The A-Z Guide to DCU for Postgraduate Students

  Student Support & Development, DCU, Dublin 9.

Tel: 01 700 7165





Academic Calendar Academic Support Academic Regulations
Academic Regulations Academic Transcripts Accommodation
Advice for Students Alcohol Policy Alumni
Appeals Arts Bursary Audio Visual Service


Banking Bar Bookshop
Building Signage    


Careers Service Childcare Clubs & Societies
Code of Conduct Complaints Procedure Computer Access
Consultation Days Cost Of Living Counselling


DCU Rules & Regulations Deferral of Exams or Modules Deferral of Year
Disability & Learning Support Service Disciplinary Committee Drugs


Email Access English Language Support Equality Office
Extenuating Circumstances    


Fees Finance at University Food


Health & Safety on Campus Health Service  


Insurance Inter Faith Centre International Office


Library Lockers  


Maths Learning Centre Mature Student Support Mental Health


Office of Student Life    


Parking Pharmacy Photocopying/Printing
Plagiarism Police Portal Pages
Programme Chairperson Programming Support Helpdesk Postponement of Examinations 


Registry Registration Repeating
Room Bookings    


Security on Campus Spar Convenience Store Sports Development Service
Sport Scholarships Sports Academy Sports Facilities - DCU Sport
Student Advice Centre Student Card Student Charter
Student Support & Development Students’ Union  


The Helix/The Hub/The Street Transport in Dublin  











Academic Calendar

DCU is semesterised, which means that we have two semesters, each one made up of 12 teaching weeks. Semester One takes place from September to January (including exams) and Semester Two takes place from February to May (including exams). A full overview of lecture dates, holidays, exams, dates of results etc. can be found at:



Make sure to look at this carefully, especially if you are coming from abroad or planning any mid-year breaks.


Academic Support

There are many supports available to students at DCU.  Make sure to check out the timetable of workshops on throughout the year or browse the self-help portal.  


Academic & Study Skills Resources

If you are returning to education after some time or are coming directly from school, it may take a while to feel comfortable in your new learning environment. To help with this transition, DCU provides advice, online resources and workshops to enhance your learning.


Student Learning website

Helps you develop the academic skills required to be successful in university. The development of these core skills will benefit you during your time at DCU and in your future career. Topics include:


Learning at DCU

Helps you to make the transition to learning at DCU; to think about what is different about learning at third-level, how to negotiate these differences successfully. This section also provides information about learning preferences.  


Assess Your Learning Style

Research has shown that the more we become aware of our own learning styles, the better we learn. Take the learning style questionnaire to find out how to study more effectively.


Study Skills

Covers a wide range of online study skills resources. You can work through the material at your own pace. Resources include note-taking; reading; writing; time management; group work; presentation skills; assessments, examinations, and lots more.


Academic & Study Skills Workshops

Our workshops take place to help you manage your learning and to develop your study skills. They are friendly, interactive and informative, and are scheduled during semester time. Workshops include:

  • Note-Taking in Lectures
  • Introduction to Reading Techniques
  • Academic Writing
  • Group Work
  • Time Management
  • Beating Procrastination
  • Presentation Skills
  • Exam Revision Strategies





Academic Regulations

You will have many different types of assessments to take and assignments to write throughout the year, however it is important that you understand the rules and guidelines. You will have exams and assignments during each semester and at the end of the year, therefore you need to be familiar with words like ‘plagiarism’ which is a form of copying, ‘citing and referencing’, ‘marks and standards’, etc.  A full overview of the Rules and Regulations relating to examinations and assessments can be found at and frequently asked questions regarding ‘Marks & Standards’ can be found at


Academic Transcripts

Academic Transcripts are official copies of your exam results for the year. Exam

results are published online after the relevant meetings of Progression & Awards Boards in Spring, Summer and Autumn. The results will remain online for 1 month. Students receive a full academic transcript of results from both semesters at the end of the academic year. Official copies of transcripts can be obtained on the student’s request only from Registry by completing the R23 form on the Registry website. Costs involved are €7 for one academic year and €15 for an entire degree programme.




Accommodation on Campus

DCU offers postgraduate students top quality accommodation in the heart of the campus.  12 month and 9 month leases are available.


For further information contact:

Campus Residences Limited

tel: +353 1 7005736

tel: +353 1 7005777




Off Campus

Students recommend the following websites for private accommodation:







Advice for Students

Should you need any advice throughout the year, there are many points of contact in DCU. The Student Advice Centre is located on the ground floor of the Henry Grattan Building and staff there can answer any queries you may have in relation to the student support services at DCU. They can also point you in the right direction if you have any other queries relating to your studies at DCU. This is a good place to start if you have a range of questions and are unsure whom you should be speaking to.

The Students’ Union is elected by the student body and based in ‘The Hub’. The SU sabbaticals can listen to any concerns or queries you may have during your time at university.

Finally, The Registry can deal with any academic queries you may have in relation to registration, exams, appeals, etc.


Student Advice Centre – 01 700 7165 (

Students’ Union – 01 700 5392

Registry – 01 700 5338 (


Alcohol Policy

DCU recognises the place of moderate alcohol consumption and considers it important to support an environment which promotes a sensible attitude to the consumption of alcohol by students.  The University also recognises the potential of alcohol abuse to adversely affect students’ well-being, academic achievement and lifestyle.  This policy adheres to the guidelines contained in the National Alcohol Policy (1996) and was formulated and adopted by DCU in 2011. The abuse of alcohol

respects no boundary of gender, status and occupation and the policy applies equally to all students without discrimination.

For more information - go to: web:




Your relationship with DCU doesn’t end when you graduate. DCU Alumni is your Alumni Association, which helps graduates keep in touch with each other and be a part of the DCU community. DCU is a leading Irish University that represents excellence, vibrancy, learning and knowledge. As a graduate, you will take this with you on your chosen path. The Alumni Office is committed to giving graduates an opportunity to learn, share and collaborate, as well as providing professional and social networks.  Alumni members also have free access to the DCU Library.


As a member of a body of over 30,000 graduates, you will have an opportunity to get involved in Alumni events and Chapters across the globe, special interest Chapters (e.g. Soccer Alumni Chapter) and Corporate Chapters. Stay connected - don’t wait until your 10 or 20 year reunion!


tel: 01 700 8686/89






Following receipt of results for either examinations or a piece of assessment, you may have grounds to appeal the result. There are specified grounds only on which an appeal may be based. Please check the R31 form for these grounds. The form can be obtained from The Registry which is located in the ‘The Street’ area of the Henry Grattan Building or at the following web address:




This form also provides detailed information on the Appeals procedure and rules and regulations attached to this procedure. Appeals must be lodged within 10 days of publication of online results. Please note you may only appeal final results.  Provisional results cannot be appealed until they are finalised by the programme board unless the lack of an opportunity to appeal prevents a student from making a

decision whether or not to repeat an examination at the next sitting. There is an administrative fee of €100 to lodge an appeal. If your Appeal is successful this will be refunded. Forms are also available from the Student Advice Centre in the Henry Grattan Building.



