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Campus & Second-Year Irish Residency Scheme


The application process for the Campus and Second-Year Irish Language Residency Scheme is now closed for the 2023-24 academic year. It will open again in March/April 2024 and an application form will be available to download from this page. Please find further information on the Residency Scheme below

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

a) On-campus Residency Scheme: for undergraduate students in second, third and fourth year (12 spaces).

b) Second-Year Residency Scheme in Trinity Hall: for undergraduate students in second year only (6 spaces).

General Information on the Residency Scheme

This Scheme is administered by the Irish Language Office and Coiste na Gaeilge (the university's Irish Language Committee) in assocation with the Registrar of Chambers to promote the use of Irish in university life by offering Irish language accommodation to a limited number of students who fulfill the Scheme's conditions.

Fulltime undergraduate second, third and fourth year students with fluency in Irish are sought. Students must be willing to speak the language in the apartment on a daily basis as well as to support and attend Irish language events and fulfill other requirements. Each student is required to cover his/her/their 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 Michaelmas Term and the remaining half at the end of the academic year.

A separate application, outside of that for the Irish Residency Scheme, should be submitted to the Accommodation Office if you wish to live on campus or in Trinity Hall. In this way, if you do not receive an offer for a place on the Irish Residency Scheme, you will still be considered for a space in Trinity accommodation. See further details on the Accommodation Office's website here.

Undergraduate students who have already taken part in the Residency Scheme can apply again for a place but a student can only participate in the Scheme twice. Please note that up to seven places are made available for students who have been on the Scheme previously.


a) Botany Bay, Trinity campus

  • There are 12 spaces available on the Campus Scheme for undergraduate students in their second, third or fourth year of study.
  • There are six apartments located in Botany Bay, with two students living in each apartment.
  • Each student has their own single bedroom. The bathroom and kitchen/living area are shared.
  • Click here for further information on accommodation in Trinity.

b) Trinity Hall, Dartry, Dublin 6

  • There are 6 spaces available for undergraduate students in their second year of study.
  • Six students live in one apartment.
  • Each student has their own single 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 Residency Scheme place in Trinity Hall.
  • Click here for further information on accommodation in Trinity.

Responsiblities of the Scheme

  • Irish is the daily language of communication in the apartment.
  • Attend any meetings called by the Irish Language Officer in the academic year.
  • Take an active part in the Irish language community in the university and promote the language and culture on campus and in Trinity Hall.
  • Complete at least one project in both Michaelmas Term and in Hilary Term to promote the Irish language e.g. organise an event/awareness campaign, etc.
  • Create a magazine (as a group) at the end of the academic year as a record of the Scheme's activities.
  • Prepare a report and presentation (as a group) for the Irish Language Officer and Coiste na Gaeilge at the end of Michaelmas and Hilary Terms 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.
  • Campus Scheme (12 students): monitoring of Seomra na Gaeilge and participation in the Gaelchara scheme where students are paired with first-year Scheme students.
  • Second-Year (Trinity Hall) Scheme (6 students): organise and facilitate a weekly conversation circle, and support first-year students of the Residency Scheme.
  • The student covers all accommodation costs. The Irish Language Office provides a grant of €1,000 towards these costs.
  • Sign a form at the beginning of the academic year confirming that you accept the conditions of the scheme.
  • Adhere to the rules set out by the Accommodation Office for students in university accommodation.
  • Adhere to the rules and restrictions that could be outlined by the university and the government in relation to the COVID-19 coronavirus. Please note that these could change during the academic year and must be complied with at all times.
  • In the case that it is deemed that the conditions of the Residency 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 Coiste na Gaeilge 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.

Subsequent to the interview process, twelve students are selected for the Campus Scheme and six students for the Second-Year (Trinity Hall) Scheme - 18 students in total. The Irish Language Officer informs students if they have or have not been offered a space on the Residency Scheme.

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