DIT – Dublin on your Doorstep

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The Spire, which is officially called the Monument of Light, was controversial when it was first introduced. It’s hard to believe it’s now 10 years since Dubliners got their first glimpse of the 120 metre high landmark

06 September 2013: Many new DIT students will be getting to know Dublin for the first time as the academic year begins.

DIT is fortunate to have many of the capital city’s best landmarks and amenities right on the doorsteps of its many campuses.

So whether you want to take a stroll around St Stephen’s Green, shop on Henry Street, head down to see the Spire or soak up some culture in Temple Bar, you’re never far away from an authentic Dublin experience.

And next year, DIT will start the move to its new city campus at Grangegorman. The first 1,000 DIT students will start at the campus in September 2014 and in the following years, the rest of the student and staff community will transfer to DIT’s new home at Grangegorman.

DIT will benefit from a more centralised campus experience in a new city quarter – and Dublin will still be very much on its doorstep!

 

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View of the River Liffey from Grattan Bridge. The bridge is lit by cast iron lamps, which feature ornate horse sculptures

The Irish Times recently published a city-by-city guide to Irish student life. Here’s what they had to say about DIT:

What’s hot? There is a pub, club, bar and restaurant on the doorstep of every single campus. Getting involved in a club or society is also a good way to try new things without spending lots of money. Make a note of DIT’s clubs and societies sign-up week: September 23rd- 27th, 2013.

What’s not? DIT will next year start the move to the Grangegorman campus, so there could be some uncertainty about where to hang out during the changeover. At the moment though, students at a DIT campus can use facilities at other campuses in the city (like Fit2Go gyms in Bolton Street and Kevin Street).

Where to hang out: Most campuses have a student area. DIT Aungier Street has a good-sized students’ union common area with pool tables, table tennis, PCs and a shop. There’s Cafe Java just upstairs.

Off campus, the Palace, D2, the Village, Coppers, Dicey’s Garden, Whelan’s, Wok Inn, Insomnia and Karma Stone Bar are all popular DIT student choices. Near Cathal Brugha Street, the Living Room is another popular venue, especially for sports loving students who can watch one of the more than a dozen TV screens.

Bodkin’s Bar, opposite DIT Bolton Street, is a favourite for those who prefer a more traditional pub.

Where to eat: Many of the campuses have canteens but Bolton Street is particularly recommended by students.

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Beautiful summer’s day near the lake in St Stephen’s Green. When the sun comes out in Dublin, grass space is at a premium in the park as everyone eats al fresco

There are lots of good value meals around the Wexford Street/Camden Street area – Karma Stone Bar dishes up affordable meals and there’s also Burritos and Blues, Subway, Fresh, The Village, Against the Grain, Toasted, the Camden Rotisserie, and newcomer Bunsen.

Govinda’s on Aungier Street serves affordable vegetarian meals, and Neon 17 on Camden Street does great food – they are big portions, so if you’re smart and bring home the rest, you’ll have paid for lunch and dinner. Lots of places do loyalty cards.

Near Bolton Street, there is a little gem of a place – the Saba Inn cafe (a small Hungarian cafe across the road from DIT Bolton Street and beside the Centra). It’s good for healthy sandwiches and dinners and offers good-value student deals.

The Living Room on Cathal Brugha Street is another popular food choice for DIT students. There aren’t a lot of dining options around Mountjoy Square but there is a canteen on campus and the Londis at the bottom of the hill has a decent chipper.

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The yellow bench in Mountjoy Square Park (just across from DIT’s campus). The idea behind it is to encourage strangers to strike up a conversation – but Dubliners are already notoriously chatty, as students new to the city will find out!

What to avoid: If you stick to canteens and cafes/shops nearer campuses, you’re more likely to get better value deals. Prices for sandwiches and meals increase the closer you get to Grafton Street.

Tourist traps like Temple Bar are not always the best option for students either.

Some of the shops and cafes on Wexford Street/Camden Street get busy at lunch-time due to office workers taking their breaks so go early or just after 2pm.

(taken from http://www.irishtimes.com/news/education/where-to-your-city-by-city-guide-to-student-life-1.1493045?page=2)

The pictures above were taken by Irene Siragusa.

 

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