Cost of Living in Dublin

Summary about cost of living in Dublin, Ireland:

Edit Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 20.00 € 13.37-33.10
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 80.00 € 60.00-120.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 10.00 € 9.00-11.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 6.00 € 5.00-7.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 6.00 € 5.00-7.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.70 € 2.50-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.25 € 1.50-3.20
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.70 € 1.20-3.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 4.85 € 3.97-7.57
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.64 € 0.91-2.72
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.63 € 0.45-1.13
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.37 € 2.09-4.79
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.36 € 1.36-9.07
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 4.28 € 2.49-5.44
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4.95 € 2.72-6.80
Apples (1 lb) 1.08 € 0.45-1.81
Banana (1 lb) 0.80 € 0.57-1.36
Oranges (1 lb) 1.06 € 0.45-2.71
Tomato (1 lb) 1.44 € 0.45-2.72
Potato (1 lb) 0.73 € 0.36-1.36
Onion (1 lb) 0.49 € 0.23-0.95
Lettuce (1 head) 0.97 € 0.70-1.50
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.45 € 0.65-2.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 12.00 € 9.00-15.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.75 € 1.69-4.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.28 € 2.00-5.50
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 15.40 € 14.60-19.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.00 € 2.00-3.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 120.00 € 86.96-140.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.00 € 3.80-6.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.41 € 2.09-4.83
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.60 € 25.00-50.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 7.50 € 6.06-8.33
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 31,632.50 € 27,000.00-33,175.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 30,388.36 € 29,000.00-33,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 228.94 € 150.00-350.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.39 € 0.20-0.50
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 56.77 € 45.00-75.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 44.13 € 30.00-65.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 19.70 € 12.00-30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.00 € 10.00-15.20
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,229.41 € 1,000.00-1,500.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 9,346.25 € 6,000.00-13,720.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 81.91 € 40.00-120.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 35.65 € 20.00-59.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 90.11 € 60.00-120.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 94.36 € 50.00-140.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,957.04 € 1,500.00-2,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,676.08 € 1,200.00-2,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,521.55 € 3,000.00-4,800.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,825.44 € 2,200.00-3,750.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 679.38 € 492.38-929.02
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 453.89 € 278.71-650.32
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,013.81 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.47 2.75-5.00

Prices in Dublin

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99 Comments so far
Anonymous on Feb 08, 2023:
I'd avoid moving here unless you are getting a six figure salary. Rent is extortion, rent for a tiny box room (which will be moudly & no insulation so heating costs will bankrupt you) in a shared apartment is reaching 1100-1200 pm now. Lower income people are having to resort to living in slumlike conditions, paying 500-600pm to sleep in bunk beds of 3 or 4 to a small room. There is 2 bed apartments with 8 ppl inside. The Political & Landlord class are doing nothing to improve the situation. There is no future in this country for the young. A meagre existence, where you will never have your own place or afford to have a family.

Health care system is falling apart, the wealthy use private insurance so no incentive to care, the rest have to deal with waiting lists that stretch on for years, A&E is overflowing, people lined on corridors days without treatment. Recently a 16 year old girl was left for 16 hours without treatment & died in A&E.
Mo on Jan 25, 2023:
Is 5,500 EUR (net) enough to support 2 people and renting in Dublin in a nice area?
Mars on Jan 22, 2023:
Sorry, in my previous comment I meant 3k for 3 bedroom hous/appt. Not sure if those are good deals or just something to run from.
Mars on Jan 22, 2023:
Are rents under 3k in fake or real? Bad areas maybe? Need advice on where to live with family of 4. Naas maybe?
JOsh on Jan 16, 2023:
Prague got super expensive, Dublin too, London too. Everywhere got super expensive, salaries are the same as usual and politician are doing nothing. Where are we going? Do we have to just stay where we are and join the crime!?
James on Jan 09, 2023:
If you are thinking about moving to Dublin please think again - rents are insane for literal mould boxes (looking at 2000+ per month in terrible areas), antisocial behaviour everywhere, the city feels lifeless and stagnant compared to all other EU capitals I have been to, public transport in non-existent, insurance for everything is well above the EU average, the hospital system is collapsing before our eyes - it's honestly such a depressing city - Amsterdam, Paris...even London all offer a better living situation
Bruna Souza on Nov 05, 2022:
Olá pessoal, estou pensando em fazer um intercambio em Dublin mas estou bem assustada com o deficit de acomodação, até o meio do ano que vem tem perspectiva de melhora? È possivel alugar um quarto compartilho por 500 euros?
Karl on Sep 27, 2022:
@Usama - I would say not at all. Rent is incredibly expensive. Check on for prices. You could hardly afford rent on that salary.
Usama on Sep 26, 2022:
Hey all,

Is 18'500 euro per annum enough to support a family of 3 (2 adults, 1 child about a year old)? I am thinking about taking a doctorate position at University College Dublin but really concerned about the annual stipend. Any advice from someone living in Dublin is highly appreciated.
Anonymous on Jul 20, 2022:
Welcome to big tech corralito:

Low salaries
High rent and expenses
No social services or healthcare

Your job is your lifeline. This is how foreign companies are exploiting the country and the European Union.

