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Trinity College Dublin Accommodation

Accommodation for freshers is in the Dartry halls. They are mostly single sex apartments with five or six bedrooms. You can apply for a single or shared room and almost all are en-suite. They are very modern and quite luxurious, as student halls go. Each has a kitchen and there are no meals provided. Neighbouring Rathmines has plenty of supermarkets such as Tesco, Lidl and Aldi.

The kitchens are not equipped with much in terms of crockery or cooking utensils so you should come fully equipped. You have to bring your own bedding. There is limited parking but most people find a space. A bike can be very handy to get to and from college. Security is tight and can be pretty strict. You are obliged to sign in guests before a certain hour however many students do not always adhere to this rule. Parties tend to get shut down pretty quickly but students certainly make a good effort to get away with them. They are quite expensive and it is possible to find much cheaper alternatives nearby. However, the majority of students would recommend it for incoming students and love the life in halls.

Places are not guaranteed to freshers as there are only 1,000 places. Generally it is the luck of the draw and students from Dublin are last on the priority list. It is best to come the weekend before the beginning of freshers week to get settled in.

Students who live in Trinity Halls in Rathmines can get to campus from the Milltown stop on the Luas or the 128 bus from just outside the main entrance. It only takes about 15 minutes and you can guarantee that you won’t be making the journey alone very often!

If you are not living in Halls or on Campus, popular spots to house-hunt in are Rathmines and Ranelagh. As one student says “Rathmines is the best student spot for Trinity. There are loads of cheap shops like Lidl, bargain buster off-licences, Mc Donalds, cheap cinema, bars, big houses and close enough to walk to college”.

What the students say

Trinity is a great college, even if I haven't had the best experience in first year. I think I would have encountered the same pitfalls in any college, although I do think that the student mentoring system is under-utilised ( we heard from the maybe four times during the year). Like anything, you get out what you put in, and I think that I was so stressed for a lot of the year about the academics that I neglected a lot of the social aspects, to the extent that that had a negative impact on the study I was doing. I'd recommend Trinity to a friend, but with the caveat that they need to find the balance pretty quickly, to take the academic side very seriously indeed but know when to let their hair down too.
1st year Currently in college
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There was a lot of choice within my Economics degree, which allowed me to pursue subjects suited to my analytical and quantitative capabilities, added to this I felt there were subjects which would give me a real world understanding of the financial markets, and provide me with a strong platform for pursuing a career within this area. However, given I knew I would be specialising within this area I felt I should have chosen Finance and Economics in UCD. The reason I say this is that Finance and Economics course is much more integrated, and each subjects adds more depth to previous subjects taken the previous year. I have spoken to students within this course, and as a whole it provides a more detailed learning experience with statistical software such as Mathlab, and Stata. I feel that their experience with statistical software and more detailed course knowledge would provide these student with a much greater platform for career advancement then Economics in Trinity.
4th year Currently in college
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It is the right choice because it has exposed and enlightened my knowledge to better practice. The wrong choice in the sense that I cannot stop caring for people who need my attention and time.
1st year Currently in college
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