Cork Freshers 2018: Student Event Guide

Cork is home to some great colleges that offer career-enhancing courses. Freshers’ week is a rite of passage, and you’ll find that the first month of college is packed full of events that are designed to help you settle in and meet new people. Whether it’s late-night events or daytime bonding sessions, your first few weeks will be an immersive experience – and you really should make the most of it. Continue Reading

What Type of Student Are You?

You’ll meet loads of new people when you head off to college; there will be everything from academic types to party animals, all with different-but-recognisable qualities. You’ll probably find that your group of mates has at least one of these types in there, and you never know, you might even be one of them too….

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Cork’s Hidden Gems

Cork is a popular choice for students who are looking for somewhere new to call home throughout their studies. You might wonder why people who want to experience city life head here instead of the country’s capital, Dublin. The truth is that Dublin is a tourist-focused city, always busy and always awake. This can be great, but it can be uncomfortable for some people, especially when you factor in how much it costs to live in any capital city. Continue Reading

What to Do with Your Student Discount in Cork


Student life is known for being a bit of a financial challenge. Not only do you have to pay for food and essentials like toilet roll, but you also have to have enough money to go out and socialise with friends. Some students think that you have to sacrifice things in order to get by (like living on a diet of instant noodles so that you can afford each night out), but that’s not the case.

If you’re going to college in Cork and you’re wondering how on Earth you’re supposed to feed and entertain yourself this weekend and have enough money to go to Havana Brown’s student night on Monday, then look no further, because your favourite Cork-based businesses and high-street chains have got yo’ back.

That’s right: you don’t have to sacrifice those creature comforts; you’ve got a powerful little card in your pocket that knocks money off the cost of things… and this is how you can use it.

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Cork’s Best Study Spots

Cork’s world-class college has some of the best facilities available to students. But with a student population of more than 25,000, it can be a bit tricky getting a seat in the library when it comes time to hit the books – not to mention that sitting in the same building day in, day out can get a little bit boring. It can be difficult concentrating when you’re not comfortable with your surroundings, so when you feel the procrastination coming on, it’s time to mix it up and find a new study spot.

Fortunately, Cork has plenty of hidden gems where you can connect to the Wi-Fi, spread your textbooks out, and get stuck into a bit of revision.

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Cork: Key Facts to Know As a Student

There’s far more to Cork than pretty, multi-coloured houses and a load of old history. It’s a city that’s very much geared towards modern life, and it’s got a proud personality of its own – no inferiority complex here. If you’re thinking of coming to Cork for college, we think that’s a great idea – you’ll love it. Have a read of these key facts about the city to help you make up your mind.

Its population is four-and-a-half times smaller than Dublin’s

This probably comes as no surprise. Cork (city) has far fewer people than Dublin (city) does – just 126,000 compared to 553,000.

What this means for you is a quieter and smaller city to call home, and arguably a more easy-going lifestyle in general. If that sounds like your type of thing, you’ll settle right in.

It’s home to more than 35,000 students

Although Cork is much smaller and less densely populated than Dublin, it still draws in a great many students each year, because it’s home to two major educational institutions: University College Cork (UCC, which is part of the National University of Ireland) and the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT).

So don’t worry: you’ll enjoy the same great student experience as those Dubliners, with plenty of fellow students to live and socialise with.

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