We need to stop this massacre of the Irish state
Annie on Jun 28, 2022:
When was the grocery costs for dublin list updated? I’m looking at moving there in the fall and i’m trying to make a budget but since costs have gone up so much, i want to be sure i’m getting accurate pricing. Also how do you receive this data? Are you looking at prices in actual grocery stores or are you getting the information online?
fra on May 25, 2022:
Rents are just crazy expensive. They'd give me about 30k/year to work in Dublin as an engineer (although with little experience). Am I supposed to spend 20k for a rent and just get by? How can the average low skill worker survive?
anon on May 06, 2022:
mobina - 16OOO is enough for Carlow to live a basic life, but Carlow IT does not have a great reputation.

SD - 2 kids? Just about. But rents are just going higher and higher.
SD on Apr 18, 2022:
Is 3300 Euros per month enough for a family of 2 in Dublin?
MobinaGh on Dec 13, 2021:
Hi everyone.
Is a Ph.D. position with a stipend of €16,000 per annum plus tuition fees for 4 years realistic (for one person), or should I work part-time to live an ideal life in Carlow?
Thanks in advance for your reply.
theauldbavarianfenian on Nov 18, 2021:
@ 2Theoldbavarianfenian, well the rental/sharing market was particularly delicate during autumn this year, though today Nov 18th there are 446 rooms in a shared accommodation for "Dublin City" on, hard to imagine it was only 28 about 6 weeks ago .. are you sure you didn't use any additional filters ?
Anonymous on Oct 21, 2021:
In my opinion it all depends on things how much is your rent, do you have to travel to work, do you cook your self or primarily order take out and so on. As I see it nowadays you need at least 3k to make ends meet, for more central area 4k, as we are seeing worldwide everything is getting more expensive by the minute.
Anonymous on Sep 28, 2021:
How much would I approximately be saving on 4k net per month as a single person, no car? Thanks!
2Theauldbavarianfenian on Sep 27, 2021:
I just checked and there were only 28 rooms in shared appartments listed in dublin city costing 900e monthly or less
Anonymous on Sep 27, 2021:
Hello, Is 2000€ NET enough to live in Dublin, only for basic necessities, such as rent, utilities, transport, and food? Excluding entertainment and additional things. Thank you.
Theauldbavarianfenian on Sep 23, 2021:
@Getreal - I’d to be honest also see the rent prices as pretty realistic … if we talk about normal 1 bedroom accommodation , you would see these in half ways central locations advertised typically between 1200-1700€ … if demand is really really high put on top 10-20% if someone would to be outbidden - but then you’d end up at 1400-2000€ - out of which the 1700€ stated here would be the average - what proves my point of that being a pretty realistic figure for a central location … obviously extremes would go faf beyond that - but yet I’d say those 2500€ you are stating would be at the extreme end and get you a 1 bed appartment in one of those luxury apartment blocks with on site gym and cinema …
So I’d say in terms of accommodation the average person with average needs can plan with 650-1100€ For a room in a shared house appartment (depending on size, features, location, size of household….)
850-1100€ for a studio out of the Centre
950-1300€ for a studio in the Centre
1200-1600€ for a 1 bed appartment out of the Centre
1400- 2000€ for a 1 bed in the Centre

And so forth …
No offense to you get real, just thinking you take places at the very high end as reference
GetReal on Sep 18, 2021:
The average prices for rent in Dublin is a joke!!

I appreciate the information presented by Numbeo but lets face it, one has to be very lucky to get a 1 bedroom apartment in city center at the "average" price of 1700 euros a month. even at 2200 it would be a big problem. Yes they are advertised at those prices but getting them is in practice very difficult as one has to compete with 40-50 other individuals who are desperately looking for a place to live.

If you plan to move to Dublin and need to rent an apartment quickly, be prepared to pay at least 2500 euros for 1 bedroom.

The prices for other commodities are actuallly quite realistic.
Anonymous on Sep 14, 2021:
Addressed to: Albert on Jul 08, 2021

Ireland is one of the most tolerant countries in EU regarding religious and ethnic backgrounds:

Your scouring remarks make you come across as a miserable grump of a person. Also known as 'minus craic'. Although Ireland has many issues, racism is not top billing. Housing is our main gripe. Not sure where you're getting 'ripped off', you make it sound like there are lecherous merchants shouting prices at you. We are a developed economy, wages are high, prices reflect that. Although cost of living remains an issue of note.

