Local guide

A Student’s Guide to Dublin

With three residences to choose from in Dublin, our apartments are perfectly located. Stroll to your lectures, and find a great balance of student life, combining academics with the incredible experiences Dublin has to offer.


Trinity College

20 minute walk from New Mill

A Georgian built university set on a large campus in the heart of Ireland’s capital.

Ilac Shopping Centre

13-minute walk from Broadstone Hall

Here you can find a mix of the big-name stores as well as the smaller independents shops.

Jervis Shopping Centre

17-minute walk from Broadstone Hall

A shopping centre located in the centre of town where you can find a last-minute outfit!

Stephen's Green Shopping Centre

20-minutes by bus from Broadstone Hall

A unique glass shopping centre with a good range of shops and a food hall.

George's Street Arcade

25-minute walk from Broadstone Hall

A gem in the centre of Dublin, where you’ll find a range of traders selling all sorts of things from vintage clothing to great street food.


15-minute walk from Broadstone Hall

Large cinema chain with 17 screens, with discounted prices for students.

Savoy Cinema

15-minute walk from Broadstone Hall

Dublin’s oldest cinema where you can feel at home while watching a good movie.

Against The Grain

31-minute walk from Broadstone Hall

If beer is your thing, this is the place is for you. A global selection of beers, good food and a monthly quiz night.

The Rolling Donut

20-minute walk from Broadstone Hall

Sweet tooth? With a variety of delicious donuts, you’re sure to find one to suit your liking! Plus, there’s vegan donuts on the menu too.


25-minutes by bus from Broadstone Hall

Whether you’re eating-in or taking away, this Asian restaurant provides a quick service and great portions, and you get free ice cream at the end of your meal!

Mexico to Rome

21-minute walk from Broadstone Hall

If you can’t decide between Mexican or Italian, then this colourful restaurant solves your problem!

Captain Americas

21-minutes by bus from Broadstone Hall

A popular hangout with students, this restaurant serves American-style food with great student deals such as 3€ cocktails!


17-minute walk from Broadstone Hall

One of the best burrito places in Dublin! And a quick service for when you’re really hungry!

The Mongolian BBQ

24-minute walk from Broadstone Hall

It’s simple – you pick the ingredients you want, put them all in a bowl and hand to a chef who prepares it for you. So no need to substitute any ingredients!


11-minute walk from Broadstone Hall

When you need to stock up on food, Tesco is just a short walk from Broadstone Hall.


12-minute walk from Broadstone Hall

When you want those groceries at a bargain, ALDI is the place where you can find some great deals.

Ben Dunne Gym

16-minute walk from Broadstone Hall

If you’re after a good value gym membership, this gym is a reasonable walk from Broadstone Hall, so you can warm-up on your way!

The Back Page

5-minute walk from Broadstone Hall

If you fancy pizza or a couple of drinks, this bar is just up the road, with weekly events such as quiz nights and ping pong tournaments if you fancy!


26-minutes by public transport from Broadstone Hall

A club, sports bar and garden combined, this venue covers everything for an afternoon and night out!

Karma Stone Bar & Cafe

19-minutes by public transport from Broadstone Hall

A student-friendly bar where you can find a good range of cocktails and music.

The Living Room

15-minute walk from Broadstone Hall

If you enjoy sports, this is the place to be to watch them on a big screen. It also hosts various events and of course you can get drinks and a bite to eat too.

Sugar Club

23-minutes by public transport from Broadstone Hall

This plush venue is great for live music, but is also used for a range of other events such as cinema screening, and club nights.

Olympia Theatre

21-minute walk from Broadstone Hall

This historic building hosts a range of concerts, theatre and comedy shows.

The Grand Social

This live music and club venue has 4 areas including a boho-circus themed room.  There’s also a weekly quiz night on Thursdays with free admission!

Dicey's Garden

30-minutes by public transport from Broadstone Hall

A great spot where you can meet lots of other students from all over the world – especially on Tuesdays.Plus €5 lunches for students!


Dublin is a city full of history and culture. If you’re looking to learn more about the history of the city you’ll be living in, look no further than Dublinia – a museum where you can experience the Viking and Medieval history of the city.

You’ll know that Dublin and Guinness go hand-in-hand, so if you want to find out more about Ireland’s famous stout, head to the Guinness Storehouse, where you can have a guided tour, and a freshly-brewed Guinness! Even better, students get discounted tickets with valid student ID. If whiskey is more your thing there’s also the Old Jameson Distillery where you’ll learn all about Irish whiskey and can have a cheeky taster.


As well as your local shopping centres such as the Ilac and Jervis Shopping Centre, there’s also some great markets around the city. Liberty Market is one of Dublin’s oldest and unique markets where you can find pretty much anything as well as some great bargains. If you enjoy a good book, there’s also the Temple Bar Book Market where you might even find something to help you with your studies! And if you’re looking for a foodie’s paradise, try the Temple Bar Food Market which is on every Saturday in the heart of the city centre.

You’ve also got George’s Street Arcade, an indoor market located in the heart of the Creative Quarter – where you’ll find an exciting mix of independent shops, cafes, restaurants and galleries.


If you fancy some Brazilian food, drinks (they have over 100 types of rum) or great coffee try Wigwam which also has a roof terrace for the warmer days.

If you’re after traditional Irish food try out the Boxty House, where you can tuck in to a boxty (potato pancakes). The Quays Irish Restaurant serves up a great bowl of Irish stew.

If you’re looking for something else that isn’t too expensive, try Pho Ta where you can tuck in to some tasty Vietnamese food. For a quick spot of noodles, Yum Thai have a cracking €5 deal that you can take away.

If you fancy something healthy (or not), KC Peaches serves up wholesome meals for any time of the day, with student discounts too.


Being in Dublin, it won’t be far for you to find a pub. Looking for a traditional pub? Doyle’s is popular with students but also has a good mix of people with locals and tourists, and if you’re hungry they do a great bangers and mash!

There’s the infamous Temple Bar area, which although not the cheapest option, it’s always bustling with people. Its bursting with culture and you’ll find lots of bars, pubs, restaurants and clubs.

There’s plenty of bars and pubs around other areas of the town such as Cassidy’s Bar, where you can feel nostalgic playing boardgames, while in a trendy setting. At Four Dame Lane, you can find a good range of drinks with club nights on Friday and Saturday nights. P.Mac’s is another popular choice with students with a large beer and whiskey selection, good music and free crisps!

Dicey’s Garden is a popular club with students and isn’t too pricey, just up the road from there you’ll also find Dtwo which has club nights from Wednesday to Sunday.  For less commercial music, there’s Hangar which is located in an old factory where you’ll find club nights playing techno to hip-hop, as well as karaoke nights. If you fancy an alternative night, The Workman’s Club has something different on every night as well as regular gigs.

If live music is your thing, the Button Factory you’re sure to find something to suit you. As well as the Academy and Twisted Pepper which hosts a range of great acts. Whelans, has regular gigs as well as a silent disco 3 nights a week with free entry! You’ll also find comedy nights on Mondays with €5 entry.