Starting out in the Irish capital can be fairly daunting so we’ve put together a list of 6 things to know for students new to our fair city.
Starting out in the Irish capital can be fairly daunting so we’ve put together a list of 6 things to know for students new to our fair city.

New to Dublin | 6 Things to know!

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New to Dublin?

6 things to know!

1. Your Rights as a Tenant

Starting off in a new city, it’s important to know your rights under your new roof. Did you know rented accommodation should contain a four ring hob with grill and oven, a fridge and freezer, microwave and washing machine— all in working order? Or that you can refer a dispute with your landlord to the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB)? Read up on (online summaries of) the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 and Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2008.

Download a PDF guide to the Minimum Standards to Rented Accommodation


2. How to Get Around?

Most students tend to reside in and around the campus in Sandymount, Ranelagh, Rathgar, Rathmines, Clonskeagh, or Mount Merrion & Stillorgan. But whether you live further out in Dublin city centre or closer to college in student residences, you’ll want to know the main ways of getting around for UCD heads.

The best option for newbies to Dublin is to check out this online commuting guide which lists the bus services, the DART & LUAS services, the new parking permit requirements for drivers and this handy chart for would-be cyclists:


Trying to figure out if you should cycle to college? See this chart :)

Posted by UCD Students' Union on Thursday, August 27, 2015

3. Where to Eat/Go Out?

Dublin’s got a lot of new restaurants and pretty much as many food blogs. One of the most well-known is LovinDublin, which is headed by Niall Harbison or Harbo. He regularly sets people off by writing up his own take on social analysis but he’s got a good team behind him doing up the important lists like the Top 10 for under a tenner in Dublin.


Top 10 Meals for under a Tenner in Dublin

Posted by Lovin Dublin on Monday, January 26, 2015

Same story with city events & nightlife— plenty of blogs if you’re looking to see what’s on at the weekend, for example Dublin Town or the Nialler9 music guide. For midweek, we run a lot of events over the year including Freshers Ball, Dominos Ball, Mind, Body & Soul and nights out every Thursday in the Opium Rooms.


This Thursday Toast makes its return to every week in the Opium Rooms ;)Comment "BATCH ONCE AGAIN FOR THE RENEGADE...

Posted by Opium Rooms on Tuesday, September 1, 2015


4. Where to shop?

I’ve got one word for all of you: Penneys. It’s an institution— shopping trips to Penneys are as Irish as crisp sandwiches & cold summers. There’s a massive one in Dundrum Town Centre or another one on O’Connell St and the mother of all Penney’s on Mary’s Street.


This outfit! ?? Nothing more to say! Coat €18, Dress €17

Posted by Penneys on Sunday, September 6, 2015

5. Sports & Exercise

If you live near UCD & you’re looking to get active outside of UCD Societies, check out the Marlay Park 5k run. It’s timed, the people are friendly and there’s no registration fee. We head down there often ourselves so give us a shout on Facebook or Twitter if you’re thinking of trying your hand.

Just don’t forget to print off your barcode!

6. History & Tours

Probably the best tour to take in this old Viking City is the Dublin Viking Splash Tour; you’ve the option of a bus or a boat to see the sights. Otherwise the best history guide to the Irish capital is online at the Come Here to Me blog.