All people who are good craic are welcome. You are not good craic.
blink on Aug 16, 2021:
lived in dublin for 5 yrs.
Pros: Beautiful sceneries, friendly people, affordable and good healthcare

Cons: expensive houses, high rent, High cost of electricity, bad weather, high taxes, too many junkies.Needs to pay TV license.
Anonymous on Jul 24, 2021:
Hello, I'm a student and planning an exchange to Dublin, don't have job offer but have lots of experience and i can easily get jobs, but I'm worried with the rent, how much and what kind of jobs should I have to be able to pay rent and spare some to survive?
Albert on Jul 08, 2021:
I lived in Ireland for just under 6 years, and I can say that it was 5 years too long. The landscapes are beautiful, but they become pretty boring quickly. Most of the people I knew went out to the pub to get drunk on the weekends. Every single weekend!. Overall, I would say that Irish people tend to be racist, and the country is not known as the rip-off country for no reason. Very expensive, and people try to rip you off all the time everywhere. On the other hand, the weather is miserable and that brings a lot of people down, even causing depression. Overall, I would not recommend living there for over one year.
Theauldbavarianfenian on May 27, 2021:
Addressed to the annonymous commentator from May 12th -

That Ireland is extremely expensive is only partly true. Living space is in general expensive, along with services/eating/drinking out. That naturally mainly applies to Dublin and other urban areas. So by that statement I am very very inclined to say that person has spent all of the 13 years mentioned in Dublin - and now applies that to the entire country.

The weather is horrible ? It can be seen that way - it though is a very subjective statement. The fact that you have the chance of seeing more than one season within a day is definitely true - though I wouldn’t say the weather is horrible but challenging in the way of not being very reliable.

There is nothing to do ? you are DEFINITELY on the wrong track there. If there is nothing to do at all that matches your interests and preferences, that is surprising, but then in the end says more about you than about the Country. The scenic nature, the importance that sports and music have in the country just to name a few obvious things show that the country offers a good few examples that the country allows various options to spend ones time
Anonymous on May 25, 2021:
Comment below is so wrong. Obviously someone with a grudge?? And where did you *leave* for 13 years. Must have been bad??? We are famed for our hospitality and as an Irish citizen I can assure you our hospitality is genuine. We love our climate. Definitely move away if you can't hack it. Ireland is truly stunning. I can say this definitively as I have travelled all over the world. Coming home is best part about travelling away from Irelsnd. We are a young country and of course our politicians are endeavouring to get things right re the care if it's citizens; which incidentally our Government did brilliantly during COVID. I thoroughly agree with your decision to leave, I would do the same if I was miserable, but please don't bad mouth our country after it gave you an education!! That or those certificates gained in Ireland will open many doors to you around the world. You must have remained here for 13 years, despite how miserable you were, for some reason? Maybe a failed romance has caused your misery? If you open yourself up to the Irish you will find incredibly kind, caring and non-judgemental people. We are tge people who give the most to any other country in a crisis. We have never forgotten 800 years of grinding hardship under a foreign regime and our empathy for other societies in needs knows no bounds. Read our history if you want to understand our people, speak our language. Eat, laugh and sing with us. DANCE with us and then my friend your misery will dissapate and joy will fill your heart. I invite you to take another look with a different mindset. Go to the desserts and hot places of this world if you must but I can honestly say Ireland, it's people, it's landscape will forever play on your mind.
Anonymous on May 12, 2021:
Ireland is extremely expensive, there is nothing to do here and the quality of healthcare and housing is ridiculous for the amount that you have to pay. Lived in Ireland for over 13 years, studied, and went to college here with the educational system being questionable. Most people that got anywhere career-wise are non-nationals. Had difficulties growing up as the Irish tend to stick only with the Irish. It is a friendly country but a lot of the time it seems very fake. The weather is horrible and changes to different seasons in one day. The government doesn't care about it's people and with the lockdowns happening because of Covid, it's almost impossible to leave and start a better life. Very difficult to save money and not having to decrease your living standards significantly. The only good thing I can say is that nature here is beautiful but constantly you hear about people being depressed living here. The amount of young people taking drugs and turning to alcohol is shocking. I would not let my kids grow up here and I am planning to move as soon as I can.

On the other hand, some people love it here so if you plan to move to Ireland make sure to see for yourself if it's for you. Most people that are foreigners and even Irish want to get out..
Mordecai Friday Moses on May 10, 2021:
Hello, am waiting this for a recommendation,am looking forward for a job opportunity in Dublin, Ireland. Please I will be glad if my request is attended to, thanks.
AM on Apr 09, 2021:
Hi, I am looking to relocate to Dublin, family of 4 with 2 school going boys one in primary and other in secondary.
Is 144K annual sufficient to live comfortably and save something reasonable. Thank you.
Mustafa on Jan 29, 2021:
You should compare these parameters with Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax)
AF on Jan 28, 2021:
As a Dub, I'm not surprised by the complaints about rent in Ireland, they are high.

But I am surprised at so many people complaining about racism regarding jobs. I could not get a job in science in 2006, when I graduated because the jobs market was so in favour of the employer. After a PhD it wasn't much easier, there aren't many related jobs in Dublin. And it takes a long time.

