With several major universities and a world-famous artistic and cultural heritage, Dublin’s an extremely popular destination for students studying abroad. From its gorgeous Georgian architecture to its hearty cuisine and acclaimed cultural institutions, Dublin has something for everyone. 

Settling into a new city can be difficult, especially if you’re a student. That’s why we’ve brought together some serious tips for getting the most out of your time in Dublin. In this guide, you’ll find advice on how to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to food, where the best cafes are located, what sorts of day trips you should think about, and much more. 

As you check out this list, keep in mind that Verto will have tons of activities planned for you, so be sure to check in with your Student Life Coordinator to see which of these activities you’ll be able to opt-in to with the group!

 

Where to Get the Best Instagram Post

Taking plenty of gorgeous pics is one of the best parts of studying abroad — as well as one of the cheapest ways to snag an awesome souvenir. Here are a few awesome destinations in Dublin where you can create the perfect Instagram post. 

Georgian Dublin

The city of Dublin has some of the finest examples of surviving Georgian architecture anywhere, including its famous Georgian doorways. Simply gorgeous, these elegant facades and doorways are clustered around the Merrion Square area, so grab a bus to the south side of the city, hop off, and start wandering!

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Iveagh Gardens

Designed in the 1800s but with a history that goes back more than three centuries, the Iveagh Gardens are truly a sight to see. Elegant landscaping and breathtaking water features make this storied locale the ideal spot for grabbing a gorgeous pic. Take the bus to St. Stephen’s Green, and you’ll be right next door!

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St. Patrick’s Cathedral

It wouldn’t be a tour of Dublin without a quick stop at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, named for Ireland’s most famous saint. Although the exterior is impressive, you’re really coming for the stunning, massive interior. Trust us, you’ll feel like you’re stepping back in time. 

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Ha’penny Bridge

Visit Ha’penny Bridge at night to catch a pic of the lights reflecting in the water below, or check it out in the daytime to get a better look at its unique white rail work. Built in 1816, this beautiful and iconic footbridge helps an estimated 30,000 pedestrians cross the Liffey every day!

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Best Budget Eats

Dublin is famous the world over for its pub food — think hearty, generous portions that won’t break the bank. And because you’ll find pubs pretty much everywhere in the city, you won’t need to go out of your way to find quick, cheap eats. 

That said, the city offers more than just pub fare. Dublin is a world-class food city filled with international flavors, and some of the best deals in the city are designed with students in mind, with restaurants offering midweek meal deals and special menus. 

Lovinspoon

If you’re looking for cheap, traditional pub fare, Lovinspoon is hard to beat. The portions are massive, from their hearty breakfast platters stuffed with eggs, sausage, and beans, to their tempting lunch offerings. Make sure to wash it all down with a cup of Irish tea. 

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147 Deli

Ask a native Dubliner where to grab the best sandwich in the city, and odds are they’ll tell you 147 Deli. With fresh homemade bread and hefty portions of specially prepared meats, these sandwiches will fill you up — and you’ll have probably have a bit left over for dinner too. 

Bunsen

For a satisfying, no-nonsense burger experience, Bunsen is the place to beat. The burgers may be simple — think meat, cheese, pickle and bun — but the flavor profile is complex and filling. After all, there’s a reason Bunsen remains one of the most popular burger joints in Ireland.

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Dublin Pizza Company

When you think Dublin, you probably don’t think pizza — but maybe you should. This takeaway, wood-fired pizza joint offers top-of-the-line Naples-style pies at a pretty affordable price. It’s the perfect place to go with a friend after you’ve worked up your hunger studying hard. 

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Boojum

Looking for a cheap, filling burrito made the Dublin way? Then Boojum is your best bet. This Irish chain has a number of locations scattered across the city, offering award-winning Mexican food at highly affordable prices. 

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Falafel

Looking for a hefty falafel wrap for just €5 (£4.47)? Then head on over to Falafel, one of the best Middle Eastern eateries in Dublin, renowned for the wide variety of excellent dishes on its menu. 

