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UCD is the Republic of Ireland’s largest university. Founded in 1854, it is located on a 365 acre park campus at Belfield, 4km to the south of Dublin City. The university consists of five colleges, their associated schools (34 in total) and 18 research institutes and centres. Each college also has its own graduate school for postgraduates. Some of Ireland’s most notable people have attended the school, including five former Taoisigh. View available accommodation >>

Popular student accommodation areas

On campus accommodation is provided for around 3,000 students each year. A limited number of off campus accommodation is also provided in Muckross Halls. Most other students tend to reside in and around the campus in Dublin 4 (Ballsbridge, Donnybrook, Sandymount), Dublin 6 (Ranelagh, Rathgar, Rathmines), Dublin 14 (Clonskeagh, Dundrum, Goatstown) or in county areas such as Blackrock, Booterstown, Mount Merrion or Stillorgan.

Local amenities

The campus has a wide range of facilities including pubs, restaurants, café and sporting facilities. There are also a number of cinemas in the area while the Dundrum Shopping Centre is also not far away. Dublin City Centre and all it offers is just 4km away also. AIB have a branch on campus too while the O’Reilly Hall caters for a number of big events throughout the year. There is also a Centra store close to the Merville residences.

Eating out

There are a number of places to eat on campus including Rendezevous Restaurant, Café Brava, Sports café, The Grind, Earlsfort Terrace Restaurant, The First Restaurant and Café Infusion Sandwich Bar. A large number of take aways deliver in the area while depending on what area in which you reside in and around the campus there is a large number of top quality restaurants to suit every taste and budget.

Night life

There are a handful of bars on campus but most UCD students tend to socialise in Dublin City Centre with the various pubs and nightclubs on Harcourt Street particularly popular. Being just 4km from the city, a good pub or club is never too far away at UCD.

Public transport routes

UCD is accessible via Dublin Bus, the LUAS and the DART while Aircoach also operates a services from Dublin Airport to Leopardstown/Sandyford/Stillorgan, which passes the campus. Buses 2, 11 and 46A links UCD with O’Connell Street while the route 145 provides a direct route from Heuston Station to Belfield via the city centre.


Parking on campus is extremely limited and is on a pay and display basis.