When You Arrive

What to do when you arrive in Ireland


Student Walking Down a Stairs

Make sure you check the International Office orientation page for updates on welcome activities.


DCU is located between Dublin Airport and Dublin City Centre and is easily accessible to both. 


This is the easiest way to get to DCU from Dublin Airport. It costs about €20 to get to DCU or the surrounding area or about €30 to the city centre, depending on the number of people and bags. 


You can take a bus from the airport, but it’s a 10-15 walk from that bus stop to the DCU Glasnevin Campus. The 16 or 41 bus from the airport stops directly at the St Patrick’s and All Hallows Campuses. You’ll need €2-€4 in coins or a LEAP card to pay for the bus and no change is given.


Students staying for two semesters or more must open an Irish bank account. It’s best to do this during your first two weeks in Ireland as you may need it for some immigration processes. You may also have to pay your rent from an Irish bank account. Online banking is available.

The nearest banks to DCU are:

Allied Irish Bank, Swords Road,  Santry, Dublin 9, D09 DH56

Bank of Ireland, 112 Mobhi Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9, D09 E062

Permanent TSB130 Drumcondra Road Lower, Dublin 9, D09 TY86

You can go to any bank branch to open your account, or apply online. You will need to provide your passport, your DCU ID card and an International Student Confirmation letter from DCU. Request your letter here


Citizens from EU/EEA, Switzerland and the UK

It is not necessary to register with the immigration authorities.

All Other Students (including non-EU Students who did not need a visa to enter Ireland)

All non-Irish nationals who are not citizens of the EU, EEA (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), Switzerland or the UK must register in person with Immigration Service Delivery (ISD) (formerly the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, or 'INIS'). You must be a fully registered student of DCU to register with ISD. You must register within the time limit which was stamped on your passport when you arrived at Dublin Airport. ISD will issue you with an Irish Residence Permit/IRP (formerly GNIB card). This gives you permission to remain in the State. The fee for this card is €300 and must be paid by credit card, debit card, or bank giro. This fee cannot be paid by cash.


Before arriving at the ISD offices, you MUST book an appointment online. Appointments can be made up to 10 weeks in advance. If you are from a non-EU country and you did not need a visa to enter Ireland you are still required to register with ISD (e.g. US, Japanese and Malaysian citizens).


Here's the Registration Process:

  • Log on to burghquayregistrationoffice.inis.gov.ie
  • Click on “Make Appointment” and select your preferred date and time. Please note that you can make an appointment up to 10 weeks in advance.
  • Confirm your appointment and print your appointment confirmation
  • Request your International Student Confirmation letter from the International Office. Request this letter no more than seven days before your appointment date (see below)
  • Attend your appointment, ensuring that you take the full set of required documentation with you (see below)


You must arrive to your appointment at the exact time you have booked. If you cannot attend please cancel your appointment and make a new one. This is important to do as someone else can take your appointment slot. You must bring all required documents with you to your appointment or your ISD registration will not be processed


Immigration Service Delivery (ISD) (formerly the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service or 'INIS') is located on 13/14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2. Please see https://www.irishimmigration.ie/contact-immigration-service-delivery/ for location and contact information (Registration in Dublin):


Documentation Required

  • International Student Confirmation letter - Once you have a confirmed ISD appointment, you must request a registration letter from DCU. Please don’t request your letter more than a week before your appointment with ISD. Request your letter here.
  • Your valid passport
  • Your DCU offer letter
  • Your DCU student card
  • Evidence of private health insurance
  • Evidence of financial support; e.g. current statement from your Irish bank account showing your name and balance of at least €3000*, or a letter from your sponsoring body confirming financial status. (If you did not need a visa to come to Ireland, you must also prove that you can support yourself financially after you arrive. You do this by showing you have direct access to €3,000, if you are staying for more than 6 months, €500 per month or €3,000 (in total) if you are staying 6 months or less)
  • €300 fee (must be paid by credit card, debit card or bank giro. No cash accepted)
  • Evidence of your appointment with ISD

*Single semester students must have €500 for each month of their stay in Ireland. They are not required to open an Irish bank account.


Renewal of Irish Residence Permit/IRP (formerly GNIB card)

If you have been studying in Ireland for the past academic year you must re-new your Irish Residence Permit/IRP (formerly GNIB card). The renewal fee is €300. Please see here for information on the renewal process and ensure that you take with you all requirement documents.


