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Posted June 23, 2014

Student City Guide: Dublin

Dublin is a bustling Irish city that combines the best nightlife, excellent student facilities and historic sites, for the perfect University destination. Although moving to a new location may seem daunting, but the friendly locals in Dublin will make you feel right at home. This guide will give you a great headstart when it comes to relocating, so you'll feel like a local yourself in no time.

Transport There is an extensive bus service in Dublin, that will get you to pretty much anywhere inside the city, and out! Dublin Bus runs many of the buses in the city, with a real time service map available on the website to see if any are running late. You may find that public transportation can run a bit behind schedule in Dublin, simply due to it being such a busy city. Fares aren't too expensive and are all calculated in Euros, so you'll get more for your money than most UK cities.

Although there are rail and tram services, these aren't necessarily as frequent as the buses. The DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transport) is a great – and fast – way to see the city and get around. If you want to explore outside of the city then there are some great little villages on the DART route, all the way up to Bray. You can cut costs of all the public transport options by being a Leap Card, which works in a similar way to the Oyster Card in London. This prepaid option will save you time and money when travelling around Dublin.

Entertainment Dublin is renowned for its entertainment, which gives you a wide range of things to do and see when not studying. Here are just some of the many great places to visit for a day or evening trip around the city.

The Comedy Crunch Situated in Dame Court, very close to Trinity College, is The Comedy Crunch. This small venue is perfect for comedy lovers and entry is free on most nights! It can get packed out pretty quickly, especially since winning a Trip Advisor award of Excellence, so ensure you get there early. Drink prices are fairly usual for the city centre; don't forget everything is in Euros!

National Botanic Gardens If you're planning on a nice quiet afternoon in the sunshine, then you simply must head over to the National Botanic Gardens. Easy to get to by public transport, and a short distance from Dublin City University, this is a beautiful and relaxing place to while away the days. You will find a lot of students here having plenty of Summer fun !

Chester Beatty Library If you didn't think libraries could be a form of entertainment, then think again. This incredible library also doubles up as an art museum full of fascinating exhibitions. An award winning place to visit, the Chester Beatty Library has a quaint cafe for drinks and snacks too. Located in South City Centre, this attraction is easily accessible and free to visit.

Health and Fitness After all the partying, and Guinness, you may be feeling as though it's time to take care of your body again! There are plenty of health and fitness clubs in Dublin that have special offers for the students of their local universities and colleges. Depending on your budget and how you're funding your university life there are several options, including; 1escape, The Spencer Hotel health club and SV Fitness. Make sure you show your NUS card in order to make the most of their student deals.

These are just some of the best attractions and things to see in Dublin, but don't forget that the whole city comes alive for St. Patrick's Festival, in March. This is one event you don't want to miss out on, as a student of Dublin universities.

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