Get a leap card. DCU is located just north of Dublin city center, and the most efficient way to travel to and from is with a student leap card. You get discounts on public transportation, and some local discounts too. All you have to do is top up the balance every time it gets low, and you’re all set!
Always have an umbrella on you. ALWAYS. Every morning I check the weather app before leaving for class to see if it’s going to rain (it usually is) but on days it doesn’t I don’t wear a coat. Nine times out of ten, any day I don’t bring a jacket/umbrella, I get caught in the rain. One day when I went into the city, I had to run into the nearest store and buy an umbrella because it was so bad. But also keep in mind, if it is raining, a lot of the time it will only rain for a short period of time, and clear up right away. So you might just want to stay inside while the rain moves out.
Download the Circuit app. Instead of purchasing a card every time you need to do laundry, it’s the app where you upload money when you need to do a wash.
Try the Food Box. The grab and go cafe in the sports hall is one of my favorite places to eat on campus- the panini’s are my favorite. And they’re the only place on campus that serve iced coffee- one of the things I miss most about home.
Explore as much as you can!! Dublin is an amazing city and has so many awesome things to do. The city is beautiful and you can always find something to do!