Arriving and settling in

We are monitoring the global travel situation.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has given some countries a status of 'normal precautions' or green list. At RCSI we want to maintain the highest level of public confidence and take every step to keep you safe and well. This means that, whatever changes the Irish Government make, RCSI will require all students who travel from overseas to restrict movement for 14 days after they arrive in Ireland.

RCSI Travel is available to provide specialist advice and support when making your travel arrangements and booking flights. Please contact RCSI Travel at any time to assist you with your travel plans.

When you arrive in Ireland from overseas you will need to fill in a form called the COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form. This form can be filled out before you travel. The purpose of this form is to ensure more accurate and expeditious contact tracing, should we have a suspected or confirmed case on a flight coming into the country.

New students

On entering the arrival hall in Dublin airport, if you pre-booked the personal meet and greet service, you will be met by an RCSI representative and transported to their accommodation.

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or other illnesses, or if you have been a close contact with someone suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19 within 14 days of planned departure, we advise that you do not travel until after 14 days and more than five days fever free, where relevant. RCSI Travel can advise you on changes to travel arrangements and your education supervisors will understand.

Returning students

As a returning student, RCSI Travel are pleased to offer a meet and greet service and airport transfer to your accommodation. There will be a charge for this service. Please contact us to make a booking.

Please ensure your travel plans allow for the 14-day mandatory restriction of movement. At RCSI, this requirement applies to travel originating from all overseas countries.

The date you need to be back is on your programme calendar here.

Please note: You will be asked to provide proof of arrival date before you can come on to campus/clinical site.

Information on restricted movement can be found on the HSE website.

New students

To maximise our ability to support your health, safety and welfare, we are encouraging all new international students to stay in one of RCSI’s recommended student accommodation residences for their first year in RCSI. This will enable us to provide each student with dedicated support during your first two weeks in Dublin and assist in getting you settled into your first year at RCSI.

For our new students, upon arrival you will be greeted and shown the facilities of your new home. The students within each unit will be a ‘Student Pod’. This Student Pod will be part of your immediate student network, and during the restricted movement phase students can get to know each other, while maintaining physical distancing measures.

For information on and assistance with accommodation please consult or email us.

Returning students

For ongoing students we know that many of you have already secured accommodation or are returning to the same accommodation as last year.

For those of you who are still looking for accommodation we are pleased to advise that many of the student residences in Dublin city and surrounding areas have availability and are open for immediate bookings. These include The Tannery/New Mill/Uninest, Scape, Wexford/Aungier Street accommodation amongst others. Details of all these properties are available in our accommodation section and on Moodle. For those looking for private rented accommodation please check the 'accommodation to rent' section on Moodle.