Arts Bursary

The Arts Bursary Award was launched in 2009/2010 and is funded by DCU’s Educational Trust and the Office of Student Life. The aim of the Arts Bursary is to

promote excellence in cultural activities at Dublin City University through the award

of bursaries to selected students. The awards are given to assist and encourage those students who represent DCU with distinction at national and international level in performance, or produce work at a level the panel considers as being the equivalent.

The Arts Bursary will help individuals who aspire towards high levels of achievements and encourage present and future students to identify DCU as an institution promoting excellence in academic and cultural activities.


For more information on the Arts Bursary or to download an Application

Form, go to: email:



Audio Visual Service

The Audio Visual Service has a broad range of services available to staff and students, including booking audio visual equipment, recycling cartridges, telephone and video conferencing. The Audio Visual Service is part of ISS and is located in the ISS Building opposite the main student restaurant. Make sure to give at least a week’s notice to ensure the equipment you need is available.

For assistance contact:

ISS Service Desk: 01 700 5007







The campus banking services are provided by AIB Bank. The branch is situated in ‘The Street’ area of the Henry Grattan Building opposite The Registry.  You can avail of a wide range of banking services and the branch specialises in looking after student accounts.  The campus bank is open each week day at the following times:

10.00am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-4.00pm

Wednesday: 10.30am Opening

AIB staff will be available during the above hours to assist you to open a student

account, should you wish to do so.


tel: +353 1 700 8340 (Direct line)

tel: +353 1 700 5140

fax: +353 1 836 0050


ATM machines can be found in SPAR, on the ground floor of ‘The Hub’ and at

the back entrance to the Henry Grattan Building (opposite the student restaurant).



The NuBar is located in the heart of the HUB (the DCU Student Centre) The Nubar houses fun and friendly staff and a lively events programme. At the NuBar, they like to have a good time and want you to join in! The NuBar offers a wide range of hot and cold drinks and a great affordable food menu. There are two pool tables and a beer garden where they have BBQs when the weather is nice. There are also plasma screens spread throughout the venue where you can watch the latest sporting fixtures in style. The NuBar is the perfect place to chill out from your studies, watch a match, catch up with your mates and throw a class party, there’s always a good vibe and the food is really great!  Strictly 18’s & Over.



The campus bookshop, operated by Hodges Figgis is situated in The Hub.  During term time, the bookshop is open each day but the hours vary according to the time of year.  In addition to the normal range of essential recommended textbooks and general background reading, the bookshop also sells a wide range of course materials produced by DCU academic staff.


Opening Hours:

Monday – Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm (During semester)

Tuesday 9.00am - 7.00pm

(Times may vary out of semester)

tel: 01 700 5169







Building Signage

All DCU buildings are referenced by a letter, e.g. A, B, C, D, etc… Room numbers

are referenced by using the building letter, floor level and then room number. For example, Room CG35 is in the Henry Grattan Building (C), Ground Floor (G), Room No. 35 (35). 

School Buildings

C Henry Grattan, Communications, Law & Government, Humanities, Languages,

H Nursing

L Computing

N Physical Sciences

Q Business School

S Research & Engineering

X Chemical Science, Biotechnology, Mathematical Sciences

A map of the University can be found at: web:






Careers Service

DCU Careers Service enables current students and recent graduates to proactively manage their careers. This allows you to set realistic goals, develop employability skills and make informed career decisions.  The following services are an example of

what is offered to students in the areas of careers education, information, advice and guidance.


• Workshops/Integrated classroom work on topics such as career planning, options with your degree and employability skills and attributes.

• Sessions on developing effective CVs, application forms, cover letters and interview skills for internships, work experience and graduate recruitment opportunities.

• The ‘Visiting Employer Programme’, which allows employers to meet with students to promote their internships and graduate recruitment opportunities.

• Career fairs and events.

• Psychometric tests help you discover more about your learning styles, abilities/traits and how these relate to your career ideas.

• User-friendly web site, podcasts and dedicated career resources on Moodle.

• Online job search system for fulltime, part-time and summer work.

• 1:1 appointment – make an appointment via your student portal page.

• Networking opportunities via the Mentoring Programmes.


tel: 01 700 5163



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Childcare is provided by a private company on campus at the Magic Days Crèche, which is located at the back of Car Park 2. The crèche provides a day-care service for the infants and young children of students and staff. It is recommended that you register your child early, due to high demand. A crèche subsidy may be obtained through the Student Financial Assistance Fund (see ‘F’ for Finance at University) but is means tested and is not guaranteed. The cost for Babies and Wobblers is €205 per week and for Toddlers and Montessori is €190 per week.


For more information contact:

Paula or Sharon: 01 700 5200



Off Campus Childcare Nearby

Cocoon Childcare

tel: 01 419 9999



Clubs & Societies

There are over 100 Clubs & Societies in DCU that cater for all kinds of interests, hobbies and passions. You can even set up your own! From developing existing skills to trying something completely new, joining a DCU Club or Soc is one of the best things you can do in college. Club & Society Life gives you a welcome break from your academic studies and can give you a real boost to your future career. Getting involved in DCU Clubs and Societies will boost your social life and help you make lifelong friends as well as creating memories to treasure for life.


There is also a Clubs & Societies area upstairs in ‘The Hub’ for student committees to organise their daily activities. You can join up for only €4 during the Clubs & Societies Days which takes place during Week 2. If you are interested in setting up a club or society or need further information please contact the following:


Sports Development Officer

tel: 01 700 5811




Clubs & Societies Student Officer


Clubs & Societies Finance Officer



Code of Conduct

The aim of the Code of Conduct and Code of Discipline is to ensure that a suitable

academic environment is maintained in the University at all times. The code outlines what the University accepts as ‘reasonable behaviour and consideration’ for others and endeavours to lay down guidelines which will form the foundations of a good academic community.  For detailed information on the Code of Conduct & Code of Discipline within DCU, go to:



Complaints Procedure

Should you encounter difficulties during your academic studies at DCU, you are

advised to follow the official Student Complaints Procedure to deal with this in

an appropriate manner.

Full details can be found at:



Information about all Student Policies and Procedures can be found at:    



Computer Access

Computer Access is one of the first things you will need when you start in DCU. When you register, you will receive a document with your DCU student username and password. This will allow you to log into DCU Apps, Moodle, the wireless network (eduroam) the portal page and computers on campus. Information Systems & Services (ISS) are responsible for PC labs located across campus for all students to use. Some

labs have restricted access in which your account will not work if you are not part of that school e.g. the Computer Applications building facilities are only for Computing and Maths students to use. It is very important that you do not save any of your work to computers in the lab as local documents are erased on restart. Always backup your work to an external device, your network space (H-Drive) or upload it to your DCU Apps account. This will allow you to open files from other computers.


