Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland, is a city rich in historical and present-day culture and is also a modern centre for education and the arts. Its vibrancy, nightlife and attractions are noteworthy. It is the largest city in the Republic, but the city centre is small enough for one to travel around by foot. Being cosmopolitan, access to Asian food and groceries is easy with the numerous oriental supermarkets scattered all over the city.
Dublin enjoys a mild climate. In the winter, temperatures hover around 5°C in the day and dip slightly below 0°C at night, thus snow is not very common. In the summer, temperatures rarely exceed the maximum of 19°C. Contrary to popular belief, it does not rain as much as it is said to in Dublin. Rainfall average is lower than London’s, however, as the precipitation is evenly spread out throughout the year, there are frequent light showers.
Activities and Attractions
Dublin is located on the west coast of Ireland and is divided by the River Liffey. The large O’Connell Street is located on the north, intersected by many shopping districts, notably Henry Street. On the south of the river are Trinity College Dublin, St Patrick’s Cathedral, St Stephen’s Green and Grafton Street (another major shopping district). As aforementioned, Dublin is famous for its nightlife. For those interested in this form of socializing, the night scene will not disappoint. Temple Bar is an area where the rich Irish culture is evident. Filled with pubs, bars, clubs and restaurants, the atmosphere is amazing and friendly but stay clear of intoxicated individuals.
Estimated Cost of Living
Unfortunately, the cost of living in Dublin is rather high. This, of course, very much depends on each student’s individual needs. Cooking and eating at home, and preparing meals for lunch can keep costs down. Sharing the groceries amongst a small group of people also helps.
Medicine (First Year Undergraduate) 09/10