Dublin-Student Friendly?!


As a student living in the city centre of Dublin, I constantly compare my life with the life I would have been living as a college student in Boston, MA.

Dublin is a beautiful city. It has culture, it has funky cafes and good places to eat (provided you look for them carefully)

But the problem is, it’s EXPENSIVE!! Whatever happened to the 2 dollar breakfasts, the 3 dollar lunches? And the college-kid friendly diners that are open at 2am and dont charge late-nights? The burgers for 3 dollars?

Coffee for 3 euros? Please. I may be studying to be a doctor, but until then I would like to lessen my college debts by eating less and paying less for things!!


Does anyone know any good places, STUDENT-friendly places? that serve MORE THAN a sandwich for lunch for 5 euros?

Help me out here!

An impoverished student.

5 Comments so far

  1. flotsam (unregistered) on January 18th, 2007 @ 7:47 pm

    Is Dublin friendly? To anyone other than tourists with fat wallets?

    It is many years since I worked there and it was expensive than. But studying in Dublin!!! A diet of stale bread, water and the occasional bowl of gruel for you, I’m afraid.

  2. foodie (unregistered) on January 18th, 2007 @ 10:13 pm

    have you tried soup drgon on capel st, or on the quays? panem beside the ha’penny bridge? the epicurean food hall? Fresh supermarket in Smithfield?
    Or Cornucopia on wicklow street grogans pub on sth william st for a toasted cheese sandwich (I know its still a sandwich but at least youll get to earwig on good conversations) These are the places I usually go and while they are not dirt cheap, you get real food, which is more than a roll in spar or centra. happy hunting!

  3. brid (unregistered) on January 19th, 2007 @ 8:38 am

    Korean restaurants on Parnell st for noodles (Aililang and Charming Noodle), or chinese cafes on moore’s st, or on the street that runs from o’connell st to the pro cathedral. Also v. good value platter of olives, dips and bread for 2 people at 4euro in Ba Mizu, powerscourt townhouse centre, south william st.

  4. Andy (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2007 @ 12:16 pm

    I think Dublin is very friendly. I agree it is an expensive place, but there are definitely a lot of good deals around if you look. Try the krishna place near o’connell street/ or between georges street and wexford street (sorry I can’t remember it’s name).

    Or try Chinese Restaurant (The Green Island), Opposite Ilac entrance Moore Street.
    Kung Po Chicken, rice and a mineral costs €8.

    Or have a look at some of these places: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g186605-s504/Dublin:Ireland:Cheap.Eats.html

    Hope you are enjoying your stay in Ireland.


  5. Marc J. (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2007 @ 10:52 pm

    Cheapest place I found that isn’t a chipper is a place called “Lunch” right off of Grafton St. It is a nice little cafe-style sandwich shop with excellent custom-order sandwiches for under 4 euro..I was blown away.

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