There is also wireless internet access in most buildings across campus, e.g. The Library, The Henry Grattan Building and the Student Restaurant.  Wireless Information: web:


ISS also look after computer accounts, passwords, printing, network space, email,

Internet, PC and account maintenance, portal pages and PC software.


The ISS Service Desks

These desks are staffed by experts who are there to help you with IT related issues. There are two service desks.  One is located on the ground floor of the Library and the other is the main ISS office (Henry Grattan Extension) near the main restaurant.  Possible reasons why you would contact the ISS Service Desk:

• Problems with the computer you are using

• Learn how to print, scan, or photocopy on campus

• No paper in the printer

• You have forgotten your username or password

• Problems using a software package

tel: 01 700 5007 (call 5007 free from an internal phone in the labs or corridors)




Opening Hours:


8.30am - 5.30pm


Library - Term Time Only

8.30am - 8.00pm Monday - Friday

12noon - 3.00pm Saturday


Consultation Days

In DCU, consultation days are available after each round of exam results. This allows students to receive feedback on their exams or assignments. You may have failed or received a grade you were not expecting, and seeking feedback will be very beneficial. This allows you to see how your marks were allocated and better understand how to improve your academic performance. You need to contact the lecturer of your module or your Chairperson to arrange a meeting for a consultation for exam feedback.  Please be aware consultation days are set in advance, so take note of the dates from the Academic Calendar at You may not be able to access feedback outside of these dates.  If you are unsure who your Chairperson is, contact the Student Advice Centre at and they will be able to advise you. Your Chairperson or the Student Advice Centre will also be able to advise you if you are unhappy with your exam results or find you are struggling or unhappy with your programme.


Cost of Living

The figures below are based on a 32 week academic year, (8 months) but bear in mind the additional cost of:


1. Travelling & staying over to search for accommodation prior to college commencing

2. Staying longer to complete exams or assignments


Monthly Cost of Living Away from Home

Books/Printing/Photocopying                                        €70

Accommodation                                               Single €379  Double €470

Light/Heat/Power/Bins                                      €62

Food (On and Off Campus)                                          €200

Clothes, laundry, etc…                                                 €30

Internet/Phone                                                              €50

Local Travel (Bus)                                                        €86

Extra-curricular activities, other travel, misc.                  €120

Total Single                                                                  €968

Total Double                                                                €1,068

Total for 8 mths                                                          €7,744 - €8,544


Monthly Cost of Living at Home

Books/Printing/Photocopying                                        €70

Costs for food, bills at home, clothes                             €40

Food on Campus                                                          €140

Internet/Phone                                                              €30

Travel   (Bus Monthly)                                                  €86

Extra-curricular activities, other travel, misc.      €120

Total per month                                                            €486

Total for 8 months                                                      €3,888


For financial and budgeting advice – go to or email


Counselling & Personal Development

The Counselling and Personal Development Service is a professional and confidential  service, which is available to all registered undergraduate and postgraduate DCU students free of charge.  The service is staffed by counselling psychologists/psychotherapists and psychotherapists at an advanced stage in their training. They offer one-to -one counselling, expert support and input when in a crisis and  specialist help on a wide range of personal growth, psychological health and developmental issues. The service aims to address personal, family, social and psychological issues that hinder a student’s academic performance. This is done in a non-judgmental and open manner.  Your counsellor will work with you to develop more effective response to difficulties, to inform decision making, enable problem solving and enhance self awareness. The challenges facing a student, which can be addressed by counselling, range from academic to personal.


For example:

  • Self Confidence/Self Esteem
  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Family Difficulties
  • Parent Separation
  • Bereavement
  • Bullying
  • Body Image & Appearance
  • Depression
  • Substance Abuse
  • Panic Attacks
  • Sexuality & Sexual Identity
  • Post Traumatic Stress
  • Emotional Physical and/or Sexual Abuse
  • Eating Disorders
  • Self Harm
  • Suicidal thoughts/planning etc


We advise if you have a difficulty, don’t sit on it, do something about it sooner rather than later……. take that step and make that call or send an email for an appointment.

To make an appointment contact Marie McNamara at the Counselling and Personal Development Reception Desk:

room: CG72

tel: 700 5165







DCU Rules & Regulations

The DCU Rules & Regulations Guide contains detailed information and guidance

on all aspects of university life. As a student of DCU, you are obliged to follow

these regulations. It is important to note that ignorance of the Rules & Regulations

of the University is not accepted as an excuse for or defence of misconduct.




Deferral of Year

For a variety of unexpected reasons, you may find yourself in a position that you

are unable to carry out your studies in any given academic year and may wish to ‘postpone’ the year and re-commence the following September.  In order to defer an academic year, you need to complete form R32 which can be obtained from The Registry or the Student Advice Centre in the Henry Grattan Building.  All sections must be completed and submitted to The Registry prior to the start of the academic year (check with The Registry for confirmation of dates).

The cost of deferring the year is outlined in the schedule of fees and charges on the student fees website.

For more information: web:


Disability & Learning Support Service

DCU offers a range of services and supports for all students with a disability,

specific learning difficulty or long term medical condition. This service is coordinated

by the Disability & Learning Support Service. While the support available is based on individual needs, they may include some of the following:

• Educational needs assessment

• Study related financial support

• Learning support service

• Individual tutor support

• Free screening service to identify a specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia

• Assistive technology and alternative format service

• Examination support


If you think you may need access to some of the above support services, please

do not hesitate to contact the Disability Officer to discuss your options. An initial

consultation will take approximately 45 minutes and you will need to bring along

supporting medical documentation.  If you need assistance, drop in or call to arrange an appointment. For more information:

tel: 01 700 5927

fax: 01 700 8661





Disciplinary Committee

The University strives to maintain the highest academic and social standards and expects students and staff to be treated with respect at all times.  Students who are in breach of any of the regulations may be asked to present themselves to the University Disciplinary Committee. This Committee will decide on an appropriate course of action after hearing the events as outlined by both the offender and prosecutor. Some

examples of a student breaching the regulations include drinking on campus, plagiarism, cheating in exams and disorderly conduct on campus.



Students of DCU should be aware that possession of drugs (intent for personal

use or intent to supply) is illegal in Ireland.  Heavy penalties apply for drug offences.  DCU has a clear ‘no drugs’ policy and offenders will be prosecuted.


For more information: web:




Email Access

All students can access their email through DCU Apps. DCU Apps is DCU’s

installation of Google Apps for Education, a suite of online software applications

that Google offers to educational institutions and non-profit organisations. The email account is 25GB in size, allowing you to store huge amounts of mail and files using the Docs Upload facility. You can access it at the following address:



Click DCU Apps login and enter your username and password that was given to you at registration. Your username is in the form bloggsj4. For continuing students your username and password will be the same as last year.

