Ranked within the top 1% of universities worldwide, University College Dublin – more commonly referred to as UCD – is Ireland’s largest university, and one of the most popular first-choice options for incoming undergraduate students – many of which achieve among the highest results in Ireland’s final examinations at school, the Leaving Certificate. UCD’s main campus is located close to Dublin city.Show more
Large student population (~30k), difficult to make friends because of irregular lecture structure (at least in humanities dept.) and most Irish students having known others for some time—not to say they aren’t friendly or open to making new friends, just a bit harder to fit in.
Professors know what they are talking about and want you to learn, however the overall teaching style at UCD (and most universities)—is composed of listening to someone talk for 45 minutes, taking notes, and then writing an essay worth over half your grade—can feel like pursuing an overwhelmingly exhausting and pointless daily routine. Because of it, I was put on antidepressants.
Prepare to replace your identity with an eight-digit number. Unlikely that professors will recognize you due to large lectures, so if you are like me and need to connect with your teachers in order to be a more productive learner, avoid UCD.
There are mixed opinions about this, but I personally think that the campus is ugly. Not only is it littered with awful 70s architecture, but they also keep building new things so it is constantly under construction, which is not the most pleasant sight to observe every day. Although, some of the newer buildings, like the science building (which is massive), are nice. The campus is about a one-hour bus ride from the city centre, located in a middle-of-nowhere suburban area of Dublin, so it feels somewhat dull and isolated.
Dorm rooms/suites are fantastic except for the fact that most do not have ovens and the showers are as narrow as you are (but perhaps that is to be expected in a dorm). Otherwise, good balance between privacy and sociability, most students have their own rooms but share a common space. Although, rent and goods are expensive and keep getting worse.
Student Union fails to fulfil its promises, holds non-competitive elections and prevents foreign students from running for positions, all while the school prides itself on its global diversity.
It is a very diverse school, though, that much is true. People from all over the world come here to study, so you’re bound to meet someone from a different culture/background.
Absolutely dead on the weekends.
There is a myriad of societies to join that are fun and free to be a part of, but it can be difficult to balance schoolwork and club activities.
Relatively easy to change subjects, variety of modules and subjects to choose from (Archeology was my favourite).
The food market every Thursday was the best part of being here. Kind of expensive, but totally worth it.
Every year in February they celebrate the Chinese New Year with a small light festival, and it is… awesome. Good food, cool lantern setup near the lake, an art show, and they host amazing dance, singing, and musical performances.
UCD is #1 for graduate employability in Ireland, so if you are a career-oriented student, this might be a good place for you. Lots of career options and help from the school.
Dublin is truly an amazing city and Ireland is a beautiful country. I do not regret coming here at all and seeing the island, but University College Dublin was not a good fit for me, and if you are anything like me and these issues bother you, it probably would not be a good fit for you either.View more
This college is very good and very easy to learn. It can be difficult to travel to this college tho as there are not many forms of transportation from where I live. The professors are very good and the student life is good.View more
My college experience has been unique for a multitude of reasons. My first year was interrupted by covid and now I’m back finally for my last year. Studying under both the School of English, Drama and Film as well as School of Classics, among others (electives), has provided me with different ideas of my third level experience. Under the general sector of arts in UCD I feel as though having such huge classes from 1st year made it very intimidating and quite lonely for those who did not know anyone beforehand. There is a disconnect with lecturers who didn’t know your name, classmates who you could easily never see twice because of such large groups and there is not much hands-on interaction. I have enjoyed some modules but overall I was not particularly happy studying English at UCD.
However, fortunately, I have greatly enjoyed studying under the school of classics. The class groups are about 1/3-1/4 of the size. The lecturers are very engaging as are their lectures. The tutorial groups were much more purposeful in helping students clarify and specialise. I have enjoyed the school of classics so much so that I am considering an MA degree in it within UCD.
Societies are a huge part of student life and fun on campus. I was late to join many but felt right at home once I had. My favourite element was signing up for one of the student newspapers and have worked my way up since to a section editor role. I would highly recommend students to but the bullet and join any and every society/club/extracurricular that interests them in the first year and give them a try.
Overall, what I have been able to experience in UCD in such uncertain times has been engaging and helped me progress academically. I would highly recommend studying classics or archaeology here as these have been the highlight of my time at UCD.View more
UCD is a world class college with great facilities for its students. The professors are great to work with and the course curriculum is challenging and rewarding. However, as it is a one year course you can’t gain all the education you want systematically.View more
The overall program structure covers technical and management courses for Information Systems. This program is well designed for someone looking to get management roles while not moving away from the technical touch.View more
Since it’s a one-year program it sometimes causes a lot of stress to be on time. Many subjects are crunched in one trimester. Moreover talking about campus, major events and fests are conducted at Belfied campus and Blackrock campus has a lot of gaps in this. Professors are quite helpful and support a good amount of research. Moreover, all facilities are well organised.View more
Studying at UCD for Masters’s is very rewarding. The student life is amazing as are the programs. Most of the courses are for one year only and are in three trimesters. The subjects are very quintessential for the field of study and are up to date with the external world.
Apart from studies, there are a lot of student clubs where one can be a part of and meet people from many different countries.
I’m only a few months into my course but my experience at UCD has been very positive so far. The infrastructure is really commendable, and so are the teaching staffs, at least the ones I have. With the 4 large libraries, the student union shops, the ucd lake, the gym, the Olympic size pool, the cafes and restaurants the cinemas, it’s really more like a small town than a university. It’s so huge that it even has bus stops at multiple points inside the campus and a big bus bay. Talking about the courses and building your future, this really isn’t a place where you can come and just slack off. Wouldn’t be ranked so high if that were the case. They have a strong placement cell, internship drives, associations with many renowned companies and whatnot.View more
If you are an international student, you are a second-class citizen of this university. During the pandemic the government gave a relief payment to domestic students, but international students that pay 2.5 as much as domestic students (20k in my case!), got no support whatsoever from UCD, or the government. They didn’t even acknowledge a movement of international students to get a discount and raising the issue with the financial hardship, specially given the degraded learning experience, which again they didn’t recognise!View more
I got an admission at UCD in digital information management. This year has been a combination of study and fun for me. The experience I am receiving during my master is impeccable. And now after spending 9 months in Dublin has made me realize this is by far the best decision of my life.View more