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Cost of College

Regardless of the fact that college fees haven’t been properly re-introduced (according to the politicians anyway) many students are still facing the high cost of travel.

The price of busses and trains from various commuter towns can be expensive, and unreliable. After living in Naas for over 10 years, I feel the pain of commuting students. I recently asked Emma Duggan, a student here in Ballyfermot about her experiences commuting from Newbridge, Co. Kildare.

“In first year we took the train. A weekly student ticket cost €50, and this train only goes as far as Heuston Station. That meant we had to get the bus from Heuston which cost an extra €15 a week.” Not only was it expensive, but it took an hour and a half there and back!

Emma got a car two years ago, and although it takes less amount of time, it can be quite expensive. “I spend anywhere between €40 and €60 a week on petrol, and it takes an hour in the morning and a half an hour coming back”.

Student Dara O’Conor travels by bus from Allenwood, Co. Kildare. A student 10 journey ticket on Bus Éireann costs €37.80. But because he is only in 4 days out of the week, a student return journey tickets costs €10.35. The mind boggles.

A student in Pulse recording college, David Weymes has opted to travel to and from college every day. He lives in Tullamore, Co. Offaly! “It’s easier and cheaper for me to get the train each day. There’s a special student discount, and it’s only €40 a week. Moving up is too expensive, and I don’t mind the journey. It relaxes me!”

Dublin is one of only a few cities in Europe where rent hasn’t dropped significantly since the beginning of the recession, so is it any wonder that students are opting for long commutes rather than crippling rents?

For some people it just isn’t possible to move out. And remember how unreliable public transport is. So maybe give a little lee-way to those who travel twenty miles to college each day and are relying on the even changing Bus Éireann time-tables!


Written by: Katie Kelly

Proofed by: Dara O’Conor

Uploaded by: Emma Duggan


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