You can find help & advice on DCU Apps at this address:



English Language Support 

DCU Language Services provides classes for DCU students on an individual or group basis at discount rates during the year.  For more details go to: web:



Equality Office

DCU is committed to providing a safe and open environment in which to study and,

with your help, ensures that bullying or discrimination of any kind does not occur.

In DCU, the Equality Office provides all relevant information regarding the Policy on Dignity & Respect, the Policy on Disability Employment, the Code of Conduct for use of I.T., the Equality and Access Policy and the Student Complaint Procedure.

The Director of the Equality Office is Paul Smith. Paul’s role is to ensure that all students can study at DCU without regard to their age, gender, disability, race, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, or status as a member of the Traveller community. If you feel that you or a friend’s equal rights are or have been affected, please do not hesitate to contact this office to discuss the situation in confidence.  In the event that you feel you would like to make a complaint about any aspect of your student experience in DCU, Paul can provide impartial advice on the appropriate way of doing this using the Student Complaint Procedure.

tel: 01 700 6300




Extenuating Circumstances

During your time at DCU, your academic performance may be adversely affected

by illness (physical or psychological), accident, bereavement or other personal

circumstances.  The University may be able to take this into consideration when assessing your overall performance during the academic year. You need to complete form R30, which can be obtained directly from The Registry Information Point.

A copy of the completed form should be returned to The Registry and to your

Programme Chairperson.  These forms should be submitted as soon as possible but in advance of the Progression & Awards Boards to ensure that they are taken into account before your results are confirmed. See Academic Calendar for exact dates at: .  Please be reassured that whatever you may be going through, there is support within the University through Student Support & Development, the Students’ Union, your Personal Tutor, Year Head or chairperson. You can expect your lecturers to be sympathetic and to take all reasonable measures to accommodate your needs. All matters discussed are treated in the strictest confidence.


Extenuating Circumstances Form:




All matters relating to programme fees are dealt with by the Finance Office. Staff

can be contacted by email, telephone or on a drop-in basis. The Finance Office is based on the ground floor of the Administration Building and can be accessed from the Business School. An online payment facility is available to continuing students

to pay their fees. Visa and Master Cards are accepted as well as Laser Cards.  Continuing students can use this facility by logging on to the portal page:



Students entering the first year of study in postgraduate programmes, will receive detailed payment instructions in the offer letter from the University.  Students eligible for EU fees must have at least 60% of their registration fee paid prior to registration. The second installment (if applicable) is due by18th January 2013.

For more details, contact

the Fees Office at:

tel: 01 700 8836




Finance at University 

University can be an expensive time in life, as you will not be working full-time

and will have to rely on other means to survive. Many students will receive some or all of their income through their guardians or partners, however, in cases where there is a shortfall in your income; there are a variety of ways of bridging that gap. A

part-time job is the first option for most students. Student Support & Development administers a Financial Assistance Fund for students who find themselves suddenly unable to cope financially. Call into the Student Advice Centre for advice on this fund.


 “The Third Level Access activity is funded by the Irish Government and part funded by the European Social Fund under the Human Capital Investment Operational Programme 2007-2013”


For more information go to:





For Daily Menus and up to the minute information on food on campus, visit:





Opening Hours: Monday - Thursday: 8.30am – 6.30pm

Friday: 8.30am - 3.30pm

Saturday: 9.30am - 12.30pm

Location: 2nd floor Business School


ER Restaurant


Opening Hours: Monday - Friday: 8.30am - 4.00pm

Location: Ground floor of The Nursing Building


Invent Café


Opening Hours:

Monday - Friday: 9.30am-2.30pm

Location: Ground Floor of the Invent Building.


Main Restaurant

Opening Hours:

Monday - Friday: 8.00am - 4.00pm and Starbucks until 4.30pm

Location: Opposite the Henry Grattan Entrance


Zero One Café


Opening Hours: Monday - Thursday: 10.00am - 8.00pm

Friday: 10:00am - 4.00pm

Saturday: 10:00am - 4.00pm

Location: The basement level of the Library


ZEST Juice Bar


Opening Hours: Monday - Friday: 8.30am - 8.00pm

Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 4.00pm

Location: Foyer of the Sports Club and Accommodation.


The Helix Café


Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm

Location: The Helix


Health & Safety on Campus

It is important that while you are on campus that you cooperate with the Security and Fire Warden Teams if an alarm sounds.  In addition, you need to let the Health & Safety Office know if you have an accident on campus or if you have any particular safety concerns. First Aid assistance is available in all of the campus buildings – look out for notices in the building foyer.


Health & Safety Officer: Eileen Tully

tel: 01 7008896




Health Service

The Student Health Service aims to provide students with quality primary health care and education about healthy lifestyles. This is delivered in a caring, compassionate and confidential manner. The Student Health Service serves to assist students in the pursuit of their academic goals through enhancing their physical well-being. A detailed list of charges can be found at:    

Doctors’ Clinics

The Health Service provide students with a GP medical service during the academic

year. This service is an ‘addition’ to the student’s own family doctor or specialist

medical services and not a replacement.

Nurses Consultations

The nurses in the Health Service operate a walk-in service during opening hours. The

Nurse will assess any student presenting with any urgent problem and refer on to the doctor, if necessary.  Opening Hours of the Health Centre can be found on the door and vary according to the time of the year in or out of semester.

Opening Hours during Semester:

Monday - Thursday

9.30am - 12.30pm

2.00pm - 5.00pm



1. Medical attention to all students who feel unwell or become ill on campus.

2. A call-out service is available for emergencies occurring on campus.  This is only available during normal office hours – security (5999) or an ambulance should be called during out-of-hours or for emergencies.

3. Advice and support on any health or personal matter.

4. Wound dressing, ear syringing, vaccinations etc...

5. Referral, on request or where deemed appropriate to a Counsellor or other support bodies.

6. Contraception/Family Planning advice.

7. Sports injury referrals.

8. Health promotion & encouragement of a healthy lifestyle.

9. Forms and advice on medical cards and entitlements.

10. Health Information on alcohol, S.T.I.s, mental health and diet/exercise.


Urgent Appointments

If the problem is urgent, please call to the Health Centre before 10am or request

to speak to the nurse on the phone.  Urgent problems will be given priority by the doctors. Should you need immediate medical attention by a nurse on campus during normal office hours, please dial 700 6999.


Out-of-hours emergencies should be reported directly to Security at 700 5999 or, if necessary, phone an Ambulance at 999/112.


