University College Dublin is Ireland’s largest university, with a rich history spanning over 150 years, and a distinguished tradition of leadership in scholarship and society.
Its origins date back to 1854 when the great 19th century educationalist Cardinal John Henry Newman opened the doors of the Catholic University of Ireland. Newman’s ambition was to create a great European university that would attract world-class scholars and provide excellent education to Irish and international students.
Over 150 years later, UCD retains Newman’s educational ideals of opening young minds and educating students who will be leaders in society.
UCD is committed to becoming one of the top thirty research universities in the European Union, where cutting-edge research and scholarship will create a stimulating intellectual environment, the ideal surroundings for learning and discovery.
The academic structure comprises 7 Colleges and 38 Schools and the university offers Ireland’s most comprehensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate. Approximately 9,000 of the 30,000-strong student body are engaged in postgraduate study and research through the university’s seven graduate schools and its institutes and centres.
The university’s undergraduate schools, sports facilities and student residences are housed on the 132-hectare Belfield campus, just 4km south of Dublin city centre. Excellent facilities include well-resourced libraries, state-of-the art labs and extensive computing facilities. Student health, welfare and counselling services are second-to none and there are superb opportunities for sports and recreation.
UCD seeks to provide a comprehensive network of support services for students spanning a range of areas of interest. The trials and challenges of university life can sometimes impact on even the most accomplished student, and UCD hopes to provide every possible resource in order to ensure our students are in the best possible physical and mental condition in order to become successful in their academic pursuits.
Find out more about some of the supports we offer by following the links below.
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Funding your studies at UCD
Under the terms of the Free Fees Initiative, the Irish Exchequer will pay tuition fees to the University on behalf of students registered for the first time on qualifying, full-time, undergraduate degree programmes. Such programmes must be of a minimum duration of 2 years.
Living on Campus
UCD Residences provides accommodation for students across all of its locations consisting of self-catering apartments, halls of residence, and a complex of catered accommodation which includes meals in the price. Specially adapted facilities are provided for students with disabilities.
Off Campus Accommodation
For assistance with sourcing off campus accommodation please visit