Students socialising on UCD campus

Life in Dublin

Studying at the UCD International Study Centre allows you to experience the best experience Ireland has to offer. Based on UCD's campus, you'll be studying in the exciting city of Dublin, surrounded by all the history and culture you can find there. 

Things to do in Dublin, Ireland

See the historic city 

Dublin is an ancient city, with its history dating back over 1000 years. Just by walking around the city centre, you'll see plenty of historic architecture and streets. Nowadays, these same streets are now home to some of the trendiest places to eat and drink, so you can rest a while during your exploration.

Exciting sports

Alongside the globally-known sports of rugby, golf, and football, Dublin also plays host to traditional Irish sports. During your time here, you'll have plenty of opportunities to see live Gaelic football, which is coined as the 'fastest field sport in the world'.

A music scene like no other

Music is the beating heart of Dublin. Wherever you go in the city, you won't be far away from someone playing live music. While you're studying with us, take a walk through Temple Bar and hear the exciting and eclectic mix that Dublin has to offer.

Museums and galleries for everyone

Whether you're interested in Ireland's literary past, Dublin's own Viking history, or you'd like to learn more about the folklore of leprechauns, you will be able to find a museum to satisfy your intrigue.

Dublin's riverside at sundown.

Welcoming culture

Ireland offers all of its visitors a warm welcome.  Exploring the countryside, you will find lush, green landscapes, historic castles and stunning beaches. World-famous music, great works of literature and traditional Irish dancing are some of the things you will enjoy getting to know about Ireland’s unique culture.

Famed food

Alongside the wide selection of international cuisines you'd expect to find in a capital city, there are plenty of local favourites to discover. Irish stew, coddle and unique seafood dishes can be found across Dublin.

How to get around in Dublin

Travelling around the city and beyond is easy for students in Dublin thanks to an extensive transportation network. With buses, trains, trams, ferries and one of the best city bike systems in Europe you will be able to explore all Dublin has to offer.

By road

Nearly 200 bus routes operate throughout Dublin. Bus stops surround the UCD campus for quick access. With a pre-paid smart card, called the Student Leap Card, it is easy to take the bus without needing to carry cash. Using the pre-paid card even gives you a discount. Some bus services offer a range of student tickets which load onto your Student Leap Card.

For a day in the city centre, consider renting a bike from Dublinbikes. With 1500 bikes across 101 stations in the city, Dublinbikes is one of the most successful citywide bike hires in Europe.  Cycling the city is an affordable and eco-friendly way to see the sights.

A birds-eye view of Dublin, with the Liffey River visible

By rail

Another great way to get around Dublin city centre is by Luas, a Light Rail Transit system. The name Luas (pronounced "Lou-As") is the Irish word for speed. This traim connects suburban areas with the city centre, and make for quick and easy transport across the city.

For travel along the coast the iconic DART rail services can be used for scenic trips along the seaside. You can even use a Student Leap Card as a Student ID to allow you to buy discounted tickets when traveling longer distances. 

By sea

If you're looking to travel further abroad, the ferry can be a great option. There are many routes available to other parts of Ireland, or across to England and even routes to take you as far as France.