Brian Gormley

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And you thought your first day of secondary school was scary. Starting in college is a whole new world: yes, you’re independent, but you’re also respo(...)

Keeping a budgeting diary  can help  students keep track of their finances and identify areas where they can make savings. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images

College is a shock to the system - and to the wallet. The majority of students have spent 17 or 18 years in the comfort of the family home. Bills are (...)

Cathal McGivern: ‘I had hoped I might get on-campus accommodation at DCU, but I missed out’

The cost of rent is soaring, especially in Dublin. Ireland is in the throes of a student accommodation crisis. There is growing evidence of students c(...)

Freshers’ Week at TCD. A student living in rented accommodation from this September should budget €12,495 for the academic year, according to a DIT guide. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Students coming from outside Dublin who plan to live in rented accommodation in the capital should budget for €12,495 to cover the cost of their acade(...)

“By all means support them and be in the background, but parents do their kids no favours by continuing to smooth the path for them.” Photograph: Getty Images

As the Leaving Cert results glow fades, it’s replaced by the new reality of college fees, turning strangers into friends and navigating sprawling cam(...)

All but the luckiest first years need to learn how to budget, and fast. Accommodation remains the single biggest cost facing students, and rents are (...)

A key part of life in third level is making new friends and getting involved in college activities. Above: members of the UCC Choir  before backstage before an appearance on the ‘Late Late Show’. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

When summer ends and the Leaving Cert exams fade into distant memory, preparing for a new life at a third level college can be a challenge. As excit(...)

Gráinne Gilmartin and Oisín Gilmartin at the accommodation office in Trinity College. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Homeowners have been urged to lease out spare rooms for the upcoming academic year as tens of thousands of students begin to seek accommodation after (...)

Fionn Rogan working at Java Republic on Molesworth Street. He sparked a debate this week when he wrote about how his generation was being increasingly infantilised, due to soaring rents and a loss of financial independence. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Young people are living at home for longer, staying in full-time education in ever-greater numbers, and avoiding adult commitments. We are in the mids(...)

The Dublin Institute of Technology’s annual cost-of-living guide shows that rent is now the single biggest cost for students living away from home. File photograph: Getty Images

Rising rents and other living costs means the cost of going to college for students living away from home will reach about €11,000 this year, accordin(...)

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