Local guide

A Student’s Guide to Cork

Welcome to the lively city of Cork, your new university home away from home! This youthful, liberal and cosmopolitan city is every student’s dream when it comes to making the most of your life at college.


University College Cork

3 minute walk from Amnis House

If you're studying at UCC, you couldn't set yourself up in a more convenient place to live!

Cork Institute of Technology

24 minute bus ride from Amnis House

Just a 24-minute bus ride away from Amnis House! Catch the 220 bus from just outside.

Cork College of Commerce

18 minute walk from Amnis House

Take the scenic route along the Lee to get to your morning lectures. Ahhh, lovely!

St. John's Central College

20 minute walk from Amnis House

Studying at St. John's? Living at Amnis House you'll only be a 20-minute walk from college.

Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle

20 minute drive from Amnis House

It’s believed that anyone who locks lips with this block of limestone is said to become a smooth talker.

Cork City Gaol

Cork City Gaol

20 minute walk from Amnis House

This former jail-turned-museum lets you experience the living conditions of prisoners in the 19th  century.

St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral

10 minute walk from Amnis House

This Gothic revival cathedral south of the River Lee features three spires making for a stunning architectural experience.

Cork City Hall

20 minute walk from Amnis House

The Irish government ran a competition to redesign this beautiful building after it was destroyed in the Burning of Cork.

Crawford Art Gallery

Crawford Art Gallery

15 minute walk from Amnis House

Housing both traditional and contemporary artwork, Crawford Art Gallery is the ideal place for lovers of creative expression.

The English Market

The English Market

13 minute walk from Amnis House

A hub for local business in an 18th-century setting. Located in the centre of the city, the English Market offers a meeting place and plenty of organic products.

Mahon Point Retail

Mahon Point Shopping Centre

20 minute drive from Amnis House

Cork’s main shopping centre offers an unrivalled retail experience, with regular live entertainment, plenty of dining options, and over 80 high-street brands.

Cork is a city of great importance to Irish history, but it has modern importance too – with plenty of places to both shop and eat, and a nightlife that captures the Dublin spirit on a smaller scale.


Ireland’s ‘rebel city’ has plenty of options when it comes to food and drink, so if you’re into trying new culinary delights, Cork is the perfect place to call home. Strategically placed in southern Ireland, Cork has access to a wide range of fresh seafood, and the surrounding countryside produces some of the country’s best dairy products, making this city a must-visit regardless of your preferred cuisine.

When it comes to eating out, expect the usual chain restaurants, along with a selection of independent eateries that serve mouth-watering menus. If you want to try some authentic Irish fish, head to Electric fish bar, or for a cheaper eat, head down to the Franciscan Well Brewery, where you can enjoy offers on pizza from Monday to Sunday.

Cork’s nightlife captures the atmosphere of Dublin, but on a smaller scale. Expect an intimate twist on the upbeat atmosphere of the capital, with plenty of pubs and bars for you to experience. If you enjoy your sport, the Larry Tompkins pub will be right up your street, with the gaelic football drawing in big crowds. For a cheaper night, head to the Bailey, where you’ll find cheap drinks and an inviting atmosphere.


Although Cork is small in size, it packs a lot in when it comes to its shopping options. If you’re in need of retail therapy, you can lose yourself as you wander around the shops on offer – from independent outlets to high-street brands, you’ll be spoiled for choice.

When it comes to shopping in Cork, there is one place where locals and tourists flock to religiously. Mahon Point Shopping Centre is the place to go to find your high-street names, along with some independent gems tucked away as well! With so much to see in this one location, don’t be surprised if you find yourself spending the whole day here.

If you want a first-hand experience of local retailers, head down to the Mother Jones Flea Market, where you can find all things vintage. With each stall offering a different niche, you’re sure to find something to suit your needs.


Students in Cork have the benefit of living in a small but lively city. With plenty on offer, you’ll never get bored, and whether you’re enjoying the nightlife or visiting the theatre, Cork has something to keep you entertained.

Cork Omniplex is the go-to place if you want to see the latest movies. Located in Mahon Point, the Omniplex is often paired up with a day of shopping and dining – the perfect way to spend a Saturday in the city. Alternatively, head to Cork Everyman if you’d like to check out the live music, theatre, and comedy that the city has to offer.

There are plenty of student-friendly bars in Cork, with many of them taking the student budget into account. An Bróg offers students the ultimate club-in-a-pub experience, with cheap drinks and a lively atmosphere into the early hours. Tuesdays are their beer pong day, but get down early to avoid disappointment.