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Pre-arrival Information for Dublin International MPhil Students

 

Before You Leave Home

 

On Arrival and Transport

 

Location

 

Registering with Gardai

 

Trinity College Dublin Registration

 

Cost of Living in Dublin

 

Currency

 

Accommodation

 

Student Health / Medical Insurance

 

Social

 

Queries

 

Before You Leave Home

There are a number of things to do before you leave home to ensure that your arrival runs smoothly.  One of the most important of these is to ensure that you have all the necessary documentation to allow you enter the country.  You must fulfil all relevant immigration requirements prior to arrival.  Applications for visa should be made to your nearest Irish Embassy or Consulate office well in advance of your intended travel date. Further details on entry requirements can be obtained by writing to Visas Section, Immigration Division, Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, 72/76 St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2,Ireland (+ 353 1 6789711), email  info@justice.irlgov.ie or visit the the Department of Justice and Equality website. Please ensure that you also have transit documentation, if required, if you intend to arrive in Dublin via another European city. 
If you intend to travel to any of the six counties in Northern Ireland which are under UK jurisdiction, you should be aware that you may need a visa from the UK authorities.  You will also need a re-entry visa for returning to the Republic of Ireland. In these circumstances, it is advisable, where possible, to apply for multiple visas which are usually valid for six months from the date of issue.
The Pre Arrival Information contains details on all aspects of studying at Trinity and further details can be found in the International Student Handbook.

On Arrival and Transport

On arrival in Dublin Airport, you can get an express Aircoach to the city centre and some suburbs or a taxi. Typical cost of taxi from Dublin Airport to town is 40-50 euro. Buses are operated by Dublin Bus. Dublin is also served by the Luas tram system and by the Dublin Area Rapid Transit system (the DART).
Details of the Irish rail network can be found at the Irish Rail website.

Location

The Irish School of Ecumenics is located in the ISE/Loyola Institute Building facing onto the playing fields towards the Westland Row/Lincoln Gate area of the campus.

Registering with Gardai

Once in Ireland, students may be required to register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) and once registration has taken place on the main TCD campus, Academic Registry can organize a letter for you.

Trinity College Dublin Registration

The Academic Registry provides central academic administrative services including support of the following student life cycle activities:

  • UG & PG Admissions
  • Fees & Payments
  • Registration
  • Lecture Timetables
  • Study Abroad
  • Examinations & Assessment
  • Research Degrees

Details of registration will be sent to you on your personal portal site so please continue to check this regularly.  You will also need to check the dates for collection of your student card.  Again, details will be available from Academic Registry through your portal site. Once registered, you will have access to library and other facilities on campus. 

Cost of Living in Dublin

The International Office as Trinity College has created an estimate of living expenses for students living in Dublin. The Irish Council for International Students is a particularly informative source of information.

Currency

The Republic of Ireland’s currency is the Euro (€) divided into one hundred cent (100c).  Notes are issued to the value of Euro €100, €50, €20, €10 and €5 and coins to the value of €2, €1, 50c, 20c, 10c, 5c, 2c, 1c.

Accommodation

Accommodation is probably the largest item of expenditure for most students. Accommodation in Dublin is expensive and sometimes difficult to source so you should, therefore, factor in some time before starting to ensure that you secure something suitable.  Accommodation outside the Dublin area tends to be less expensive, but when considering this option, you need to check that your location is served by a good transport network system to ensure that you can reach Trinity when needed.  It is a false economy to secure reasonably priced housing only to find that the expense of travelling proves problematic. 
There are various sites available to assist incoming students and the following information is taken from the Accommodation Office website.
The Students’ Union operates an Accommodation Advisory Service where you can find accommodation listings as well as information on how to go about signing leases and other landlord tenant information. It is located in the Students' Union Front Office in House 6 and open from Monday to Friday 9.30am - 5.00pm. It is also open Saturdays from 9.30am to 13.30pm. The service is open to students until the middle of October. As well as free internet access and accommodation listings, the service will also provide information on setting up bank accounts, getting a PPS number, your student travel card and other necessary information to help students new to Dublin orient themselves.

For more information you can read about renting in Dublin in the Students' Union 'Living in Dublin' guide.  The Advisory Service team is contactable on accommodation@tcdsu.org.
www.daft.ie and www.myhome.ie are good websites on which to view rental properties.
The Students’ Union is also a great source of general information in relation to life as a TCD student. 

Student Health / Medical Insurance

Information on Health Insurance is available from Trinity College's Pre-Arrival Information.

Social

There are many societies and clubs at TCD to which students can belong, details of which will be given to you at registration. At ISE we also organise many events and activities throughout the year in which we hope you will partake e.g. walking tours, International evenings, Pot Luck meals etc., all intended to allow you to meet other students and to make your time with us as enjoyable an experience as possible.

Queries

We hope this document has provided useful information. If you have any further queries, please contact:

International Peace Studies - Ms Mary Priestman, Executive Officer peacesec@tcd.ie
Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies - Ms Christine Houlahan, Executive Officer ecumsec@tcd.ie
PhD Research - Ms Christine Houlahan ressec@tcd.ie

We look forward to meeting you soon and hope that you will have a very fruitful and enjoyable year as you become part of our student body.  Please do not hesitate to contact any member of the school if you require any further assistance.  We are available at the above emails and we will be pleased to help in any way we can to assist you as you prepare for your time here at ISE.


Last updated 22 July 2016 by Irish School of Ecumenics (Email).