UCD Student Supports
We recognise that studying at university can be both a brilliant and stressful time for students, and we have a great support network for students at UCD. From health services to specific programme advisers, student welfare and support is at the heart of what we do. Watch the video below to find out about the wide range of student support services you can access - or scroll further down for more specific information.
The Student Advisers provide support for all students throughout their university experience. Each programme has a dedicated Student Adviser who is your gateway to support services. Additionally, there are Student Advisers attached to specific groups of students, such as mature and postgraduate research students. If you are experiencing any difficulties the Student Advisers will give you the time and space to talk things through.
Student Counselling Service
Offers a free and confidential service staffed by professionally qualified psychologists and counsellors. Provides support for students when personal issues arise which affect their happiness, well-being, capacity to cope, relationships or learning.
Student Financial Difficulties
Students can experience financial problems during their time in UCD for various reasons. Many students (and their parents) find it difficult to make ends meet due to on-going low income and/or other financial commitments. Similarly, financial worries may be the result of unforeseen events like a family bereavement, accident, or illness. For others there is the added consideration of child care costs which significantly impacts on their finances while studying. UCD may be able to provide financial support to you during this difficult time.
Student Health Service
The Student Health Service provides on-campus medical, counselling and psychiatric care to registered students of the university. All consultations are treated in strict confidence. There is a charge for the medical and psychiatric service while the counselling service is free. Dental treatment is relatively expensive in Ireland and students are advised to have a check-up before they leave home. The Student Health Service does not provide dental treatment. However, if dental treatment is required, they can provide the name of a local dentist. Watch the video (by clicking on the picture) and read through these helpful FAQs to find out all about the UCD Student Health Service.
Alumni Buddy Programme
The UCD Alumni Buddy Programme links incoming international, graduate students with local UCD Alumni. The programme provides friendly support to students, especially just after they arrive in Dublin.
All UCD students are members of the Students' Union (UCDSU). The UCDSU International Students Co-ordinator works closely with UCD Global to promote events for international students. The UCDSU also have officers who provide welfare services and accommodation information. Their accommodation service will be available for new students, so if you intend staying off-campus, make sure you check out the UCDSU website
Chaplains & Prayer Rooms
The university chaplains provide pastoral care, emotional support and spiritual accompaniment as well as acting as student advisers. They are available to all students during times of distress, illness and bereavement. Mass is celebrated daily (Monday to Friday) at lunchtime as well as on Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings. At St. Stephen’s Chaplaincy, you’ll find many groups and events exploring faith and spirituality as well as a Contemplation Room that is open to everyone. The chaplains offices can be found in the Health Sciences Building and in the Old Student Centre. Dedicated prayer rooms for Muslim students are located in Woodview House on the Belfield campus and E123 in the Smurfit School, Blackrock.