In the companies I've worked in by now, they have either had a higher number of expats than would be expected proportionally, or have been very multicultural.

I don't think Dublin is necessarily any more racist than other world cities but the hiring processes area definitely trickier than they should be.
Daniel on Jan 07, 2021:
PROS of living in Dublin: friendly people, nice Pubs - lots of!, affordable grocery/food prices, safe and compact - you can walk the whole city center in an hour.

CONS of living in Dublin: expensive and really bad quality housing, lack of cultural options rather than pubs, silly curfew for clubs at 3am (some even have to close at 11.30 on weekdays), the weather is awful the whole year round so you stay indoors most of the time, you are stuck in an island with a small population, therefore, the amount of things you can do/people you can meet is really limited.

VERDICT: I would recommend Dublin for older people or families looking for a more chilled way of living... or for those who grew up in small towns/villages. Anyone who is younger and/or has lived in other major European cities will be disappointed with the city.
Tab on Nov 29, 2020:
I had to change the dollar amount to American since I have never been outside the country accept Canada,before you needed a passport. Ireland has always been a country I had wanted to visit because of such beauty,the rich history. My great great grandparents are from somewhere in Ireland. So my husband and I spoke about maybe taking a vacation there. Oh my goodness expensive. Then I spoke to others I work with in emergency room and they said people in Ireland hate Americans,can always sniff them out. They said because of our demeanor even before we say word. That I would be treated unwelcome compared to other tourists. On e.r. Dr said it was best to find somewhere else to go. But the country looks absolutely stunning. Offering tourists a lot to do and teaching us the history, not what's shown on TV. Cleashe I know. One of the travel agencies also said tourists can stay in converted castles that were turned into hotels, yet keeping the castles as authentic as possible.
james on Jul 16, 2020:
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GOODLUCK Tumaini on Jul 05, 2020:

I am looking to apply for the higher learning program in Dublin, I want to know if there are part time jobs for the health professional? And what is the rates of payment per hour?
J on Jun 28, 2020:
One positive is that the Irish People are sound and have a special way about them. But definitely not a good quality of life for most citizens here. Quality of your life in Dublin would improve if you were Rich.
J on Jun 28, 2020:
Dublin is a Complete Rip off.
Over populated, Over Rated & Over Priced. Appalling Traffic. No Cycling infrastructure. Expensive Property (Buy or Rent). Expensive Food, clothes, socialising, petrol, utility bills and crap weather. Avoid !
Bernadette on Jun 21, 2020:

Can anyone tell me what it's like living in Ireland for a pensioner/widower age 68, at present living in England.

I have lived in Germany and Spain and have a Germany pension and English pension and what city would be a good place to live .

Thank you.
Robert on May 11, 2020:
Hello. I have an offer from a company based in Dublin. They offer me around 3,3K as net. I am married and I have a kid. Would this be enough to live for 2-4 months until my wife will start her job? I know that flats are expensive, besides that how much I would pay for food, health, etc.? Really appreciate your answers and thank you in advance.
Anonymous on Apr 14, 2020:
Check to check your net salary.
Anonymous on Apr 08, 2020:
what is the tax rate will be if my salary was 6500 euro?
what is the expected salary for someone who has 5 years' experience with a high degree and has a certificates?
Rohit Chopra on Mar 20, 2020:
I need to know how much can I save if I'm getting 6200euros per month inhand after tax cancellation.
Is it a good offer to go ahead with ?.
Appreciate your response!
Anonymous on Feb 09, 2020:
Becoming hub of multi-national companies. But transportation system is really bad. You must need car and ready to pay healthy insurance. Health system is really bad. You will be in waiting even in emergency case. Housing crisis, everybody knows... Food is also costly compare to central European countries. Only weather is good.
Friends on Feb 07, 2020:
Disagree it is very easy to make friends with Irish and non Irish
Anonymous on Feb 07, 2020:

2 People with 2.8K it's not Good in Dublin.
If lucky you will get a 1.5K apartment, which it's more than 50% your income.
Be prepared for a rent of 1.5-2K if you don't wanna share, or Pay 1.2K outside dublin, but you will need
a car which will certain cost more than 300 Eur a month (Insurance, Tax, Gas, Parking) a of course
less things to do.

As for friendly people I would say they are polite, you will chat with irish people at the pub and that's it,
you won't be making any friends.

Double check your math before accepting it.
Tosarah on Feb 05, 2020:
If you like beauty try Italy or spain. With 2800 you be in serious trouble renting and living in Dublin.

And if you don’t have money nobody will be nice.

If you want to stick to science try Cambridge or Oxford there at least they can start real businesses with science.

