Students face living costs hike of €360
STUDENTS will have to fork out an extra €360 in the coming academic year.
They are facing increases in almost all their living expenses, on top of September's €250 hike in the college contribution.
The total extra payout will amount to a 4.6pc rise in the cost of getting through college.
The only expense predicted to fall in the new college year is social life -- mainly because of cheaper alcohol.
A student in rented accommodation should budget €7,803 for the year -- up from €7,691, according to an annual student cost-of-living survey by Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT).
That is on top of the €2,250 college contribution, which is increasing from €2,000.
Meanwhile, a student living at home will need about €4,095 -- up from €3,987 -- as well as the €2,250 college contribution.
Day-to-day expenses will work out at €867 a month for those living away from home. And expenses for those who stay at home will be €455 a month.
DIT says that it is becoming more difficult for students and their parents to make ends meet.