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 an aircoach to and from the airport.


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 is close to both UCD Belfield and UCD Smurfit School.  
Ballally has been absorbed by Sandyford and is boarded by Dundrum, Churchtown and Rathfarnham. It has a high density of housing estates. The no. 175 also serves this area.
Ballybrack is a highly residential area on bus routes and not far from stops for the green luas line. It has a number of convenience stores and pubs.  Killiney DART/rail station is not far from the village and convenient for UCD Smurift Students by rail and UCD Belfield students by bus. Famous folk who have lived there are former Taoiseach Sean Lemass and Paul Howard of Ross O’Carroll-Kelly fame.


Bray is in Co. Wicklow but is only 12miles (19km) from UCD and 14km from UCD Smurfit School and is a seaside town with good travel links to the city centre by DART/rail and bus. Town has many shops, pubs, theatre and soon to have a cinema again.
Notable people from Bray are our boxing Olympian Katie Taylor, TV personalities Laura Whitmore, Dara O Briain, singer Hozier and James Joyce lived there for a while also.  Handy for the student who prefers the quieter life but with still plenty to do.


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. It has a DART/rail station at Lansdowne Road, home to Irish Rugby.


Ballinteer is a very residential area close to Dundrum, Sandyford and Stepaside. It is well served with shops, pubs and parks. 


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

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


Carrickmines although still semi-rural has both the M50 and Green Luas line for transport to UCD and the city.
 A lot of new residential development has taken place in the past 10 years and it continues to grow.


Cornelscourt is primarily residential with a large Dunnes Stores there.  It is sandwiched between Foxrock and Cabinteely. On bus routes and near green luas line.


Cabinteely is another residential area well serviced by bus and near the Green Luas line and on the N11 direct to UCD Belfeild and city centre


Cherrywood is a townland now being developed with many new apartments and houses with many facilities too. It is well connected with buses, the Green line luas and M50


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
Another large residential area with numerous takeaways in the vicinity, pub 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.
Dun Laoghaire
Dun Laoghaire is a suburban costal town with many shops, shopping centres, cinema and theatre, pubs and restaurants.  It is also on the DART/rail line so convenient for UCD Smurfit students and also on bus routes so also handy for UCD Belfield students.


Dalkey is a costal Heritage town, on DART/rail line and buses. An affluent suburb of Dublin.  A lovely small town with lots of shops and restaurants. Celebrities and writers who live or have lived here are George Bernard Shaw, Maeve Binchy, Bono & the Edge of U2 fame and Enya.


Dartry is a small suburb of Dublin close to Rathmines with a lot of flats on offer.

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.


Foxrock is just off the N11 and 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.
Samuel Beckett the writer was born and raised here.
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.


Glasthule is a costal village with many shops and pub. It is a continuation of Dun Laoghaire on the way to Sandycove and Dalkey. On the DART/rail line.


Glenageary is an area between Dalkey, Glasthule and Sallynoggin. An area of low density housing with some landords offering accommodation. 


Harold’s Cross
A large residential area with some shops and pubs. Walk to Rathmines to get the 14, 15, 140 or Leeson Street to catch the 46A, 84 or 145 to UCD. Very convenient for the city centre


Irishtown is a small village between Ringsend and Sandymount which still has the village feel about it. Close to the city centre.


Killiney is another afulant residential village near the coast and on a DART/rail line. It boarders Dalkey, Shanganagh and Shankill 


Kill o the Grange
Kill o the Grange has Deansgrange, Dun Laoghaire and Blackrock at it’s boundries. It is largely residential with a pub and Deansgrange shops close at hand.
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. There are many landlords in this area as it is a short bike ride to UCD Smurfit and walking distance or short bus journey to UCD Belfield


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)

Loughlinstown is between Cherrywood, Ballybrack and Shankill.  A quiet residential area but close to Shankill Dart station and Green Luas line.  Also on many bus routes.

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.
Merrion is the continuation of Ballsbridge to Booterstown. It is another very affluent residential area of Dublin with shopping centre, pub and St. Vincent’s Hospital.  Convenient to both UCD Belfield and UCD Smurfit School


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.  Walking distance of UCD Smurfit School
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.
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.
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.

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

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.
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.

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 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. The green Luas line also has a number of stations nearby
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.
Sandyford boarders the areas of Stillorgan, Kilmacud, Leopardstown and Ballally with many 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.


Stepaside was a rural village but is now hugely residential shops, restaurants and pubs and it continues to expand. It is at the foothills of the Dublin mountains.


Sallynoggin is residential area with shops and supermarkets.

Sandycove positioned between Glasthule and Dalkey. Right on the coast and ideal for a swim. Also on the DART/rail line. The famous James Joyce tower can be seen here.


Shankill is an outlying suburb of Dublin, close to Bray, Co. Wicklow. Residential area with great links by bus and Dart/rail to UCD Belfield and UCD Smurfit School. It has many shops and has its own beach.
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.

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).