Best Student Cities of Ireland

Best Student Cities of Ireland

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Aishwarya Bhatnagar
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Updated on Apr 12, 2023 18:22 IST

Here are a few things you could do on the campuses at these top Irish universities.

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Trinity College Dublin

When you are at Trinity, you do not need to worry about life outside the walls of the college. The campus is filled with benches, cafes, and there are a few dinner places. Off campus MacTurcails, the Gingerman, Doyles and the Longstone are regular haunts of students. Everyone on student budget goes to Tolteca, Burritos and Blues, and Pablo Piccante’s for burritos, Costa for coffee, KC Peaches and O’Briens for sandwiches, Captain America’s and Yum Thai for lunch.

University College Dublin

The UCD student center has a 3D cinema, a theatre, radio hub, debating chamber, gym, fitness classes and pool. ‘The Global Lounge’ has an indoor entertainment hub where you can watch 350 international TV stations, and is often venue to gaming nights. Pulse café, which is on-campus, has great food options.

Dublin City University

One thing about DCU you need to remember is that the clubs and societies are big deal in this university. There are lots of clubs you can choose from – drama, dance, tea, debating, Harry Potter etc. Students usually hang out in the canteen, Nubar, Mezz and the students union. The canteen food is pretty good value. Aside from multiple on-campus restaurants, there is Weldons Bar as well as Andersons off the campus.

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DIT Aungier Street campus has a bog students union common area with pool tables, PCs, cafe etc. Off campus, Palace, D2, Coppers, the Village, Dicey’s Garden, Whelan’s, Insomnia are all popular hangout places. At DIT Bolton Street, Bodkin’s Bar is a favorite traditional pub. Many campuses have canteens but Bolton Street is considered the best.

Govinda’s on Aungier Street serves vegetarian food, which is a relief for Indian students. Near Bolton Street, the Saba Inn cafe (a small Hungarian café) is good for sandwiches and offers value student meals.

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Limerick Institute of Technology

There are over 70 societies and clubs to join here at this university. Off campus, there is a lot to do in the city of Limerick, from go-karting to bowling to shopping etc. There are three cinemas which sell tickets at special student prices. You can go to the farmers’ market on a Tuesday or catch the University Concert Hall performances. The university campus has 19 cafes and restaurants open, and lots many more just off campus.


University College Cork

At UCC, students tend to stay on campus as there are many options available, including student center, sports center and an amphitheater. Popular spots off campus include Patrick Street and Fitzgerald’s Park. Everyone drinks at Bailey, Suas, Washington Inn and Sober Lane.  
Where to eat: Both on and off campus, food is priced keeping students in mind and there are many deals available. On-campus eating spots include the student center, Kylemore, Cafe Freso and Kiwi.

Cork Institute of Technology

CIT is one of the best institutes of technology in Ireland. The campuses are scattered throughout Cork. The college offers business, science and engineering, and humanities courses, but music and art students perhaps provide the pulse of CIT’s bright student life.

There are a number of day trips you can take to picturesque and scenic spots. Youghal, Cobh and Kinsale are particularly pleasant spots around the city. The Nexus student center is a popular spot, as are two gyms, or sports stadium. Cork’s reputation as the foodie city means students will find good cheap meals wherever they go. Captain America’s, Subway, Gino’s and local bar food venues are much visited but many students choose to eat in college canteens.


NUI Galway

Galway is a slightly cheaper place to live at than many other student cities in Ireland. NUI campus is known to be hipster-ish where art and culture take a front seat. Smokies, Róisín Dubh and the Crane Bar are best known locations for live gigs. The students’ union offers cheap €5 full dinners in the college bar. Finnegan’s, Boojum, Supermac’s are popular places serving freshly made meals.

GMIT has big campuses at Castlebar and Letterfack. Castlebar is centrally located and offers lots of clubs and societies. Apart from these two, students at the Cluain Mhuire have forged a very creative reputation for the campus.
students usually hangout in the student villages for downtime. The most popular eateries include cafeteria on the Dublin Road campus, Cactus Jack’s etc.



Waterford Institute of Technology is the biggest college in the southeast. Waterford has a rich history and cultural life given it is one of the original Viking settlements. Student events and balls take place throughout the year. To get away from the city, students go surfing in Tramore, to the many different beaches of the southeast, or hike through the Comeragh Mountains.

The Hot House Bistro, the Gallery, Oscars cafe, and the arcade and pool room are busiest during lunch hours. The college canteen provides a range of meals priced to suit all budgets.

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