General Health Advice for International Students

If you are managing a mental health condition or a long-term illness such as diabetes, ADHD or epilepsy:

  • please disclose this to DCU Student Health Services 
  • you are advised to apply for a PPSN, which entitles you to access to a range of services and commonly-used medications for free or at a significantly reduced price.
  • bring prescription medication for your condition (along with a letter from your doctor explaining your prescription) as medications approved for use in your country may not be available here.

In addition, international students are strongly recommended to arrange for MMR, Meningitis C and Covid 19 vaccines prior to arrival in Ireland.

Health Services on Campus

The DCU Student Health Service is based in two locations at DCU - in the Henry Grattan Building on Glasnevin Campus and room A104 on St Patrick’s Campus. It is a Nurse-led service which provides on-campus primary healthcare. It takes care of the physical, psychological and social aspects of student health and health promotion. DCU’s Healthy Living Centre, located on the Glasnevin Campus, provides a range of healthcare services to students including General Practitioner (GP) services.

The Healthy Living Centre offers reduced rates for students. For more information or to book an appointment please visit: www.hlc.dcu.ie There is a pharmacy on Glasnevin campus. Other Health Services The on-campus health services do not provide full 24-hour cover and students are advised to register with a general practitioner (GP) on arrival in Ireland.

Register with a GP

Students are advised to register with a general practitioner (GP) on arrival in Ireland. There are several GPs located in the local area. Unless you have European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), visits to a general practitioner off campus costs in the region of €50.

If you require the services of a GP out of normal surgery times (i.e. at night) you should contact North Doc Tel. 1850 22 44 77 (northdoc.ie). They will provide you with advice over the phone and may arrange an appointment at a medical centre. There is a fee for this service.

In the event of a medical emergency or accident you should go to an Accident & Emergency (A&E) department of a hospital. The closest hospitals to DCU are Beaumont Hospital and Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown. You can call an ambulance by calling 112.


You can work in paid employment while you are studying in Ireland. Remember that university study, especially at postgraduate level, is intensive and you may have little time to work, especially before and during the exam period.

If you are from the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you don’t need a work permit. 

  • If you are from outside the EEA and have a valid immigration stamp 2, you can work:
  • Up to 20 hours per week during term time
  • Up to 40 hours a week during June, July, August and September and from 15 December to 15 January 

Apply for a PPS Number 

To work in Ireland, you must have a Personal Public Service (PPS) number. Find out to apply for a PPS here.

To be approved for a PPS, you need a PPS letter from DCU. We’ll post this letter to your address in Ireland and it will be your proof of residency here. Request your PPS letter here.


Student Support at DCU

DCU is committed to offering a safe and supportive learning and social environment for our students. The DCU Student Support & Development Office is made up of a number of different units or offices offering different services across our campuses. These services include a Careers Service, Counselling and Personal Development, Disability Support and Learning Support. If you are not sure which unit can best assist you with whatever query you have, simply contact the central student support services line in DCU Glasnevin Campus at Tel (01) 700 7165 or email student.support@dcu.ie or on the DCU St Patrick’s Campus at (01) 884 2004 or email spdstudent.support@dcu.ie.

Get Involved!

One of the best ways to settle in to life on campus is to get involved with your DCU Students’ Union. The SU offers over 100 clubs and societies for students to join which is a great way to make new friends, play the sports you love and maybe take up a new interest. There are also several clubs connected to our International student body include the Chinese Society, Indian Society, International Erasmus Student Network and the Intercultural Society.



Stay safe on campus with the SafeZone app for DCU students and staff that offers aid in emergency or high-risk situations or if first aid is needed 

Journey Planner (TFI)

Plan your journey on public transport with the Transport for |Ireland (TFI) Journey Planner app. This app covers all of Ireland.

Dublin Bus 

Find real-time travel information as well as routes and timetables on the Dublin Bus app

Visit Dublin

Dublin in your pocket! The Dublin Discovery Trails app from Visit Dublin will bring you on a series of free self-guided walking trails. 

Discover Ireland

Find out what's on, where to go, and how to get there with the Discover Ireland website. 


Get listings for every cinema in Ireland, along with music, clubbing, theatre and comedy on the entertainment.ie website

Lovin Dublin

Find the best events, hidden gems and free things to do in Dublin on the Lovin' Dublin website