Ireland is rule by farmers not scientist. The uk on brexit is just gonna be stronger than Ireland.
Sarah on Feb 05, 2020:
Why don't come to Ireland?
Do you think it is better to stay in Uk with Brexit than come to Ireland for 3 years, earning 2800 euros per month?
Even if in Scotland there are no offers at all at the moment?
It's so bad to live there?
How about the friendly people, the beautiful landscapes and nature? it's all fake?
Tosarah on Feb 04, 2020:
Don’t come to Ireland. Stay in the uk.
Sarah on Feb 03, 2020:
I've received a job offer for a Ph.D. Marie Curie in molecular oncology at the trinity college in Dublin.
I'll be moving with my partner and with a car.
my perspective salary will be 42600 Euros per year.

Any suggestions about the perspective net? and if living outside Dublin, but in a nice and safe environment, would be affordable?

We're living in Edinburgh, Scotland at the moment, but without a job offer yet, and we're Italians, even if somatically I have blue eyes and red hair, so we were wondering if it might be a good chance to accept the offer and move to Dublin of if it might be better to stay in Scotland until new job offer may come up.

We're are both mature 34/35 years old, so definitely a sharing accommodation is not an option.
Kind Regards to everybody and thank you for the help.
Anonymous on Jan 06, 2020:
I had a modern 1 bedroom apartment 5 minutes from St. Stephen's Green for €900 per month back in 2006 to 2009.
A very similar 1 bedroom apartment is now €1,7500 per month in the same building that I used to rent in.
Just looking at and the prices of rent are astronomical! Apparently the only places in Europe that are more expensive to rent then Dublin are London & Geneva! There actually isn't anything in Dublin city centre for less then €1,800 per month besides bedsits and student accommodation.
Anonymous on Dec 25, 2019:

This would be 3.5k net.

Rent 1.5-2k. Outside City center of course. Check
500-600 groceries for 3 people.
If buying a car first year insurance 2k + Road taxes + gas 1.4 liter average + parking

So your entire salary can be consumed only with fixes Costs.

I dont know where you are and current conditions, but, Dublin I recommend at least 80k salary Single person.
Bart on Dec 24, 2019:
I have been living in Dublin for 13 years, can only talk about single person experience.
If you are planning to move here and live alone you need something in circa 40k per year.
Single bed, studio is around 900euro, pint is 5-6euro, pizza out 10 euro, okay restaurant 30 euro per person, smokes 12, weed 50 for 5g :)
Bart on Dec 24, 2019:
depends where you are planning to live and how much income per year your wife makes.
house alone would be around 1.5k if you are lucky and not looking for something in the city center, if you plan to get a car insurace for the first year will be a pain. The best way is to find something clsoe to your work as commuting to dublin from outside can be a real pain in the butt.
#brett on Dec 20, 2019:
Hi, I have been offered a job in Dublin, 55k, family of 3 wife self employed, so income varies, son will be in high school, will this be enough, seems in might be far better off where I am currently?
NightWatch on Dec 08, 2019:
I've been living in Dublin for a year. I just left this city because the housing condition. I couldn't understand how adult ppl living in a shared room is common in developed country like Ireland. As far as I know, I think Dublin is the worst place to find an affordable accommodation among Europan cities.
Preeti on Dec 05, 2019:
I am looking to marry an Indian working in Dublin from past 3 years. He has the salary package of 65K (Per Annum). I am a working profession in administration field and have plan to work after marriage.
Can anyone tell me how easy it is to get jobs in administration in Dublin?
How difficult is life in terms of earning a good livelihood and a decent house on loan when two people are working (considering the 40% tax)?
Also, Is 65K (Excluding Tax) insufficient for an individual?
What can be the pros and cons for me in getting married to him (in terms of weather, culture & standard of living considering that I belongs to India)?
RainbowDwarf on Nov 14, 2019:
Dublin, the capital of the Celtic Tiger has houses' walls made of paper,poor quality and ugly houses, the whole city is in the top 3 ugliest capital cities in europe, flats are v.expensive and even if you have money to rent it is v.difficult to find a place as there is 200 people wanting the same, lower tax retention than in most of countries in europe(by some 3-10 percent netto) as the taxes are hidden and all you see is 20 and 41 percent tax which seems good,always delayed buses due to people buying tickets in the bus so 100 people must wait, almost always bad weather, nothing interesting to see in dublin as there is no interesting events nor museums and restaurants tend to be average quality but plenty of pubs(thank god).There are some tax tricks for large corporations that make them invest there.This is just my real life experience.Enjoy Ireland.
peter on Nov 12, 2019:
i lived in 10 countries in europe and ireland is te shittest place to live and it is unbelievable and faulty that companies set offices and invest there and not in any other country in eeurope mainland.Everything there is better that in dublin. Probably it is ignorance and incompetence to invest in ireland.
Smartass on Oct 20, 2019:
Dublin definitely is a city with a couple of different Faces.

To start off with the quality of live, this really depends on your income and/or what your expectations are.

As someone who has moved to Dublin from a fairly big sized town north of Dublin, I have to say, though I have worked in Dublin before I moved here and heard things from friends and colleagues as well as of course I did my own research before - I still was shocked by the living expenses.

