BIMM Cities

Freshers’ Guide to Dublin

1st August 2018


The beginning of the academic year is getting close and with that the excitement and nerves are building! We know the first few weeks of college in a new city can be a whirlwind, so here’s a useful guide to help you get settled into student life in Dublin… 

History & Culture

Dublin is teeming with history and there’s lots of bus, walking and bike tours to take if you want to delve in. The Viking Splash tour is highly recommended and probably the most fun and interactive tour you can do of the city! The grounds of Dublin Castle are beautiful and open to the public during the day which makes a nice short cut from BIMM to Dame Street and Temple Bar. Kilmainham Gaol and the War Memorial Gardens are also well worth a visit for a history fix.

If you’re looking for some inspiration outside the realms of music, you should check out some of Dublin’s magnificent art galleries. With IMMA, the National Gallery and the Douglas Hyde Gallery among many others, you’re spoiled for choice. If street art is more your thing, you won’t be disappointed! Check out the car park of the Tivoli Theatre and keep an eye out on your commute for amazing pieces all over the city.

Places to Eat

Eat Yard beside The Bernard Shaw is good for a fun evening out. It’s opens every weekend and has a festival food market vibe to it. They cater for everyone including vegan and gluten free and the food is delicious! You’ll also want to try Boojum! Boojum burritos are a staple in any Dublin student’s diet. They have restaurants all over the city and offer great student deals.

Dame St and George’s St are also worth a trip for more cafes and restaurants and the food hall in Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre is well worth a visit.

Live Music Venues

An integral part to the Dublin student experience is going to gigs… obviously! There’s regular gig and club nights on all over the city as well as plenty of open mics for you to show off your skills! International acts also perform in Dublin regularly, so you’ll never be short of gigs to go to. Dublin has a rich music scene due in part to the diversity of it’s venues. You might have heard of the Olympia Theatre, Vicar St, The Academy and the 3 Arena but there’s also smaller scale venues like Whelans, Workmans and the Button Factory that you should definitely experience one or two gigs in.

Places to Shop

For shopping in the city centre, your best bet is Grafton St and St Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre. A short trip on the Luas (tram) will take you to Dundrum Shopping Centre, where you’ll find everything you’ll ever need! There’s also lots of markets around the city as well as plenty of charity shops with fabulous finds just waiting for you! For music supplies, look no further than Exchequer Street which is home to X Music and Music Maker. George’s Street Arcade is close by and has some alternative shops and stalls including record shops and The Rage is just around the corner.

Chill Time

If you’re living in the city for the first time it might get a little overwhelming at first, so it’s super important to take some time to chill out. There’s lots of places around the city that are ideal for this. On a sunny afternoon, why not venture over to St Patrick’s Park after class to wind down and people watch? It’s a beautiful and quaint park and exists alongside the grandiose St Patrick’s Cathedral.

St Stephen’s Green is great for a quick jog or a lengthy stroll beneath the trees. There’s also a lake in the centre which is home to swans, ducks and other wildlife.

Phoenix Park is great for anyone who loves running. It’s wide open spaces are ideal to hang out on a sunny day and the park is also home to Dublin Zoo. There’s lots to explore in Phoenix Park and you might even see a wild deer or two roaming around.

A bit further out you can also visit The National Botanic Gardens, which are free – and home to beautiful greenhouses, and exoctic species of plant! But also the perfect place to spend a sunny day!

If parks aren’t your vibe, you can jump on a bus to Dun Laoghaire Harbour or Dollymount Strand for a relaxing stroll along the seafront.



Sinéad Furlong

Sinéad is the Founder and Editor of MNÁSOME: an online platform created to showcase and empower women in music. She also runs events and an online shop as part of MNÁSOME. Sinéad graduated as a Vocalist from the BA (Hons) in Commercial Modern Music at BIMM Dublin in 2015.