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University College Dublin

Originally founded in 1854 as part of the Catholic University of Ireland, then reformed in 1880 and declared a university in its own right in 1908, University College Dublin is one of the Republic of Ireland’s oldest and most prestigious education institutions.

The university quickly established a reputation for attracting the best students and faculty in the country, including Fr. Gerald Manley Hopkins and writer James Joyce, becoming one of the most well-respected centres of learning in Europe.

By the 1940s, University College Dublin had outgrown its existing site in the city centre and a move to a new site at Bellfield was proposed. The new campus was located two and a half miles south of the city. Its design incorporated existing Georgian structures along with notable modern buildings, including the iconic water tower.

Today, University College Dublin plays a big part in city life, being home to around 30,000 students and 1,300 staff who add a huge amount to the social, artistic and sporting life of Dublin. Any visitor to the city should pay a visit to the campus and surrounding student areas, where they’ll discover a vibrant, fun and energetic scene.

Particular highlights include the Newman House building at St. Stephen’s Green and The Gardens behind Earlsford Terrace. Former University College Dublin buildings in the city centre have also become home to various government facilities, with one even being home to the Taoiseach (Irish prime minister) Department.


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Montrose - Campus Accomodation
Montrose - Campus Accomodation

Montrose - Campus Accomodation

Stillorgan Road, Dublin
     
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    Situated in Dublin, this hostel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from University College Dublin and within 3 miles (5 km) of Aviva Stadium and Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. St. Stephen's Green and National Gallery of Ireland at Merrion Square are also within 3 miles (5 km).

    Radisson Blu St. Helen's Hotel £129
    Radisson Blu St. Helen's Hotel

    Radisson Blu St. Helen's Hotel

    Stillorgan Road, Dublin
       
      4.3
      of 5, from 1,124 reviews
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      Situated in the suburbs, this luxury hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from University College Dublin and within 3 miles (5 km) of Aviva Stadium and Royal Dublin Society. Dublin Bay and British Embassy Dublin are also within 3 miles (5 km).

      Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge £77
      Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge

      Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge

      Merrion Road, Dublin
         
        4.1
        of 5, from 1,589 reviews
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        Located in Ballsbridge, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Royal Dublin Society and British Embassy Dublin.

        Broc House Suites
        Broc House Suites

        Broc House Suites

        53 Nutley Lane, Dublin
           
          4.5
          of 5, from 49 reviews
          3.5 out of 5.0

          Situated in Dublin, this apartment is close to Elm Park Golf and Sports Club, British Embassy Dublin and University College Dublin. Also nearby are Sandymount Beach and Aviva Stadium.

          Talbot Hotel Stillorgan
          Talbot Hotel Stillorgan

          Talbot Hotel Stillorgan

          Stillorgan Road, Dublin
             
            4.1
            of 5, from 848 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Situated in the business district, this romantic hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Dublin Bay and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Royal Dublin Society. University College Dublin and Beacon Hospital are also within 2 miles (3 km).

            Tara Towers Hotel
            Tara Towers Hotel

            Tara Towers Hotel

            4 Merrion Road, Dublin
               
              3.6
              of 5, from 623 reviews
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in a regional park, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Dublin Bay and within 3 miles (5 km) of Aviva Stadium and 3Arena. Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and National Gallery of Ireland at Merrion Square are also within 3 miles (5 km).

              Luxury Apartment With Parking Excellent Transport Links to Dublin
              Luxury Apartment With Parking Excellent Transport Links to Dublin

              Luxury Apartment With Parking Excellent Transport Links to Dublin

              , Dublin
                 
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                Situated in Dublin, this apartment is within 1 mi (2 km) of British Embassy Dublin and Royal Dublin Society. Aviva Stadium and Bord Gáis Energy Theatre are also within 3 miles (5 km).

                Large 5 Bedroom House
                Large 5 Bedroom House

                Large 5 Bedroom House

                52 Mulvey Park, Dublin 14
                   
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                  Situated in Dublin, this property is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from University College Dublin and within 3 miles (5 km) of Aviva Stadium and Royal Dublin Society. St. Luke's Hospital and British Embassy Dublin are also within 3 miles (5 km).