Student life can place a bit of a strain on your finances. You have to buy essentials such as food and toiletries and cleaning products, and you need money to go out and socialise with your college mates. The general understanding is that students have to budget, and part of this is sacrificing the non-essential things so that you can afford the important stuff.
If you’re going to college in Dublin and you’re unsure how you’re supposed to buy the essentials and go to one of the student events that take place every night of the week – that’s right, there genuinely is something going on every night of the week – then you’re in the right place.
As a student, you are the proud owner of a little piece of plastic that tells bars, restaurants, and retail giants that your finances are a little bit tight while you’re studying, and more often than not, they will sort you out with a bit of discount on the things that you love.
There are plenty of shopping centres in Dublin, from the popular Stephen’s Green to the ever-trendy Jervis, so there are retail options out there to suit you no matter what your tastes are. Whether it’s a big brand name or an independent store, most shops in Dublin will offer some sort of discount for students.
- Topshop and Topman: 10% all year round
- New Look: 10% all year round
- GAP: 10% all year round
- OFFICE: 10% all year round
- VILA: 10% all year round
- H&M: 20% off during special student events
- River Island: 20% off during special student events
- Skechers: 10% all year round
Food and Drink
Food and drink is one of the biggest expenses in the student budget, and knowing where the best deals are will help you to cut down your spending, without having to cut down on the food that you love.
- MAO: If you fancy swapping out those instant noodles for an upmarket Asian noodle box, then you can use your student card to enjoy an extra 10% off the bill.
- KC Peaches: If you prefer to eat vegetarian or vegan, you’ll want to take advantage of this student meal offer, where you can get a main meal for just €5.
- McDonald’s: If you’re doing a bit of shopping and you stumble on a McDonald’s, your student card can get you a €5 extra-value meal on Big Macs, McChicken Sandwiches, and six McNuggets.
Ireland is a relatively small country, meaning you’ll never be too far away from amazing scenery and the chilled-out atmosphere of the Irish countryside. Getting from A to B is simple enough, and it’s even easier when you’ve got student discount on your side.
- Bus Éireann: Whether you’re travelling out of Dublin to meet some friends or you just fancy seeing a bit of Ireland, Bus Éireann offers students a 20% discount on already cheap fares, making Irish travel that bit easier.
- Irish Rail: Although the bus is a nice and cheap way of getting round, the train is significantly faster. Irish Rail offers great discounts on travel for students, with fares between Dublin and Cork costing just €16.19.
If you consider yourself to be a bit of a film buff, you’ll probably be familiar with the Irish Film Institute. Showing a varied range of films, you can expect to watch everything from classic movies to recent blockbusters, and as a student you can benefit from €5 tickets on Mondays before 7:30 pm – there’s your next date night sorted.
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