Your Social Life

Ireland's Most Student-Friendly University

University life is a healthy balance between work and play. Your academic life will be rigorous and demanding, but we also want you to experience the full spectrum of life at Ireland’s most diverse, student-friendly university. As a doctor, radiographer or biomedical scientist, you will quickly learn the importance of work-life balance, and the skills you develop in maintaining our busy student agenda will serve you well throughout your career.  

When you choose life at UCD, you choose an unrivalled network of more than 100 student societies, 60 sports clubs, and a suite of excellent student facilities that includes a new €50 million sports and fitness complex.

Get Your Pulse Racing

Healthy minds need healthy bodies. At UCD, our network of sports clubs has something for everyone. From soccer to surfing, from karate to kite-surfing, we offer an unrivalled menu of pursuits, guaranteed to get your pulse racing.

The new UCD Student Centre includes Ireland’s third Olympic-specification swimming pool, a tournament-grade debating chamber, a dance studio with a floating floor, a 150-piece gym, a cinema, radio station and a student theatre.

Dive Deep Into College Life

Life at UCD also offers students the opportunity to dive deep into our network of societies. We encourage our students to explore their interests, make new friends and learn new skills. You can hone your powers of persuasion and ratchet up the rhetoric at the UCD Literary and Historical Society, indulge your passion for cinema at the UCD Film Society or bring the house down as a member of the Comedy Society.

As part of a busy, balanced and rewarding extra-curricular agenda, we encourage our students to volunteer their services in a way that benefits people, patients and society. MedSoc, one of the University’s most established student societies, is heavily involved in raising much needed funds for charity. In 2010, members of MedSoc raised more than €40,000 for various patient charities. MedSoc, winner of UCD society of the year 2011/12, also coordinates a fantastic array of social and sporting events throughout term time.