Life at Trinity
International Student Experience
Trinity is committed to ensuring that all international students have a positive experience during their studies and get the most from college life. A diverse student body with students from 122 different countries, the Trinity experience has much to offer. Trinity offers international students a wide range of supports and services to provide all the information and advice you need to know before you get here and to help you get settled at Trinity and in Dublin once you arrive.
Global Room —Information and Student Space
The Global Room space in the Watts Building is specifically designed to cater to students of Trinity College Dublin, with a focus on the international student community.
Managed by the International Student Liaison Officer, Colum Cronin, and supported by a team of Global Ambassadors, the Global Room team provides guidance and support to international students on a wide range of issues including immigration, accommodation and all aspects of life at Trinity. The Global Ambassador team are current Trinity students trained to help with queries that may arise during the transition from an international student’s home country to Ireland.
Over 300 international-themed events are held each year in the Global Room student space such as national holiday celebrations, seminars, movie screenings and art showcases. These events are run by both the Global Room and a diverse range of Trinity’s clubs and societies. Home to a wall of plasma screens, visitors to the Global Room can access television channels from across the globe, and these screens can also be used for presentations, movie nights and much more.
Keep an eye on the Global Room’s event calendar for information on what’s happening in the coming months, and be sure to follow us on Facebook for updates:
Before you Arrive
The Global Ambassador team lead tours of Trinity’s campus, with a focus on sharing their experiences of student life at Trinity. These tours are held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and are perfect for any student that is considering studying at Trinity.
Visas & Immigration
Students from some countries are required to apply for visas before they arrive in Dublin. To check if you need a visa, please click the visa information website below.
We encourage all students to apply for Trinity accommodation as soon as they have been accepted. Trinity accommodation includes Trinity Hall and Binary Hub. Trinity also offers many resources for students who want to find their own accommodation. For more information about accommodation, visit:
After you Arrive
Airport Meet and Greet
Trinity offers a free Meet and Greet service for arriving international students. Led by a team of student Global Ambassadors, they offer them a warm welcome and stress-free transition to Ireland at the beginning of each term by collecting incoming students from the airport, taking them to their accommodation and making sure that all questions they may have are answered. To register here:
Getting Settled in Dublin
For information on getting settled in Dublin, such as opening bank accounts, setting up phones and internet, call into the Global Room to speak to the team there or check out the International Student Handbook, click on the image to download.
Trinity offers a comprehensive Orientation programme for all international students on arrival.
For information on registering with the immigration authority, Irish National Immigration Service (INIS), see the link below.
If you need further advice, contact the Global Room team, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
International students may want to get involved in the New2Dublin service on Monday evenings for the first six weeks of college. New2Dublin Ambassadors run various events such as movie nights and cultural exchanges to help incoming students adjust to life in Dublin city. Visit the Student2Student website for more information.
Resources on Campus
- Student Supports and Services
Whether you need information on registration, student health or want to explore what is on offer throughout campus, Trinity’s wide-ranging student supports and services are here to ensure students are looked after and their transition to living and studying at Trinity runs smoothly. Below are links to some of the many support services available.
- Students’ Unions
Trinity’s Students’ Union (TSU) and Graduate Students Union (GSU) offer support and resources to Trinity students. The Students’ Unions are run for students by students.
Trinity’s student life is vibrant. Beyond education, involvement in student and community organisations is an integral part of your experience at Trinity. With 120 societies, 48 sports clubs, many course-specific social events, and, of course, the Trinity Ball, Europe’s largest private party and a highlight of every spring term on campus, there is simply something for everyone. Trinity’s Front Square plays host to Freshers’ Week at the start of the academic year where the many societies and clubs set out their stalls. Among the most popular of the student societies are the Philosophical Society (‘the Phil’) and the Historical Society (‘the Hist’) which are the oldest and longest running student societies in the world, and regularly host talks with world renowned speakers, from writers and actors to heads of state and Nobel laureates. Whatever your interest, from fencing to running or debating to musical theatre, rest assured that there will be a society or club for you. They are a great way to get involved, get to know people who share your interests and meet new friends.
Living in Dublin
Dublin is a vibrant European capital city. Located in the heart of Dublin, Trinity’s 47-acre campus sits at the very centre of everything the city has to offer. For over 430 years, Dublin city has grown and developed around the Trinity campus. Blending a high-energy, multinational professional culture with traditional Irish warmth and hospitality, Dublin has elegant parks, cosy cafés and quirky restaurants for the daytime, with classic pubs, fashionable clubs, music gigs, comedy shows and theatre by night. Visit our dedicated Living in Dublin & Ireland section to discover more about living in Dublin, and check out these Dublin-focused social and entertainment sites to learn about everything from the best places to eat, to cultural events and upcoming activities: Lovin Dublin, Eventbrite Ireland, Totally Dublin and Visit Dublin.
During your time at Trinity, you can also take advantage of Ireland’s relatively compact size to explore the country’s rich culture and heritage and make visits to historical landmarks and scenic beauty throughout the country. Ireland’s position on the edge of Europe also provides a gateway to the UK and mainland Europe. To learn more about how the Trinity experience offers the opportunity to explore Dublin, Ireland and Europe click on the link below..
Meet the Team
We look forward to welcoming you to Trinity. If you have any questions, please let us know.
- For questions about academic departments or modules, you can direct your query to the Global Officers, where applicable.
- For questions about Study Abroad click here.
- For questions on courses, click here.