Cost of Living

Understanding the cost of living is a really important aspect of choosing where to study. ATU Sligo students not only get a world-class education and lifestyle to match, they do so in one of Irelands cheapest university destinations.

Whether you are living away from home or traveling to university, the costs are going to add up. When you consider this could be for up to four or even five years, then this is something that really needs consideration. What can we offer? A sought after qualification, a vibrant urban centre and stunning natural beauty without the huge expense.


For many students, university will mean moving away from home. Our student accommodation is some of the cheapest in Ireland. The accommodation options are also finished to a very high standard. Some student villages include free Netflix and smart TV’s. Others include a laundry service. A free bus to local supermarkets to get the weekly shopping is organised by the Students’ Union every Monday. You can even choose to live by the campus, in the city or by the coast. To find out more about our accommodation please visit our Accommodation Webpage


Students can choose to travel daily or at weekends, depending on how far away home is, at student discount rates. ATU Sligo is well serviced by daily and weekend bus services, most of which drop and collect from our campus. The city bus service stops on campus over 30 times a day and brings students to various locations in Sligo. The train runs from Dublin to Sligo, stopping in numerous towns along the way. Some student villages even offer a free collection service from the bus and train stations. For those driving, there are hundreds of free car parking spaces on campus too. For more information, please contact


The old stereotype of students and beans is far from the truth! Our students have all the major supermarkets to choose from as they advance their culinary skills from basic to expert. However, students don’t necessarily have to worry about cooking. The ATU Sligo canteen provides subsidised, healthy meals. A full dinner costs under €6, with lots of options daily to suit every taste. A cup of tea is just €1.20, whilst an americano to help get through the afternoon is €2. We could go on and on, but trust us – healthy, varied and cheap.


The cost of living in Sligo is great. Not only can Sligo offer some of the cheapest accommodation in Ireland, Sligo is also a very student focused town. Lots of businesses offer sizeable student discounts. Flash that student ID card to enjoy deals across a range of goods and services. From the high street and boutique retailers, to the coffee shops, restaurants, nights out and just about everything in between. A student cinema ticket? As little as €6. Get a surf or SUP lesson for as little as €20 or a fresh new fade for just €10.


University life is more than just study. It is also about experiences. And these experiences might not cost a thing. As we mentioned, Sligo’s stunning location along the Wild Atlantic Way lends itself to some breathtaking natural facilities. Explore the world-famous Benbulben and Knocknarea mountains, beautiful beaches at Rosses Point and Strandhill or picturesque locations like Glencar Lake and Hazelwood. Stroll around the numerous weekly markets, take in the art collections at the Model or join one of our 70 free Clubs and Societies. The options are endless.


Whilst there are so many fun and exciting experiences to be had, we also realise you may need a little extra support and help from time to time. Here at ATU Sligo, our Student Health Service is free. This includes counsellors, doctors, and nurses. Academic supports such as our learning support, maths support centre, academic writing and English language support, are also completely free. Supporting our students is so important to us. So, If you ever need a little extra help just ask. If it’s important to you, it’s important to us.