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Overview of University College Dublin (UCD)

UCD was established in 1854 and is located 5km South of Dublin’s city centre. The main Belfield campus is huge and is home to around 25,000 students, including 5,000 international students. Famous alumni include the novelists Maeve Binchy, Roddy Doyle and most famously James Joyce, from the world of film; Gabriel Byrne, Brendan Gleeson, Neil Jordan and Jim Sheridan as well as the captain of Ireland’s rugby team Brian O’Driscoll. Campus Everything you need is on campus and nobody really l ...Read More

What the students say

There are always nights out for UCD students. The library is amazing for studying and it is very strict regarding noise which is great when you are trying to study. The coffee and food facilities on campus are also very good and there is a good selection.
3rd year
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I would definitely recommend this college to a friend as there is loads of courses to pick from, the sporting scene is massive and there is nearly every sport to choose from. Also social life and night life is massive here so it is easy to get involved and meet new people.
1st year Currently in college
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It's all based on the course and where you want to do it really. This is actually my 3rd choice on the CAO. My 2nd choice was Medicinal Chemistry in Trinity. To be honest, as I read the word "UCD" on my CAO letter I was slightly disappointed. Looking through the pictures on the prospectus I wanted to be part of Trinity society, I wanted to be able to tell people, "Yeah I went to Trinity". In school I always thought Trinity was such an outstanding college with an excellent reputation for its academic pupils in their great black graduation gowns. The more I learn the differences between UCD and Trinity, there more I am delighted to say, "I study in UCD". I learnt that UCD don't do Christmas and summer exams in summer, as in the case of Trinity. UCD calculates your grades in a GPA systematic way, whereas Trinity gives you the standard percentage mark. UCD has an online registration, Trinity does it the old-fashioned way where you have to meet the person face-to-face. UCD allows you to choose Elective Modules for you to learn something different outside your course, there is no option to do this in Trinity. However, I have to get 2 buses to UCD and if I were to attend Trinity I would get the Dart. All in all, aware yourself before deciding these two rivalry colleges. The above pointers may not effect everyone but it may effect some.
2nd year Currently in college
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