Contact Us: Henry Grattan Building

room: CG 13

tel: 01 700 5143/5766

fax: 01 700 5880




As a DCU student you are covered free of charge by Accidental Bodily Injury

Insurance. This cover is worldwide and applies three hundred and sixty five days

a year, irrespective of whether you are involved in a University activity or not.

Further information can be found at: web:

As with any scheme, there are some provisos and full details should be sought from the Finance Office before presuming the cover is adequate for your needs. Insurance cover for part-time and Erasmus students are restricted to official University activities only.  If you are working or studying abroad during your degree programme, you are strongly advised to secure additional travel insurance for the duration of your trip.

If you are a Non-EU student, you are required, by law, to obtain private medical insurance prior to arriving in Ireland. Amongst your options are:


The Voluntary Health Insurance Board

VHI House

tel: 1890 44 44 44



Aviva Health

tel: 1820 716 666


Full details of student insurance cover are available from the Finance Office.

For more information go to: web:



Inter Faith Centre

The Inter Faith Centre is right in the heart of the campus and supports you and your faith, spiritual development and beliefs. Students and staff are welcome to talk to one of the Chaplains or simply relax with friends in a comfortable surrounding.  Hospitality and liturgical services are also available.  People of all faith traditions and none are very welcome. The Centre also contains a Quiet Room for reflection and prayer, and separate daily Prayer Rooms for Muslim men and women. Socially, the Centre is also a meeting place for various student groups and societies. There is a common room and a coffee area available to all. You can come to relax and use the meeting room with friends and a piano and keyboard are provided for students who wish to practice. You can book piano time and meeting rooms through the receptionist in the Inter Faith Centre’s Office.


For more details:

tel: 700 5491





International Office 

The international student body at DCU is currently made up of 116 nationalities,

reflecting Ireland’s global positioning and mirroring our vision to become a truly

intercultural campus. Your experiences, language and culture are all welcome at DCU. As an international student you may have specific queries that are not addressed elsewhere in this Guide. The International Office offers guidance and

assistance, whether it’s before or after you become a student at DCU. There is also a comprehensive orientation period, which all students should attend before beginning their studies. You will be provided with detailed information about the orientation programme before arriving at DCU. During the academic year, workshops and other events are organised so that you do not experience any difficulties with the new education system.

tel: +353 1 700 7411





The Library is located at the far end of the campus directly across from the Henry Grattan Building. It offers you a high quality environment in which to study, work or simply relax and read.  The Library provides access to reading material required for your programme, as well as access to a vast collection of online resources to support student learning and research. There are individual and group study areas, lots of computers with internet access, wireless connection for laptops, printing and photocopying facilities.

Online Library

The Library’s website provides access to all the Library’s online resources, including e-journals, e-books and online newspapers. These are available 24/7, wherever you have Internet access. If you need help using the resources you can contact the Library’s Information Desk team in person, by email or by phone.


All registered students have automatic access to the library. To borrow material you will need to bring your DCU ID card to the Express Service machines close to the Library’s Issue Desk on the ground floor. Information on your borrowing entitlements and conditions can be found on the Library’s website.  You can renew or reserve material online using the Library’s online catalogue available on the Library’s website. Please note fines are payable for material returned after the due date and time. Details are on the library website.

Help & Support

The modern academic library can seem a little overwhelming initially. To help you

get familiar with the library and answer any questions you may have, visit the library staff at the Information Desk on the ground floor or contact them by email or phone. The Library website also offers lots of support, for example, you can work through the Library’s online tutorial called LETS which is designed to help you get the best from the library and develop skills in finding, evaluating and using information effectively. You will also have the opportunity to attend classes and workshops delivered by your Subject Librarian which are designed specifically to meet the needs of your course work.

Opening hours: Semester One & Two

Mon - Thurs: 8.30am - 10.00pm

Friday: 8.30am - 9.00pm

Saturday: 9.30am - 5.00pm

Library Information Desk

Tel: 01 700 5418

Information Desk email:

Library website:



Lockers are available for use by students on the ground floor of the X Block and

the Nurses Building. The cost of a year’s rental for a locker is €10 and is non-refundable.  To rent a locker, go to the Security hatch of the Multi-Story Car

Park. You will be issued with a personal lock and key and you may pick your own locker. There is a €10.00 fee for a replacement, if you loose your key.

Tel: 01 700 8990


The ‘Maths Learning Centre’

Is located on the ground floor of the Henry Grattan Building. It provides hands-on maths support for students in any programme with maths modules. This is a drop-in service which is free of charge and highly recommended by students.


Full details can be found at: web:


Mature Student Support

Apart from the normal support activities which are offered to the student body,

tailor-made support is available to mature students through a variety of avenues on campus. There is a Mature Student Society that meets on a regular basis and works closely with many of the University’s support units. Support and guidance is offered through the Student Advice Centre and Student Support & Development and there is academic support via the Careers Service. Should you have any suggestions to improve the educational experience for mature students at DCU contact the Director of Student Support & Development at


Mental Health

Many of you will have heard the phrase ‘Your Health Is Your Wealth’. There is

no time like your time at university when this phrase is more important. Between

the age of 18 and 24, you are growing - not just physically but also emotionally.

Sometimes you may feel unhappy, worry and experience stress or anxiety- all of which may contribute to life becoming unbalanced.  If you feel any of these on an ongoing basis, it is always best to seek help immediately.  Your Mental Health is important and there are many people that can listen, advise, guide and help you through whatever you are going through. It is possible to see the light at the end of the tunnel and the advice from DCU, as a University, is to ‘PLEASE TALK’!  







Many lecturers at DCU use the Moodle virtual learning environment to support

face-to-face lectures, labs and tutorials.  Moodle can be used to provide you with access to electronic teaching and learning materials (such as lecture notes and links to useful websites) as well as online activities (such as discussion forums, group assignments, reflective journals and quizzes). The use of Moodle varies from module to module. In some cases Moodle resources and activities may be additional supplements to your lectures and tutorials; in others, Moodle activities may be fully integrated into your coursework. It is important to get comfortable with this resource early in your studies. Look at the video tutorial on using Moodle for a kickstart:





Office of Student Life

The Office of Student Life is the umbrella body for the Students’ Union and Clubs &

Societies in DCU. It is based in the Student Centre (The Hub), which houses staff

and facilities, including meeting rooms, computer facilities, The Venue (performing arts space) and many other support services. The aim of the Office of Student Life is to promote and enhance the student experience outside the classroom by providing opportunities for student growth, leadership and development. The Clubs & Societies Office is also open to all student committees to help them with their daily administrative duties. This includes internet access, phone lines and post boxes. This is also the home of the Club Life Committee and Society Life Committee.

For more information:

tel: 01 700 5280





The following regulations have been introduced in the interest of safety and security, and also to facilitate the work of the grounds and maintenance staff. Please note that cars that are incorrectly parked will be clamped and the release fee is currently €80.


