The appeal of studying in Dublin – apart from the world-class universities – is this vibrant and storied city itself. Few other places can boast such a dense constellation of cultural attractions, social activities, sporting facilities, and options for retail therapy. Here’s what you need to know to make the most of it.
ANTHONY NOTE – Integrate this somewhere in here: The Union of Students in Ireland have put together their top ten tips for personal safety. It’s an excellent guide to ensuring your time in Dublin is incident free.
Dublin is a popular city to live, work and study – and its popularity is growing. This means that finding comfortable, affordable student accommodation can be challenging.
Things are improving, however. New laws to control rent and encourage more building are coming into effect; with a bit of planning and persistence, you can find a great place to live at a price you can afford.
What kinds of student accommodation are there?
Living on campus is a great option.
Dublin is a compact and highly walkable city which is also well served with public transport. A number of its colleges and universities, including Trinity College (TCD), NCAD and The Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI) are located in the heart of the city centre. Others, like UCD, DCU and DIT are situated nearby. Maynooth is in itself a university town. Here’s a rundown of how to get to them.
City centre universities & colleges
Trinity College Dublin (TCD)
TCD is located in central Dublin. Its campus is serviced by a full range of public transport, including main line railway stations. Click fo
Your first days in a new city can shape your overall experience. With that in mind, here’s a short checklist of things to do shortly after you arrive. Ticking them off will help you have a fun and hassle-free time in your new city.
Set up your finances
A local bank account will be an important part of your life here, so getting one early is a good idea. You must be at least 18 years old, provide a valid photo ID and a proof of address. This might prove a challenge if you haven’t secured a place to live yet. Some banks will accept proof of address from your home country, or your university may help you with this.
Make sure you have healthcare
As a reside
There’s no way around it, Dublin is expensive. But with a bit of savvy budgeting, it is affordable. Here’s an overview of what it might cost you to live here.
Your biggest outlays are likely to come at the beginning of your stay, when you are establishing yourself in a new home. Make sure you have enough money to cover these upfront expenses.
You may need to stay in a hostel or guest house while you are looking for a place to rent.
This is a deposit paid at the beginning of your rental contract. There are no legal guidelines as to how much a rental bond sho