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Campus & Second Year (Dartry) Residency Scheme


The application process for the Campus and Second-Year Irish Residency Scheme is closed for this year. It will open once again in Hilary Term 2020. Please find further information on the Scheme below.

This Scheme relates to current students of Trinity College Dublin. There are two parts to the Scheme.

a) On-campus Residency Scheme: for undergraduate students in 2nd, 3rd and 4th year (12 spaces).

b) Second Year Residency Scheme in Dartry, Trinity Hall: for undergraduate students in 2nd year only (6 spaces).


Residency Scheme

This Scheme is administered by the Irish Language Office and the Irish Language Committee in assocation with the Office of the Junior Dean to promote the use of Irish in university life by offering Irish language accommodation to a limited number of students who fulfill the Schemes' conditions.

Fulltime undergraduate second, third and fourth year students with fluency in Irish are sought. Students must be willing to speak the language in their daily lives as well as to support and attend Irish language events, and fulfill other requirements. Each student of the Scheme must cover their own accommodation costs but a grant payment of €1,000 per student is made over the course of the academic year to assist in covering these costs. One half of the grant is paid after Christmas and the other half at the end of the academic year.


a) Trinity College Dublin's city centre campus

  • There are 12 spaces available on the Campus Scheme for undergraduate students in 2nd, 3rd or 4th year.
  • There are six apartments (usually located in Botany Bay), with two students in each apartment.
  • Each student has their own bedroom. The bathroom and kitchen/living area are shared.
  • Click here for further information on campus accommodation in Trinity

b) Trinity Hall, Dartry, Dublin 6

  • There are 6 spaces available for undergraduate students in 2nd year.
  • There is one apartment, with six students in the apartment.
  • Each student has their own bedroom and ensuite bathroom. The six students share the common living space i.e. kitchen/living area.
  • Students with a home address in the greater Dublin area are not eligible to apply for a Scheme place in Trinity Hall.
  • Click here for further information on accommodation in Trinity Hall

Conditions of the Scheme

  • To speak Irish in the apartment at all times.
  • To attend any meetings called by the Irish Language Officer during 2020/21 academic year
  • To take an active part in Irish life in the university and to promote the language and culture on campus and in Trinity Hall.
  • On-campus Scheme: monitoring of Seomra na Gaeilge
  • Second Year (Dartraí) Scheme: organise and facilitate a weekly conversation circle.
  • To complete at least one project in both Michaelmas Term and in Hilary Term to promote the Irish language e.g. hold an event/awareness campaign, etc.
  • To prepare a report and presentation (as a group) for the Irish Language Officer and the Irish Language Committee at the end of Michaelmas Term and Hilary Term outlining how the requirements of the scheme have been fulfilled.
  • Support the work of the Irish Language Office e.g. attend events, help with organisation, etc.
  • The student is required to cover all costs for the accommodation. The Irish Language Office provides a grant of €1,000 to help reduce the accommodation costs.
  • To sign a form at the beginning of the 2020/21 academic year confirming that you accept the conditions of the scheme.
  • In the case that it is deemed that the conditions of the Scheme are not being fulfilled or that those conditions have not been fulfilled at the end of a term/year, the Irish Language Officer and the university's Irish Language Committee reserve the right to terminate a student's participation in the Residency Scheme or to refuse payment or part-payment of the grant.

The Application Process


The application process opens and students are invited to submit an application form. Applications are shortlisted and students named on the shortlist are invited for interview.


Interviews are held on campus and 12 students are selected for the Campus Scheme and 6 students for the Second Year (Dartry) Scheme - 18 students in total.


The Irish Language Officer contacts students to inform them if they have or have not been granted a space on the Residency Scheme.




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