Dublin is a fun city with one of the youngest populations in Europe. Students will find everything from historic sites, museums, theaters, night clubs, cafes, and much much more. In addition to KEI-organized cultural activities and field trips, students are encouraged to participate in campus clubs and events. Griffith Student Union publishes a newsletter, the Griffiti, that lists activities throughout the semester. Students can also participate in sports and clubs, including soccer, sailing, poker, basketball, hockey, pool (billiards), ultimate frisbee, darts, debate, drama, film and others.
Housing & meals
Students live in the Griffith College Halls of Residence. The residence hall is centrally located, a 10-minute walk from St. Stephen’s Green in the Dublin city center. The residence hall consists of 184 suites with 24-hour security. Each suite consists of a living area, 1 to 3 bedrooms, bathroom and a kitchenette. Most bedrooms are double occupancy. The suites are furnished, including a TV and internet access. Laundry facilities are available in the Residence Hall.
The campus pub serves hot meals during the day. Students can also prepare food in their suites. Several grocery stores are located near the campus. For a change in scenery, there are several pubs and cafes near campus and in the center of town where you can get good “pub grub.” Fried fish, chips (fries) and mushy peas, or Irish bangers (sausages) with mash (mashed potatoes) are great examples of the filling meals these places serve.
Getting around town
Dublin is a pedestrian city. It takes about 10-15 minutes to walk from campus to the center of downtown Dublin. Students can also take a city bus. Two bus lines stop in front of Griffith’s gates: the 19 and the 122 lines. These run daily through the evenings. Nitelink buses run throughout the nights. Students can apply for a student travelcard to get a discounted bus fare. Taxis are metered and can be hailed or called.
Phones & internet
KEI will provide a prepaid mobile phone shortly after arrival in Dublin. The KEI Onsite Director will explain how to use the phone. The phone will have a small amount of credit to get you started. Additional minutes can be purchased at numerous convenience stores.
Internet is free and unlimited in the Griffith residence halls. If you decide not to bring a laptop, there are computer labs at the College and Internet cafes throughout the city.
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