Living in Dublin

Dublin is a vibrant European capital city. Located in the heart of Dublin, Trinity College Dublin’s 47-acre campus sits at the very center of everything the city has to offer. For over 430 years, Dublin has grown and developed around the Trinity campus. Blending a high-energy, multinational professional culture with traditional Irish warmth and hospitality, Dublin has elegant parks, cosy cafés, and quirky restaurants for the daytime, with classic pubs, fashionable clubs, music gigs, comedy shows, and theater by night. Visit our dedicated Living in Dublin & Ireland section to discover more about living in Dublin, and check out these Dublin-focused social and entertainment sites to learn about everything from the best places to eat, to cultural events and upcoming activities: Lovin Dublin, Eventbrite Ireland, Totally Dublin, and Visit Dublin.

Student life at Trinity is extremely diverse and exciting, mainly due to the daily assortment of events and activities organized by students for students. The College boasts 120 student societies, which constitute the most dynamic and active set of university student societies in Ireland and cover a multitude of interests from the Animation Society to the Zoological Society. It is home to the world’s oldest student societies, including the ‘Hist’ or Historical Society founded in 1770 and the ‘Phil,’ which is the oldest debating society in the world founded in 1683 and whose guests have included former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, Martin Scorsese, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Whoopi Goldberg, U2’s Bono, Apple CEO Tim Cook, former Manager of Manchester United Sir Alex Ferguson, International Space Station commander Chris Hadfield, and Al Pacino, to name but a few.

Trinity is home to Ireland’s only entirely student-run orchestra, which regularly plays music festivals such as Electric Picnic and Forbidden Fruit, as well as DU Players, which are the most active theater group in Ireland. Students may try their hand at everything from gaming to volunteering, get involved at all levels with running a radio station, or write, direct, and star in their own film or TV show. During Freshers’ Week, all 120 societies, the Students’ Union, the Trinity Publications committee, and 48 sports clubs are represented in Front Square, each vying for members.

Trinity Experience

Trinity is committed to ensuring that all international students have a positive experience during their studies and get the most from college life. A diverse student body with students from 122 different countries, the Trinity experience has much to offer. Trinity offers international students a wide range of supports and services to provide all the information and advice you need to know before you get here and to help you get settled at Trinity and in Dublin once you arrive.

Global Room — Information and Student Space

The Global Room space in the Watts Building is specifically designed to cater to Trinity students, with a focus on the international student community.

The Global Room team provides guidance and support to international students on a wide range of issues including immigration, accommodation and all aspects of life at Trinity. The Global Ambassador team are current Trinity students trained to help with queries that may arise during the transition from an international student’s home country to Ireland.

Over 300 international-themed events are held each year in the Global Room student space such as national holiday celebrations, seminars, movie screenings, and art showcases. These events are run by both the Global Room and a diverse range of Trinity’s clubs and societies. Home to a wall of plasma screens, visitors to the Global Room can access television channels from across the globe, and these screens can also be used for presentations, movie nights and much more.

International students may want to get involved in the New2Dublin service on Monday evenings for the first six weeks of college. New2Dublin Ambassadors run various events such as movie nights and cultural exchanges to help incoming students adjust to life in Dublin. Visit the Student2Student website for more information.

Living Expenses


Living Costs in Euros / Total converted to USD
1 Year Housing Trinity Hall 1




Meals 2


Books & Miscellaneous


Travel 3


Health Insurance 4


Understanding Ireland Optional 1 Week pre-term program 5


TOTAL Living Costs 6

€12,600 / $14,090

1 Based on a shared room in apartment-style accommodation. Visit the Trinity website for a full listing of academic year accomodation options. 
2 Trinity does not offer meal plans. Students cook at home or eat on campus and in town.
3 Based on two plan-ahead, round-trip flights from New York to Dublin.
4 Required for non-EU students. Price range from €200 to approx. €1,000. Details available on the Trinity website
5 Approximate cost including housing. Details available on the Trinity website
Converted from Euro to USD at €1/$1.12. Current currency exchange rates available at