Frequently Asked Questions
CAMPUS : The main pedestrian entrance to the College is through the Front Gate from College Green, which is open from 07.00 to 24.00hrs, Monday to Friday. After midnight there is controlled access for residents and guests via Front Gate on production of a College ID card, room key or key card. Overnight guests who have been previously signed-in and who are in the company of their host will also be admitted. On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, Front Gate is open from 08.00 to 18.00hrs. Access from 18.00hrs to 24.00hrs is via Nassau Street Gate. After 24.00hrs access reverts to Front Gate.
The Nassau Street entrance at the Arts Building is open Monday to Friday 08.00 to 22.30hrs. On Saturday 08.00 to 24.00hrs, On Sundays (1st June - 30th September) 09.30-24.00hrs, (1st October - 31st May) 11.30 - 24.00hrs
The Lincoln Place entrance, which is the main vehicular entrance, is open 7 days a week up to 24.00hrs. This gate opens at 07.00hrs, Monday to Friday and opens at 08.00hrs on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
Goldsmith Hall entrance is by swipe card only through the entrance door on Westland Row.
There may be variations on the above opening times at certain times of the year or to facilitate special events.
To view a map of the campus, please visit the College Maps website .
TRINITY HALL : The main pedestrian entrance to the Trinity Hall grounds is through the side gate from Dartry Road, which is open 24 hours a day and can be accessed using your key card. The pedestrian entrance at Temple Road gate remains open between 06.00hrs – 01.00am daily. After 01.00am there is controlled access for residents and guests via the main pedestrian entrance on Dartry Road on production of a College ID, room key or key card. Overnight guests who have been previously signed-in and who are in the company of their host will also be admitted through this gate. The only vehicular access is through the main gate on Dartry Road which is open between 06.00hrs and 24.00hrs and is controlled with the use of a vehicular barrier.
Accommodation Advisory Service
The Accommodation Advisory Service is a free service run by the Students' Union in House No. 6.
The service hours are : Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 5.00pm from mid-August to the end of Freshers' Week and again in January.
The Advisory Service may only be used by those associated with Trinity College. A College ID or letter of acceptance to College is required to gain admittance to the service.
CAMPUS : The Accommodation Office is open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 1pm and 2pm-5pm each day. Queries can be emailed to email@example.com, or you can telephone 8961177 during office hours. After hours you can contact Front Gate at 8963978 in case of difficulties or key problems. In Goldsmith Hall attendants are on duty in the residential area at weekends and overnight and they will assist with local problems.
In the event of a serious emergency, particularly where you require the attendance of ambulance, fire or police services please telephone College Security at 8961999 (internal 1999). To ensure a co-ordinated response please do not call these services directly. We recommend that you programme these numbers into your mobile phone using the prefix "01" before the number.
TRINITY HALL : The Accommodation Office is open Monday to Thursday from 9am to 4pm, and on Fridays from 8.30am to 4pm. The reception area is staffed 24 hours a day. During office hours the reception area is staffed by a member of the Accommodation Office Administrative Staff. Outside of office hours the reception desk is staffed by a member of the RSA (security) team.
In the event of a serious emergency, particularly where you require an ambulance, fire or police services, please ring our office number 4971772 for assistance or call in person.
At present on Campus, the GMB, Botany Bay, Rubrics and Goldsmith Hall are wired for cable TV. In the case of Trinity Hall, all shared kitchen/living room areas are wired for cable TV. The service provider can only supply the basic channel package. Sports, Movies and other subscription channels are not available. Residents must provide their own TV. Currently student residents do not require a TV licence as the Accommodation Office takes one out on their behalf; this may be subject to change. This does not apply to staff members, who are responsible for their own TV licence.
Over the Christmas period and the New Year the College closes down for an extended period and access restrictions apply to some of the exits/entrances. Residents may remain in rooms and are able to enter and exit College and Trinity Hall at all times. Restrictions do apply in relation to guests. Specific information is advised in advance by email.
