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Studying in Dublin: We Answer Your Top Asked Questions

Moving to Dublin for your university studies? Dublin is a wonderful city with plenty of culture and ways to experience a taste of true Irish living. With the new academic year fast approaching, we think now’s the perfect time to answer your questions about moving to the city. From the best places to live, to the types of students you might meet, here’s your top asked questions about studying in Dublin...

First up, what’s the benefits of studying in Dublin?

Dublin is a vibrant city with lots to do. From festivals all year round, including the world famous St. Patrick’s Day, to plenty of museums, shops and food markets to explore. If you’re looking for a city where you’ll never be bored, Dublin’s definitely one for you.

The Irish capital is also home to a range of prestigious colleges, with top notch academic teaching, so you’re guaranteed a great education during your time here, whatever subject you’re studying. 

Where’s the best place to live in Dublin for university?

There’s lots of great places to live depending on what you prefer your Dublin student accommodation to be near. At Uninest, we have 7 residences to choose from in the city centre. With the top colleges on their doorstep, from Trinity College Dublin to University College Dublin, there’s plenty of locations to pick from to suit your needs.

Are there many international students studying in Dublin?

Yes! Dublin is a very popular study destination for international students from around the world. If you’re an international student you can stay in Ireland for up to 2 years after graduation unlike many other European cities, and you’re also allowed to work up to 20 hours a week outside of your studies. 

We welcome lots of international students to our Uninest residences every year, so whether you’re travelling from abroad or simply the Irish countryside,  you’ll be able to meet students from all kinds of cultures during your stay. 

How big is the student population in Dublin?

There’s approximately 120,000 students who attend Dublin’s 5 universities in total. Now that’s a whole lot of students!

Are there good transport links? 

Ireland has a number of international airports and many countries from Europe and around the world fly directly to Dublin Airport, so it’s easy to get back home for international students or explore other nearby countries. There’s also great rail links, so day trips or weekends away around Ireland are very accessible. 

What’s the nightlife like?

There’s something for everyone when it comes to nights out in Dublin, restaurants for low key meals, to mega clubs, cosy bars and more. As nightlife begins to re-open again whilst adhering to government guidelines, you’ll be able to enjoy a variety of venues. 

Can I still travel to Dublin for University amidst the global pandemic?

We’d advise keeping up to date with travel regulations and following the government's advice, but to help keep your worries at bay, we’ve launched Flexi Pay & Stay. Our new flexible booking means you can postpone or cancel your room licence if you’ve booked with us and travel restrictions or university start dates impact your arrival. Find out more here.

We can’t wait to welcome students back to Dublin very soon! If you’re still looking for student accommodation during your studies, check out our Dublin residences here