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Blackrock

Covers a large area rising from the sea up to the N11 boarding Mount Merrion and Stillorgan. It was originally a village but now a suburban area of Dublin. There are many cafes, bars, restaurants, pharmacies, supermarkets and it can boast of two Shopping centres and a market at the weekends. Dublin bus serves this area, the no. 17 which comes past UCD with other routes suitable for heading into the city centre. Blackrock also has a railway station with Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) and mainline trains. It is also covered by the aircoach to and from the airport.

 

Stillorgan

Borders the areas of Kilmacud, Mt. Merrion, Dundrum, Blackrock and Goatstown. Stillorgan was a village in its own right but now part of greater Dublin. It is surrounded by many housing estates, shops and amenities and also has the first shopping centre built in Ireland (1966). It also has a swimming pool and bowling alley. It is well serviced by Dublin Bus routes 84, 46A, 145 and 846 with the Bus Quality Corridor (QBC) on the N11 and the aircoach providing a direct link to and from the Airport.

 

Booterstown

Booterstown is served by both the DART and the two Quality Bus corridors. This is also an old residential area most of which is close to the sea. It is bordered by Blackrock, Sandymount and Mt. Merrion. There are a small number of shops in the area and it also is home to Booterstown marsh bird sanctuary. Booterstown is approximately 30mins walk from UCD

 

Mt. Merrion

UCD is in Mount Merrion or Mt. Merrion area which lies between the districts of Sandymount, Blackrock and Goatstown. It is an old residential area. There are a number of shops in the area. Some areas are within walking distance of UCD, otherwise take the no. 11bus.

 

Donnybrook

Donnybrook is one of the 100 or so villages that make up greater Dublin. It has many shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and pharmacies. It is bordered by Ballsbridge, Belfield, Clonskeagh and Sandymount. It is home to two Rugby clubs Bective Rangers and Old Wesley with the IRFU Leinster Branch having it’s HQ across the road. Donnybrook can also boast of many tennis club, football and cricket club. It is situated on the N11 and has numerous buses (46A, 145, 7B, 84X, 39A, 66X, 67X, 41X, 25X and 51X) to and from UCD on a QBC

 

Sandymount

Beautifully sited on the coast and boarding Ringsend, Ballsbridge and Booterstown. There are many shops, restaurants and cafes around the triangular park in the centre of the village. It is an old residential district and a very popular place for people to walk. You can catch the buses No. 2, 3 or 47 to UCD Belfield.

 

Deansgrange

Another large residential area with some shops in the vicinity and a supermarket. It borders Blackrock, Monkstown, Foxrock and Dun Laoghaire. The bus routes in this area are the 45, 7B, 46A, 7D, 46E, 145, 84X.

 

Foxrock

In 1861 it was quoted that Foxrock was “Beautiful building sites for mansions and pretty villas” WW Bently. The village has a number of small shops and Restaurants and is a large residential area. The main roads in Foxrock are Torquay, Brighton and Westminister. It is bordered by Deansgrange, Blackrock and Sandyford. The main buses that serve this area are the 145, 7B, 46A, 84, 7D, 46E, 84X.

 

Monkstown

Monkstown is on the coast between Blackrock and Dun Laoghaire. Very old residential area. The DART stations of Seapoint/Monkstown and Salthill serve the area with connections from Sidney Parade on Dublin Bus routes 2 or 3.

 

Kilmacud

Kilmacud has been absorbed by Stillorgan is bordered by Sandyford and Lepordstown. It is a large residential area. The no. 11 bus serves this route.

 

Sandyford

Sandyford boarders the areas of Stillorgan, Kilmacud, Leopardstown and Ballally and is primarily an industrial estate with housing estates on its borders. There are many amenities in the area, with the Beacon Shopping Centre, with apartments in the new Beacon South Quarter and Beacon hospital. The no. 44 bus serves this area.

 

Ballally

Ballally has been absorbed by Sandyford and is boarded by Dundrum, Churchtown and Rathfarnham. It has a high density of housing estates. The no. 44 also serves this area.

 

Leopardstown

Leopardstown is located at the foot of the Dublin Mountains it is divided by the M50 Motorway and its neighbouring areas are Sandyford, Foxrock and Stillorgan. Home of Ireland’s great racecourse. It is a large residential area and is served by the LUAS and Bus routes (84, 145, 46A, 84X, 118)

 

Ringsend

This area is an inner suburb of Dublin on the coast on the south bank of the River Liffey. The fantastic O2 theatre is situated close to Ringsend. It is a popular area for young people with numerous apartment blocks being built. Ringsend has a range of shops, pubs and a greyhound racing stadium. It is bordered by Ballsbridge. The buses serving this area are the nos. 2 and 3.

