If you are a fan of a milder climate you will love Limerick, which is known as the grayest in all of Ireland. This is because, in general, the city doesn’t receive more than 3 and a half hours of direct sunlight per day.
Still, the temperature is not that cold, ranging from 3 °C to 20 °C, and remains above zero even during winter.
However, as with most regions of Ireland, it’s important to always be on the lookout, as it’s perfectly possible to get hot and cold on the same day. In Limerick, in particular, there is a high incidence of strong winds, which further shake up the weather in the region.
Quiet city, with a pleasant countryside mood that still preserves its small-town traits.
Like other Irish provinces, Limerick was also founded by the Vikings, initially as an island, on the River Shannon.
In 1197, a castle and a wall were built to designate the official foundation of the city. Despite all this protection, the city was surrounded three times in the seventeenth century. Most of the city was built during the prosperous Georgian era, which abruptly ended with the Acts of Union, which in 1880 merged the Kingdom of Ireland with Great Britain. The depression lasted two centuries, considering the Great Irish Famine from 1845 to 1849, the War of Independence, and the World War II period. Today, the region has a growing multicultural population with great educational appeal, bringing together some of Ireland's best university centers, as well as a state-of-the-art transport system that serves as a model for the country, linking Limerick to major cities.
Cost of Living
Cost of Living
Monthly estimate for one person (without rent): € 703.27
Served by a large rail network, with frequent services between Limerick and Dublin and other major urban centers, there are also bus options departing from there to other counties and provinces in Ireland. After an investment of nine million euros between 2012 and 2016, Limerick further improved what was already very well structured. Today its transport system serves as a model for the country, with infrastructure featuring a public bicycle rental service and an iconic bike path between Limerick city center and Limerick University.
With this, the city is proud to have become a reference in mobility, with reduced commuting times compared to the rest of the island. The government's proposal is to offer at least two-thirds of the population the benefit of commuting to and from work in less than thirty minutes.
Study and Work
Home to three of the major university centers on Emerald Island, Limerick is a reference for Irish education. It’s a vibrant and young city in which almost half the population is under 35 years old and it’s positioned as a commercial center in the province of Munster, but is still little explored by tourists and exchange students.
Just 200 km from Dublin, many can underestimate one of Ireland's largest cities with almost 100,000 inhabitants.
Limerick, in fact, is a city of enormous potential, with a nationwide exemplary transport system and bustling nightlife, as well as cultural and historical attractions - many of them are free.
Compared to Dublin, Cork and Galway in terms of cost of living, Limerick wins easily against the three most popular cities, with rents up to 50% lower than in the capital, for example.
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Why study in Limerick
Home to three of the major university centers on Emerald Island, Limerick is a reference for Irish education. At Mary Immaculate College, for example, you can choose from Psychology, Childhood care and Education and even Business and Accounting. Other bachelor's degree options in various areas such as Engineering, Architecture and Arts at the University of Limerick, for example, you can also learn technology at one of the Irish thematic institutes - the Limerick Institute of Technology. Not to mention the several options from private institutions, focused on improving English as a second language.
We bet you’ll love discovering the vibrant, young city of Limerick, which today is also positioned as the region’s commercial capital.
As a student you will find that Limerick is a vibrant and young city that moves as the commercial capital of the region. Almost half of the city's population is under 35 years old and you can study virtually any subject at many public and private educational institutions in Limerick.
10 Reasons to study in Limerick
1. Students can work 20 hours a week. And 40 in June, July, August, and September, and from December 15th to January 15th
2. Student population is over 21,000
3. 50% of Limerick’s population is under 35 years old
4. Rental prices in the region are 50% lower compared to Dublin, 25% lower than Cork and 23% lower than Galway
5. Limerick has been awarded as the European City of the Future
6. Limerick School of Art and Design is among the top 50 fashion schools in the world
7. A survey with Irish students recently voted Limerick University as Ireland's most popular, with 85% satisfaction rating.
