Campus Guide


SU Shops & Deli

Students favourite! You’ll find our Students’ Union shop in the Library, Eng, and the Sports building. They’re run by students with a focus on value for students so you’ll see a few familiar faces in the staff t-shirts. Get deliciously cheap insomnia coffee here with a reusable mug for just €1.30 or our legendary meal deals: Sambo + drink + fruit or crisps just €4.50 or Hot Ciabatta + drink for a fiver! We take card or cash. Only down-side is we don’t accept u-card. The Su recently started providing Vegan and Gluten-free Sambos!!

The Clubhouse Bar

A trek from the library. But great if you need a solid feed. It’s not all cheap but there are a few good options like chips for €2.50 and the portion sizes tend to be massive! Cash only though.


Great place for the chicken fillet roll. Burrito bowl is a bit steep though. Good location for Sutherland and Quinn but a trek for everyone else. Also generally more expensive than SU shops as their focus is profit whereas ours is value. Honestly!

Main Restaurant

You’ll find this place between Quinn and the Arts block. The food is not great, the prices are not great and the atmosphere is non-existent. It’s only a middlin’ place to get dinner if you’re around until late and they have a Chopped in the back, which is outrageously expensive but oh so fresh and tasty. Negative marks for the fact that you’re charged for extra milk and ketchup.


Poolside Café is located - you guessed it - besides the swimming
pool.  They focus on doing the simple things right, which means you can get some of the best hangover
food here. Why not sweat the badness out in the sauna, then hit up Poolside for a ham and cheese toastie, or a beautifully greasy sausage roll? They also sell protein bars and protein shakes, for the gym bunnies among us.

Pi Restaurant

The local for Science students as it’s on the ground floor of their building. It has a tasty and varied menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner but it’s more expensive than our shops. Nico's coffee is quite exceptional also!!


One of the healthiest places for lunch is, of course, in Health Science. Also one of the most expensive. Make your own salad or roll from fresh, varied ingredients but don’t buy a bottle of water or a snack unless Mum and Dad are paying the rent. They give out their coffee grinds as fertilizer though and the staff are lovely!


One of the classier establishments the Belfield campus boasts, Chopped is the place to go if you have a lot of time, a fair bit of money, and a weird craving for leaves. The food is consistently tasty, but the queues are consistently long. You do get a lot of food packed into the awkwardly shaped plastic containers. 


The classic. About €4 for a 6-inch and €6 for a footlong. Ye know the craic, tasty on most occasions but don’t make it a regular occurrence if you’re on the health buzz. Staff are generally friendly but the meatball marinara is friendlier.

Your Students Union:

Whenever you have a problem or question in your first few weeks in UCD, UCDSU always has you covered. From issues with your education to concerns about your welfare, at undergraduate and postgraduate level, we have democratically elected and trained officers to support and represent you! If you ever have a question or an issue that needs solving, come into the SU corridor located in the Old Student Centre and we’ll sort you out with an appointment. For more info on your UCDSU officers and what they can help you with have a look here:

Sabbatical Officers

UCD Library Writing and Maths Support Centre:

Two things UCD students may find difficult when they move into 3rd level education are maths and essay writing. Most students find themselves having to do some form of maths or statistics, even in courses where it might not be expected such as Politics or Psychology. UCD’s Library has a dedicated Maths Support Centre which can provide a group for a huge number of modules. Similarly, getting used to academic essay writing can be difficult for new students. UCD Library also has a Writing Centre which provides tuition on all aspects of writing, whether creative, research-based or as part of a formal presentation.

For information on both the Maths Support Centre and the Writing Centre respectively you can look here:

Working it out:

We can provide ya with all the money-saving tips in the world but one fact remains, if you want a decent social life then a job will go a long way.  We post vacancies on Twitter using #jobfairy and on Facebook using the UCDSU Jobs Listings Page which is regularly updated. Employers send call-outs for student workers to us all the time. They especially look for weekend work and seasonal staff for midterm breaks, Christmas and summer. Try Dundrum, Blackrock or Dun Laoghaire for vacancies!

Working On Campus

The SU shops and the Clubhouse Bar have occasional vacancies, and the Student Centre tend to hire in August and January. Chopped take on students too but it’s hard to get in there and you’ll be working for ARAMARK which isn’t great for your conscience. UCD Alumni employ people in spring to call up past graduates for donations. Apart from UCD cafés, shops & departments, you can also get work on campus by becoming a brand ambassador. This is a fancy name for promotional work for private companies. You make money converting other students into paying customers for your corporate overlords. Students are known to do promotional work for Red Bull and Bumble!