Car Park 1 (Multi-Story Car Park) - Available to staff, students and visitors - €7.00 (6 passes)

Car Park 2 (Henry Grattan) – Available to staff and students – Free

Car Park 3 (Invent) – Available to staff and students – Free


Bicycles must be parked in the racks provided and not attached to railings, trees, lamp-posts, etc. The Estates Office takes care of parking.  Should you require further details:  web:



The campus pharmacy (Pharmhealth) offers all the normal services offered by pharmacies elsewhere. The Pharmacy dispenses all prescription types including:

• Private prescriptions • Drugs payment scheme • Long term illness scheme • Medical card prescriptions • Psychiatric prescriptions • GMS dental • Hospital emergency scheme • EU national scheme

Note: All prescription medicines that may be routinely obtained elsewhere can have the same medicines dispensed from the college pharmacy at no extra cost or inconvenience. Please feel free to call in, should you have any queries. The pharmacy also stocks a large range of alternative & complementary medicines, health foods, vitamins, minerals and supplements, sports nutrition supplements, first aid & injury supports, skincare, cosmetics, men’s products, family planning, top-up, call cards and 3V credit cards. They also have the facility to take payment for ESB, Bord Gais, Eircom, Calor Gas and UPC bills. 


Loyalty Card

The pharmacy operates a loyalty/discount card scheme to show their appreciation to their regular customers.  You can sign up for a loyalty card either

online at: web:

tel: 01 700 6080



Kodak Express: Digital & Print Solutions

The pharmacy also offers a digital printing service for all your college snaps and photos. Visit their website online to place an order or call


They offer the following printing services in-store:

  • Up to A0 Conference/Poster Prints
  • Photo Prints ( standard 6”x4” up to A0 sizes)
  • Photo books
  • Canvas Prints
  • Calendars
  • Photo Frames
  • Print directly from Facebook/ Kodak Gallery or Picasa Web Albums
  • Passport & J1 Visa


Photocopying / Printing

‘Campus Print’- is a printing and photocopy company located on the first floor of ‘The Hub’. The service includes colour copying and printing, high volume black and white document production along with binding, laminating and guillotining of your work.  They also offer design services which include C.V. re-writes all the way up to the design and printing of Student Ball posters and tickets.


Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 8.30am-4.30pm

tel: 01 700 8955/8954



Photocopying - There are also photocopying machines located throughout campus including the library and Students’ Union. Copy cards can be obtained from the Students’ Union reception and the Library.



Colour and Mono printing is available in all the ISS managed computer labs and

the Library. You may print from any of the PCs in a lab or from your personal

laptop over the wireless network (in some areas). This printing system is called Papercut and can be accessed with your DCU username and password.  For more information on the GPAS system Papercut please go to:




Plagiarism is the presentation of another person’s words, ideas, arguments, concepts or designs as your own.  Plagiarism comes in many shapes and forms ranging from the copying without referencing, whole sections of published works, to the unattributed use of text, diagrams, illustrations or formulae taken from the unpublished work of other students.  Plagiarism covers not only print but intellectual property rights, which reside in all other media including software. Plagiarism is a very serious offence and allegations of plagiarism will be automatically referred to the Disciplinary Committee of the University.  For detailed information on citing and

referencing, you can attend the many workshops that the library hosts during the year.


You can also download a pdf version of the Citing & Referencing Guide for Students from the Library at: web:

For more information contact the Library:

email: or

contact Ellen Breen: 700 8750



(See also ‘S’ for Security on Campus) The Irish Police are called ‘An Garda Síochána’ and can be reached at 999 or 112.  Please be ready to inform the Emergency Services of your whereabouts, your name and the purpose of your call.


Portal Pages

After registering at the University you will be provided with details of your own personalised Portal Page, which is a web-based information source pertaining to you

as an individual in DCU. This page is a crucial source of information for DCU students and you will need to consult it regularly for information on events, examinations, results, registration details etc.  Please ensure that your address is kept up to date if you change residences during your studies at DCU and that you provide next-of-kin details for use in emergencies.



Programme Chairperson

Each Programme is overseen by a Programme Chairperson, who is responsible for the academic integrity and development of a given programme of study in the University.

Students will meet their Chairperson during the Orientation period. Should you be experiencing difficulties with your programme of study generally, the Chairperson is one of the potential points of contact as  s/he can speak to you about the overall aims of the programme and potential career paths upon completion.  If you are unsure who the Chairperson of your programme is, ask your School Secretary or your Class Representative or call into the Student Advice Centre, on the ground floor of the Henry Grattan Building. email:


Programming Support Helpdesk

The Programming Support Helpdesk is based in room L114A, which is located in the corner of lab L114 on the first floor in the School Of Computing building.  This is a free service to provide extra support for students have difficulty with computer programming. Its aim is to provide assistance to students with their lab assignments and projects and to help them understand the lecture notes and past exam papers that involve computing programming.


It is available to all students that are currently registered as full time or part time on an undergraduate or post graduate course in DCU.  It is best to call into the office to arrange an appointment or to email with times that suit you best to meet along with a description of what you would like to discuss. 


Oscail students are welcome to avail of these services. Your first port of call should always be your face to face or online tutor if you have a difficulty as they will be most familiar with the material you are learning, but this service may also give you extra support.


Please note that this service does NOT offer support for Microsoft Office, fix laptops or install operating systems. However he is there to help with Java, JavaScript, HTML, XML, SQL, CSS, C++, Assemble Languages, Visual Basic, PHP, Perl, Matlab, R and any other modern computer programming language.



Postponement of Examinations or Assessments

For more information:  It is recognised that, in exceptional circumstances, it may be necessary for you to postpone some or all of your assessments during the academic year.  Please be assured that whatever you may be going through, there is a network of support within the University in Student Support & Development,the Students’ Union, your Personal Tutor, Year Head or Programme Chairperson. The R33 form provides detailed information about the deferral procedure and can be obtained from The Registry. All sections need to be completed and submitted to The Registry prior to examinations taking place. Forms are also available in the Student Advice Centre in the Henry Grattan Building.

Please also see the academic calendar for the latest dates for submission of this form and relevant documentation. 




The Registry plays a key role in the academic administration of the University, managing student admissions, registration, student records, examinations and graduation.  Your student portal page is your first stop for information on your record.  It is an excellent resource, allowing you to update your contact details, linking to module information, additional resources, etc. If you need to order a new student card, get additional transcripts or if you have a query regarding the administrative side of your studies, you should make contact with the Registry Office. The Registry is located in ‘The Street‘area of the Henry Grattan Building, opposite the AIB Bank.


The Registry should be your first point of contact if you are on campus and wish to discuss any areas of registration in person (as opposed to via email or the telephone). Changes to student registration details (including change of module options,

internal transfers, deferral of academic year and withdrawals) are also maintained here. 


