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Living in Ireland

The Republic of Ireland is a relatively small country with a population of less than 5 million people. The climate is majorly temperate maritime modified by the current of the North Atlantic. The winter season in Ireland is somewhat mild and the summers are always cool. The average weather condition is constantly humid with it being overcast more than 50% of the time. The country is also called the “Emerald Isle” and it is probably exactly how you imagined it to be; castles, lakes, cliffs and other magnificent things. Ireland is a great country with great achievements ranging from sporting activities to economic growth. According to the European Union, Ireland is one of the very few countries of the world that enjoys a high life quality in the whole Europe. It’s also one of the top three richest countries in Europe.

Compared to other countries in the world, living in Ireland is very easy then as it as a generally laidback pace. Aside from the warm and loving nature of its people, the weather and climate are favourable for almost anything you want to do. Here’s an insight that will give you an illustration of what life in the beautiful Republic of Ireland is.

Accommodation

The country has a wide range of accommodation options for college students depending on their budget. There is a wide variety of accommodation and living options to choose from. Fortunately, most of all these houses in Ireland are tastefully furnished with couches, cabinets, dressers and others. Even the mattresses in the bedrooms are always brand new. In purchasing or renting accommodation in Ireland, it is very important and necessary to take a very good look at the apartment and its proximity to places you are likely to visit on a regular basis. Cheaper rentals in Ireland tend to be a bit farther than any form of public transport. For students, there are options for staying on campus, though it is always in high demand which makes it a bit expensive. The other option is a rented accommodation and this option are for students who want to be totally independent. Also, if you have a host family, you can decide to stay with them. The choice is absolutely yours, but ensure you budget accordingly and never live above your means.

Feeding

For students in Ireland, there is a wide array of culinary options to choose from. You can never go hungry or thirsty. Ireland has a bit of a diverse culture so there are a lot of mouthwatering dishes available in the restaurants. All the pockets are taken care of and there is always something you can afford. Dishes from all nationalities are well represented in the Republic of Ireland and almost all the restaurants satisfy almost all the dietary requirements. Alcohol is in excess here, especially whiskey and stout. The Irish flavour in this drinks gives it a distinctive flavour compared to whatever you might have tasted before. The commonest and affordable dishes you will find include Dublin Bay Prawns, Bacon and Cabbage, Soda Bread, Oysters and Irish stew. Just get your taste buds ready.

Transportation

The size of Ireland as a country makes it very easy to navigate around. Rental cars are extremely cheap and buses and trains run all over the country and getting to the nooks and crannies of the country. It is even advisable to rely greatly on public transportation not only because it is pocket friendly but because it is also extremely efficient. All you have to do is to figure out the routes you need to access, as both buses and trains are readily available at any period of time. If you miss one bus, ensure you have prior knowledge of similar train routes you can quickly jump on. Half the population of Ireland lives in Dublin, so the transport system there is relatively easy. Just try and get familiar with the routes so you won’t get lost.

Cost of Student living

As a student, you need to draw out your expenses and budget so you won’t get financially stranded. The cost of living varies as it depends on where you live in. Depending on your school, you need a minimum amount of money to show the authorities that you can live a relatively convenient lifestyle without having any financial stress which might in the long run take a toll on your academic performance. Calculate what you will spend on your electricity, water, internet consumption and other sundry bills.

Part-time work

For international students who are studying full-time, they currently do not need any work permit. Students that have a valid and legit immigration stamp can work up to 40 hours per week on selected months of the year. Other students who register for degree programmes can get a casual job if they are qualified and meet the necessary requirements. Part-time jobs are indeed useful as they tend to help you get familiar with the surroundings and areas around the country. The little extra money you will make can be used to pay bills and sort out any other expenses you might have unattended to. Part-time jobs just enhances your budget as there isn’t much free time to get a full-time job.

Health

For international students, hospital services are free, as far they are citizens of member states in the European Union. To qualify for this, you have to submit your health documents to the Irish health authorities. Your home country will validate your entitlement. For non-European students, it is required that they have their own private insurance. This is required when applying for visa.

In all, Ireland is a country that has favourable policies for all international students. Life there is affordable and easy as you even get wider opportunities to connect and network with professionals in your chosen field or career. Just make sure you don’t limit yourself in terms of getting variety of opportunities. Enjoy your stay there, and who knows? You might even bring your family to come join you in the beautiful Emerald Isle.

 

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