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 resident of Ireland, you’re entitled to a certain amount of free public health cover. Some affluent people may have to pay for services that others receive for free. Apply to the Health Services Executive and it will assess what your medical card will cover.

Get a phone

Have your own phone? Go SIM-only. Need a new phone? All the major network operators offer plans with phones included.

Save some important numbers

You may never have to dial them, but it’s good to save the emergency services number on your phone. It’s 112. You can also call 999. Both will put you through to police, fire and ambulance.

Go to orientation week

Orientation week is a great opportunity to check out your new university, meet people in your course, and get involved in clubs and societies early in your first term. See what your university has planned at the links below:

Explore Dublin’s neighbourhoods

There’s a lot of ways to slice a city as interesting as Dublin. You could embark on one of Publin’s pub crawls, check out a Dublin-centric site like Totally Dublin, Dublin Inquirer or Visit Dublin. They’re jam-packed with great ideas to see something new.

Why not explore them with other people who are new to town? Check out the Dublin pages of ExpatExchange, Expat Meetups, or the Expats in Dublin Facebook page.