8. Save some money with at least ten free tours of parks, museums and art galleries.
9. Compact city center, so you can do just about everything you need without the need for long commutes
10. Effective and comprehensive transport system that serves as a model for all of Ireland
The countryside city of Limerick is about 200 km from Dublin in the province of Munster. Since Limerick is not among the most frequent options for tourists and exchange students opting for Ireland, many may underestimate the 4th largest Irish city, with almost 100,000 inhabitants.
Limerick, in fact, is a city of enormous potential, with a model transport system across the country, and with bustling nightlife and cultural and historical attractions - many of them are free.
Compared to Dublin, Cork and Galway in terms of cost of living, Limerick is way ahead of the three most popular choices, with rentals up to 50% lower than in the capital, for example.
Accommodation in Limerick
Accommodation costs vary according to the state, city and type chosen. But regardless of your destination, when it comes to researching a place to live, always keep in mind the distance from your school and accessibility by public transport. That being said, let's see each type:
The hostels are good options for those who want to save money with accommodation. The rooms in general are shared, but there are also rooms for couples and private options. Preferred by young travelers, they have quite relaxed environments, with lots of socialization and therefore are very sought after during high seasons.
They are kinda like hostels but offer private, couples and group rooms. The environment is less busy and more private than hostels, the prices are a bit more expensive, but still cheaper than hotels.
WEST 1 recommends that, at least for the first few weeks, students stay in a homestay, which are homes of Irish families or immigrants who have been in the country for many years. It’s there that the student begins to have contact with the Irish culture, put into practice what they learn at school, get to know the city and ask questions. To participate in this type of program, families are accredited by the Irish government, which guarantees total safety for the student.
After the homestay period, the student will already be more familiar with the school and the city. Feeling more independent, the next step is to share an apartment or a room with other students, many of them of different nationalities, which is a great experience and great for improving the language. The rent is usually paid weekly, furthermore it’s important to be aware of any additional fees.
Work in Limerick
Many exchange students opt for Ireland for the possibility of reconciling their study with regulated work. Opportunities, for the most part, were focused on hospitality and restaurants, cleaning companies, au-pairs or pubs. As language studies evolved, options expanded into sales, reception, and other positions in various segments of local commerce.
Attractions in Limerick
Founded in 1168, St. Mary’s Cathedral is the city’s oldest active building. The church is open every day of the week during business hours, with Mass on Sundays. Its architecture is an invitation to the history of Ireland!
Another tourist spot that dates back to the island's past is the Hunt Museum, with free admission and variety of interesting exhibits. After learning a little more about the country’s culture and history, it’s worth going for a snack in the museum cafe, overlooking the Shannon River.
Visiting The Milk Market it's a great way to spend the weekend, in the morning. In addition to the delicious coffee shops scattered throughout the place, you can buy fresh products from the region's farms, and taste cakes and even Brazilian pastries.
Located right in the city's commercial center and equally popular with tourists, Bedford Row is the focus of many of the city's attractions, such as the lights during Christmas or an international dance performance organized by the students of the University of Limerick.
Did you know?
The ‘Fairy Trees’ have been traditionally worshiped since the times of the Celtic pagan religion, resisting even after Christianity. Until the 1960s, road construction was diverted whenever there was a fairy tree along the way, and when a loved one was lost, it was certain that a fairy tree had been cut down on the property. Today they are symbolic, covered with messages and gifts for the spirits that inhabit them, and is a meeting point for many travelers.
Ireland is one of the few places in the world that has no native snakes due to the Ice Age, as the cold have made the island inhospitable to reptiles. But the Irish attribute this fact to the dexterity of their patron Saint Patrick in hunting down and killing all snakes in a heroic act to protect the island.
Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of “The Cranberries” band and regarded in Ireland as the greatest singer in the country's history, died in January 2018, was born in Limerick.