Dublin City University (DCU) is a renowned university, located in the North Dublin areas of Glasnevin and Whitehall, about 5km from Dublin city centre. DCU has around 9,000 students enrolled every year with over 400 staff. Find out more about Dublin City University…
History of DCU…
DCU began life in 1975 as the National Institute for Higher Education and in 1989 it achieved university status. In the early days, DCU was focused largely on science and technology although it quickly evolved into other areas of learning such its large business school and then electrical engineering and computer science studies.
Famous figures who are part of DCU’s academic staff include former Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) John Bruton and the guru Edward De Bono.
Along with its wide range of courses, DCU has top-class facilities in its North Dublin location including expansive student accommodation. Unlike the traditional ‘halls of residence’ style accommodation favoured by some universities, DCU student accommodation largely consists of apartments which have ensuite rooms with shared living areas.
DCU has the latest in sports facilities on campus including 25 metre swimming pool, 75 metre indoor running track, astro-turf & grass pitches, squash and handball courts, rock climbing hall and a high-tech gym.
DCU is quite famous for its research as the institution has numerous research centres that are heavily involved in various projects on a national and international basis. And the DCU Library is one of the finest in the country with access to over 100 academic databases. Other notable features of the DCU Campus is the Helix Theatre, The Centre for Talented Youth and numerous retail outlets which all add to the overall experience of life at DCU.
DCU Courses & Student Union…
DCU has a wide range of faculties that contain individual schools with the main areas being Faculty of Engineering & Computing; Faculty of Science & Health; Faculty of Humanities & Social Science and DCU Business School.
Student life at DCU is greatly enhanced by the energetic Students Union who are involved in various publications and events that are specifically aimed at DCU students. DCU also has a number of clubs and societies that add greatly to life on campus.
DCU’s Location & How To Get There…
As it’s situated in the suburban areas of Glasnevin and Whitehall, DCU is really well served by public transport. Dublin Bus run services that stop on Ballymun Road and Collins Avenue entrances to DCU while other routes run close to the campus by stopping on nearby Glasnevin Avenue and Swords Road.
Dubin Bus route numbers 3, 4, 11, 11A, 11B, 13, 13A, 16, 16A, 17A, 19A, 33, 41, 41B, 41C, 46X, 58X, 103, 104 and 105 all service DCU and from O’Connell Street (Dublin city centre) you can catch bus nos. 3, 4, 11, 11A, 11B, 13, 13A, 16, 16A and 19A.
If you’re planning to drive to DCU from outside Dublin, take the M50 Motorway and continue until you see the Ballymun Exit (Junction 4). Follow these signs and drive through Ballymun and you’ll then be able to follow the signs for DCU which is located on Collins Avenue.
If you’re driving from Dublin City Centre, take the N1 through Drumcondra in the direction of the M1. Drive past the junction for Griffith Avenue and you’ll then come to the junction at Whitehall (this is a crossroads) where you should turn left onto Collins Avenue and you’ll find DCU on your left hand side.
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