Pre-arrival arrangements

The only documentation you will need to submit between now and Registration Day is your final high school exams transcript to confirm your full offer status and completion of the meet and greet service form so that we can pick you up at Dublin Airport and bring you to your new student accommodation. 

There is no need to organise medical checkups, vaccinations or police clearance records in advance of your arrival at RCSI. These will all be organised by the University within the first six months of the programme.

We have over 60 student ambassadors from 14 countries who would be delighted to answer some of your questions. If you are keen to speak to an RCSI student from your country/city, email to get connected or visit the  'Connect us' section of the website.

RCSI is pleased to offer a meet and greet service to all new students and their families. This welcome service will meet you on arrival in Dublin Airport and arrange complimentary transport to your accommodation. If you wish to avail of this service, you must complete the online registration form a minimum of 10 days before arriving into Dublin Airport. The registration form is available from early July on the 'Non-EU' section of

All non-EU students are required to have private medical insurance when coming to and residing in Ireland for the purpose of study. The private medical insurance should provide cover for accident and/or disease and should cover the student for any period of hospitalisation.

Please note that, although private health insurance is not organised by or through RCSI, we are happy to provide advice where we can. Please log into the website or read page 29 of the Information Pack below.

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Prior to COVID-19, Allied Irish Bank (AIB) and Bank of Ireland (BOI) were on campus during the first week to assist students with opening their Irish bank accounts. Students could also go directly to designated branches of these two banks located close to the University.

This year, in light of COVID-19, the banks are reviewing the process by which international students will open their bank accounts. We will send details of this process to you as soon as it becomes available.

You cannot open a bank account until after you have completed your self-isolation. If your landlord is looking for an Irish bank account, please contact the Student Services Office who will provide a letter confirming that you are a newly arrived student of the University. Please be reminded that your local ATM/credit and debit cards will all operate in Ireland without the need to have an Irish bank account.

Police clearance is not required to allow you to start your course. All students however will undergo Garda vetting during their first year. Garda vetting is required as part of your clinical teaching and is a standard protocol for all individuals working and training in the healthcare sector. Garda vetting is organised through the SARA office and will require you to complete a form outlining all of the permanent addresses that you have lived in from birth.

Your own personal mobile/cell phone may operate in Ireland. It is essential that you check with your local service provider. You may want to buy a mobile phone when you come to Ireland. Mobile/cell phones can be purchased from a variety of shops located around the city. Prices start from €20.

Compare the cost of a ‘pay as you go’ mobile phone and a phone with a monthly bill. There are several mobile phone companies in Ireland: Vodafone, 3, Tesco and Eir. Each company has several outlets close to the University.

Credit for mobile phones can be purchased in local shops. Once you open a bank account you can also buy credit at an ATM. Most mobile phone provider websites contain information about mobile phone prices and call rates, so you can get an idea as to which phone would suit you best. Phones can be purchased online and each website gives a store locator. You may also try purchasing phones and/or comparing phone and plan prices at the Carphone Warehouse store on Grafton Street, close to campus.

Non-EU students registered in medicine, physiotherapy and pharmacy programmes are entitled to take up casual employment (defined as up to 20 hours part-time work per week or full-time work during normal university vacation periods).

If you choose to work you will require a social security number known as a personal public service (PPS) number. For more information, go to page 48 of the Information Pack below.

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At RCSI, our on-campus restaurant and two coffee shops serve a wide selection of freshly-made food and drinks, including vegetarian and halal-friendly options.

There is a wide choice of food shops and restaurants nearby, catering to all tastes and budgets. As the number and variety of overseas nationals has grown in recent years, so too has the diversity of food and ingredients. Students should therefore have no difficulty satisfying special religious or dietary requirements. An array of supermarkets, located close to the college and your on-campus accommodation, cater for all food tastes at reasonable prices and remove the need for on-campus meal plans. For more information, please read pages 33, 34 and 52 of the Information Pack below.

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The cost of living in Dublin will vary from student to student. Please see below for an estimate, but bear in mind that these are estimates only and that each individual will have their own financial needs based on their own lifestyle and circumstances. 

Monthly budget estimate 

  • Accommodation: €700-€1,600 (depending on type of accommodation)
  • Food: €150-€400
  • Light, heat, bins: €100
  • Public transport: €100-€120
  • Clothes, entertainment, other living expenses: €250
  • Textbooks (once annually): €100-€200
  • Estimated total: €1,300 upwards (depending largely on your accommodation choice)

For more information, please read page 41 of the Information Pack below.

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The first week of Semester 1 is known as Freshers’ Week. The aim of the week is to welcome all new students and assist with the settling-in process. This year, as a result of COVID-19, the Freshers activities will be different as students will be self-isolating.

A committee, which includes representatives from the Students’ Union, are developing plans for this year’s welcoming activities. Some Freshers events will take place during the self-isolation period, while others may be postponed until after the students are out of isolation.

The Freshers events are not yet finalised as the Irish Government guidelines on lifting the lockdown are being accelerated as the COVID situation is improving (ahead of projections). The organising committee are therefore waiting to have a full understanding of what the health guidelines will be when the programme is due to begin. Details of the Freshers events will be published on the website when they are available.