Dublin’s Best-Kept Secrets

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Dublin’s Best-Kept Secrets

When you think of Dublin, images come to mind of Guinness, Jameson whiskey, and the River Liffey. The capital of the Republic is steeped in history and culture, with some of the world’s most prominent writers, actors, and musicians hailing from the city. It may be a small place, but there is plenty on offer to people who visit.

You might think that you can see it all in the space of a few days, but as anyone who calls Dublin home will know, there is more to this city than meets the eye. Hidden bars and ancient forts are just some of the things that make this such a unique place to live and study, so we’ve decided to highlight a few of our favourites.

Bagots Hutton

It’s not unusual for wine bars to be located underground; a basement offers an intimate atmosphere that complements the vino. But Bagots Hutton takes this to the next level, with an underground space that consists of bare stone walls and dim lighting. This rustic finish creates an unconventionally cosy atmosphere, making you feel like you’ve stepped back in time to the Renaissance period.

Sweny’s Pharmacy

This is one for the literature students, or anyone who is familiar with James Joyce’s writing for that matter! Sweny’s Pharmacy is referenced in his book Ulysses, with its protagonist Leopold Bloom visiting to buy face-cream for his wife. The shop is maintained by volunteers, who are dedicated to keeping the same layout and atmosphere that Joyce describes in his writing. Why not visit “the worst pharmacy in the city”?

The Hellfire Club

If you fancy yourself a bit of a ghost-hunter, this next location is for you. The Hellfire club is perched on the top of Montpelier Hill, high up in the Dublin Mountains. This former hunting lodge was built in the 18th  century by William Connelly.

It is said that building was doomed from the start, with a series of tragic events striking the lodge. After Connelly’s death, a secret society called the Hellfire Club used the building as its base for occult practices and wild behaviour, making this one of Ireland’s scariest destinations.

Hacienda Bar

Located near the famous fruit and veg market, the Hacienda Bar is one of Dublin’s hidden gems. Although the opening hours are inconsistent, it’s worth heading down to see what’s on offer. To get in, you have to ring a buzzer and answer some questions, but the owner, Shay, is a legend in his own right. He can regularly be seen in photographs with the celebs who visit the pub. Famous visitors include Ed Sheeran, Matthew McConaughey, and Kate Beckinsale.

The Forty Foot

Weather permitting, the Forty Foot offers some of the best outdoor swimming in Ireland. It’s something of a Christmas Day tradition for locals to head to this cove and take the plunge into the Irish Sea. Another spot made famous through Joyce’s Ulysses, the Forty Foot can be enjoyed in high or low tide, making it a popular diving spot for locals and visitors alike. Perfect for adrenaline junkies who are ready to brave the cold.

Temple Bar Book Market

Every Saturday and Sunday, from 11am to 6pm, you’ll find a market that will please any bookworm. The Temple Bar Book Market gives you the opportunity to lose yourself to literature with this small but well-stocked outlet. You’re sure to bag yourself a bargain on anything from literature to old vinyl records – the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Stay in the Heart of the Action

Dublin is a small city, so you’re never too far from something to do. Our accommodation always puts you right in the heart of the action, and with so many attractions on offer, you won’t get bored throughout your stud

Perfecting Your CV: 9 Tips for Students

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Perfecting Your CV: 9 Tips for Students

Your CV is the gateway to your future career. It’s the first point of contact that a potential employer will have with you, so you should embrace every bit of space on the page. There’s a reason why CVs are still as prominent as they were years ago – they’re the most effective way for an employer to assess a candidate’s ability to do the job.

Your CV is a sales pitch that tells the employer why you should be interviewed for the role over another candidate. It has to paint you in the best possible light, especially if you are a recent graduate seeking out your first full-time role.

There are a few ways that you can tweak your CV to portray yourself as dedicated, enthusiastic, and equipped to do the job you’re applying for.

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10 Best St. Patrick’s Day Events in Dublin

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10 Best St. Patrick’s Day Events in Dublin

Nobody celebrates their national holiday quite like the Irish. St. Patrick’s Day is a time to celebrate culture, heritage, and history. If you’re living in Dublin, you’ll find that you’re in the heart of the action, where the typical day of celebrations is drawn out into a week-long, Guinness-fuelled festival. So grab a pint, put on your leprechaun hat, and get ready to embrace an unparalleled sense of national pride, with the 10 best St. Patrick’s Day events in Dublin.

