We have a room located on campus and two other rooms just a short walk from DkIT. The rental costs of the rooms vary according to the residence and the type of room. The residence halls will give priority to students seeking to reside for one academic year (2 semesters).
The DkIT International Office has a Accommodation Officer to assist you with your accommodation search, depending on your accommodation preference. Most international students choose to stay in university residences in their first year of study to meet new students and be located within walking distance of the Institute.
For students from the majority of Latin American countries, who are studying undergraduate / Bachelor’s degrees, there is an accommodation grant that guarantees them housing from September to May in each of the years that they study the program. It is not necessary to do any formalities to secure your place in the accommodation, the institution will do it for you.
If you are a graduate student, the accommodation scholarship is not available and if your intention is to secure a place in one of the residences the institution has, you must notify your study advisor so that they can help you manage it with DkIT. The ideal is to apply for the place as soon as you receive your initial offer letter. Places are always limited.
Private house rental – Indicative cost of approximately € 150 per week. (Does not include utilities). For suggested private accommodation rental options, visit www.daft.ie/lettings or www.myhome.ie/rentals. Caution is advised when paying a deposit for any accommodation you have not yet seen. It is advisable that the rental home you select has a working security alarm and is equipped with smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Homestay accommodation – Indicative cost of approximately € 200 – € 250 per week which includes all meals, services and facilities.
These are guide fees only and will vary according to your personal budget and expectations.
Discount supermarkets in Dundalk include Aldi and Lidl (located in the city of Dundalk). It is recommended to share your shopping bills with your housemates and cook together at your accommodation. It is advisable to use local ingredients for cooking, rather than trying to reproduce foods from your country of origin, which can be more expensive and difficult to obtain. Discount clothing stores include Pennys, which is located in the Marshes Mall.
Gas stations and convenience stores in Dundalk are generally open all day, Monday through Sunday. These will be more expensive than the large supermarkets, but convenient for the small purchases you may need. The Retail Park in Dundalk is just a 10 minute walk from DkIT and offers a variety of sports shops, IT gadgets and apartment furniture).
Health insurance is mandatory to study in Ireland.
Non-EU / EEA nationals (third country nationals)
Students from non-EU / EEA countries are required to secure private health insurance when they come to Ireland for educational purposes. It is mandatory based on the regulations of the Irish Office for Naturalization and Immigration (INIS).
Students from outside the EU / EEA could use travel insurance during their first year of stay in Ireland. Travel insurance must meet the following requirements:
The duration of travel insurance must be one full year for students who will be staying in Ireland for more than one year. Students stay in Ireland for less than one year, the duration of the travel insurance must cover the entire duration of their stay.
The minimum amount of insurance for accident is 25,000 euros and 25,000 euros in case of illness.
The insurance must cover any period of hospitalization.
Second and subsequent years
Foreign students staying in Ireland for more than one year, starting from the second year, must have Irish private health insurance when they want to renew their IRP card.
Private health insurance can be obtained:
University group insurance
Individual health insurance taken out in Ireland
Attention: from the second year, travel insurance is not possible. Students cannot cancel health insurance after enrollment. This act will be considered a violation of the immigration conditions.
Your travel insurance will cover a wide range of benefits that are partially or not covered by local insurance such as travel protection, search and rescue, repatriation to the country of origin, emergency dental treatments, assistance or other emergency medical treatments in the area. Schengen (other European countries).
Health insurance policies that meet the minimum requirements of the immigration service are likely to be available through your university in Ireland. Many have a group health insurance plan. The premium for this type of policy from a university is likely to range from € 100 to € 150. However, there is no requirement for you to obtain health insurance through your host institution, rather than another provider, and no university should make the purchase of your health policy mandatory.
Policies that offer more comprehensive health coverage, rather than just emergency medical expenses, are available through private Irish providers for higher rates. The main private health insurance companies in Ireland are VHI , Aviva , Irish Life Health and Laya Healthcare . Please note that to apply for a health insurance policy from one of these companies you will need to have an address in Ireland and may also require an PPS number .