January 24th, 2019
Here are some of the most important things you need to know in order to survive when you are a Dublin scholar but specifically at DCU. As this is not a comprehensive list, I will be adding more at the end of my time here.
- GET A LEAP CARD
- This is paramount to your survival in the city. As DCU is located about 20 minutes from the City Centre by car, you’ll have to get there somehow. Using the bus is the most cost efficient way to get there—unless you’re like me a get a bike. From campus, there are a number of buses that can take you; routes 1, 4, 9, 11, 13 and 44 are some of the main ones I take. The transportation system in Ireland will receive its own blog in due time.
- PLACES TO SHOP
- The Omniplex is about 1.5 miles from campus and a direct bus will not take you there from campus, plus the walk is not bad—even on a cold day. This is actually where the movie theatre, Lidl, Tesco, Boots pharmacy (like Walgreens back home), H&M and other little shops and cafes. This is also where Penneys is located. Penneys is like the go-to shop for dorm room items (duvet cover, pillows, decorations) when you first arrive, but mainly trendy clothes that are super affordable.
- PLACES TO GET GROCERIES
- If you are a on a budget or want to save money to spend on other things, I highly recommend shopping at Lidl, Aldi, or Tesco. If you are a little bougie, I recommend going to Dunnes Store (none are really close to campus though) or specialty stores. If you need snacks, I definitely recommend the Londis on campus but if you need just a couple more items than usual, the Spar across Ballymun Road can help you (but be prepared to throw out a couple extra euros for the convenience).
These are the main places I find myself going weekly or biweekly whenever I need food, clothes, or anything really. Stay tuned for the next set of tips!