There is a Student Information Area located here for personal callers.

Semester Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 9:30am – 5:00pm

Morning 9.30am - 12.30pm

Afternoon 2.00pm - 5.00pm

tel: 01 700 5338

fax: 01 700 5504





All students starting in DCU for the first time will need to register for classes for the full academic year. Registration is organised by The Registry.  You will be asked to register online and to collect your Student Card in person in the University in first year. Please take care of your card as it will be with you throughout your studies.  Full details of card collection are provided in the letter you receive from Registry prior to arriving at DCU.  Once you have a Student Card, you are a fully fledged student and can avail of the services of the University. You are responsible for ensuring your registration is correct.  Module choice lists are available to help you online and via your portal.  There is an opportunity to change your mind on some modules during the first 2 weeks of each semester.   Emails with registration information are also circulated for current students.


For more information on Registration please check this page regularly




In some cases, you may find that you need to repeat a module or, indeed, repeat the year at DCU. The procedures for this are quite straightforward but you must remember to take responsibility to fill in the various forms, consult with both your Programme Chairperson & the Finance Office and register for repeat examinations/years, as required.


Please ensure you are informed and pay attention to the relevant deadlines, as these are important. The Registry will assist you with this process if necessary. For more information please check your DCU email and go to: web:

You should be aware that there are fee implications if you need to repeat the year – advice can be sought from the Student Advice Centre in the Henry Grattan Building and the Finance Office located on the ground floor of the Business School or via email, phone: +353 (0)1 7008836.


Room Bookings

At some stage throughout your time at University, you may need to use a class room or book a room for a meeting, group study, club or society event or activity.  There are a number of ways of booking some time in one of the many rooms throughout the University Campus.  It is important to note that rooms will be more readily available in the evenings and weekends, than during the day, due to lectures taking place. Don’t forget to clean up after yourself and make sure the room is left as you found it.

Rooms on campus are only available to Club and Society members who are hosting an event or a meeting.  Rooms can be booked by completing the online booking form at the following website address:

web: or by email:


Other Rooms Available

Inter Faith Centre

tel: 01 700 5491



The Hub

tel: 01 700 5392



Security on Campus

DCU is a relatively safe campus but, as in all urban areas, students are advised

not to walk alone after dark and to take all normal precautions towards ensuring

their own personal safety.  DCU has its own private Security Service which aims to provide a safe and comfortable environment for staff and students at all times. The campus is further protected by a network of CCTV cameras, which keep records of the movements on campus at all times.  In an emergency, call 5999 or 8990 from any of the internal phones in the University or phone 700 5999 or 700 8990 from a regular phone line.  Should you wish to speak to a member of the Security staff, visit the Multi-Story Car Park which is manned 24 hours. The Security Office is located at the exit ramp of this car park.


Services include - • A key for a room • Swipe Card Access to a building • Post Room • Lost & Found service • Additional Security for an event.


Spar Convenience Store

The SPAR retail outlet on campus is located in The Hub. The SPAR store is open Monday to Saturday and there is also an AIB ATM machine in the store. It serves hot and cold food, alongside magazines, stationary and confectionary.


Sports Development Service

For many students, sport plays a huge part in university life. For some it’s about representing their university at the highest level and being intervarsity champions. For others it’s about trying something new and making friends with similar interests. Whatever your goal, the opportunities are endless at DCU. The Sports Development Service is responsible for the development of student sport in DCU, and if you are

interested in keeping active whilst studying at university, they will help and guide you in the right direction. The programmes focus on developing sporting opportunities for all from the recreational sports person, members of DCU sports clubs to talented athletes, who wish to perform and compete at the pinnacle of their sport


DCU has a very proud tradition of sporting participation and representation and

as well as holding many third level titles including Men’s Gaelic Football, Ladies

Gaelic Football, Men’s Rugby, Archery, Women’s Basketball, Athletics and much

more, a significant number of DCU students have also been selected for Irish squads at European, World and World University Games events. It certainly is the ‘Home of Champions’. Develop your existing sport or try a new activity this year, it will be worth it - and its only €4 to join!

Get Active – Get Involved.

For more information:

tel: 01 700 5811




Sport Scholarships

The DCU Sport Scholarship Programme has over 150 students currently on scholarship. The programme is available to elite athletes who can avail of a network

of support services and expertise to help balance their training and studies. All athletes represent DCU in competition and/or assist clubs in their development.  It can be difficult when you are competing at a high level in sport to have enough time to train and study to a high standard. The Sport Scholarship Programme can help you do this. Athletes can be allocated a Sport Scholarship on an annual basis at development, talented or elite level and up to a maximum of €3000 in support services:

If you feel that you compete at an elite level in your chosen sport, contact the Senior Sports Development Officer:

tel: 01 700 5811




Sports Academy

The Academy currently provides opportunities for athletes in two elite sports - Athletics and Men’s Gaelic Football. Under this model DCU is preparing gifted and talented young people not just to excel on the sports field but also to acquire the qualifications that will equip them for successful lives after their sports careers are over. Students will live on campus and have full access to the support services offered through the Sport Scholarship Programme.

Sports Contacts


All Sports

Yvonne McGowan

Sports Development Officer

tel: 01 700 5811




Enda Fitzpatrick

Director Athletics Academy

tel: 01 700 8479




Michael Kennedy

Director GAA Academy

tel: 01 700 5050




Fran Butler

Soccer Development Officer

tel: 085 1531661




Phil De Barra

Rugby Development Officer

tel: 01 700 8722



Sports Facilities – DCU Sport


DCU Sport’s Complex is a state-of-the-art facility, incorporating health, wellness and sports to meet all your exercise and leisure needs. Sports Complex membership rates are available to DCU students for either the academic or annual year. Student membership includes access to the pool, spa facilities, fitness centre, group fitness classes and free squash.  DCU Sport has a number of exciting group fitness classes such as, kettle bells, Nike Training Club, spinning & many more!


DCU Sports Arena hosts a number of sports such as Superleague basketball, badminton, volleyball and can facilitate a number of other activities. We also have a minor hall, climbing wall, two squash courts, racquetball/handball court and several studios for an array of programme activities. Our Sports Ground has six grass pitches for GAA, rugby and soccer. The pavilion houses changing rooms, referees’ rooms and ExWell Medical.


The High Performance Centre is designed to assist and develop elite athletes, providing an effective solution to their every training need and helping them to achieve their targets. There is a strength and conditioning team in place to develop programmes and offer guidance on technique. Many athletes, including DCU student club teams and athletes, Dublin GAA, DCU Mercy, DCU Saints and many Olympians use this facility.

Our Soccer Centre has five 5-a-side pitches for recreational games, leagues and a large pitch for squad training.  Included in this centre is a covered, four-lane, 75m sprint track.


