Accommodation & Living Costs

The cost of accommodation in Letterkenny and Killybegs is less than half that of all major cities.

Letterkenny and Killybegs have a good variety of inexpensive accommodation close to campus, so you canLiving-Costsenjoy the buzz of student life without breaking the bank. There is no on-campus accommodation but finding pleasant and affordable student accommodation is not an issue in Letterkenny or Killybegs. There are options for digs, and houses to rent on a shared basis, and in Letterkenny there are also apartments specifically built for the student market. The Institute is quite central and there is plenty of accommodation within 10 minutes’ walk of each of the campuses.

Accommodation List

The Student Union (SU) compiles and updates a list of Letterkenny accommodation each year. Click here to view current accomodation list. Each landlord included on this list has complied fully with the standards set by the SU for accommodation and is registered with the Private Residencies Tenancies Board (PRTB). The list is sent out automatically to students who receive an offer from ATU Donegal and is also available online from August of each year. Students seeking others to share houses or apartments frequently advertise via the college notice boards and via social media platforms. Students are urged to contact the SU Welfare Officer directly when seeking accommodation in the area. Choosing the right accommodation is a difficult yet very important decision. Before making any commitment, contact the SU for impartial and informative advice.

Do your Research

Prices and quality vary. Our advice is to consider several options before making a final decision, it is wise to shop around when making this decision. You should, of course, talk to other students or graduates for recommendations on accommodation. Prices are likely to be more expensive in newer or more up-market accommodation, for first lettings, or where smaller numbers are sharing the costs. The rates below are sample weekly rates. They are given as a rough guideline only.

  • Apartments: approx. €100 – €150 per person per week sharing. (Heating, electricity, etc. extra)
  • House : approx. €60 – €120 per person per week sharing. (Heating, electricity, etc. extra)
  • Digs – 5 days (Sunday to Thursday – depart each Friday):  approx €80 - €100 per week which includes meals, light, heat and often Wi-Fi.


The SU Welfare Officer is available to answer questions regarding accommodation each day during normal office hours, by e-mail on or by appointment +353(0)74 918 6826. We advise that you seek out accommodation in good time and to take careful note of the terms and conditions under which accommodation is offered. The student handbook, which is available to all those who receive an offer at ATU Donegal, gives some additional advice as well as tips on searching for accommodation, tenancy agreements, etc.