Here are the UCD links for the location as well as the myriad of ways you can get to
UCD from the Dublin Airport:
GETTING TO UCD:
Dublin Airport is rather small and the Arrivals Hall is on the ground floor with the Baggage Claim - it takes only a few steps to get outside to all transportation. Before you leave the building, you can use an ATM at either end. More on ATMs and money below.
GETTING TO UCD STUDENT ACCOMMODATION:
Once you get to the campus, follow the signs to the Student Services building.
You will be met there and assisted with check-in.
Students are staying on the UCD campus. Here are some important links about the housing, safety and the university in general:
Students will be sharing apartments with single rooms and shared
bathrooms with showers. The apartment has a large communal kitchen and
sitting room. Students supply their own groceries or can dine on campus
or in town. UCD has a convenience store next to the student
accommodation and the nearby village of Donnybrook has bigger shops.
The UCD student accommodation kitchen has all the plates, cutlery, pots
and pans you will need. You supply your own food. There is a
convenience store very near the university housing and there is a
coffee shop and cafeteria open on campus. Dining in Dublin is generally
more expensive, but you still will be able to find good food on the
cheap. Look for "early bird" dinners. These are menus restaurant serve
usually between the hours of 5.00 - 7.00 pm - two courses and coffee or
tea for €20-25. Tipping: You can tip 10% on a meal, or round up
generously on the bill. Waiters don't usually bring you the bill until
you ask for it. In Ireland, it is up to the customer to indicate when
you are finished and would like to pay.
DUBLIN BUS (http://www.dublinbus.ie/en/).
When you are not using the city bus, you can travel around the large Dublin Bay on the
DART. There are interesting seaside towns (Howth on the north end and Dalky on the South)
that make a nice weekend expedition. After taxis (fast and cost effective when sharing), the
LUAS is the other form of city transportation. The LUAS is mostly for destinations on the South Side of the City.
Dublin is a relatively safe area. The same caution and safety measures
you use at home will serve you well on the UCD campus and in the City.
Relaxed, business casual will be fine for the lectures and most events.
There is an event at the Swiss Embassy while you are in Dublin, so a
jacket and nice trousers or skirt will be fine. Don't forget the rain
gear. Even in July, temperatures can fluctuate between a chilly and wet
10C/50F and a sunny, warm 21C/70F degrees. And remember that Ireland
does have whatever you might forget to bring.
Your ATM card will work fine here. Buying Euros at home will be
expensive, so it is best to head for the nearest ATM. There are two on
the Arrivals level of the Dublin Airport, there are a few on the UCD
campus and there hundreds of ATMS all over Dublin city and suburbs. If
you bring a credit card or debit card, do call your bank and inform
them that you will be traveling in Europe throughout the summer.
Uninformed, the bank may consider your purchases abroad fraudulent and
will block them from going through until you can talk to customer
service. The time difference makes that frustrating... UCD has a
currency exchange at the accommodations office.
UCD has an wireless internet connection and so do many coffee shops in
town. You're not required to bring your laptop to the school.
Electrical current in Ireland is between 220 and 240 volts. If you do
bring your laptop, you'll need a flat-three-prong adaptor for it (and
any other appliances that have a built in voltage
converter/transformer). They should look like this. They can be purchased at any hardware store at home or in Ireland.
UCD sells international phone cards and has public phones on campus.
Convenience stores like SPAR and CENTRA also sell international phone
cards in denominations from 5-20 Euro. Ireland's country code is 353,
and Dublin's city code is 1.
If you have any other questions about making your way to and around Dublin, you can contact:
Professor Anne Fogarty,
School of English, Drama and Film,
University College Dublin,
Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
Telephone: + 353 (0) 1 7168159