Wireless networking is available in all residences on the campus and at Trinity Hall.
For information on what internet and network facilities are available once you are connected to the College network please see our pages on web services.
CAMPUS: With the exception of the Rubrics and Houses 47 to 52, student residences are centrally heated. Central heating is controlled by time clocks with the heat timed to come on at specific times throughout the day. Locally, heat can be regulated by adjusting the valves on the radiators in your room. During the heating season, service is provided from 07.00hrs - 22.30hrs daily. In residential areas with no central heating, each area generally has an individual gas, electric or night storage heater. Rooms in the Rubrics have gas fires which can be operated at the user's discretion. Houses 47 to 52 have electric storage heating which charges at night and releases heat during the day. They also have a convector option which enables the individual user to boost their heating during the day if required. Instructions for the type of heater in your room can be obtained in the Accommodation Office. Hot water is available in all rooms 24 hours a day.
TRINITY HALL: All student residences in Trinity Hall are centrally heated. Central heating is controlled by time clocks with the heat timed to come on at specific times throughout the day. Locally, heat can be regulated by adjusting the valves on the radiators in your room. During the heating season service is provided as follows:
- Heat : 06.00 - 23.00
- Hot Water : 06.00 - 23.00
Modern Accommodation (Houses 80 to 91)
- Heat : 06.00 - 23.00
- Hot Water : 06.00 - 23.00
Insurance for your Belongings
Insurance cover for residents is included in the utility charges.
- Instructions on the use of intercoms: Download Campus Intercom System (PDF)
- For Trinity Hall : Download Trinity Hall Intercom System (PDF)
Junior Common Room (JCR) - Trinity Hall Residents Only
The JCR is the representative and coordinating body for all Trinity Hall students, and is responsible for organising social events throughout the year. Each resident is entitled to the use of the leisure facilities provided by the JCR and attendance at social function hosted by both JCR and SCR.
For security reasons it is important that you do not identify your room number on your keys in case they are lost. If you do lose your key, please report this immediately to the Accommodation Office who will issue you with a new one. If conventional metal keys are lost, it will be necessary to have the lock replaced. The cost of lock changes and replacement keys will be charged to the resident. Lost electronic key cards can be replaced for a nominal charge as there is no necessity to reprogram these locks. Outside normal office hours temporary key cards will be provided by the Security Centre at Front Gate or the Attendants Desk in the courtyard at Goldsmith Hall. For residents of Trinity Hall, please contact the Security staff located in the main reception.
The College Launderette is located to the west side of the Atrium. Entrance to the Launderette is via Chandler’s corner (to the left as you face the ATM machine at the west entrance to the Buttery).
To view a map please visit the maps website (opens in a new browser window)
The Launderette is equipped with a number of self-service washing machines and dryers. These machines accept 10c, 20c, 50c €1 and €2 coins only. Washing powder is available to purchase in the Students’ Union Shop. The Launderette is open Monday to Sunday 11am - 10pm. Access is with a valid staff or student card.
The nearest external launderette is located in 40 South Great Georges Street and is called the All American Laundrette. The opening hours are Monday – Saturday 8.30am – 7pm, Sunday 10.00am - 6pm. The nearest dry cleaners is Grafton Cleaners located on 32 South William Street. They are open from Monday to Saturday 8.30am – 6.30pm and Saturday 9am - 5pm.
Trinity Hall Launderette: This facility is equipped with a number of self-service washing machines and dryers. These machines accept 20c, 50c, €1 and €2 coins. Opening hours are from 8.00am to 10.00pm Monday to Friday and 8.00am to 8.00pm at weekends.
Maintenance and Repairs
Maintenance and repairs in residences are carried out by either staff from the Estates and Facilities Department or contractors appointed on a project by project basis. Service contracts have been placed with specialist companies for the maintenance of fire safety equipment, lifts etc. Except in the case of emergencies, work within residences is only carried out on the instructions of the Accommodation Office. In addition, planned improvement projects and redecoration are undertaken throughout the year and residents are given as much notice as possible. The nature of some of these projects is such that residents may be requested to transfer to an alternative room for a short period while work is underway in their normal room.
