Housing: All students participating in the program will either live in residence hall apartments on-campus or homestays, a short distance from campus. NUIM has several on-campus residence halls within a five minute walk of lecture theatres, the library, sports and recreational facilities. About 1000 students live on campus and all accommodations are operated directly by the university. The residence hall apartments are secure and there are staff on call at any time of the day or night. Students have the opportunity to become fully integrated into university life with opportunities to become involved in student clubs, teams, and activities and participate in all campus events.
Students in the residence hall and apartments live with other international students. Residence halls and apartments are located on the perimeter of campus, within a short walk of all campus facilities and venues. International apartments are supplied with a small supply of kitchen utensils and crockery. Bedding (mattress cover, single duvet, pillow) is provided in international rooms. You will need to bring your own sheets. Laundry facilities are available and you will need to purchase wash tokens to wash and dry.
Students who choose to live with a host family will live in between Maynooth and Dublin. Staying with a host family is ideal for overseas students to help have a full cultural experience. The host will provide accommodation and half-board meals during the week and three meals at the weekend. Rooms will be cleaned, with bed linen and towels changed at least once a week. The student will be provided with his/her own house key and the host is there to offer advice, as well as to take an interest in the students well-being.
Meals: There is no meal plan on this program. Residence halls include shared kitchens and students are responsible for preparing and/or purchasing their own meals and homestays offer half board and weekend meals. The campus has many cafes and convenience stores, an on-campus cafeteria that serves breakfast and lunch. Also, there are nearby supermarkets and restaurants.
Orientation: Orientation week takes place the week before lectures commence in September (fall) or last week of January (spring). It is a week long event that welcomes all students to the University and includes welcome talks, campus tours and introductions to the academic departm
ents, student services and clubs and societies. It is compulsory that all students attend orientation as they will gain vital information about the University and be introduced to a new situation and environment.
Student Union: Located on the North campus, the Student Union is a great place for meeting up with other students. It hosts many events throughout the year. The Student Union serves food during the day and is a place to relax between lectures, play a game of pool or have a chat.
Sports and Social Life: Clubs and societies run by the students of the University play a vital role in college life. There are thirty-six active Sports Clubs and political parties, art, craft and design, comedy, music, drama, games and history are among some of the most popular of the societies at Maynooth. There is also a very active international students’ society that arranges social evenings and weekends away for international students. Clubs and Societies sign-up days are held in September and January, shortly after Orientation–look out for details around campus!
On-campus facilities include an indoor sports hall and gymnasium, which offers indoor sporting activities, weekly aerobics and circuit training sessions. The University has a swimming pool, numerous playing fields and the Canoe & Kayak Club make good use of the nearby river Liffey.
Field Trips and Excursions: As a direct enrollment program, there are no program-organized field trips or excursions. However, it is not uncommon for US students to be invited home for a weekend by their Irish peers. Many of the visiting and other international students use the weekends for travel or for study. The International Society run trips at a very low cost that international students can choose to join.
International Office: The International Office also holds a number of events for international students throughout the year, for example a Chinese New Year Celebration and Thanksgiving Dinner. Throughout the year the International Society also organises a number of weekend trips to places such as Galway and Belfast which are reasonably priced and a great way to meet new people. Other events include movie nights, student nights out, parties, and day and weekend trips.
Student Buddy Network: Run by the International Office, is a voluntary scheme where returning Maynooth students become a ‘buddy’ to new international students. A ‘buddy’ provides guidance, advice and help to new students. As the transition to university can be challenging, the buddy will use their skills, knowledge and experience of third level study to help new international students adjust to life at university. The Student Buddy Network is a great way to get involved in activities and add to your experience at Maynooth. We have a Facebook group for Buddies which all interested NUIM students can join in order to contact each other, share photos and information and organise events. Student Buddy Network on Facebook
Want to know more? Visit the International Student Guide Handbook for more information about Maynooth.