5 Things to know about Student Life in Dublin.
Dublin; the city that has captured my heart, mind and soul.
After moving from the depths of the country side in the evergreen west of Ireland, to the buzzing and vibrant city that is Dublin last September, I have gathered an ever growing collection of things to see, do and experience in the Big Smoke.
This city merits more than I could ever write, so here I give you my top 5 reasons to hop on a flight to Dublin, while you explore Europe.
1. Trinity College
Founded in 1592 by the British to educate the Protestant elite, Trinity College Dublin is one of the oldest Universities in the British Isle. It is a pristine campus with most of its buildings dating from the 18th century, which holds ample amounts of Irish History, and tells the tale of the 1916 rising and the British rule in Ireland. Trinity College is renowned for its Scholar Myths, one being that you cannot walk under the Bell Tower (above) until you graduate.
Today, it has over 1500 registered students and is the top ranked University in Ireland and in the top 100 Universities in the world. When in Dublin, a stroll through the beautiful campus and a visit to the Trinity Library is a must, but even better, if you ever get the chance to study in Europe, put Trinity College Dublin on the top of your list!
2. Grafton Street
Right in the City Centre, Grafton street is a vibrant hub for shoppers, locals and tourists alike. Walk up this iconic street to truly get a taste of Dublin Life. It is lined with designer stores such as Brown Thomas, and gourmet cafes such as Bewleys. Trinity College can be found at the bottom, while St Stephens Green can be found at the top; a peaceful and idyllic park perfect for sitting an having an icecream or coffee in the crisp Irish air.
3. The Night Life
As college students, nothing is more important than heading out, meeting other students, and having a great time, and there is no better place for a session than Dublin. With an abundance of nightclubs in the City Centre, there is something for all. Harcourt Street, just off Grafton, is home to D2, Everyleigh Gardens and the famous Diceys Garden, which offers €2 Pints from 4 pm on-wards.
For a pub scene, try Doyles, but wherever you choose, it in inevitable that your night will end in Copper Face Jacks, more colloquially known as Coppers. When the rest of the city shuts down, Coppers opens up, and everybody heads there to dance and drink until the wee hours of the morning. Great “craic” all together.
4. The Guinness Brewery
The Paddy Irish are renowned for their drinking culture, with Guinness being a strong contender in the global drinks industry. Guinness is brewed in Dublin, and for a student rate of just €14.50, you can see how.
The tour consists of a walk through of the factory, and insight into the ingredients, the history of the drink and company, a visit t the merchandise store, and of course, a pint of the good stuff!
5. The Rest of this beautiful Isle.
Because Ireland is so small, there are many other tourist attractions no further than a 3 hour train or car journey away!
Head South to see the the Cliff of Moher, the Ring OF Kerry and the Burren, or West, to the Gaeltacht area of Connemara, where the Irish culture and language is still thriving in the community.
You could even cross the border to Northern Ireland, to visit the Giants Causeway in Country Antrim, which links the Island to Scotland in the UK> Belfast is the capital city of Northern Ireland, and is famous for its city murals, dating ack to political troubles between the Protestants and Catholics in the 1980’s.
Where ever you travel in this world you will discover something, so why not Discover Ireland?