Reporting Maintenance : Report all maintenance to the Accommodation Office at the earliest opportunity. Do not leave urgent requests until late in the day as it is more difficult to arrange rectification. It is not necessary for you to attend your room while maintenance is carried out. The Accommodation Office will issue room keys to maintenance staff in order to facilitate access. Outside of office hours if you have a serious maintenance problem such as power failure, strong smell of gas, no heating or no hot water, contact the Front Gate on 8961317, or the Accommodation Office at Trinity Hall on 4971772, who will request a member of Estates and Facilities to attend.
Operation of Electronic Locks
CAMPUS : If you want to have a guest stay on campus overnight you must have them signed in the overnight guest register before midnight. The register is located at the Front Gate. Overnight guests will only be admitted after midnight in the company of the resident. Only one overnight guest per resident is permitted at anytime. As a general rule overnight guests are not permitted on campus over the Christmas period, or during annual examinations. At other times the Registrar of Chambers may prohibit overnight guests for operational reasons.
TRINITY HALL : If you want to have a guest stay at Hall overnight you must have them signed in the overnight guest register prior to 11.30pm. The register is located in the Accommodation Office. Overnight guests will only be admitted after 1am in the company of the resident. Residents may only host one overnight guest at any time and for no more than two nights without applying to the Warden in writing for permission. As a general rule overnight guests are not permitted at Trinity Hall over the Christmas period, or during annual examinations. At other times the Warden may prohibit overnight guests for operational reasons. Hosts are responsible for the behaviour and actions of their guests.
There are no parking facilities for student residents on campus. At Trinity Hall, there are a number of car spaces available to both staff and students. However in order to avail of this facility an up to date car parking permit must be displayed at all times. Our security staff have been authorised to fully enforce this policy, and clamping will be carried out on vehicles not displaying a car permit. If you would like to apply for a permit you will need to produce copies of the following documentation as well as completing an application form: Registration, Insurance, Tax Certificate, Driving Licence.
Guest parking at Trinity Hall can be arranged by contacting the Accommodation Office during office hours to apply for a visitor permit.
An interesting government site established to provide links and information to the public services is the following site :
http://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/ (opens in a new browser window)
For information about recycling please the Estate and Facilities website.
Schedule 2 - Residential Charges Campus & Trinity Hall
Residential charges, other utility and service charges (where applicable), and the dates on which payments in respect of these are due are detailed in Schedule Two and can be found at the following link: https://www.tcd.ie/accommodation/assets/PDF/SCHEDULE2_1718.pdf
For information on financial assistance schemes and maintenance grants available in Ireland, the student finance site is very useful:
http://hea.ie/funding-governance-performance/funding/student-finance/ (opens in a new browser window)
A very useful Irish site with a range of information and links is Campus.ie (opens in a new browser window)
The Trinity Ball
The Trinity Ball is usually held on the last Friday in Trinity Arts (Letters) Lecture Term. Marquees are usually erected in the Front and New Square areas and the area is then cordoned off. Access to and from the College and the Ball area is restricted between 6pm and 2am. All residents within the 'Ball Area' attending the Ball must possess a valid ticket. Otherwise residents must remain in their rooms for the duration of the Ball. Residents inside the Ball area without tickets will not be admitted to College between approximately 6pm and 2am. The Junior Dean and Assistant Deans carry out an extensive search of residential areas, and any non-residents will be escorted from the area unless they are in possession of a ticket for the Ball.
Trinity Hall - Security
Trinity Hall RSA staff (Security) are currently located at the main reception area. They may be contacted 24 hours a day by dropping in or simply calling 01 4971772. Dial 16 from an internal extension.
Warden's Office - Trinity Hall
The Warden's Office is located on the first floor of Oldham House. Anyone wishing to make an appointment to talk with the Warden should request to do so through the Accommodation Office located in the main reception area or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.