Student life

interacting with othersHome 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

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 our student body in addition to playing a key role in supporting our new students.

Socially, you  have the option to join lots of activities, 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. Please check out the new Student Hub which lists all the activities currently planned and underway for students.

COVID-19 has, of course, changed how our clubs and societies operate. 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 can safely deliver an active, fulfilling student life. Yes, it does look different than previous years but keeping all our students safe is front and centre of all we do.

The Students' Union (SU) is an annually elected body, consisting of eight officers.

'Team S.YOU' represents all students on a variety of both academic and non-academic committees and is considered the University's bridge between faculty/administration and the student body.

The SU is invited to most meetings and ensures that student voices are heard on a variety of topics. The SU also works closely with the Student Council, which consists of representatives from all classes at RCSI.

One of the primary duties of the SU is to represent students academically. The SU officers will listen to any problems or concerns that individuals or groups may have, including exam worries, results, use of computers and curriculum changes.  

Contact the SU by emailing

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.