Getting Started

Getting Started

Students are at the heart of all we do in TU Dublin, and we want to help you to succeed. Starting your studies at university can be daunting at first, but support is available to help you to adjust. Your academic progress is important, but so is your health, happiness and well-being, so don’t be afraid to ask for help. 

When you start, you might come across terms being used that you are not familiar with; here’s a quick video to explain some of the most commonly used terms:

From 2pm Friday 11th - 5pm Wednesday 16th September CAO First Round Offers and Acceptances
Friday 11th September, 2 - 4pm
Monday 14th September, 10 - 11.30am 
Tuesday 15th September, 10 - 11.30am 
Wednesday 16th September, 10 - 11.30am
Live Online Chat for CAO Applicants
We are also available to answer your questions by phone, email or via the ASK button on our website.
Thursday 17th September Online Registration Opens 
From 10am Wednesday 23rd - 12pm Friday 25th September CAO Second Round Offers and Acceptances
From Monday 28th September Lectures Begin
It’s down to business; lectures begin this week. Full details of your classes will be outlined in your timetable on the first day of term.
From Monday 28th September Orientation
Orientation sessions will commence this week. Each session is different and will cater to the type of programme you are studying.  
Tuesday, 29th September, at 7pm  Parent & Guardian Information Evening
This information evening has proved to be very popular in previous years, so this year the event will be taking place online. 
From Monday 5th October Clubs & Socs Festival
COVID19 social distancing protocols will no doubt affect the type and size of events that Clubs and Societies can offer. Still, they are working on a new schedule of events, in-person and online, so there is bound to be something for you! The best bit is all Clubs and Socs are free to join this year, so why not try something new!
From Monday 12th - Friday 16th October Students Union Freshers Week
This is your chance to meet new people and make new friends! Over the next week, your TU Dublin Students’ Union will organise a variety of events. Keep an eye out for announcements on our social media channels!

If you’ve applied through the Central Applications Office (CAO), you’ll need to log in to your application to accept an offer once one has been made. 

If you're a non-EU part-time or postgraduate student that has applied through Quercus, you’ll need to log in to your application to accept an offer once one has been made.

Once each CAO round of offers has ended, students will receive an invitation to register via email with details on how to register for their programme.   This email will be sent to the email address that you supplied to the CAO. Once you receive this email, you should register on our website using the username and password which will be included in your invitation to register email.

We will also send you two online newsletters which will provide lots of valuable information such as your details on your orientation session to help get you off to the best start. 

Paying your fees 

Your invitation to register email will also provide you with the information you need to pay your fees.  You can pay your fees online with a debit/credit card.

Minimum payment required to register on your programme

To register on your programme and gain access to university services, you will need to pay a minimum of 25% of the annual fee before commencing classes. For most undergraduate first-year students, this means a payment of €750, which is a quarter of the annual fee for students who have not attended college previously. If you have applied for a SUSI grant, please follow the online registration instructions concerning registering using your SUSI application number.

A further 25% of your programme fee must be paid by 31st October.   The remaining 50% of the fee can be paid in multiple payments online/or by bank transfer and must be paid in full by 31st January 2021.

Your university email account   

Information on your university email account will be included in your invitation to register email. Your email address will be in the following format - We will always use this email address for any messages we send during the academic year, so it is essential to check your university email account daily. 


Did you know that you can apply for a grant even before you have been offered a college place?

You can check your eligibility on the SUSI website and if you’re eligible, we recommend that you apply via the SUSI website as soon as possible. If you have already applied for a SUSI grant, you can registration without paying any fees.

Financial Aid

We recognise that some students may face financial difficulties during their time at college and a number of assistance schemes are in place to support such students.

The scheme is designed to help those in severe financial difficulties due to unforeseen circumstances such as the current Covid crisis or students who are disadvantaged and require additional financial support to continue their third-level studies. This funding is available to full-time registered TU Dublin students and certain part-time registered students* and these funds cannot be used for the purposes of registration or tuition fees. View more information on Grants and Financial Aid here or contact your Student Services Information Desk.

The Student Assistance Fund is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.


As a new student, you will receive a TU Dublin student card.  As part of our online registration process, we will email you a link where you can upload your photo for your card.  The cards will be distributed at orientation or posted directly to you.

CITY CAMPUS: The link will be available from Wednesday September 23rd

TU Dublin is proud to be part of the Active Consent Initiative. All first-year students have the opportunity to participate in an Active Consent Workshop as part of their orientation experience.

This programme will give you the opportunity to explore and discuss the issue of sexual consent in an open, safe and non-judgmental way. Students who participated in the workshop in previous years have given very positive feedback on it – they found it both engaging and insightful and reported that it made them feel more comfortable around the area of consent. You can read more about what they thought about the Active Consent programme, in an article by our Student Engagement and Experience Officer, Dr Rachel O'Connor here.

You can download your 2020/2021 Academic Calendar here.

Now more than ever, it is important to be aware of the Health and Safety measures we have in place at TU Dublin to keep our community safe, including our COVID19 protocols. Our Health and Safety section has more information, most importantly you should understand what you need to do if you think you're experiencing COVID19 symptoms on-campus.






Students that will start or resume their studies in Grangegorman at some stage over the next academic year should visit our dedicated student website, which will tell you everything you need to know about our new campus.