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Student Experience

Student Life on Campus

At Trinity, the student experience is more than just a great education. Trinity gathers together a unique, sociable and friendly community in the heart of Dublin city, and believes in fully integrating its study abroad students into all aspects of academic and student life at the university. At Trinity, involvement in student organisations is not just a hobby; it plays an integral part in your education and allows you to engage in all your interests. Visit our Study Abroad Guide and Student Life pages to find out more about what Trinity has to offer.

Student Life in Dublin and Ireland

Trinity’s Study Abroad programme offers students the opportunity to experience Dublin, one of the greatest cities in Europe. 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 sprawling parks, cosy cafés and quirky restaurants for the daytime, with classic pubs, fashionable clubs, music gigs and theatre by night. Dublin is not just a vibrant capital city, it is an international centre of excellence for business, culture and the arts.

Why Dublin?

Connected: Low cost airlines connect Dublin to hundreds of European destinations cheaply and quickly. Fly to London or Paris in an hour or Rome in three!

Cultural: An official UNESCO City of Literature, Dublin is renowned for its art, music and theatre. Check out Dublin’s Cultural Quarter or explore the traditional Irish music scene in one of the city’s many pubs.

Entrepreneurial: Home to the EU headquarters of tech companies such as Google, Facebook and Twitter, Dublin is a hotbed of global Innovation.

Friendly: Dublin was voted as the world’s fifth friendliest city in 2014 by readers of Condé Nast Traveller, the prestigious US travel magazine. Dublin was the only European city in the top five.

International: Dublin was ranked 2nd in the QS Best Student Cities 2015 in the ‘student mix’ category, reflecting its high concentration of students and high ratio of international students.

Historic: As Dublin is more than a 1,000 years old, there is ancient history to discover all over the city. From streets and buildings to cultural objects, you’ll find remnants of Victorian, Georgian, Medieval and even Viking eras!

Why Ireland?

Ireland has been renowned for music, literature and art for centuries. It's world-famous for its friendly citizens and warm welcomes. Hike the peaks of Kerry. Surf the waves off Sligo. Dance to a traditional band in Galway. Stroll West Cork's beaches. Gallery-hop around Dublin. Explore centuries-old castles and millennia-old passage tombs. Rated by leading travel guides as one of the top holiday destinations in the world, Ireland is also rated as one of the world's safest countries by the Global Peace Index. With extensive bus routes and train lines available, Dublin is a transportation hub for exploring every nook of this unique, beautiful country. Cliff-walks are only twenty minutes away by commuter rail and the public DublinBikes scheme allows riders to discover Dublin on two wheels. Dublin offers an ideal combination of new and old, ancient and contemporary, trendy and timeless. In Ireland, you'll never run short of things to explore.

What’s more, Ireland is conveniently located for European exploration. Dublin is an air travel hub, offering easy access to continental Europe with low cost airlines such as Aer Lingus and Ryanair. Sunbathe in Spain. Eat gelato in Rome. Cruise the Seine in Paris or bathe in a hot spring in Iceland. Base yourself in Dublin, at a city centre-campus in one of Europe's liveliest student cities. As a Trinity student, you will be thoroughly immersed in European life. Trinity College Dublin's campus is one of the only places in the world you'll find a world-class academic campus so completely surrounded by a bustling capital city. Trinity sits at the heart of Dublin but maintains a truly cohesive campus community. Buses to the airport even stop right outside the Trinity gates! From here, all that Dublin, Ireland and Europe have to offer is at your fingertips.

