Living in Dublin
Housing and Accommodations
Our partner for the Temple Dublin program is Dublin City University (DCU), located in the Glasnevin and Drumcondra neighborhoods of Dublin’s northside.
Located within walking distance from the DCU campuses, furnished housing accommodations will be available for students in shared apartment or residence hall rooms. Students will have a short bus commute to the city center, providing easy access to all that Dublin has to offer.
Throughout the program, students will have the opportunity to explore the heart of Dublin as well as the rest of the island.
DCU offers students a variety of clubs, referred to as “societies” in Ireland, and activities to participate in throughout the semester. There are over 100 society options for students to explore, ranging from academics, like the Journalism Society, to sports societies such as cycling, yoga or soccer, and other social interests like the LGBTQ Society.
Sites of historic importance and natural beauty are close to Dublin and can be visited by taking day trips. North of Dublin lie Newgrange, a Stone Age tomb built 1,000 years before Stonehenge; the Hill of Tara, a religious and political meeting place from the first millennium linked to Irish myth and legend; and Monasterboice, a site of 10th-century monastic ruins and the ornately carved Celtic Cross of Muiredach. The seaside towns of Howth and Malahide are also along the Northern coast. To the south, in County Wicklow, are Glendalough, the site of a 6th century monastery founded by St. Kevin, and Powerscourt, a grand, 18th century estate with extensive gardens.
Students have most weekends free to travel to farther on their own. Popular areas accessible by rail and bus include the scenic coastland along the Ring of Kerry, near Killarney in Ireland’s southwest; Ireland’s “second city” of Cork and the Blarney Castle to the south; and the stunning Cliffs of Moher to the west. Thanks to high-speed ferry service, Wales and Scotland are also possible weekend destinations.
Trips and excursions typically offered through the Temple Dublin City University program include
- a Dublin city guided tour
- a day trip to Causey Farm
- a day trip to Howth;
- a day trip to Glendalough;
- a Riverdance or theater performance at the Gaiety Theatre or Abbey Theatre;
- a tour of the Irish Film Institute;
- a tour of Glasnevin Cemetery;
- a Gaelic games lesson;
- a trip to a traditional Irish music event;
- group dinners; and
- guest speakers who discuss the heritage industry, new media and other topics.
Dublin also has wealth of free attractions to explore, including the Chester Beatty Library, St. Stephen’s Green, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the National Museum of History and the National Gallery.