Founded 160 years ago, the university has gone on to make a unique and substantial contribution to the creation of modern Ireland. It is currently ranked in the top 1% of institutions world-wide. As Ireland’s largest university it is globally engaged with over 30,000 students from 120 countries. 

The UCD Campus is home to a thriving student community. Our campus halls of residence, restaurants, health services and crèche facilities can play a big role in your time as a student in Belfield.

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UCD by Numbers

1 Ranked within top 1% of higher education institutions world-wide
27 Percentage of international students
28 Percentage of international staff
29 Percentage of undergraduate students from under represented cohorts
64 Percentage of non-Exchequer funding
133 Number of nationalities within the student body
138 Hectares making up the woodland campus
443 Million euro annual turnover
525 Million euro won in externally funded research in last 5 years
1,536 Academic staff (FTEs)
1,588 Number of PhD students
1,784 Support staff (FTEs)
1,854 Year founded by John Henry Newman
4,947 Number of international students in overseas operations
7,789 Number of international students on main campus
8,857 Number of awards conferred each year
9,154 Number of graduate students
33,724 Total number of students (including overseas operations)
167,177 Square meters of science, engineering and innovation related facilities
239,000 Number of alumni across 165 countries
1,700,000 Approximate number of annual visits to library facilities


Student & staff numbers relate to academic year 2015/16.
FTEs – Full Time Equivalents



Coming to live on campus in UCD is exciting and for many students it is their first time living away from home. On-campus accommodation can accommodate almost 3,000 students with priority given to first-years. Space is allocated on a random basis with applications open at the beginning of June. (Confirmation of accommodation will be dependent on CAO offer)


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