Going from that I definitely can tell that, if you are an expat and earning in the region of 30k gross p.a. (What would be the norm for entry level positions in the Tech and financial industries (obviously not counting in software engineers and the likes) you could see your budgeting being fairly tight.

As the main factor being housing, of course depending on what you want to/can spend on that and what conditions you expect to live in you can cut costs in - depending on availabilities. What I mean is:
If you want a fair sized doublebedroom and you one (en-suite) bathroom and be in a safe nice and fairly central location, expect to be paing in the region of 1000€ (Obviously, household size, state of the building , reputation/safety of the neighborhood ad transport connection will have an impact)
If you on the other hand would be happy with a tiny single bedroom in a run-down backroad building in a rough area like Finglas, Rialto, Tallaght, Inchicore or Dolphins Barn and comfortable of sharing a bathroom with four others, you could get something for 500-550€, but be aware this may bring a lot of additional issues.

Given the salary specified, which is a figure closeish to what I have, I only elaborated the dituation for shared housing above, as this realistically is all you will consider with that kind of Budget.

To give a vague idea here a rough example of my budgeting considering my earnings are roughly 2k€ net/month)

Housing: just under 900€ a month including all bills for a double bedroom with own balcony and bathroom in a nice modern apartment complex in Dublin 14.

Food/Drink/Household items/ Hygene: budgeted 250€/ month - largely benefiting from the fact I do have a free canteen at work - I do give a lot about quality if it comes to these things though (includes a monthly haircut approx 25€)

Fun / sparetime : approx 150€ - eating/drinking out with friends, visiting music/sporting events etc. (considering what eating out and drinking costs here in Dublin, both happens relatively infrequently)

Public transport: approx 80€ - using the tram to go to work and at times into the City Centre

Subscriptions: 50€ Netflix, Office365, charities

Insurances: 50€

Saving on shopping and travelling: approx 200€

This leaves me with expenses of approx 1700€ in a „normal“ month - please do not forget though that I usually have breakfast and lunch along with drinks and snacks at the office, what saves me another, say 150€ a month.

If you live in similar conditions/ would be happy with a similar lifestyle and are ok with having 200-300€ at the end of the month for savings/ emergencies I would suggest this heavily overpriced city financially is still a good place for you.

Apart from the Financial side, what the city gives you:


-despite being a pretty big place, pretty laid back and super friendly
-full of history
-very multicultural, you will bump into loads of interesting people from all over the world
-a transport hub for travel across the country as well as internationally
-Good Nightlife (though expensive)
-always something going on for sports and music fans
- great career chances, particularly for bi-/multilinguals
-previous point massively growing still, as the city is booming


-housing prices
-overall living costs
- public transport within the city is chaotic and not reliable
- safety in some areas (finglas, east wall, Inchicore ...)
-health care (though not Dublin specific but a national issue)
Anonymous on Sep 26, 2019:
Really overpriced city. Even on a good salary (70k) you will struggle to live on your own. Expect to share a low quality house or apartment and barely save.
Anonymous on Sep 05, 2019:
The quality of life in Dublin vs the expenses to be here = objectively not worth it at all. As compared to other European capitols Dublin does not look very attractive yet even after living here for a few years the city can surprise in a positive way. When it comes to safety (1-not safe at all, 10 - very safe) I'd give Dublin mere 5. It's quite common to hear from people about break-ins or robberies or read about murders (although Dublin praises itself as a Fair City :/ Nightlife is vibrant and people here are laidback. When it comes to standards and quality of life - it can vary greatly depending on the area. Avoid areas such as Ronnanstown, Finglas, Rialto, East Wall or Citywest - people just seem dumb and scruffy, the rest of the city all in all looks fine (with South-East leaning towards opulent side). If you are an ordinary worker and not some IT guy working for well-known company life here won't be easy. One of the highest costs of car insurance and rent in Europe as well as medical care. For a minimal wage and full-time employment you will be forced to share a flat for the rest of your life unless you want to spend all what you earn on that. Relationships between people are generally short-lived here as people generally just come and go (stay for a few years to study or work and move on elsewhere). To summarize - quite an interesting experience.
Anonymous on Aug 12, 2019:
City is great as long as you stay young and never become an adult.
Otherwise it is a mare
-housing costs
-running a car
for all this you need 2 people working more or less bringing home 5.5k NET minimum between the 2 of them
i reckon more or less people spend 4k net on all of the above.
1k for food internet bills (again based on a family of 3 people) and a couple of nights out a month.
You are left with 500 euros that you can spend on a family holiday and keep for emergencies.
Darkskies on Jul 13, 2019:
Good for you. That’s not the case for 99% of irish workers
bluesky91 on Jul 12, 2019:

Then you clearly don't work for the right companies. I have the payslips / contracts to prove it. Also, 80k is VERY average for SDEs and other tech roles here's in Dublin... You must be hanging in the wrong company.
Darskies on Jul 12, 2019:
Veeeery few people make 80k let alone 135 that’s a joke

Most devs are in 45 60k plus bonus
bluesky91 on Jul 12, 2019:
I work in tech in Ireland, although not for one of the big giants. I earn 135k per year (gross). Monthly that comes to about 6.5k net. I live with my girlfriend. This is only recently though, before I was earning 80k (gross) and it was still quite alright.

