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Living In Ireland

Cork is an exciting and vibrant place to live and you can be sure of a warm welcome.


English is the official language in Ireland, Irish (Gaelic or Gaeilge) is spoken in some areas mainly along the western coast. If you wish to visit areas where Irish is still spoken you can visit the Gaeltacht areas in Ireland…


In Ireland, everyone talks about the weather. Whether it’s discussing the direction of the rain from a supermarket doorway, or musing that it’s 75°F in March from a bar counter.
Irish weather can be unpredictable, so we like to discuss it. A lot.

Ireland’s climate is influenced most by the Atlantic Ocean. As a result, it doesn’t have the extreme temperatures that other countries at similar latitude would have. The average temperature is a mild 50°F. A major warm ocean current called the North Atlantic Drift keeps sea temperatures mild too. Hills and mountains, mainly around the coast, shelter the rest of the island from strong winds coming off the ocean.

So while the weather can be changeable – it’s rarely extreme.


Accommodation is becoming increasingly more difficult to find across Ireland. This is the case in Cork too. We highly recommend organising your accommodation as soon as you can and to not leave it until you arrive. You can find out more here

Cost of living (Monthly)


* The travel cost is taking on the capped student LEAP fare which has remained at €30/week based on average month of 4.5 weeks

 ** Class materials and equipment cost can vary greatly, particularly for students in Arts, Sciences and Catering. For more detailed information you should contact your programme co-coordinator

 Students will also find out more information about student finance and budgeting at and

 To get detailed information on rental costs in your search area, the RTB has launched the national rent index more detail can be found at


CIT is close to many Supermarkets. Lidl, Aldi, Tesco and Dunnes are all nearby. Wilton Shopping Centre has many useful shops including Penneys where you can buy clothing, homeware and bedding. Cork City Centre has many high street stores including H&M, Topshop, Gap, Marks and Spencers and Penneys. There are also a number of speciality food stores including the English Market in the City Centre and Spicetown at 16 Uam Var Drive in Bishopstown (5 minute walk from CIT).


You may need to open a bank account during your time in Ireland. There is a Bank of Ireland on campus at CIT. In order to apply for a bank account,You will need to fill out a form and provide docuements including a letter from CIT stating your permanent address in Cork. You can find out more about opening times here



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