University College Dublin
University College Dublin (UCD) student accommodation
If you got into the University College Dublin (UCD) and are looking for affordable and convenient off-campus accommodation to call home during your studies, you have come to the right place.
Student.com offers student accommodation near UCD that will place you in locations where you can discover all of what the Irish capital has to offer.
The UCD accommodation we list ranges from shared and private rooms to fully self-contained studio flats.
To learn more about the types of University College Dublin student accommodation we offer and the residences we list, contact us via phone or live chat.
Where is University College Dublin located?
Spread across 130 hectares of Parkland Estate, the University College Dublin’s main campus is located south of the city centre of Dublin, Ireland’s capital city.
Also called Baile Átha Cliath (“Town of the Ford of the Hurdle”), Dublin is located on the east coast of Ireland in the province of Leinster.
Situated at the head of Dublin Bay, a C-shaped inlet of the Irish Sea, Dublin is the country’s chief port, centre of financial and commercial power, and seat of culture.
A warm and welcoming city, Dublin is known for the friendliness of its people. The Irish Capital’s craic (“crack”) - a mixture of repartee, humour, intelligence, and acerbic and deflating insight, has attracted writers, intellectuals, and visitors from all over the world for centuries.
Dublin’s balancing act
A city of contrasts, Dublin maintains an uneasy relationship between reminders of the politics and economic life of the past and symbols of present-day life and prosperity.
Some of the city’s finest monumental buildings stand on the north riverbank along with the city’s poorest sections, maintaining its curious juxtaposition between the aristocratic and impoverished. The city also balances the traditional alongside the contemporary well.
Though the Irish have a distinct culture, tradition, and customs, Dublin is still a melting pot. The largest city in Ireland, Dublin’s fast-growing immigrant population brings people from all over the world, infiltrating the city with a host of glorious international influences. The impact of these cultures is evident in the city’s diverse and vibrant culinary scene.
Cultural diversity in a major capital city normally equals diverse cuisine, and Dublin is no different. Ireland’s economic revival in the 1990s birthed a culinary renaissance of new, sophisticated restaurants that ditched the traditional meat and potatoes for more lively European cuisine. You’ll now find a great mix of restaurants offering an astounding diversity of food options.
With all that said, Dublin has managed to hold on to some of its classic and easily distinguishable characteristics. The Irish traditions, such as folklore, customary music and dance, fine literature, and fresh pints of Guinness are never in short supply.
Symbols of the Irish capital’s strong sense of history such as the magnificent Christ Church Cathedral, the National Ireland Museum, Dublin Writers Museum, James Joyce Centre, and Dublinia and the Viking World, are also some of its most notable attractions.
Getting to these, as well as other top attractions, is also a cinch thanks to the city’s compact size.
Dublin’s walkability, duality, diversity, and many tourist attractions lend to a great experience for international students and tourists alike. No wonder it is ranked as the Best Place to Visit in Ireland and 16th best in Europe in the U.S. News & World Report travel rankings.
Studying at University College Dublin
With a student body of over 30,000 students, of which over 8,000 are international students from more than 130 countries, the University College Dublin (UCD) is Ireland’s largest and most international university.
Students are attracted to the strength of UCD’s teaching, research, and academic offerings. It offers the widest range of programmes recognised by academic institutions and employers worldwide from any university in Ireland.
Ireland’s leader in postgraduate education, UCD was named among the best universities globally in the study of 38 subjects in the 2021 edition of the QS World University Subject Rankings, with Veterinary Science being its best performing subject.
The university also placed in the top 50 in three other subject areas, namely Sports-related Subjects (34th), Library & Information Management (45th), and Petroleum Engineering (50th).
One of Europe’s leading research-intensive universities, UCD is ranked inside the top 1% (173rd) overall of higher education institutions worldwide in the 2022 QS World University Rankings.
Adding to the university’s overall ranking, it has one of the largest urban campuses in Europe. The main Dublin campus occupies an extensive parkland estate of 133 hectares and is home to some world-leading facilities, including the UCD O’Brien Centre for Science, the UCD Student Centre, UCD Sutherland School of Law, and the UCD Lochlan Quinn School of Business.
One of Ireland’s foremost connected and networked universities, UCD has global centres across the world in New York, Beijing, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur and Delhi.
Recognised as one of Europe’s largest archives of oral tradition and cultural history, many of UCD’s over 250,000 alumni have made their mark in other areas of industry, including the fields of engineering, science, sport, and public life, in Ireland and abroad.
The university also has a very high graduate employment rate. In 2020, for the third year in a row, UCD was the leading university in Ireland and 75th worldwide in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings.
