Going to university in Dublin

(52 Posts)
eatyourveg Fri 18-Jan-13 10:35:45

Anyone know if students are eligible for maintenance/tuition loans?

eatyourveg Sun 27-Jan-13 16:10:25

If its Ireland its only Dublin as far as ds is concerned. Maybe going in as a transfer student might be an option - for now though it looks as though it'll have to go on the back burner and he'll have to stick with ucas if he wants his degree- thanks to all for the advice

eatyourveg Wed 30-Jan-13 12:40:49

Typical ds, waited until one day before the deadline to put in an application to UCD for English - he had a lovely email from the English department there who encouraged him to apply. No idea what happens next. He's put his nationality down as UK though he is in the process of getting an Irish passport - I assume he can change this later on but as far as I can tell from reading the websites, it makes no difference to his application or his fees or eligibility for grants/loans etc

lateSeptember1964 Wed 30-Jan-13 15:36:09

Yes thats my understanding also. They will just be classed as EU students so makes no difference. Glad he got sorted.

mathanxiety Thu 31-Jan-13 17:23:57

There are halls in UCD but a lot of students rent a room with a meal a day from a landlady, at least for the first year. Cousins of mine from outside of Dublin all did this and had 6 meals a week, comfortable, clean bedroom, sometimes bathroom ensuite but sometimes shared with the landlady, sometimes with babysitting arrangement with landlady's children occasionally to offset against cost. A lot of students rent a house with others too -- friends of mine lived in the same (fairly bare bones) 3 bed semi that their parents had bought for the purposes of student accommodation/investment. All the family in turn lived there with other students paying rent, fending for themselves food-wise and were occasionally checked on by the house owners to make sure heat was on, oven working, fixtures ok, house not too much of a pigsty. There are also houses and flats rented out by landlords to students allover the city and burbs. Rathmines, Rathgar, Ballinteer, Stillorgan, Booterstown, Blackrock, Clonskeagh are all quite close to UCD.

Buses traverse the city and suburbs, enabling students to commute from further afield, whether from north, south or west. Unfortunately, UCD isn't on the Dart unless the student is willing to leg it from Booterstown, quite a hike esp in wet/windy typical weather

One great thing about UCD English is that it is three years start to finish. The other great thing is that it is a really good course. UCD has a very vibrant student life and Dramsoc, L&H, LawSoc, etc., (latter two debating societies) -- in fact the Socs in general are all great ways to get into the swing of things. Lots of student publications...

mathanxiety Thu 31-Jan-13 17:25:34

And don't forget the bike option, though a bike should come with a really, really heavy duty lock.

eatyourveg Thu 31-Jan-13 19:11:55

Thanks maths a bike does sound a good idea. His allocation apparently is round zero but that still means he won't hear anything until July. There is a hall for international students apparently but I wasn't sure if that meant non EU. I would prefer him to be with a mix of people from Ireland as well as abroad. The website does say they can't guarantee everyone a place which is a bit of a worry because I thought living in halls would be the easiest way to meet people. If he gets in I guess the summer holidays will be spent in Dublin trying to find him a flat - did you go to UCD?

MerlotAndMe Thu 31-Jan-13 19:23:58

Eatyourveg, DCU wouldn't be right for your son if he fancies Dublin, as it's miles out of Dublin. It offers good courses and it's a good university though. Friends of mine would have gone there because it offered the course they wanted rather than because it was there location of choice.

Ah! sorry you say UCD. Did you hear Mathanxiety, the old Montrose hotel near RTE is being turned into student halls, great idea, that's a pretty big hotel, so if he gets a room there he'll be on the pig's back (gen up on the lingo). UCD great for bus routes into town, it's near stillorgan, blackrock, bray. You could stay anywhere and jump on a bus to UCD.

I had friends at DCU and they were going off on their mopeds at the crack of dawn.

