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Definitely not what I thought the whole college experience would be like, it sometimes feels like you're paying to teach yourself the entire course. Maynooth took on way too many students and overcrowding is a huge issue because there's never any seats when it's lunchtime, you'd find yourself having to sit on the floor more often than you'd like. Most lecturers are nice but aren't great at teaching the material. You're also lucky if you get a good tutor because most of them seem like they don't want to be there. If you learn by one on one teaching good luck because you'll probably struggle. Not enough food places on campus either for the amount of students. Love the south campus scenery and library cat but overall, major improvements needed.
Not a place I would recommend for mature students. Little to no support and the support you do get is from someone half your age with no real life expierence which seems to be the case across all areas which may also account for being treated like doormats e.g.student levy, accomodation etc. Students have no real power. No idea who our 'year head' etc is supposed to be. There is going to end up being a massive crush/stampede someday as the facilites provided cannot cope with the amount of students and this is a health hazard. Classes are cancelled within a hour or 2 notice, never anywhere to sit and you will pay nearly a tenor for awful food if theres anything left. The university has taken on more students than it can handle. Terrible adminstration with registrations not being kept up to date. I am hoping to finish my degree elsewhere after this year
For parking, its horrible. You waste fuel looking for a space. Overcrowding is an issue. The facilities for students can be cheap. The staff room facilities are definitely better. 100 stars for that grand piano. The campus lecture halls, 5 stars. Haven't join many clubs in my 4 yrs but everyone is friendly. Lecturers and students all friendly. The only problem, some lecturers literally CANNOT teach. But they are good people and will try to help you only if you put the effort to try and talk to them and do exam questions with them on your own accord (which most students won't do). But this is my experience in the CS sector. I will not recommend this university for Computer Science. Some CS lecturers in my opinion does not look professional (outfit/hygiene). But the upper year students are amazing teachers so make friends with them. SU body are amazing people who tries their best. Careers service are not very reliable. You might not get the work in your area of study. LEVY money stolen.
If you are looking to get a piece of paper of get out of there as fast as you can I would definitely recommend this college. The lecturers and structure of the teaching is pretty good but if you want to actually experience college this is not the place unless your a culchie living on campus. Societies seem to be comprised of a pretty small group of people and they don't seem to do much. I mostly found myself sneaking onto other colleges trips just so I could enjoy myself. To summarise if you are from Dublin and want to enjoy your few years of college study hard and go to trinity or ucd thats where all the good societies and clubs are.
Great experience and exposure relevant for career building.
It’s great for meeting new people! A great social buzz (outside covid haha) and lovely atmosphere in college! Lecturers aren’t all the best, but a lot of them do care for the students and help out as much as possible :)
University is trying its best during these hard times
More student accommodation needed as well as space to walk around campus. Walking into campus from the main road is nearly impossible at times. The entrance/exit is too narrow.
A luscious green campus, perfect blend of the old and the new, great Library and easily accessible facilities.
Campus is overcrowded. Never any seating available in any building.
Overall it was ok, it’s easier to immerse yourself in the experience if you live on campus but as I was commuting after a long day I just wanted to get home
Good college, all ound nice people, easy to get to, night life was very good before Covid-19
There was a constant daily struggle to find somewhere to sit indoors. Overcrowding seems to be an issue, but I see that they're still opening new buildings every few years, so this situation might improve. Professors were enthusiastic and helpful for schoolwork and discussing plans after graduation. Many Clubs/Socs with friendly members. Wifi available in all buildings and reached outdoors across much of the campus. Even as president of a society, I had no interaction with the student union outside of them bothering me to fill out petitions for candidates I knew nothing about. It was expected of you to just give your signature without asking what the candidate was like.
I attended Maynooth University for almost three years (cut short due to covid) and it was the best three years of my life.
Spent five years here and unless you live on or near campus or drive, you cannot participate in many clubs, or participate in events. The SU doesn't do much of anything to my knowledge. The WiFi is shocking, mostly used a hotspot. Overall, not great.
Great college with great selection of courses. Lecturers are very helpful and friendly! However, WiFi is barely accessible and rarely works
Amazing experience. Maynooth has a very friendly atmosphere because it's a student town.
It’s a big university and hard to make friends in my opinion. If you live far from the university and struggle with mental health issues it’s hard to find the motivation to come in. I personally feel like I didn’t experience university even though I graduated. It wasn’t the university for me