Life in Dublin

Dublin Business School is located in the heart of Dublin city. Dublin is relatively small and can be easily crossed on foot or by bicycle. The college is a modern urban-style campus comprising of five separate buildings, each located within walking distance of each other in the fashionable downtown area of Dublin 2.  The buildings are situated among some of the most well-known landmarks in Dublin


Our main teaching building Castle House overlooks historic Dublin Castle, the fortified remains of which mark the heart of the city.  Dublin Castle was the centre British rule in Ireland for seven centuries and is now home to museums such as the Chester Beatty Library, a winner of the European Museum the Year Award. Dublin Castle is used for important state functions such as the receptions for visiting dignitaries, like the recent visits of Queen Elizabeth II and US President Obama. In 2014 Science without Borders students from all over Ireland gathered for a welcome event hosted by the Minister for Education.

The Castle House building is located on the edge of Temple Bar, by day this popular tourist quarter is home to artists’ studios, galleries and cafes; by night it comes alive to the sights and sounds of the legendary Dublin nightlife where the party continues seven night a week! Each weekend the local students and local partygoers are joined by visitors from all over the Europe to enjoy the “craic agus ceoil” (Irish words for fun and music) of Temple Bar’s pub, restaurant, and nightclub scene.

Balfe House is adjacent to the pedestrianized area of Grafton Street, which boasts some of the most sought after shopping in Europe. Grafton St is the perfect place to bump into friends and watch the musicians and street performers entertain the passers-by. Aungier Street is near to the pleasant park of Saint Stephen’s Green, the perfect location for a stroll or picnic on a summer day.

grafton st

Getting Around?

Dublin is a walking city. Be sure to bring walking shoes and an umbrella. There are various excellent public transport links to DBS, the most popular of which is Dublin Bus, a safe and efficient way to travel through Dublin. All SWB students receive a free monthly pass for Dublin Bus. Student residences are located on bus routes. All buses are wifi enabled, and bus stops have electronic timetables to display upcoming arrivals. Real time  schedules can also be downloaded for free using the Dublin Bus app. 

Another popular form of transport is the Luas (Irish word for speed), a light rail or tram system. The trams are ultra-modern, clean and quiet. The nearest stop to DBS is Stephen’s Green, which is a three minute walk away.

Perhaps the most picturesque way to travel is by DART, or suburban train, the train travels along the coast from Bray in County Wicklow, through the city and terminates in the seaside village of Howth. Many sightsee-ers avail of the sea views to take an excursion to the countryside on the weekends.

A cheap and healthy way to get around the city is by Dublin Bikes.  For a small annual fee, these bikes can be taken and replace at over 60 bike stations conveniently situated around the city. Three are over 1000 bikes in operations and the scheme is safe, healthy and fun way to travel.

Cost of Living

For a European Capital City, Dublin is a relatively good value city. Many public and private businesses operate reduced prices and rates for students. Monday night is the unofficial "going out" night, with many venues in Harcourt St offering great discounts on admissions and promotions. Museums, travel companies, cinemas, theatres, and some restaurants offer generous discounts to students. DBS will arrange for every SWB student to obtain a International Student Card.  

The table below itemises the average monthly spending of students living away from home in Dublin. SWB students do not normally spend money on rent, utilities, local travel or books. One Euro is worth approximately 4 Brazilian Reals. 

Students staying in residences generally do their shopping in low-cost supermarkets such as Lidl, Aldi, Dunnes Stores and Tesco which are found throughout the city. Listed below is the average price of some typical shopping items. 

Litre of milk €1.19
Loaf of bread €1.50
Bar of chocolate €0.90
Litre of sparkling water €0.99
Fillet of fresh fish €1.50
2 lamb chops: €4.00
6 oranges €1.49
Kilo of rice €1.09
Kilo of sugar €1.17
Kilo jar of instant coffee €4.00
6 pack beer €6.00
Bottle of wine €6.99
Tin of beans €1.00              

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