 

Ballsbridge

Is a very expensive area of Dublin. Most embassies are based in this area. It is boarded by Donnybrook and Merrion. It is mostly consists of Head Offices and businesses and has a small amount of shops. The bus services to UCD are the nos. 49A & 47

 

Ranelagh

Ranelagh in the 19thCentury was incorporated into the every expanding Dublin city after which massive development took place. Ranelagh is bordered by Harold’s Cross, Rathmines, Clonskeagh and Donnybrook. It has a variety of shops, bars and cafes with a number of buses heading towards UCD after a walk of approx. 15mins.

 

Harold’s Cross

A large residential area with some shops and a greyhound racing stadium. Walk to Rathmines to get the 14, 15, 140 or Leeson Street to catch the 46A, 84 or 145 to UCD

 

Rathmines

Rathmines has always been known as “flatland” due to the number of residents providing rented accommodation. Nowadays it is said to have a cosmopolitan air with a diverse international population. It has many shops, shopping centre, pharmacies, pubs and bars and a multiplex cinema. Rathmines is surrounded by the areas of Rathgar, Milltown, Clonskeagh and Harold’s Cross. Buses to UCD are the 14, 15 and 140

 

Clonskeagh

Another old residential area bordering UCD with a small number of shops and pharmacy. A short walk of approx 15mins to UCD.

 

Milltown

Yet another old residential area of Dublin, bordered by Clonskeagh and Rathgar. The no. 17 can be taken from Churchtown Rd Upper or walk 15-30mins from Milltown.

 

Rathgar

Rathgar is a large residential area comprising of Georgian and Victorian red-brick terraces but still maintains the nice village feel. It is well serviced with shops, cafes, restaurants, supermarket and pharmacy. It boarders Rathmines, Milltown, Terenure and Clonskeagh Bus routes to take are 15, 14, 15B 15A.

 

Terenure

Terenure is a suburb of Dublin and is a very residential area with some shops and pubs. It boarders Churchtown and Rathgar. The no’s 17, 16A 16 come to UCD.

 

Churchtown

Churchtown is largely a residential suburb set between Dundrum and Rathfarnham with the no. 17 bus serving the area.

 

Rathfarnham

Another large residential area which stretches up to the Dublin Mountains. It has many shops, cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars and has a shopping centre. Rathfarnham can boast of many parks, Bushy Park, Dodder Park, St. Enda’s and Marley Park which hosts many concerts in the summer months. The no. 17 serves this route.

 

Dundrum

Can boast of Ireland’s largest shopping centre with many restaurants, pubs and bars. It is bordered by Sandyford, Churchtown and Goatstown. It is largely a residential area served by the no. 17 bus or approx. a 40min walk to UCD.

 

Windyarbour

Windyarbour is sandwiched between the areas of Dundrum and Milltown on the river Slang. There are several housing estates in the area with the No. 39A servicing the route or within walking distance of UCD (approx. 30mins).

 

Goatstown

This is an old residential area serviced by the no. 17 and 11 bus services or walk for approx. 30mins. It borders Stillorgan, Dundrum and Mt. Merrion.

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Travelling to UCD

UCD Campuses

UCD has two campuses in Dublin. Belfield being the main University College Campus is located 4km south of Dublin city centre.

From the airport

Dublin Airport is 10 km north of the city centre. Aircoach, a private bus service from Dublin Airport to the city centre and destinations south of the River Liffey, operates two routes. One route passes by the main entrance to UCD on the Stillorgan Road

Please find the following departure schedule from Dublin Airport

4h00 – 6h00 Every 20 minutes

6h00 -  20h00 Every 10 minutes

8h00 – 23h00 Every 20 minutes

 

Another circuit serves Ballsbridge and Donnybrook.

For further details please visit www.aircoach.ie

 

Taxi

A taxi from the airport to the city centre costs approximately €25 and an additional €15 from the city centre to UCD Belfield. Taxi drivers may add additional charges for each passenger and for luggage.

 

UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business is located on the Blackrock campus a few kilometres from the Belfield campus.

The aircoach operates a service passing through Blackrock. It is advisable to check the website www.aircoach.ie for the time schedule.

Dublin Bus runs all public bus services in the greater Dublin area (including Dart connection buses)

Timetables of the buses serving the two campuses can be found on www.dublinbus.ie.

Please note that Dublin Bus operates an exact fare system. The driver does not give change (so have the correct money ready)

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Student Moving or Storage

Seven Seas Worldwide - www.sswstudentservices.com

AirSea International  - www.airsea.ie

Student Storage - www.studentstorage.ie

Space Self Storage - www.spacestorage.ie

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Transport and Traffic Reports

Global Taxis - www.globeltaxis.ie
CIty Cabs - www.bookings.citycabs@globaltaxis.ie
Radio Cabs - www.radiocabs.ie
Trinity Taxis - www.trinitytaxis.ie

Traffic Reports - www.AARoadwatch.ie

Luas trams - www.luas.ie
Rail - www.irishrail.ie
Bus - www.buseireann.ie
Rail/Bus - www.cie.ie
From Airport - www.aircoach.ie
Irish Ferries - www.IrishFerries.ie
Stenaline - www.Stenaline.ie

