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Freshers’ Guide to Dublin

14th August 2019

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So, you’ve been offered a place at BIMM and will be heading to Dublin in the autumn – that’s great, congratulations! Now, to optimise your time as a fresher, here are a few things to know before the big move.

Food, Glorious Food!

Meal Prep– Save yourself some money and prep your meals for the week. Invest in some good lunch boxes and store your meals in the fridge/freezer. This will help you to make sure that you are eating right and that you reduce food waste.

Meal Deals– Take advantage of those supermarket meal deals. Tesco* and M&S have multi-course meal deals that run throughout the year.

*Get a clubcard/loyalty card for the places that you shop in. Save up the points and you’ll also get some money off vouchers. (that’ll help you get those all important extras at the end of the month.   

Eating Out

Whether you are vegan, veggie or a carnivore, there are options and deals for everyone. Most places will advertise that they do a student deal, but if you aren’t sure, just ask!

There are multiple student discount cards that you can avail of through TUD Students Union and TUD Societies.

Some discount highlights include:

  • Captain America’s (Grafton St.)- Buy one Main get One Free (Mon-Fri).
  • Boojum (Multiple Locations)- Get a burrito/bowl and a drink for €6.25.
  • McDonalds– €5 Extra Value Medium Meal with Student Leap Card
  • Apache Pizza (Multiple Locations)- Get a small pizza with two toppings, chips and a bottle of water for €4.99.

Cafés

To save a little extra money, invest in a keep cup. Some cafes will offer a discount when you use your own cup (This also reduces the waste of a single use takeaway cup).

Some cafés provide a student discount, and make sure to grab a loyalty card wherever you can.

Out on the town

There are all sorts of events happening across the city every night. Popular venues include Whelan’s, The Workman’s Club, Sin É, The Sound House, The Grand Social, and Lost Lane. You can easily find out what is happening in the city through the Facebook Events section or the venue websites.

Free events

Want to get stuck into Dublin’s rich night life but don’t want to spend all your money? Well, there are countless free events that you can attend that don’t compromise on quality.

  • We-Bloom is a biweekly gig night in the Workman’s Club that happens on a Monday night.
  • Open Mic Nights are a great way to showcase new material, network and enjoy music. Check out Apollo Sessions, Circle Sessions and Zodiac Sessions.
  • Join a Society. Every week across the TU Dublin campuses, multiple student led societies run themed events. These events can range from movie nights to workshops to games nights. Events are free to attend (unless specified) and occasionally will provide free snacks, beverages or pizza.

Shop ‘til you drop

Be sustainable– The environmental benefit of buying pre-loved clothing is something we should all take note of. It is so easy to shop sustainably in Dublin. There are some fantastic charity shops along Thomas St, George’s St and Camden St that all feature affordable fashion, books and household items. There are also some brilliant vintage stores across the city such as Dublin Vintage Factory, and Tola Vintage.

Get those discounts – Some stores will provide a student discount, so grab the UNiDAYS app or ask in store to get some money off your shopping.

Music Stores– There are so many places to check out for your music needs, including, Musicmaker, XMusic, Music Minds and Some Neck Guitars.

Something a bit different

Take the bus or the dart for a day trip to one of the many coastal towns to explore more of Dublin. Chill out in one of the city’s many parks including St. Patrick’s Park, St. Stephens Green, Iveagh Gardens, Phoenix Park or Merrion Square.

There are also lots of great museums in Dublin to check out. The National Gallery and the Natural History Museum are both free to check out and boast brilliant collections. Or you can spend a bit of money and check out the Guinness Storehouse, Dublinia or The EPIC Museum to learn a bit more about the diverse local history.

Author

Ciara Brennan