Study in Dublin

In the picturesque capital city of the Republic of Ireland, Dublin, you’ll find Dublin City University, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin and Technological University Dublin.

 

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Dublin City University

Dublin City University is on a leafy campus located on the Northside of Dublin. It became a university in 1989 and they put an emphasis on being a research intensive university. They have six academic schools offering students a range of subjects to study in their state-of-the-art and award winning facilities.

 

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Trinity College Dublin

Located in the heart of Dublin’s city centre, Trinity College Dublin is Ireland’s highest ranked university. Many famous names have studied at the university including writers Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett. Home to over 18,000 students, Trinity College offers courses in the following disciplines, arts and humanities, business, law, engineering, science and health sciences. 

 

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University College Dublin

University College Dublin has a community of over 30,000 students from 136 different countries that study across six academic schools. The university’s main campus in Dublin is set on 133 hectares of parkland estate and offers world-leading facilities such as a Centre for Science, School of Law, School of Business and much more. 

 

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Technological University Dublin

Technological University Dublin (TUD), Ireland’s first technological university offers their 28,000 students a practice-based environment informed by the latest research and enabled by technological advances. The university focuses on courses being career-based and provide courses in science, the arts, business, engineering and technology.

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Dublin Student Life

Over 100,000 students descend on the city each year, so you can expect to be well catered for. If you love the mix of culture and history combined with a cosmopolitan city and a few swigs of Guinness for good measure, then Dublin will suit you just fine.

Cost of Living

The average price for:

A cheap meal at a restaurant: £15.50
A pint of beer: £5.50
A regular takeout coffee: £3.39
1L of milk: £1.04
A loaf of white bread: £1.43

The cost of living is high in Dublin, second only to London and Bath, according to Numbeo. It's about 8% higher than in Edinburgh and 21% higher than in Belfast.

 

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Nights Out

If there is one thing that Dublin is known for, it’s incredible nights out. Seriously… people travel far and wide to get a taste of the Guinness and then everything that follows after that! Some institutions which are favourites among students and that you will likely frequent are Dicey’s, Copper Face Jacks and Pygmalion. For some more serious clubbing, there’s Opium Live, Izakaya and D-Two’s. This is just scratching the surface; whatever nightlife you are into, you will be able to find it in Dublin.

Public Transport

Getting around Dublin is easy and there is a range of different modes of transport to choose from. Firstly, it’s essential to get a student travel card which will give you discounts for Dublin Bus, Irish Rail and Luas System (the Luas is a light rail system). There’s also Dublin Bikes which is an easy way to get around the city centre: you pick them up and dock them at designated stations. 

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Shopping

Whether you are looking for high street, independent, designer or vintage shopping, Dublin has you covered. For a cheap and cheerful market, there is Liberty Market, for your favourite high street shops head to Dundrum shopping centre and if you are ready to spend the big bucks, Brown Thomas houses all the designer labels. Drury Street is great for local independent boutiques, whilst if you are a bookworm, head to Hodges Figgis which is Ireland’s oldest bookshop, founded in 1768.

 

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The Great Outdoors

Just a 75-minute drive from Dublin is Glendalough and here you can find the Wicklow Mountains which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It’s the ideal way to take a day off from the studies, hike in the fresh mountain air and take in the stunning scenery. 

 

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Howth

A 25-minute train ride from Dublin will find you in the picturesque fishing village of Howth. Do the Howth Cliff Walk along the coast and reward yourself with some fish & chips after, which are best eaten on the bay.

 

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Phoenix Park

The largest park in Dublin (it’s five times the size of Hyde Park!). It’s the best place to get some peace and quiet from the busy streets of the city. The park is the official residence of the President of Ireland, has a herd of deer, Dublin Zoo, a 22-acre flower garden and so much more!

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Dominick Place 4.57 /5

I have been living here for 2 years and the experience has been great, the staff are the nicest. I am from Spain and booking accommodation in Ireland ...

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Blackhall Place 4.46 /5

It is a residence which is well located (not far from the city centre) and which is well served (bus and luas nearby). The staff is very pleasant (spe...

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Kavanagh Court 4.34 /5

Kavanagh Court is an ideal place for students. The room has plenty of storage, plenty of outlets and lighting and a perfectly sized desk. The bathroom...

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Highfield House 4.32 /5

Highfield house is a lovely modern accomodation with plenty of social areas and a good balance between study and fun. There are weekly events planned ...

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24th April 2022

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Great capital city. Plenty to do read more

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19th April 2022

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The public transport is often do you have to wait hours sometimes for your bus. There are so many places where you can go shopping for a good quality clothes anyways the night out are pretty expensive for students that don’t have any job I can say the same thing about eating out in most of the places and the cost of living it atrocious. read more

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19th April 2022

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18th April 2022

The prices to liv...

The prices to live anywhere in dublin are extortionate. There is some great places to shop and to eat, but they tend to be quite expensive. There are some good student deals though read more

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17th April 2022

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Expensive but a great city lots of shops and things to do read more

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13th April 2022

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I did not live here while in college read more

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12th April 2022

Very expensive pr...

