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.
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 insurance
If you are an EU or EEA student and a holder of an S1 certificate you can get free hospital services in Ireland. So if you already have an S1, be sure to bring it with you. If not, contact your health insurance authority to find the relevant institution that can provide you with this certificate.
If you are an EU/EEA student on a short-term stay (no longer than 3 months), the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) gives you access to healthcare in another EU or European Economic Area (EEA) state for free, or at a reduced cost. Make sure you get one of these before you arrive in Ireland if you don’t already have one.
If you are a student from a non-EU country you will not be covered for any free medical attention off-campus so you will need to take out your own private insurance – either before you leave or when you arrive.
View more information on healthcare and insurance here.
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:
- Trinity College Dublin (TCD)
- University College Dublin (UCD)
- Dublin City University (DCU)
- Maynooth University (NUIM)
- Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT)
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.
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 mainline railway
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.