Living in Galway

Galway is the 3rd largest city in Ireland, located on the western seaboard of Ireland, and is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. It is a thriving and colourful medieval city, steeped in history and culture. It attracts visitors from around the world for its cultural and musical heritage, wonderful landscape and many outdoor leisure opportunities.

Galway is an exciting place to be a student. The university is in the heart of the city with all amenities within walking distance. It is really a ‘university city’- students make up 20% of the city’s population, which ensures it is a youthful, energetic place to live, work and study.

Galway has everything – shopping facilities, theatres, restaurants, music venues, culture and sports facilities but it is also small enough to get to know people easily and to keep in touch with your friends. This sense of community is one of the features of Galway life that our students love most.

Access & travel: Galway has excellent communication links and is easily reached by air, ferry, train, bus or car or a combination of these. Regular bus and train services operate linking Galway to Ireland’s main airports (Dublin airport, Shannon airport, Cork airport and Knock airport).

Cost of living & accommodation: Students are advised to budget for up to €1,000 per month to cover all living expenses including housing, food and transport. Accommodation costs are less expensive than in the capital, Dublin, at approximately €300-€340 per month. These costs are an approximation only as monthly costs will depend on each person’s individual needs. International students at NUI Galway can choose to live in one of the university student residences or in private rented accommodation. More information is available at