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How to Survive Exam Season

How to Survive Exam Season

With exam season fast-approaching, you might think that it’s time to stock-up on energy drinks, and lock yourself in the library, but that doesn’t have to be the case. With a forward-thinking attitude and a bit of planning, you’ll sail through your exams. Follow these study tips, and you’ll be on track in no time.

Study When Your Brain is Awake

You should leave every study session feeling more knowledgeable than when you went in. A classic error that people make when studying is to find a seat in the library and work for hours on end. The reality is that we all need to sleep, and when you’re feeling tired, your brain won’t function properly; your ability to take in information will be seriously reduced and you’re more likely to procrastinate when all you can think about is going to sleep.

To avoid wasting your time, it’s best to establish what time of day you work best, create a strict study plan and stick to it during that time – this way you’ll have enough time to rest and won’t forget any important information.

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5 Ways To Find The Perfect Student Accommodation

Lisa Moran lives at New Mill Student Accommodation, Dublin and shares her advice about choosing where to live whilst at college.

1.       Consider the student accommodation on offer when researching your desired university and course

When choosing a potential university and degree, it is equally important to research what student accommodation is on offer too. Most students will live in the accommodation for nearly a year, and for a lot of people, it will be the first time they’re living away from home. Therefore it’s vital that you are in the right location and are in a comfortable setting in which you quickly feel at home.  I loved Dublin due to its great culture and its regular exciting events and activities – for me, it was essential to be within easy access to these and New Mill was the perfect option. I am only four minutes away from my college and a local supermarket and the popular bars and nightclubs are just six minutes away in a taxi. New Mill also has 24-hour staff on hand which really makes you feel safe – the staff are based on site meaning you have someone to speak to straightaway whatever is needed.

2.       Sign up to relevant newsletters and alerts

This is a great way to hear about the latest university news, upcoming events as well as spaces available at local student accommodation buildings.  Once I had decided I wanted to study Commercial Modern Music as part of the Design Institute of Technology, I made sure I was part of their mailing list. This is where I heard about the launch of New Mill and it allowed me to register my interest in becoming a resident a year before the development even opened.

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A Guide to Dublin’s Universities and Colleges

Dublin is home to many internationally-acclaimed universities and colleges. Between these historic institutions (and a few modern additions), they have produced big names in an impressive array of disciplines, but they are perhaps best-known for their literary alumni. Famous figures like Samuel Beckett, James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, WB Yeats, and many more have shared educational roots that can be traced right back here to Dublin.

To give you a better understanding of these higher-education institutions, here’s a brief introduction to all universities and colleges in the Irish capital.

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10 Questions About Living in Shared Accommodation


Moving into shared accommodation at college is a big step. First time living away from parents? It’s an exciting time and you have a lot to look forward to in the year ahead! However, with any new adventure comes the fear of the unknown.

To put your mind at ease, we’ve answered 10 questions you might have about living in shared accommodation.

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A Student’s Guide to Combating Homesickness

Moving away to university is a huge life event. For many of us, it’s the first proper step in our journey to adulthood. University is where we get to enjoy our independence, learn to become self-reliant, and all of that other grown-up stuff.

As glorious as student life becomes, it can be quite a shock to the system initially – even if you’re fairly independent to begin with (or you thought you were!).

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New Mill Show Flat Launch

Uninest Student Residences began our journey in 2014. We strive to provide the best living experience for students in Dublin, offering stylish, secure and sociable student living. This week, we were delighted to welcome faces from some of Dublin’s most prestigious educational institutions, along with valued friends and partners, to the launch of Dublin’s newest Student Accommodation, New Mill.

Hosted at Teeling Whiskey Distillery, just round the corner from where New Mill is currently being built, with speeches from Tim Mitchell CEO of Uninest Student Residences, and Aaron Bailey Head of Construction in Europe, a great night was had by all.

While Ireland maintains its reputation for having some of the best academic institutions globally there will continue to be high demand for well-maintained purpose-built student accommodation from both home and international students. – Tim Mitchell

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