When Lief and I decided to relocate from the United States to Ireland nearly two decades ago, we were early...Read more
Ireland is not the cheapest place to settle down, but you’ll find that it offers a relaxing, rewarding environment for your much anticipated life abroad.
In many areas of Ireland, the cost of living is about US$2,500 per month. If you’re savvy, your budget may even be lower. And keep this in mind, the cost of living in Ireland is a forever-moving target, especially if the currency in which you derive your income differs from the euro.
Truthfully, the only one who can answer that question is you.
If living in a major city like Dublin is your dream, the cost of living here, as in any major city, will be higher. Rent can start at about US$880 and run as high as US$2,200. Outside of Dublin, in the lush, green countryside you can pay US$450 or less.
You can find meals at about US$16, but this is no mere bowl of soup. For the price, the carvery lunch serves up sliced chunks of juicy meat, cooked veggies, and, potatoes.
We’ve covered a roof over your head and food in your belly, but what if you get sick or simply need a check-up. Health care is definitely something to factor in. Health insurance costs are about US$1,000 annually, but compared to monthly costs in other nations, this is reasonable when spread out over 12 months.
Again, we can’t tell you how much the cost of living in Ireland will be for your situation, but the figures below can help you get a better idea of what to expect.
|Monthly Living Expenses (Dublin)||Cost Per Month|
|Rent (2 bedroom apartment in the city)||US$900|
|Transportation (monthly unlimited bus pass)||US$160|
|Electric, gas, water, and garbage.||US$160|
|Internet (Eir 4G Wireless Broadband)||US$35|
|Telephone (100 minutes on cell phone)||US$20|
|Cable TV (lowest cost)||US$35|
|Household Help (one day/week at $50/day)||US$200|
|Total Monthly Expenses||US$2,495|
I began my own adventures overseas in Ireland. Early one autumn morning what today seems like a lifetime ago, I packed my 8-year-old daughter Kaitlin, my laptop, and eight very oversized suitcases into an SUV. Then Kaitlin, my husband of one month Lief Simon, and I boarded a plane bound for Dublin. From there, we three found our way south to Waterford, where we made our home for the next seven years. When I undertook this move from Baltimore to...Read more