Tel: 01 700 5797



Student Advice Centre

The Student Advice Centre is located on the ground floor of the Henry Grattan Building. It is a centre point whereby students of DCU can receive advice and guidance on all matters academic, personal and financial. We have information on joining clubs and societies, exam preparation to financial assistance. We hope you will avail of our services in the Student Advice Centre and also within Student Support & Development.  All students and staff are welcome to drop-in, phone or email and our staff will be on call to help.

tel: 01 700 7165

email:  or



Student Card

Your student card will be used as ‘Identification’ throughout your time at University. It can be used to access the library and the bar and during exams. However it can also be used for student discounts in many stores and for your student travel pass. The ‘Student Travel Pass’ is available from the Students’ Union reception. If you have a query regarding your student card or need a replacement, please contact The Registry Information Point in The Street area of the Henry Grattan Building email: phone: +353 (0)1 7005338.

Student Charter

To help you understand better the relationship that exists between you and the University, we have created the DCU ‘Student Charter’ in close liaison with the Students’ Union. It is designed to provide a framework which will help steer you along your DCU journey and make the most of your university experience.



Student Support & Development

Student Support & Development provides many of the student support services at

DCU and is comprised of eight units which include:

  • Access Service
  • Careers Service
  • Counselling & Personal Development Service
  • Disability & Learning Support
  • Inter Faith Centre
  • Health Service
  • Sports Development Service
  • Student Advice Centre

During your time at DCU, you should avail of these excellent services in order to ensure that you get the most out of your university experience. If you or a friend needs information or guidance during your time at DCU, visit the Student Advice Centre and they can point you in the right direction:

tel: 01 700 7165




Students’ Union  

All students of DCU are automatically members of the DCU Students’ Union throughout their studies.  DCUSU is there for you throughout your time at DCU by  providing opportunities, helping create change, throwing great events on and off campus and offering support when things go wrong. 


DCUSU is made up of 12 executive officers, 3 of whom are full-time sabbatical officers elected by the student body. Each class has a number of elected representatives who sit on Programme Boards and on Class Rep Council to discuss all issues affecting the students of DCU. Your full-time sabbaticals, Paul, Aaron and Neil, represent your views by sitting on various university decision-making committees such as Governing Authority, Academic Council, Disciplinary Committee and Library Committee.


Call up to DCUSU whenever and avail of our secretarial services, purchase tickets for upcoming gigs, bus and rail, rent consoles and hang out in the Mezz or just come in for a chat. Our doors are always open.


President: Paul Doherty

tel: 01 700 5279


Education Officer: Aaron Clougher

tel: 01 700 5546


Welfare Officer

Neil Collins

tel: 01 700 5652






The Street 

‘The Street’ is the area outside The Registry and AIB in the main foyer of the Henry Grattan Building. Student Notice Boards are located here and provide up-to-date information about careers events, job opportunities, the tandem learning scheme, professional development events – and much more.   Students can also sit around and relax, meet friends and use their laptops. 


The Helix

The Helix is a multi-purpose venue serving the people and audiences with a mixture of high quality music, drama and entertainment.  Special discounted rates are offered for some shows – for details call in, check out the website or phone.



 The Hub


The HUB is the DCU Student Centre.  Downstairs we have the NuBar, DCUFM (Ireland’s best college radio station) the Old Bar and the Venue. Upstairs you will find the Office of Student Life, which houses the Students’ Union and the Clubs and Societies Area. Paul, Aaron and Neil in the SU are always ready to have a chat about anything and everything.


Transport in Dublin 

DCU is located a short distance from Dublin city centre, Dublin Airport and the

M50 and M1 motorways. The campus is bordered by Ballymun Road and Collins

Avenue.  DCU is serviced by the following buses which stop outside the University at the Ballymun Road and Collins Ave entrances or near to the University with stops on

the Swords Road and Glasnevin Avenue and Collins Avenue West (all short walking distances to DCU).


Details on how to find DCU -


Dublin Bus

Number 1 Collins Avenue Ext to Sandymount (St. John’s Church) via city centre

Number 4  Ballymun Road to Monkstown Avenue via city centre

Number 9  Ballymun Road to Limekiln Avenue, Walkinstown via city centre

Number 11  Ballymun Road to Sandyford Industrial Estate via city centre

Number 13 Ballymun Road to Grange Castle Business Park, Clondalkin, via city centre

Number 14 Collins Avenue West to Dundrum Luas Station via city centre

Number 16 Swords Road (Collins Avenue Ext) to Ballinteer (Kingston) via city centre

Number 17A Kilbarrick to Blanchardstown Centre via Glasnevin Avenue

Number 33 Balbriggan to City Centre via Swords Road (Collins Avenue Ext)

Numbers 41/41B/41C Swords to City Centre via Swords Road (Collins Avenue Ext)

Number 44 Collins Avenue Ext (Larkhill) to Enniskerry via City Centre

Number 104 Clontarf Road (Conquer Hill) via Vernon Ave, Donnycarney, Kilmore Road, Beaumont Hospital, Shanowen Road, Shanard Road (Santry) 

There are two new Dublin Bus Routes servicing DCU for the 2012/2013 academic year. For timetable, go to

Route 1: Malahide-Portmarnock-Baldoyle-Donaghmede-Coolock-Beaumont-DCU

Route 2: Howth-Sutton Cross-Kilbarrack-Raheny Dart Station-Killester-DCU


Bus Eireann

• 101 – Drogheda, Balbriggan, Dublin via the Swords Road.

• 109A - DCU - Airport - Ashbourne - Rathoath - Dunshaughlin - Navan


CIE Student Travel Card €15

Bus 5 Day Rambler €17.20

30 Day Bus €86.00

30 Day Bus/Rail €102.00

30 Day Bus/Luas €92.50


Matthews Coaches

Matthews Coaches have two express routes that serve DCU.

Bettystown - Laytown - Dublin

Dundalk - Drogheda - Dublin



• 88N - Drop off at Glasnevin Ave or Ballymun Civic Centre

• 41N - Drop off at the top of Collins Ave/Whitehall junction.



The nearest Dart station to DCU is Drumcondra. From Drumcondra you can

take the following buses to DCU: 1, 11, 16, 33, 41, 41B and 44


‘Have you tried the new LEAP Card’?  The New Travel Smartcard   









In a competitive marketplace, graduates are always looking for ways of increasing

their employability by developing an additional ‘edge’.  Volunteering is one of the ways in which students can do this in a productive and enjoyable environment. Students will not only contribute in a very positive way for the benefit of society but will also develop their personal and professional skills by working with highly professional organisations either in Ireland or abroad.

The annual ‘Volunteer Expo’ will take place in The Venue, the Hub on the 4th October, 2012. This is a great opportunity to meet a number of NGO’s and Volunteer

organisations.  For current volunteering opportunities please log on to: