Orientation 2020

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For students starting in September 2020, orientation will run over one week. Key activities will begin on September 1st 2020. You can check back on this page for updates closer to the time. 

Take a look at our video below from January 2020 Orientation to get a taste of the activities in the Global Lounge and on campus! 

UCD Orientation, January 2020

Check out the highlights from Orientation Week

Orientation 2020



For students starting in September 2020, orientation will run over one week. Key activities will begin on September 1st 2020.






Airport Welcome

UCD Global Student Ambassadors will be based at a courtesy booth in the Arrivals Hall of Terminal 2 in Dublin Airport from Monday, January 13th until Tuesday, January 14th, inclusive. They will also be in Terminal 1 periodically.


Dublin Airport is 10 km north of the city centre. Aircoach is a private bus service from Dublin Airport to the city centre and to destinations south of the River Liffey. Two routes serve the UCD Campus with the recommended route being the Leopardstown/Sandyford route which passes by the main entrance to UCD on the Stillorgan Road.

This service departs Dublin Airport at the following times:

00.25 to 03.25: Departs every 30 minutes

03.25 to 00.25: Departs every 15 minutes

For UCD Belfield campus, you should depart the Aircoach at the UCD Slip Road stop or alternatively you can request the driver to drop you off within the main Belfield campus.  Please note that this will only be possible if you request this at the time of boarding.   

If you are staying in Blackrock residences, you can take the Leopardstown/Sandyford Aircoach to UCD and then take a taxi to Blackrock.  This will cost €10 or less.  An alternative route is to take the Greystones/Bray Aircoach direct from Dublin Airport and depart at the Blackrock Village stop.  Please note that this service is not as regular and there is at least one hour between services. 

For full details and the route map please see the Aircoach website.

Please contact UCD Global regarding the Aircoach discount rate for UCD International Students.

If you arrive in the airport after 20:00, we recommend that you take a taxi to your destination.  The approximate cost of a taxi from Dublin airport to UCD campus is €30 - €35. It is not customary to tip taxi drivers in Ireland.

3, an Irish mobile phone provider will be based in UCD Global (12noon to 2pm) during Orientation week. Your new SIM card will be ready to use as soon as you receive it and is compatible with most international phones. By simply topping up by €20, students can avail of free unlimited data, unlimited text, unlimited weekend calls and free calls to phones on the 3 network. 

Students can purchase a new phone when they arrive in Ireland or unlock their existing mobile phones. If you wish to use your existing phone, please ensure that it is unlocked and is compatible to accept an international SIM card. Your current network provider can provide you with your unlocking code. Your phone may be unlocked already; you can check this by putting in a different SIM card to your current network to see if it works.

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UCD Belfield Campus

The Campus

The UCD Campus has to be experienced to be believed. Our facilities include vaults of historical record, the biggest animal hospital in Ireland (and animal A&E for Dublin), world-class teaching and research facilities, excellent accommodation, a huge sports centre with Olympic-size swimming pool, and interactive laboratories, some of which are unique to UCD. 

The People

At UCD, our faculty and staff are focussed on ensuring that all students have the best experience and receive the best education possible in an exciting, dynamic and supportive environment. One quarter of our student population is from outside Ireland and the EU, and over one third of our academic staff is from outside Ireland. 

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