KobayashiMaru Thu 31-Jan-13 20:04:18

DCU is hardly miles out of Dublin! It is precisely the same distance from the GPO (the very centre of Dublin) as UCD is, 7 km. Thats just a southside bias.
Don't forget that it is cheaper to live around DCU than it is UCD.

DCU is a wonderful university. It's also my alma mater.

mathanxiety Thu 31-Jan-13 20:24:04

I did go to UCD how did you guess though a few years before they introduced the halls.

Easiest way to meet people is by throwing yourself into the student union, joining socs at freshers week and then going along to the meetings, and of course nothing beats going to your lectures and seminars. There are sports too -- maybe he could join something of the beaten track like fencing or shooting or surfing?

Belfield is a bit closer to the city centre than 7km though -- maybe about 4 or so?

mathanxiety Thu 31-Jan-13 20:24:21

Or maybe that's as the crow flies..

mathanxiety Thu 31-Jan-13 20:25:10

*of = off the beaten track

KobayashiMaru Thu 31-Jan-13 20:29:18

no, I mapped the directions on google maps, its 7km to both UCD and DCU to the GPO. Thats by bike or walking, not as the crow flies.

chipmonkey Thu 31-Jan-13 21:33:32

dh's niece goes to DCU and it is a very well regarded university. Dh also got his degree from there and his degree is better regarded than the equivalent from TCD. However dh and his niece both feel that the social life in DCU is lacking compared to other universities and that there are a lot of students who are there because they are studious and not given to socialising!
I always wanted to go to Trinity, kind of fancied myself swaggering across the central cobblestones with my books swung nonchalantly across my back. However they didn't have an optometry coursesad
And my swaggering isn't that good either.grin

In TCD the lecturer says hello & the students ignore him.

In UCD the lecturer says hello & the students say hello back to him.

In DCU the lecturer says hello - the students take it down in their notes...

(I went to DCU and its kinda accurate!)

chipmonkey Thu 31-Jan-13 22:41:40

OnTheBottom, that sounds spot on!grin

mathanxiety Thu 31-Jan-13 22:56:53

The Montrose would be ideal for residences and it's been just sitting there for a while.

eatyourveg Fri 01-Feb-13 06:35:11

Think I need to get a map of Dublin - the only name I recognise in all those places is Bray and thats only because my Granny & Granddad ran off there from Waterford when they first got married. No idea if its a desirable place to live

MerlotAndMe Fri 01-Feb-13 07:29:19

Bray is big enough to have lovely roads, not so great areas. But geographically it's a fabulous spot. Foot of a mountain along the coast. I'd try to be closer to town though if I were a student.

I never said that DCU wasn't a good university btw kobaya.

Plus Bray is technically Co. Wicklow so it's a bit far out.

Actually I'm about 3 miles from Bray as I post!

Some nice residential areas but defo not a student town. It used to be a Victorian seaside resort - has a nice seafront.

eatyourveg Fri 01-Feb-13 10:35:08

Apparently my grandad used to sell ice creams on the front back in the late 1930s

mathanxiety Sat 02-Feb-13 05:46:56

Bray is very nice in parts but I would say it's a bit far out to really enjoy college life and definitely too far for a bike. It's locally (and irreverently) known as Brayjing nowadays. I grew up a few miles north of Bray and commuted to college from there. I found the distance just too far to be bikeworthy.

I had a friend who lived in Greystones, even further down the coast, and the Number 84 schedule ruled her life. The last 84 frequently failed to run, meaning a lot of mad dashing down Woodbine Road to the Blackrock Road to see if she could catch the second last 45 and somehow get home from Bray, or chancing a 46A to the Clonkeen Road in hopes of a rendezvous with a 45 there. She was able to enjoy herself a lot more when she moved into a place in Dublin 6.

<spent far too much time on buses>

Math you're not originally from Shankill are you????

mathanxiety Sun 03-Feb-13 01:52:39

<ehem I might be ehem>

wink

I shall pm you!

MerlotAndMe Sun 03-Feb-13 22:02:01

Do you two know each other in real life? :- Q

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