If you’re having trouble getting a job, you should try and build your CV by volunteering with the SU, represent your course as a class rep, College Officer or run for a full-time position like President or C&C if campaigns and communications are your things! These positions are certain to make you stand out to the person next to you when looking for a job! Campus media like the University Observer, College Tribune, Belfield FM and UCD TV are another great way of getting your foot on the ladder. 

How to be a Final Year: Going Forward After UCD

So, this is it! Your last few months (hopefully) in UCD as an undergrad. You’re probably scrambling to find something to do for the summer like a J1 or a part-time job in your local. UCDSU has your back when it comes to guiding you in the right direction for when you enter the big bad world of being a “Recent Graduate”, and this page serves as a quick pitstop for when you’re struggling about where to go next.

Careers Centre:

Did you know that UCD has a dedicated centre for career development and that you can use this service for up to two years after you officially leave UCD? Just use your UCD Student Number and password to access their Careers Connect service if you’re a current student or give the centre a call on 01 716 7574 if you’re a graduate. This will give you access to one on one consulting where you can get help on your C.V, interview technique and anything else career related. For more info on the Career Development Centre have a look here:


Much like the Career Development Centre, your use of the UCD Libraries doesn’t stop when you graduate. For just 30 Euro a year you can get access to all of UCD’s Libraries. With a huge amount of books and journals, as well as being an excellent study space, getting year-round access for less than the price of four drinks in Dublin is a bargain. Whether you’re studying for your FE1’s or just like the peace and quiet it’s well worth a look. More info can be found here:

Seanad Registration:

Now that you’re about to have a degree from the largest university in Ireland, you also get the right to vote for your representation in Irelands Upper House, Seanad Éireann. UCD Graduates have 3 senators representing them, able to vote alongside graduates of the other N.U.I programmes. In order to be able to vote you will have to fill in a registration form which can be found here:

The form should be returned to the National University of Ireland offices using the address provided. If you ever have any questions about how or why to register then send an email to our UCDSU Graduate Officer at

Lecturer References:

After you’ve spent three or four years in UCD, you probably have a few favourite lecturers and modules or an area of your degree where everything just clicked. As you enter your final few months in UCD it can be a good time to start thinking about asking those lecturers for academic references. Much like professional references you might already have on your C.V, having a lecturer who can stand over your work after you leave UCD can be a great help when getting into graduate employment programmes and postgraduate degrees. The two biggest rules when asking for an academic reference is to be polite and to be patient. Your lecturers are under no obligation to give you a reference and will always appreciate someone who asks in person, provides all the information as to why they would like a reference and, most importantly, thanks to them when they do eventually get a reference!

Conversion Courses/Going Back to School:

One of the most daunting things students face as they come close to graduation is doubt around what they want to do later on in life or if their course is really relevant to their career goals. Rather than feel stuck, there are a number of opportunities available to students from every course to be able to re-skill and enter nearly any area of work. From Computer Science, Law and Business conversion courses to Professional Masters in Education there are plenty of ways you can make your degree work for you and to branch out into areas you might not have thought of before. When looking for advice on where to go after your undergrad degree you can chat with your programme office, a list of which can be found here:

and it never hurts to have a chat with your Student Adviser, whose contact details can be found here:

Being Safe on Campus

Campus Watch Booklet 2019/2020

Campus Watch is similar to a residential Neighbourhood Watch scheme in that it is a crime prevention and community safety programme. It operates as a partnership between An Garda Síochána and the Campus occupants. It works on the basis that every member of Campus can help to improve the quality of life on site by keeping a look out for students, staff and visitors, and reporting suspicious activities to the Gardaí.

Find below 👇 the booklet in the following languages (available on the Garda Website (;

  • English

  • Gaelige

  • French

  • German

  • Polish

  • Mandarin

  • Arabic

  • Malay

  • Spanish

  • Italian

Final Bit of Advice:

Getting this far and completing an undergraduate degree is an achievement that anyone should be proud of. While the next few weeks *should* be filled with study and prep for your final exams, it’s always completely okay to take some time to yourself and enjoy your time in UCD. It’s also always okay to ask for help if you need it and to talk to someone. On behalf of UCDSU, good luck and have fun!

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