Bachelor of Economics/Laws
Bachelor of Economics/Laws

The past six months have far and away been the best of my life. I remember being quite nervous on my journey to Dublin in January, but it look very little time to fall in love with the city, and any concerns I had ever had quickly disappeared. The places I was able to see, the things I was able to learn both in and out of the lecture theatre, and the connections I was able to make with the Irish and people from all over the world were simply staggering. The locals of Dublin, otherwise known as “Dubs,” have a reputation of being somewhat ignorant when it comes to anything happening outside Dublin, however, having lived and studied amongst them I can see why: the city truly is a wonderful metropolis, and I wouldn’t blame anyone for becoming completely absorbed in it. I certainly did.

I am a 4th year BEcon/LLB student at UQ but studied six law subjects at UCD, finding the work-load very manageable given the pass/fail system of UQ Abroad. I lived on campus at Roebuck Hall which was ideal for both the social aspect and convenience of being able to walk to classes. Roebuck apartments have six people each and are ensuited. I was lucky enough to live with many Irish students who really welcomed me into their social circles and ultimately their own homes outside of Dublin. I could recommend all on campus accommodation and for the same reasons. Muckross Halls, which is conveniently located equidistant from UCD and the city, is catered, and has a more similar “big family” vibe to that of the UQ colleges, if that’s what one is after.

Studying in Dublin also affords opportunity for travelling elsewhere in Europe. Many airlines such as Ryan Air and Flybe will take you all over Europe on the cheap, and it is well worth subscribing to their email newsletters in order to jump on their sales. While an Australian in Dublin has far more opportunity for international travel than they would at home, I think it would be remiss of any student studying in Dublin not to explore the rest of Ireland: the regional areas are incredibly different to the city life of Dublin, and are full of character and characters.

Dublin has great nightlife and of course an incredibly high pub-to-person ratio. My favourite watering holes were O’Donoghues, The Bernard Shaw, Dicey’s (on Mondays), Lost Society (on Wednesdays), and, if you want an authentic old-man pub with excellent Guinness, Grogan’s. Try to avoid Temple Bar, as it’s more expensive than most other areas and caters to tourists. If you’re heading to the clubs, many will have cheap or free entry by signing onto events on Facebook or Twitter.

The main public transport in Dublin is the bus, and I recommend getting a 30-day rambler pass, which gives you thirty non-consecutive days of unlimited travel, as well as leaving a balance on a Leap Card (which works like a Go Card) for when you are only taking one bus journey for the day.

Join ESN, the Erasmus Student Network – they organise day and weekend trips around Ireland and Northern Ireland, all of which in my experience are fantastically organised and run and well worth the money. These trips are a great way to see regional Ireland and meet a bunch of people from all corners of the globe.

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