Living in Dublin
Housing and Accommodations
Our partner for the Temple Dublin program is Foundation for International Education (FIE), a nonprofit organization that coordinates education experiences abroad for many major American universities. FIE’s classrooms and housing spaces are located in central Dublin.
Fully furnished apartments are shared among three to five students and consist of a kitchen, two or three bedrooms, a common area and Wi-Fi access. All utilities except phone service are included. Students can be placed in a variety of housing options in residential areas of central Dublin, and the average commute time to their classroom facility is about 30 minutes. A meal plan is not included, so students typically prepare their own meals or dine at nearby restaurants.
Sites of historic importance and natural beauty are close to Dublin and can be visited by taking day trips. North of Dublin lie Newgrange, a Stone Age tomb built 1,000 years before Stonehenge; the Hill of Tara, a religious and political meeting place from the first millennium linked to Irish myth and legend; and Monasterboice, a site of 10th-century monastic ruins and the ornately carved Celtic Cross of Muiredach. The seaside towns of Howth and Malahide are also along the Northern coast. To the south, in County Wicklow, are Glendalough, the site of a 6th century monastery founded by St. Kevin, and Powerscourt, a grand, 18th century estate with extensive gardens.
Students have weekends free to travel to farther on their own. Popular areas accessible by rail and bus include the scenic coastland along the Ring of Kerry, near Killarney in Ireland’s southwest; Ireland’s “second city” of Cork and the Blarney Castle to the south; and the stunning Cliffs of Moher to the west. Thanks to high-speed ferry service, Wales and Scotland are also possible weekend destinations. FIE provides two weekend group tours to Northern Ireland and Cork. The fees for those trips are included in the cost of the program.
Trips and excursions typically offered through the Temple Dublin program include
- a day trip to Howth;
- a day trip to Glendalough;
- a day trip to Ballymun;
- a Riverdance or theater performance at the Gaiety Theatre or Abbey Theatre;
- a trip to the Dublin Dance Festival;
- a tour of the Irish Film Institute;
- a tour of the Guinness Storehouse;
- a tour of Glasnevin Cemetery;
- a walking tour of the Liberties and St. Stephen’s Green;
- a tour of Croke Park, a Gaelic games lesson and a student match;
- a tour of St. Michan’s vault;
- a trip to a traditional Irish music event;
- a James Joyce tour;
- a tour of the Docklands and Custom House;
- group lunches; and
- guest speakers who disucss the heritage industry, Riverdance, Rugby and other topics.
Dublin also has wealth of free attractions to explore, including the Chester Beatty Library, the Collins Barracks Museum, the National Museum of History and the National Gallery.