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Studying in Ireland


I'm from New York City and leaving in about two weeks to study in Ireland for the next four months in Dublin. My housing is in Wyckham Place in Dundrum - is it difficult to get to Dublin or Dublin's City Center from here? Does anyone know anything about the area?

Also, I'm 19, a college sophomore. What sorts of things should I expect living in Ireland? I know there are certain difference, such as what Americans call "sausage" is known as "pudding" in Ireland, but are there any other such things to be aware of? I do know that it will be a very different experience compared to living in NYC and it's one I'm greatly looking forward to having.

I'm also hoping someone can tell me how long it takes to get to London from Dublin, and what the best way to do so is?

I'm very nervous about this experience, as I'm doing it all on my own and I'm hoping to hear something that will help me out

Thank you for anything you can help me to expect next semester, it's greatly appreciated! My email is but I will also come back here to see. Thanks again!




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Hi Carrie:

Almost all communication here will be on the board. I don't know really anything about the Dundrum community, but it is a southern suburb of Dublin. There is a light rail system ( runs through Dundrum that will get you into Dublin city center more quickly than the bus.  I couldn't find a time table on the website. There probably is one somewhere. I did a quick check on the bus system webpage ( and it looks like the trip would be over an hour on the bus.

The Irish a very friendly folk in general and quite helpful to travelers and guests, even in the city (though probably more so in the countryside). Like any big city, things are fairly fast paced but since you are used to NYC, they may seem rather slow .

There is a language barrier of sorts but you'll catch on quickly. There are probably hundreds of websites similar to what I list below, but they will show you some English/Irish to American terms and slang. By the way, pudding can be dessert (afters) also but doesn't look like something that Jello invented.

London to Dublin is about 1:15 minute flight as I remember. You can fly from Heathrow or Gatwick, usually on Aer Lingus. Ryan Air may be a bit cheaper though Aer Lingus has adopted a no frills approach to flights from the UK to Ireland. Ryan Air flies out of Gatwick, Stanstead and Luton. The Gatwick prices may be a bit higher. The only other route out of London to Dublin uses a train and ferry and takes much longer and is much more expensive. Sort of a no brainer.

You needn't be too nervous about your trip. Excited is much better. Ireland is a wonderful country and you should have a great time.




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Don't be nervous about your time in Dublin. Think of it as an adventure where you will meet new people and experience new things. It will be fun!

Bill has already given you some excellent info. Usually the best and cheapest way to get from Dublin to London is by air. Aer Lingus, RyanAir and British Midland are the carriers that come immediately to mind. The flight takes 50 minutes.

I know that NY is expensive, but expect sticker shock in Dublin. It is Ireland's most expensive area. You might take a look at my "Money" and "Tips & Tricks" pages for a bit of help about budgeting and money.

While you are in Ireland be sure to take advantage of the info dispensed at the tourist offices. There is one right inside Dublin Airport and also on Suffolk Street in downtown Dublin. Get yourself a good map of the city and pick up the bus and train schedules. Look into getting some sort of bus/rail pass.

As Bill said, the Irish are generally very helpful. If you need help, ask questions and most people will be happy to help out a "Yank".

I hope you have a fantastic time!



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