My rent is 1550 euros and I live in Dublin 8, with access to all amenities, can't really complain. The apartment is a 1-bedroom. Considering the stuff I've seen in dublin, it looks pretty good, though I had to search 2 months for this apartment, so plan ahead.

I spend around 350 euros a month of food, although that includes a lot of takeaway and restaurant eating (though no fancy restaurants, stuff like Nandos for example.

I spend 80 euros a month on electricity (no fas).
Around 60 euros for internet
Around 25 euros for phone + internet
Around 30 euros for public transport (though I use it only on weekends, as I bike to work)
As for the last year I spent around 1600 euros on medical stuff (gp visits, blood work, etc). Health is really bad in ireland, so stay healthy if you can.
I spend around 25 euros for a haircut as a man (there are cheaper options though)
I spend around 25 euros a month for unlimited cinema @ odeon.

Overall I do not particularly like Dublin or Ireland in general, but if you work in tech in Europe it's a good way to make some money to save.

If you have any questions you can email me at

Tospaniards on Jul 11, 2019:
Tons of discrimination beware when looking for job as non white nationals
Anon on Jul 06, 2019:
My Mon-Fri, 9-5 childcare costs 1,500 euro a month for an 18 month old baby in an expensive area, still don't think you'd be getting much lower in the city centre and it can be difficult to secure places
Spaniard on Jul 06, 2019:
Disagree with many comments. I did well in this city there is no discrimination whatsoever. Renting prices are sky rocket right, but that’s another issue. Don’t come for less than 45k
Paul on Jun 17, 2019:
I cannot afford Dublin, I had to emigrate to find a quality of life that is far better. The city has a rent crisis that is not or will not be addressed by those in power, because they themselves are landlords. My full wage abroad would not afford me a quality apartment in this city. This alone is enough to avoid Dublin, but on top of that the cost of living after rent is very high. Transport costs and eating out are as high as the major metropolises of the world, sometimes higher than that. This is only a city of a million people. The people seem to still accept it though.
Cristian on Jun 14, 2019:
How well or bad can a family of two live with a total of 4700 euro net/month?
Ngo on Jun 01, 2019:
People shouldn't go to work in Dublin. Because it is terrible about accommodation, public traffic, health care, insurance, Tax, relax, ...
Anonymous on May 25, 2019:
66k is is a good salary.i believe for full time work the average is around the 48k mark.66k would more or less net you 3700 a month after tax.not bad.
Anonymous on May 21, 2019:

I just got an offer for 66k a year. That would be 60% (39,6k) base. Is it good and how much is it net a month?
fran on Apr 26, 2019:
The average salary is not correct , average full time is around 48k which work out at more or less 2900 a month.
You are including part time work in there i am sure. Dublin's average salary is higher/same level as amsterdam which is set here at 2500 euros more or less.
Having said that it is a total rip not move here for less than 2.5-3k net.
Anonymous on Apr 23, 2019:
Property prices are completely out of control, paying huge amounts of your paycheck to a landlord for a tiny room.
ChappedBass on Apr 18, 2019:
Moving here soon and I'm a bit off put by the decreased household spending power. Everyone says "people in Dublin are paid well so it's fine". I wonder if they understand what being paid well means as most of the people saying this live paycheck to paycheck, renting rooms inside of houses with 3 or 4 flat mates. Fuck that.
Jack on Apr 18, 2019:
These figures are totally inaccurate. I am surprised because this site had fairly reliable figures until recently. Dublin is not anything like as expensive as this and salaries are generally fairly high. The employment situation is good and there are labour shortages in may areas. Rents and house prices are too high but not as bad as these figures. Groceries, chain store clothing and utilities are reasonable by European standards. Sharing a rented house is an affordable option if you can't buy.
Anonymous on Apr 05, 2019:
People are generally spending 700 to 800 pm on a private room in a shared apartment, Total heating,electricity 100 to 150 and broadband 50. Divide these by number of people in apartment. So it would be approx 800 to 900 pm overall.
Anonymus on Apr 05, 2019:
Thanks for a quick answer! How much would it cost when living with multiple people?
Anonymous on Apr 05, 2019:
That is 2800 p/m approximately after taxes, renting alone would be close to 60% of that income for a basic apartment. So you would need to live with multiple people if you want to maintain a decent standard of living such as vacations, going out, saving & pension investments.
#Anonymous on Apr 05, 2019:

I know that renting a home in Dublin is very expensive. Is an annual salary of €45k (without commission) OK though, when working in sales?