Very expensive probably unreasonable for students but there’s great stuff to do read more

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12th April 2022

I’m a Dubliner so...

I’m a Dubliner so it was grand, living at home during college kinda sucks but I guess that’s just life now. read more

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12th April 2022

Good fun but just...

Good fun but just lacks in cheap nights out read more

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11th April 2022

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Public transport is convenient for me because it brings me straight to school from my accommodation, but it’s not as reliable for everyone in Dublin. read more

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10th April 2022

Dublin is obvious...

Dublin is obviously expensive, which can limit students in things like eating out. I definitely didn’t do much of that while in college. Nights out were good, I originally put 4 stars but the nights out I’ve been on in UCC, NUIG and UL have definitely been much better. And students from these colleges agree. Shopping (clothes and bits) is handy, big food shops near UCD though are few and far between - Tesco in the Merrion or Lidl in Dundrum read more

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8th April 2022

Pretty expensive...

Pretty expensive overall, but there are hidden gems. Good public transport system. read more

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7th April 2022

Great city lots t...

Great city lots to do. But accommodation is unaffordable. read more

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6th April 2022

Dublin is a great...

Dublin is a great city. Very friendly people, good shopping and quite safe. Public transport is not great though and very high cost of living. read more

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28th March 2022

Do not come unles...

Do not come unless you're disgustingly rich. This is a clearly ill city that will eventually collapse due to the poor quality-cost of life ratio. Then it might be good to come, but for now, I do not recommend it at all. The salaries are comparatively low and the cost of life is monstrously high. There's a lot of social issues, and you will see junkies and drunks freely roaming any street at any time of the day. You will see problems outside any pub at any time. The public transport is a joke, buses are never on time, and Luas are extortionately expensive. read more

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23rd March 2022

The city of Dubli...

The city of Dublin is not that bad overall read more

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14th February 2022

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Public transport started at 7am, a bit late for my taste. Also ended farely early read more

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14th February 2022

Expensive housing...

Expensive housing, food cost is alright. read more

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11th February 2022

Dublin is a good...

Dublin is a good city but unfortunately expensive in terms of accommodation. read more

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11th February 2022

I like dublin a l...

I like dublin a lot, but it’s very expensive read more

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11th February 2022

Can we please fin...

Can we please find a solution for the rising prices? read more

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11th February 2022

Dublin is a combi...

Dublin is a combination of fun, elegance, technology and nature. read more

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11th February 2022

Very nice. I like...

Very nice. I like this city but sometimes it smells bad and very expensive. Mostly if you don’t have a salary to support your living costs. read more

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11th February 2022

Very nice city bu...

Very nice city but too expensive, and the public transport is the most expensive of all things. read more

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11th February 2022

Going out look to...

Going out look to expensive and noisy in comparison with the benefit read more

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11th February 2022

Dublin is a great...

Dublin is a great city but very expensive for a student living up. The night life is great and there’s lots to do read more

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11th February 2022

love it here! jus...

love it here! just don't love the bus system read more

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11th February 2022

Lovely friendly t...

Lovely friendly town with lots of amenities read more

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11th February 2022

Nice city with a...

Nice city with a lot to do. Easy to navigate read more

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member566022
4th February 2022

Dublin is a great...

Dublin is a great place to live, but far too expensive and the cost of living is very high. There is lots to do and see in the city, and is well linked by affordable public transport. read more

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4th February 2022

Dublin is expensi...

Dublin is expensive and not the nicest city but there is plenty to see and do. read more

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4th February 2022

Dublin is so expe...

Dublin is so expenses but very confortable to go out and hang out with friends read more

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26th January 2022

Living in Dublin...

Living in Dublin is extremely expensive, since I lived during the lockdown I cannot share information about the price of nightlife or restaurants in the city. read more

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19th December 2021

The cost of livin...

The cost of living is so high. So many students cannot afford to live anymore. read more

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14th December 2021

Dublin is quite a...

Dublin is quite an expensive city but there are loads of shopping centres, pub, restaurants and clubs. read more

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4th December 2021

Great small town...

Great small town that has okay public transport to get to UCD. Friendly atmosphere. read more

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28th November 2021

Living costs rema...

Living costs remain a massive problem for students, especially in the south of the city near UCD. Nightlife is great but expensive. Public transport provides good access to the city but can be unreliable at times read more

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22nd November 2021

Dublin although i...

Dublin although it’s expensive it’s a great place to live read more

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11th November 2021

Compared to other...

Compared to other places I have lived, I feel that Dublin is underwhelming. It may be a nice place to visit, but I don't feel that it lives up to its expectations in many aspects. The high price of living is the biggest issue, followed by the (relative) lack of variety in services/shops, which is understandable due to a smaller population and therefore less demand, but it still doesn't really do justice for the people living here. read more

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5th November 2021

Beautiful place t...

Beautiful place to live and enjoy the life read more

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4th November 2021

Nice city, not ex...

Nice city, not exactly clean but ok. read more

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4th November 2021

Great place to li...

Great place to live, good night life read more

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7th August 2021

Great city, amazi...

Great city, amazing access to public transport and constantly maintaining a safe, welcoming and light-hearted atmosphere. read more

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