Socialising and life in Dublin

Home to 1.5 million citizens, Dublin is known worldwide as a vibrant and friendly city. The majority of services are now reopened in Dublin following the closures due to COVID-19 whilst adhering to all public health advice and guidelines. The wonderful hustle and bustle you envisage when you think of Dublin city centre has reemerged and the streets of Dublin are alive again with friendly faces, lively music on the famous Grafton Street, as well as the reopening of all our retail outlets, restaurants, cafes and bars which serve food. Pubs and nightclubs remain closed until further notice.

The Irish Government requires face coverings to be worn in all shops, retail settings and shopping centres. Whilst we are all delighted with the recommencement of services we are also reminded to remain incredibly cautious. We urge everyone to maintain a high level of personal compliance in relation to public health guidelines. Please remain professional at all times and make responsible decisions both on and off campus. We each have a significant role to play in how our society develops and to curb the risk of spread throughout the community.

We want you to feel safe, welcome and happy in your adopted city, and will do everything we can to support you as you transition to life in Dublin, so you can get on with creating a lifetime of memories.

When it is safe to do so and you wish to start exploring your new home in Dublin, you can find information on shopping, tours, activities, eating and nightlife on visitdublin.com.

We are very proud of the rich and engaging extracurricular activities brought to life by our 35 sports clubs and 52 societies at RCSI. Each and every one plays an important role in the learning and development of ourstudent body in addition to playing a key role in supporting our new students.

Socially, you will have the option to join lots of online activities during orientation, including club and society events, daily exercise classes delivered by the RCSI Gym team including yoga, HIIT and exercises that can be done from your room and more so you can start engaging in student life.

This year, COVID-19 will of course change how our clubs and societies operate – this is inevitable. However, we are committed to finding new ways to engage with the student body and we have no doubt that working with our Student Union and our captains, presidents and executive committees that we safely deliver an active, fulfilling student life. Yes, it will look different than previously and keeping all our students safe will be front and centre, however we are confident that we will succeed.

Everyone is urged to stay local. Staying local is the best way to minimise the spread of COVID-19 to ourselves, our friends, families, colleagues and vulnerable people. The Irish Government are updating the rules around social gatherings therefore you are advised to keep yourself updated on these rules.

We urge you to remain cautious and responsible when using public places such as restaurants, shops and coffee shops. Pubs and nightclubs remain closed until further notice and continue to represent points of particular risk.