchase an umbrella, a waterproof jacket/coat/poncho, suitable warm clothing and footwear. The stores above have clothing sections too but the city centre and the Crescent Shopping Centre have a large selection of other retailers.


  • Lidl, Childers Road, Limerick City (a five minute walk from Mary Immaculate College)
  • Aldi, Childers Road, Limerick City
  • Dunnes Stores, Henry Street, Limerick City
  • Tesco, Crescent Shopping Centre, Dooradoyle and Arthur’s Quay Limerick City

Tourist Information


Check out to find out what's happening in Limerick city and surrounding area.

Limerick Tourist Information Office is located at  20 O'Connell Street, Limerick or by phoning +353 61 317522

Other useful links

Tipperary is the official tourism site for the 'Premier County' and Thurles has a section on that website.

Other useful links