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Sport and Social
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UCD Student Wellbeing

ResLife - www.ucd.ie/residences/studentpages/reslife

Support Services - www.pleasetalk.ie

Student Advisors - www.ucd.ie/studentadvisors

Student Advisors/Chaplins - www.ucd.ie/chaplaincy.ie

Student Union - www.ucdsu.ie

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Finance Matters

Financial Advices - www.ucd.ie/studentadvisors

Budgeting etc. - www.itsyourmoney.ie

All matters financial - www.studentfinance.ie

Citizens Information - www.citizensinformation.ie

Insurance Information - www.ohc.ie

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Restaurants

Find somewhere to eat - www.MenuPages.ie

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UCard

Use your student card to earn loyalty UPoints and have discount to a wide range of outlets.  It can be your electronic payment for food/laundry/access to library/residence/CopiPrint’s services. www.ucd.ie/ucard

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Weather - Climate

Weather for today - www.met.ie

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Mobile Phone Services
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Banks - Currency Converter
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Telephone Directory - Dialling from Ireland
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Postal Service

Irish Postal Service - www.anpost.ie

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Tourism

Dublin - www.visitdublin.com

Dublin - www.dublinks.com

Dublin City bus tour - www.irishcitytours.com

Ireland - www.ireland.com

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Problem with Accommodation

Problems with landlord or tenants - www.threshold.ie

Private Residential Tenancies Board - www.prtb.ie

Information for Landlords - www.ipoa.ie

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Government Depts.

For various Government Deptartments - www.irlgov.ie

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Religious Worship

Roman Catholic
Belfield Church ( on campus )

Church of Ireland
All Saints, Carysfort  Avenue, Blackrock

Presbyterian
The Manse, Mount Merrion Avenue, Blackrock

Methodist
32 South Hill,Dartry, Dublin 6

Muslim (Mosque)
Roebuck Road, Clonskeagh, Dublin 14

Sikh (Gurudwara)
Gurudwara Sahib Nanak Darbar, 78 Serpentine Avenue, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

Jewish (Synagogue)
Rathfarnham Road, Dublin 6

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Public Holidays - Ireland

1st January - New Year’s Day
17th March  - St. Patrick’s Day
1st Monday in May
1st Monday in June
1st Monday in August
Last Monday in October
25th December - Christmas Day
26th December - St Stephen’s Day

*If St Patrick’s Day falls on a Sunday, the Monday following is a holiday.

Movable Public Holidays

Feast
Easter Sunday
Easter Monday

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Time Zone - Ireland

GMT. The clock goes forward 1 hour at 01:00 on the last Sunday of March and back one hour (to GMT) at 01:00 on the last Sunday of October.

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Shops and Supermarkets

Shops and Supermarkets

Tesco
www.tesco.ie
Tesco Stillorgan 46A Bus,
Tesco Merrion Nutley Lane
Tesco Dundrum (open 24 hr)

 

SuperValu
SuperValu is part of the Musgrave Group Ireland’s largest grocery and food dstribution. SuperValu.ie your local online store and delivery service.
27 The Rise Mount Merrion
Rosemount Shopping Centre Rathfarnham
Balally Shopping Centre Sandyford
13 Braemor Road Churchtown

 

Marks&Spencer
Blackrock
Dunlaoghaire
Dundrum
Grafton Street Dublin City close to Stephens Green
Henry Street Dublin City close to O Connell Street

 

The Organic Supermarket 
Merrion Avenue visit the online store www.organicsupermarket.ie

 

Ethnic Food Stores in Dublin
There are many ethnic shops throughout the city of Dublin.

Epicurean Food Hall
Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1

Al Auras Shop - A wide range of multinational foods with distinct Middle Eastern Orgin
16 N Frederick St, Dublin 1

Asian Market
59 Capel St, Dublin 1

Polonia – Mainly Eastern European products
90 S Circular Rd, Dublin 8

Turkish Food Store - Turkish Supermarket
Lower Liffey St, Dublin 1

Coreana Supermarket – Korean  Supermarket
19 Little Britain St, Dublin 1

Paris Bakery & Pastry
18 Moore St, Dublin 1

The Temple Bar Food Market - Open every Saturday
Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin2

The Dublin Food Co-Op – Open every Saturday Specialising in Organic Fruit and Vegetables
St Andrew’s Resource Centre 114 – 116 Pearse Street Dublin 2

 

Clothes Stores
Dunnes Stores and Penny’s both department stores with branches in the City Centre,offer unbeatable value on basic clothing.

Marks and Spencers (Grafton Street and Jervis Centre) is also a good destination for quality at good value prices.

High Street Fashion can be found on Grafton Street and the surrounding area.

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Merville Student Residence, Belfield, University College Dublin, Dublin 4
Tel: 00353-1-7165772, Email: roombookingsupport@ucd.ie

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