I’m here in Ireland to explore and get this set for our MAET Summer 2012 overseas experience (yes, I do have the best job in the world!)  Dublin City University, the host for our 2012 summer program (or programme.) My first impression? We’re going to really enjoy it here.  For students coming to join us this summer, here are the details you have been waiting for!

CLASSROOMS
Very nice, clean, almost enough power plugs :) We’ll make sure power strips are installed so we can all plug-in. The entire campus is wireless.  We will most likely be housed in the computer science building.  We will have to switch classrooms (due to scheduling) but all facilities will be equal in size. We are not the only ones on campus this summer, so things will be hopping.

MEAL PLANS
After visiting, it makes the most sense to NOT offer a meal plan.  We have full, easy, access to the staff cafeteria and it will be much cheaper for you to pay as you go.  If we book plans, you have to purchase 10-euro vouchers and you HAVE to use the full 10-euro.  I had a nice meal in the full cafeteria (chicken, rice & side of fruit) and it was 7-euro. The food was very good, the salads looked great & very fresh. There are lots of little cafes around campus where you can get a bowl of soup, pizza, etc.  Since we live right on campus, it’s also entirely possible to run back to the dorms, eat lunch, then come back to class.

UNIVERSITY GROUNDS
Right on campus there is a Spar (convenience/food store), coffee shop, pub, pharmacy and barber shop.  Additionally there is a BEAUTIFUL sports complex & you will have the option of purchasing access for the month (I will have the cost for you soon.) Here are pictures of the sports facility – http://www.dcu.ie/dcusport/facilities.shtml#universitysports_complex

Just across the street from campus (about a 5 minute walk) is a EuroSpar that is open until 9 on weeknights.  I would call it a “mid scale” grocery store – they have all the basics you need (milk, eggs, pasta, pop, etc.)

DORMS
The rooms are very nice – and situated into “pods”.  Each pod has 5 en-suite bedrooms and a shared common area.  The shared area has fully equipped kitchen with microwave, stove, hub, refrigerator, TV and iron.  Weekly linen service/change is included (and toilet paper!) I’ll be emailing soon to determine requests for “pod mates.”  There are two laundry rooms on campus.  The rooms are currently occupied by students (I was able to peek in, but couldn’t take pictures.) Our contact here will be sending me pictures and I will share those as soon as I can.

CITY LIFE
There is a large TESCO grocery about a 15 minute bus ride away.  The campus is serviced by 4 city buses that come every 10 minutes or so. (We had the best luck with Route 9.) A trip into town was 1.90-euro. There are “rambler” passes available at the EuroSpar that allows you multiple trips over a period of time. We did walk into the city and it took about an hour and 20 minutes.  It was an easy walk.  A cab ride to/from the city is about 15-euro (you can fit 4 people in a cab.)

Dublin is a large city, which affords us many opportunities for excursions and connections to local culture.  I’m working on another post with a rundown of some local and regional activities along with field trips for my next update/blog post!

 

One Response to MAET @ Dublin City University – Update on Campus Living & Working

  1. Nora says:

    So beautiful! Please let me know if anything works out for a refresher/indep.study.
    Nora

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