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International Students

Dublin, is situated on Ireland’s east coast, it is a hub for travel within Ireland as well as a gateway to Europe and beyond. It is geographically close to the mountains and the sea, making it possible to escape the bustle of the city for a walk in the countryside or a swim in the sea.

Student-friendly city

The greater Dublin area has a population of nearly 1.5 million people but the city centre itself is relatively small and easy to navigate. Each year, more than 100,000 students come to study in Dublin’s universities, colleges, and language schools, adding to the city’s vibrancy and to its increasingly cosmopolitan population. Over 28,000 TU Dublin students contribute to that vibrancy, studying on campuses that are located in the city centre, and in the nearby suburbs of Blanchardstown and Tallaght. All are easily accessed by public transport and there is also lots of bike parking for students.

Culture and History

Renowned for its many literary giants, Dublin is also a magnet for artists of all kinds – visual, performing, culinary and comedic! Among the many attractions for visitors and citizens alike are its museums and art galleries, many of which welcome visitors without any entrance fee. Historic buildings such as Dublin Castle, Kilmainham Gaol, and the GPO provide a window into life in previous centuries while outdoor amenities like the Phoenix Park, the Botanic Garden and St. Stephen’s Green are available to all to enjoy. Of course, the city and the surrounding suburbs also offer lots of choice for sporting activity, shopping, as well as lively cafes, restaurants and pubs.

Explore Dublin

Our friends in have lots of other suggestions for you so, whether you are a Dubliner, from elsewhere in Ireland, or from elsewhere in the world, we hope you will get to know the city and enjoy all that it has to offer.

Plan your stay

Meanwhile, to help you plan for the academic year ahead, we have compiled information about current living costs and how to get around Dublin.

Host Family Accommodation

Ideal accommodation for International students. Living with a host family is often the most economical and flexible option. The family may offer five or seven-day accommodation but this year they may take bookings for a shorter week. You will typically pay for 25 – 30 weeks over the academic year. Rent averages at approximately €165 to €220 per week and utility bills are included in the cost. Many host families provide optional extras such as a light breakfast and evening meal. If you plan to live with a host family ask the homeowner for their plan should the household be impacted by Covid-19. Choose a family that regularly hosts international students and research the accommodation as much as possible before you commit to a booking. To see what’s available, check out StudentPad The Living with a Host Family page