Best Cafés to Study In

Every college student dreams of the perfect café — fresh coffee, plenty of space to work, and of course, free Wi-Fi. In most cafés in Dublin it’s completely normal to post up and work or study, though if you’re ever unsure it’s safest just to ask an employee about the café’s work or laptop policy. To make your search easier, we’ve brought together the best cafés to study in when you’re in Dublin. 

The Clockwork Door

The Clockwork Door offers a pretty unique deal. You pay for the time you’re there — around 8 cents a minute, or roughly $5 an hour — and from there coffee, tea, and Wi-Fi are all free and unlimited. 

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Coffee Works

Coffee Works may be located outside of the city center, but the coffee there is worth it. Of course, that means there can be a bit of a crowd, so expect to show up early if you’re planning on posting up for a solid work session. 

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Dubray Books Café Grafton Street

Located at 36 Grafton Street, this location of the Irish book chain offers an in-store coffee with just the right vibes — you’re free to curl up with a book, or your laptop, for a few hours. And what better way to take a quick break from studying than to wander the aisles of a bookstore?

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Cinnamon

A low-key space offering all that you need to get some serious work done — great coffee and plenty of wide-open space — Cinnamon Café is a reliable option for buckling down and studying hard. 

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Best Outdoor Activities

So you’ve just turned in that big assignment, and now you’ve got some serious free time on your hands. If you’re craving some fresh air, you’ll find plenty of awesome things to do in Dublin.

Phoenix Park

Phoenix Park covers an astounding 707 hectares of land, making it the largest city park in all of Europe! But it’s not just about space. This stunning park offers a wide variety of attractions, including the world-famous Dublin Zoo. If you’re living in Dublin you’re sure to be spending plenty of time at Phoenix Park. 

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Powerscourt Estate

Opulence and open space abound at the Powerscourt Estate, a 13th-century castle that’s been updated and restored throughout the centuries. The house and gardens — featuring both Japanese and Italian style gardens — are generally open to the public, making this site a must-see on sunny days. 

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Dún Laoghaire Farmers’ Market

For the freshest produce in the city, check out Dún Laoghaire Farmers’ Market, located in the People’s Park in the nearby suburb of Dún Laoghaire every Sunday. Fancy cheeses, homemade breads and more are waiting for you just a short train ride away. 

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Viking Splash Tours

Ready to get check out the city and get a little wet? On this 75-minute tour of the city, you’ll ride in a bright yellow amphibious boat through Dublin, finally splashing down into the water at the Grand Canal. You’ll learn about the city’s general history and get a glimpse of many of its most famous neighborhoods with Viking Splash Tours

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Getting Outside the City

Part of the point of studying abroad is to go, well, abroad. If you’ve gotten pretty comfortable in Dublin, it might be time to check out some of the incredible attractions located outside of the city. Below, we’ve brought together some awesome day trips that you won’t want to miss. 

And because Verto’s location is in the city center near a variety of public transport options, you’ll have no trouble getting to the train and heading out of the city. 

Giant’s Causeway

The Giant’s Causeway is one of the most famous natural wonders in the world, comprising more than 40,000 columns of basalt, which were produced by an ancient volcanic eruption. Although it’s a bit of a trek by train, commit to a day trip, and you won’t be disappointed. 

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Galway

About two and a half hours away by train, Galway offers a similarly coastal experience and the best of West Ireland. Situated around lively Eyre Square, the city offers gorgeous stone architecture, boutique stores, and cafés, as well as charming coastal views. 

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Glendalough

Glendalough, which means “Valley of the Two Lakes,” is a stunning glacial valley in County Wicklow, famed as one of the most gorgeous areas in the country. Located right outside of the city, Glendalough offers scenic views of the classic Irish landscape — rolling hills of green as far as the eye can see. 

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Malahide Castle

Only a few miles north of the city you’ll find Malahide Castle, an imposing structure that dates from more than 800 years ago! Plan ahead and after touring the castle itself you can enjoy a picnic or just absorb the sun in the estate’s more than 260 acres of parkland. 

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By now, you’re probably ready to hit the streets and start experiencing Dublin on your own terms. But don’t forget, Verto will have other incredible activities planned for you and your cohort. Your Student Life Coordinators and the team on the ground are eagerly awaiting your arrival!