Getting to Trinity as a international student

Visas & Immigration

Students from many countries, including the US and Canada, do not require a visa to enter the Republic of Ireland. All non-
EU students must register with the Irish National Immigration Service (INIS) soon after arrival in Ireland. For more information about Visas and INIS registration, please see: www.tcd.ie/study/non-eu/

Airport Meet & Greet

International Students have the option of signing up to be met by a student greeter at Dublin airport and escorted to campus. This is a free service and offers students a stress-free transition to Ireland. Sign up for the service here: www.tcd.ie/study/non-eu/undergraduate/coming-to-trinity/airport/

Life at Trinity as an international student

Orientation

Trinity runs an Orientation for its study abroad students every term to introduce students to life at Trinity. The orientation schedule includes everything from information about academic course registration to tours of campus, breakout sessions, film nights in the Global Room, sessions on life in Dublin, opportunities to meet your new classmates and much more! View the Orientation website for the most up to date orientation information: www.tcd.ie/orientation/

Bank Accounts

Single-semester students are not required to open an Irish bank account, but academic year study abroad students are. Students can choose among the several national banks in Ireland. One of them, Bank of Ireland, has facilities on campus and is located beside the ATM machine in the Hamilton Building. Other popular Irish banks are AIB and Ulster Bank. To open any bank account, you are required by law to show valid proof of identity, complete with photograph and proof of address. On request, the Academic Registry can provide a letter confirming you are a Trinity student and listing your home and Dublin addresses. There are normally no fees charged on student bank accounts.

Health Insurance

All Non-EU students must show proof of health insurance during their registration with immigration. Please check with your home institution to see whether they require a specific plan for their students studying abroad. If not, check to see whether your current health insurance will cover you when you are abroad for the duration of your stay. There are several plans available to study abroad students, which the study abroad team can recommend upon request. If you wish to instead obtain insurance from one of the health insurance providers in Ireland, please visit (https://www.tcd.ie/study/non-eu/undergraduate/coming-to-trinity/pre-arrival/#Insurance).

Please note that, while all study abroad students will have access to use the College Health Service during their study at Trinity, access to the Service does not replace health insurance, which students must have in order to cover any major medical care that may be needed during your stay. In order to register with the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, as all non-EU students are required to do, you must show proof of health insurance to cover any major medical care necessary during your stay. Please check with your insurance company at home that you are sufficiently insured for your period of study in Ireland. The Health Centre is located on campus in House 47 and offers primary health and psychiatric care, including physician consultations and emergency clinics. Most services are free, although some services can incur a small fee.

Note for Erasmus students: Students from EU states should apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) in their home country before departure.

Working in Ireland

Non-EU students registered on a degree course for at least one academic year can work up to a maximum of 20 hours per week during term and up to 40 hours per week during University holidays.

Accommodation

Visiting Non-EU and Exchange Students: Trinity has student housing facilities for study abroad students both on-campus and in the Binary Hub, offering modern, purpose-built student accommodation close to Trinity with student events and facilities like common rooms, ensuite rooms, a gym and laundry. More information about applying for accommodation will be sent from the Study Abroad Team after admittance to Trinity.

Erasmus and Visiting EU Students: A very limited number of student rooms are available to year-long Erasmus students at Trinity Hall. Unfortunately, campus accommodation is very limited it is not possible to house all applicants. You will not be able to apply for accommodation at Trinity Hall until you have received your Trinity College Student ID number, which will be included in the letter of acceptance. If you have any questions when completing the application form, or about housing in general, please contact the Accommodation Office at residences@tcd.ie.

Off-Campus Accommodation Resources: Student accommodation in Dublin is in short supply so it is strongly recommended to start the search early.

Temporary Housing: Some students elect to live in shared houses and apartments throughout Dublin. Students not offered Trinity housing can apply for up to two weeks temporary housing on campus while they search for long-term accommodation. The rooms are available from during September, at a rate a competitive rate. The rooms must be vacated the last weekend in September. Spaces are limited so it is advisable to reserve a place early. Linen is provided and there are facilities for light self-catering.

Accommodation Advisory Service: This service is run by the Students’ Union and operates during August and September. It will be located in the Students' Union office in House 6 (first floor) and helps students find accommodation by providing them with advice and access to house-hunting resources. See accommodation.tcdsu.org/