UCD student life
Your time at the University College Dublin (UCD) won’t be only about academic excellence.
As Ireland’s largest university, UCD offers a full suite of services, opportunities to engage in extracurricular activities, and outstanding facilities to support the personal development of its students.
A wide range of clubs and societies
With an unsurpassed range of clubs and societies (over 100), UCD students are among the most engaged in Ireland.
There are multiple opportunities for students to get involved in exciting initiatives related to their specific disciplines and to explore new interests and friendships.
UCD is also home to more than 60 different student societies catering to the arts, music, sport, and different religious groups.
No matter what your passion, or ability levels, UCD sports clubs provide a large range of opportunities to train, play, and compete in sports.
A diverse set of facilities
This is primarily due to the UCD possessing the most diverse set of student facilities at any university in Ireland. Because of this it’s no surprise the Student Centre and the UCD Sport and Fitness complex are the hubs of student life on campus.
UCD has a multitude of facilities and amenities that are designed to encourage its students to get involved in clubs and societies and stay fit and healthy during their time at the university.
Student Centre facilities include a state-of-the-art 3D cinema, drama theatre, 600-seat auditorium, TV studio, radio pod, seminar room, medical centre, pharmacy, bar and function room, cafés, and shops.
From a 50-metre swimming pool, three multi-purpose sports halls, four squash courts, 17 natural grass pitches, six synthetic 5-a-side pitches, to the National Hockey Stadium, the university’s range of world-class sports facilities are quite extensive. Its modern Sport and Fitness Centre has a wide range of amenities, including gyms that cater to students of all fitness levels.
History of the University College Dublin
Founded in 1854, the University College Dublin (UCD) has over 160 years of heritage. UCD opened its doors as the Catholic University of Ireland on the feast of St Malachy, on 3 November.
The Catholic University Medical School was opened a year later on Cecilia Street.
The University Education (Ireland) Act 1879 facilitated the establishment of the Royal University of Ireland.
The St. Stephen’s Green institution was renamed University College in 1882.
In 1911, the university expanded on land donated by Edward Guinness, the Earl of Iveagh.
The Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research, and the Institute for the Study of Social Change were founded in 1999. Four years later, the Euro Innovation and Technology Transfer Centre NovaUCD opened.
In 2010, an academic alliance was formed with the National College of Art and Design (NCAD). Three years later, the UCD O’Brien Centre for Science and the UCD Sutherland School of Law, now the largest Common Law law school in the European Union, opened.
In 2015, a global centre was opened in the US.
UCD became the first Irish university to launch a Black Studies module in 2019.
Frequently asked questions about student flats near University College Dublin
How can I book off-campus accommodation near University College Dublin on Student.com?
Booking student accommodation near University College Dublin is easy on Student.com. Use our search filters, comparison, and map tools to find a property that’s the most suitable one for you.
When you find a property you want to book, go to the property page by clicking ‘View rooms’. On the property page you’ll need to choose the room type you’d like to live in. Once you’ve made your choice, click ‘Book Now’ or ‘Enquire.’ One of our booking consultants will be in touch with you to answer your questions and take you through the next steps of the booking process.
Why should I book off-campus housing instead of UCD residences?
Booking off-campus housing instead of UCD residences comes with several benefits. You can freely choose which area of Dublin you’d like to live in, and you’ll also get to choose the type of room you prefer, whether you want to share with flatmates or live by yourself in a studio apartment. Many modern student accommodations also provide great amenities to their inhabitants.
What are the different room types you offer near UCD?
Student.com offers three different types of rooms in Dublin.
Our Shared Room type allows students to share a bedroom with a roommate. Bathrooms and kitchens are also shared.
Our Private Room type offers a private bedroom for each individual student. Your bathroom might be either private or shared depending on the property. Other facilities are shared with fellow students.
An Entire Place is a fully private studio flat where you’ll have your own bedroom, bathroom, and a small kitchenette with cooking facilities. You’ll have everything for yourself and don’t need to share anything!
Do you also offer postgraduate accommodation near University College Dublin?
Yes, we do. As long as you are a full-time student, you can book any accommodation listed on Student.com.
Are bills included in the rent?
This will depend on the property you select, but most of the properties we currently list in Dublin have bills included. Make sure to check the property page of the residence you’re interested in though, to see what bills are included there.
Are the apartments fully furnished?
Currently about half of the properties we list in Dublin are rented fully furnished. You can find these with the filter tool, and you can also check the property pages of the properties you’re interested in to see if that particular accommodation is rented fully furnished or not.