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Studying in Dublin? What to expect

You’ve decided to come and study in Dublin...great choice! This city has so much to offer to students, from an unreal nightlife scene to one of the best education systems in Europe.

Not sure what to expect? Check out this short list of some of the more important things you might need to know, as a student studying in Dublin.


Dublin’s nightlife scene has something for everybody. Whether you’re in the mood for a quiet pint in an old boozer or you just want to dance ‘til the early hours of the morning, the city has a spot for it all. From Monday to Thursday, there are plenty of clubs such as Tramline and D2, which run student nights meaning a night on the town won’t break the bank.

The People

The stereotypes about the Irish are both true and false……...Yes, we are a great bunch and no, we do not all have red hair! Irish people are generally friendly, welcoming and always up for a bit of craic (this means fun in Ireland - an important lesson for any of our international students)! Voted one of the friendliest cities in the world, Dublin is great at looking after visitors and making them feel at home.


Sport is a huge part of Irish culture, particularly the GAA games which includes Gaelic Football and Hurling. Both of these sports are native to Ireland and are extremely exciting to watch.

When it is GAA match day, you’ll find it hard to beat the passion found around Croke Park or at the Aviva Stadium when the rugby or soccer team are playing. You don’t even have to go to the stadiums to embrace the magic, just head to a pub in the city and you are guaranteed great atmosphere (and a great pint to enjoy it with!). If you want to take part in a sport during your time here, most colleges will have ‘freshers’ teams that welcome ‘athletes’ of all levels!

Music Scene

Dublin’s music scene is world renowned. Take a stroll through Temple Bar or down Grafton Street and you will encounter so many talented musicians. Many of the countries best known musicians served their time busking on these streets before they became famous. Venues like Whelan’s and Vicar Street host some of the best national and international acts each month whilst the 3Arena and Croke Park host the bigger crowds throughout the year.


Dublin is a foodie’s dream. Nearly every week there is a new and exciting restaurant opening up. The city has embraced cuisines from every corner of the world and has done a great job doing it! So when you're not cooking up a storm in your student accommodation, get out and experience what the city has to offer. You won't regret it.

Top tip: Don’t forget to flash your student card, a lot of places offer a great discount. Check out our favourite student spots here.

Overall Dublin is a pretty amazing and unique city, but you’ll soon find that out for yourself. So whether you're coming from Bali or Ballyvaughan, things in Dublin are going to a little different from your hometown but we guarantee you will fall in love with the place!


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