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.

The most up-to-date information on term dates is available here.

Please note that we are not encouraging our students to travel during breaks/vacations during the academic year given the uncertainty in relation to self isolation/restricted movements in their home countries and on their return to Dublin.

On this basis, we are advising all international students to book flexible airline tickets for now.

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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 restricted movement. On-campus accommodation includes Mercer, Millin, New Mill and Scape Aungier Street accommodation. You can book your accommodation online via the 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 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 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

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 website.


Not all international students need a visa to study in Ireland but all non-EEA students (e.g. international students not in possession of an EEA passport), 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.

In previous years, it was possible to book your IRP appointment via the INIS website prior to your arrival and to secure an appointment date for after registration at RCSI.

This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the INIS has decided to postpone online IRP appointments until at least September 2020 and as a result, students will not be able to book their appointment date until AFTER they have registered with the University.

The main thing is not to worry – no student is required to book their IRP appointment until after Registration Day at RCSI and international students who secured a multi entry visa have until January 2021 to get their IRP.

The RCSI Student Services office will be on hand to assist all students with their IRP appointment queries after Registration Day.

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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.

Details on applying for your IRP are outlined in detail under Q1 above.

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.

Most Irish embassies and visa application centres are processing long stay study visas again since the beginning of August 2020. Although we understand this is an anxious time for students awaiting news on their visa applications, we would ask that you allow 2-4 weeks for the visas to be processed and if there are still delays at the end of August/early September, please email with your Visa Application Reference number and we will do our best to assist.

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 with your visa application number and we will try to assist.