Thanks in advance.
Leapcard on Apr 04, 2019:
transport is average and prices steep

The worst is the leapcard system very badly designed system takes 24 hours to reflect one transaction on your account. The app sucks and there are no apps to top up on iOS devices. The timetable app does not predict schedules correctly or buses do whatever they want. Not even can keep up with the poor job done by local software companies, scheduled out of sync, no holidays schedules ..... the transport ingormation system must be a cash cow for the local tech Cowboys
Anonymous on Apr 03, 2019:
P, 3500 after tax is decent

Price per Month
Rent (on your own) 1700
Food (Aldi, Lidl) 200
Broadband 50
Phone plan 20
Netflix, Spotify 20
Waste Disposal 10
Clothes/Shoes 50
Health Insurance 150
Month Public Transport 150
Electricity, Heating 100
Entertainment 200 (assumes one night of drinks per week)
Gym Membership 50
Vacations / Travel 300 ( 3600p/a for multiple vacations (You get min 4 weeks by law ))

Total 3000

So that leaves 6000 euro to save or spend.
This should give you rough idea of lifestyle to expect on 3500

If you want Car instead of public transport

Loan (Basic new car) 200-300
Insurance 200 ( Will go to 50p/m after few years of no claims discount)
Tax 20
Petrol 50
P. on Apr 03, 2019:

Could someone tell what is a good salary for one person to live in Dublin? 3500 net for month is ok, or to small? Probably I'll need to live in shared aparatment (but not room), pay higher taxes becaouse I'm single, but is it possible to live good and save something with that salary or no ?
Ian on Apr 02, 2019:
Rent is insanely expensive, if you move to this city expect to share a room with multiple people in order to live.
Anonymous on Apr 02, 2019:
Dublin, itself, is a great city. For living, its nearly impossible. Good luck finding decent housing AT ALL, much less for a reasonable price. You will pay mroe to live in a decent place than you would in most bigger, more notable cities in the world.
Anonymous on Apr 01, 2019:
Don’t come to Ireland
Go to the uk even with brexit
Anonymous on Apr 01, 2019:
Also I don't deny there are massive problems with housing in Dublin .

But if talking about jobs....Dublin has lots of opportunities and if you are legal you will get paid properly for the most part.

Are there some places favouring locals ?
Does the sane local favouritism occur around the world.

Of course !!b
Anonymous on Apr 01, 2019:
Also the minimum wage is high in Ireland.

Don't like it, go work in your own country for minimum wage.
Anonymous on Apr 01, 2019:
I'm an Irish emigrant overseas, nobody have me anything either.

Stop moaning, Ireland is very easy going with foreigners.
Jack on Mar 29, 2019:
Wages aren't enough to provide adequate accommodation in this city, the rent and property prices are simply out of control and continuing to increase rapidly. Unless you are rich you will never own a home here or even be able to live alone. Expect to share a room with multiple people in a tiny dirty apartment even when you are older, having to queue in the morning just to use bathroom, conditions are deteriorating and bordering on third world conditions for the working poor.
Hey bob on Mar 24, 2019:
There is no meritocracy in tech and even less in a catholic minded country full of altar white boys

If you are not Irish your are dead in the water

Go to London even with brexit

This is a joke
Pete on Mar 22, 2019:
East European countries have much better infrastructure, culture, places to go, and much better skills than Ireland. Weather is also better but not in winter. Dublin is the ugliest capital city in europe and the buses are always late as you can buy a ticket from the driver and all the 100 people have to wait for it on every stop.
Bob on Mar 21, 2019:
The government need to call a national emergency on the housing crisis. I'm from Dublin and would not recommend anyone to move here. The quality of life is bad.

Pros, vibrant pub, restaurant & theater scene. Good quality cheap food, jobs, Internet and mobile plans are cheap, beautiful scenery 1 hour outside dublin

Cons, Renting sector is a nightmare, way way way overpriced for what you get, shity flat 1 bed cost €1500 or more. Public transport will stress you out and make u take antidepressants, its slow slow slow, the trams and trains overcrowded at rush hour and buses stuck in traffic jams constantly, there's no metro. Heath services are third world even with insurance. People die in er waiting room, jobs wages are too low to live in this city, petrol, tax and insurance is the highest in EU.

I disagree with the others saying they can't get jobs because of the way they look or sound. 8% of multinationals workers are irish the rest foreign. Believe me they hire on merit in Dublin.

Plus the weather would make you sad, rain or gray miserably clouds 24/7.

There's no nightclub scene
Martin on Mar 20, 2019:
Be preferred to live in slum like conditions unless you are on very big money. Apartments are very small and mouldy and you will have to share with multiple people. Property prices in this country are out of control and most people would be better off moving to another country.
Do not agree on Mar 16, 2019:
I’m a south European expat in IT working for a Corp.

I’m 25, earning 100k+ EUR, wearing Gucci jacket and Nike x Off-White sneakers, and I laid a different girl every weekend, among them girls from Poland, Pakistan, US, locals, ...

Everyone has the city that deserves