Getting Started

Getting Started

Students are at the heart of all we do in TU Dublin, and we want to help you to succeed. Some of you might find starting University daunting at first, but we are here to support and 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 us for help. 

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

Date Event 
Tuesday, 7 September  CAO First Round Offers
Accept by 3:00 pm Monday, 13 September  CAO First Round Acceptances

Tuesday, 7 September

2:30 - 4:00pm


Wednesday, 8 September

10:00 - 11.30am


Thursday, 9 September

10:00 - 11.30am


Friday, 10 September

10:00 - 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.

Monday, 13 September  Online Registration Opens

Offers from 10:00am

Monday, 20 September

CAO Second Round Offers

Accept by 3:00pm

Wednesday, 23 September 

CAO Second Round Acceptance Deadline
Monday, 20 September Onwards


The academic semester for first-year students will begin from Monday, 27 September 2021. In addition, some programme-specific orientation activities will take place for students based on our Blanchardstown and Tallaght campuses from Monday, 20 September. 

We will be in touch with all our new students with further details so do keep an eye on your emails.

Wednesday, 22 September 

7:00 - 8:30pm 

Online Parent & Guardian Information Evening

Our Online Information Evening has proved to be very popular in previous years. 

Book Your Place 

Monday, 27 September Onwards

Lectures Begin

It’s down to business; lectures and orientations begin this week. Full details of your classes will be outlined in your timetable on the first day of term.

Begins Monday, 27 September 2020

Clubs & Socs Festival

COVID-19 protocols will no doubt affect the type and size of events that Clubs and Societies can offer. Still, we are working on a schedule of both in person and online. There will something for everyone, so why not take the opportunity to try something new!

Monday, 4 October to Friday, 11 October

Students’ Union Festival 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 digital magazines which will provide lots of valuable information such as details of 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 that 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 your 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 for registering using your SUSI application number.

A further 25% of your programme fee must be paid by Sunday, 31 October 2021.   The remaining 50% of the fee can be paid in multiple payments online/or by bank transfer and must be paid in full by Monday, 31 January 2022.

Your University email account   

Information on your University email account will be included in your invitation to register email. 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. 

Students based on our Grangegorman, Aungier Street, and Bolton Street Campuses 

  • New first-year students who did not upload a photo before 16/09/2021:

Student cards can be collected from the Central Quad, Grangegorman, at the time allocated: Student Card Collection Schedule

  • New part-time undergraduate and all postgraduate students, full-time new first-year students (Round A and Zero CAO only), and Erasmus students who uploaded a photo before 16/09/2021)

Student cards can be collected from the Central Quad, Grangegorman, or Aungier Street, at the time allocated: Student Card Collection Schedule (Photo Uploaded before 16/09/2021)

Students based on our Blanchardstown Campus 

Registration information for new students is available here

You will be asked to upload a suitable image for your student card as part of online registration.  You will receive an email with instructions on how to do this after you accept your CAO Offer.  A suitable clear image/headshot and size as per instructions in your registration email must be uploaded.  Student cards will be printed and issued to students by post - so it's important to ensure your postal address is correct when completing online registration to avoid any delay in receiving your student card.

Students based on our Tallaght Campus 

Information on how to obtain a student card will be included in your Invitation to Register email.  

Students based on our Grangegorman, Aungier Street, and Bolton Street Campuses

Schedule for students based in Grangegorman, Aungier Street, and Bolton Street

Students based on our Blanchardstown Campus 

Schedule for students based in Blanchardstown 2021

Students based on our Tallaght Campus 

Orientation Schedule Tallaght 2021

You can view our 2021/22 Academic Calendar for Undergraduate & Taught Postgraduate Students and Apprenticeship Terms here.

Now more than ever, it is important to be aware of the Health and Safety measures we have in place to keep our University community safe, including our COVID-19 protocols. It is important that you follow our Guidance on what you need to do if you experience COVID-19 symptoms on campus.

We have provided further information on our Health and Safety page.


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.


TU Dublin is proud to be part of the National Active Consent Programme to promote a positive and confident approach to sexual health and to equip young people with the tools to recognise and communicate about sexual consent.

As a first-year student you have the opportunity to participate in an online Active Consent Workshop as part of your extended 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 – they found it both engaging and insightful and reported that it made them feel more comfortable around the area of consent.