Travel and accommodation

All new first year students travelling from outside of Ireland are advised to fly into Dublin airport either on the Friday, Saturday or Sunday before your official academic year start date.

First semester dates are outlined in detail on pages 13 and 14 of the Information Pack below. Second semester dates will be available on the rcseye.com website. For now, we are advising all international students to book flexible airline tickets and to wait until there is further clarity regarding self-isolation requirements during vacation periods before confirming return flight dates.

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We are recommending on-campus accommodation to all first year non-EU students this year so that you have access to the full range of supports available, particularly during the first two weeks of self isolation. On-campus accommodation includes Mercer, Millin, New Mill and Scape Aungier Street accommodation. You can book your accommodation online via the rcseye.com website and discounts are available to first year non-EU students. Rooms are allocated on a first come, first served basis, so our advice is to book as early as possible.

This really depends on the type and location of accommodation. Accommodation can range from €700 per month for single rooms in private accommodation to €1,600 per month for top of the range studio apartments in new student complexes in the city centre. On-campus accommodation typically costs anything from €7,000 to €15,000 per annum (bills included). Discounts are available this year and more information is available on the rcseye.com website.

While not mandatory, we are recommending on-campus accommodation to our first year non-EU students to facilitate easy access to the full range of student supports available to RCSI students this year. More information on accommodation options is available on the rcseye.com website.

If you plan to live on-campus, we would recommend you book as soon as possible, as room bookings have been available since early April and are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Mercer, Millin and Scape Aungier Street are all within a six-minute walk of the RCSI Dublin Campus. New Mill accommodation is a 15-minute walk from campus. RCSI’s Stephen's Green campus is literally in the heart of Dublin city centre and only a two-minute walk from Grafton Street, Dublin’s main shopping area.

All on-campus apartments have a kitchen and living area, which students share with their housemates. Typically, a kitchen/living area is shared between six students, but this can be less, depending on the type of accommodation, e.g. studio apartments have their own kitchen/living area.

Most students purchase their own groceries and cook meals using these shared kitchen facilities. There are several supermarkets and food stores within a five-minute walk from on-campus accommodation and plenty of cafés, reasonably priced restaurants and takeout options nearby. Students can also order meals online and have access to a range of restaurants within RCSI which serve meals from 7am to 3pm daily. For more information, check out pages 33, 34 and 52 of the Information Pack below.

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Typically, students pay a deposit of €500 to secure their room and pay the balance by August 2020. If you require an accommodation payment plan (i.e. semesterised payments), please contact Ivan Carty, RCSI’s accommodation manager, directly at ivancarty@rcsi.ie.

New Mill and Scape Aungier Street offer 51-week leases. For more information on booking New Mill or Scape Aungier Street, please visit the 'accommodation' section of the rcseye.com website.

Visas

Not all international students need a visa to study in Ireland but all non-EEA students will need an Irish Residency Permit (IRP) to stay in the country for more than 90 days. Find out if you need a visa to study in Ireland here.

To secure an IRP, please visit this website when online appointments become available later this summer.

More information on applying for visas and IRPs is available in the 'Non-EU' section of the rcseye.com website. You should also read pages 17 to 21 of the Information Pack below.

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If you are a non-EU student with dual citizenship and access to an EU passport, you may travel in and out of the EU without the need for a long stay study visa. If you choose to travel with your EU passport, you must carry it with you each and every time you travel in and out of Dublin, to avoid confusion or complications for immigration.

Not all international students require an entry visa to study in Ireland. You can check if you are a visa required student here.

Students who require a visa to study in Ireland are being advised to obtain a 'Multi Entry Long Stay' visa this year (as opposed to a single entry long stay visa).

You can check what information and documentation you need to apply for a long stay visa, by visiting this section of the INIS website.

More information on who needs to apply for a visa and which embassy to send your visa application documentation to after your initial online application is outlined on pages 17 to 21 of the Information Pack below.

 
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After you register with RCSI, all non-EEA students, including those who do not require an entry visa, must register with the immigration authorities in Ireland to secure an IRP.

Long stay visas can take up to 12 weeks to be issued, so early application is advised.

Please note that notwithstanding restrictions still in place locally, the Irish visa authorities resumed the acceptance of visa applications, through their commercial partner, VFS, in seven locations overseas where they have visa offices, as well as in the Dublin office from Monday 22 June. Their seven visa offices overseas are based in China, India, UAE, Turkey, Nigeria, Russia and the UK.

There are still restrictions in place in some of these countries, so where it isn’t possible to resume from the 22 June, they intend to resume accepting visa applications as soon as is possible thereafter. The initial resumption of services may also be on a limited basis in certain locations – for example, in China, only four of the fifteen Visa Application Centres (VACs) will be allowed to open initially and in Turkey and elsewhere, initial opening hours may be limited.

In all other locations, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) hope to resume services as soon as local restrictions allow them to do so. There are also contingency plans in place to process applications in the Dublin office should the situation on the ground in other locations prevent VFS doing so there. We will update this section again as soon as further information on visa processing becomes available. For now, please ascertain if you need a long stay study visa, apply for your visa and follow the instructions for sending supplementary documentation to the relevant embassy.

The Irish visa authorities are prioritising Long Stay Study visa applications so if you experience any delays later in the summer, please email admissions@rcsi.ie with your visa application number and we will try to assist.