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Back to Campus Semester 1 September

At University of Limerick, our aim is to provide a safe and healthy environment for you to experience the social and sporting aspects of campus life whilst maintaining a high-quality learning experience.

In line with Public Health guidelines, students must wear facemasks while indoors on campus. Every effort is being taken to re-orient the lecture halls and teaching spaces in UL to ensure that socially distancing can be maintained. 

Restaurants, bars and other services have their own return to work protocol following national guidelines and will have strict social/physical distancing measures and sanitation processes in place to ensure the safety of staff and students.

More information can be found here and by watching the return to campus student video below 

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You, your health and wellbeing and your university experience have been the driving forces behind the massive amount of work that has gone into establishing this new academic year. We want you to be able to spend as much time on campus as possible within the guidelines by which we all must abide to keep our community safe.

Help us to keep the campus open by following these key principles:

  • If you suspect you have the symptoms of COVID-19, please do not attend campus
  • If you develop the symptoms of COVID-19 whilst on campus please tel. 061 202 534 (do not attend the medical centre – see below poster)
  • Wear face covering indoors at all times.  Two UL reusable face masks will be posted to you
  • Sanitise your hands often using soap and water or the using the alcohol gel provided outside each building/high footfall areas
  • Maintain a personal log of your close-contacts and download the COVID 19 tracker app
  • If you test positive for COVID 19 you are asked to notify UL at as soon as possible with the date you were last on campus and when you were diagnosed.  Your details may be used to initiate early contact tracing and the provision of health advice.  Records will be deleted by UL after 30 days
  • Only sit in designated seats
  • In classrooms/labs/computer labs self-sanitise your workstation before you commence work
  • Follow signage and keep your distance at all times – 2m, reducing to 1m in teaching spaces
  • For real time information on available computers click here

Campus facilities and services available from September

While academic buildings are limited to those scheduled to attend tutorials/labs on particular weeks, a variety of other facilities and services will be available every week throughout term for all students. Please observe UL signage, hygiene and social distancing protocols at all times in line with Public Health guidelines for protecting yourself, your friends and your family. This list of services is subject to change.


During the week of Monday 28 September to Friday 2 October:

  • Access to the library is by advance booking only with numbers restricted
  • Bookings may be made between 9am - 5pm and the building will close at 5.15
  • Library books may be returned at the library entrance

Information on What to expect in the Library this year and a short video outline the new measures that are in place.  These are subject to change and students should check the library website regularly for updates or follow us on InstagramTwitter and Snapchat.


Computer Labs & Classrooms

Where possible, students of a particular department will be informed of what computer labs, if any, are allocated to their course. 

There are a range of other non-department specific labs available to use. You can check the location and availability of PCs in each of these labs in real time by clicking here here.   


UL’s campus WiFI is available in all teaching and study spaces, office areas, dining locations and select outdoor spaces, including the open areas outside KBS, Schuman and the Library buildings, Plassey Close, the living bridge central seating areas, the Student Centre courtyard, the bus stop waiting area and Bernal Close among others. Simply select eduroam in your device settings to connect and support all your video, voice and data requirements.

Restaurants and Clubs

All of the restaurants and clubs on campus have implemented their own return to work protocol in accordance with national guidelines. Please observe all COVID-19 signage, social distancing measures and sanitation processes to ensure the safety of staff and students.

Open Monday to Friday

Stables Club (Student Centre, 10am to 5pm, food only & 5pm to 11.30pm, food & beverage)

Scholars Club (Student Centre) – ‘Grab and Go’ only

Paddocks Restaurant (Student Centre, 8am to 5pm)

Apache Pizza (Dromroe Village)

Plaza Café, Glucksman Library

Pavillion (9am-5pm, 7 days)

The East Room (Plassey House, 5.30pm to 9pm, Thursday to Saturday & 12.30pm – 3pm, Sunday)

Glucksman Library – Plaza Café (8am to 3pm)

Retail Services

All retail operators have implemented their own return to work protocol and will have strict social/physical distancing measures and sanitation processes in place to ensure the safety of staff and students.

  • Spar Foodstore
  • Johnny Barbers
  • Troy Marketing (Print store)
  • O’Mahonys Bookstore
  • UL Visitor Centre

Sports Facilities

UL Sport is keen to ensure a great student experience for all students who seek to engage in extracurricular activity during your academic year. As a student, you can avail of the following amenities booked in advance of activity in order that UL Sport is compliant with COVID requirements. Further details will be available to guide an assist you with the booking process via phone, website on our new UL Sport app.

  • 4 x Outdoor Tennis Courts
  • Outdoor 400m Track
  • Maguires All-Weather Pitches (Monday – Friday 09.00 – 17.00)
  • UL Sports Bar Gym (adjacent to the UL Sport Arena) Available to UL students and staff from Monday 05 October
  • Strength & Conditioning Gym (North Campus Pavilion).  Bookable by UL students and staff on the UL Sport App
  • 3 x Ball Walls (adjacent to Maguires)
  • 18m Climbing Wall – the newest addition to the UL Sport portfolio opening Monday 12 October
  • Extensive timetabled programme of indoor and outdoor fitness classes
  • Schedule of fitness classes and sport activities including ‘Insanity’ and ‘HIIT’ each day Monday to Thursday for all residents living on campus
  • Scheduled outdoor programme of ‘Taster Sessions’  for various sport and physical activities
  • UL Sport Adventure Centre (Killaloe)

UL Arena is currently being used by the HSE as a Field Hospital, in response to the Covid-19 crisis. It will not be available for use by the UL Sport until 30 November.

Students living full time on campus have UL Sport membership included in the residences fees. For other students charges will apply as usual for the above listed facilities. Please note as Maguires Pitches is a UL student-funded development there is no charge and you may book a zone for soccer or such activity that you wish to engage in. Check availability and make a booking

The outdoor track is also free of charge, however, you will be required to produce you UL Student ID card in order to gain access.

Student Affairs

This is undoubtedly a stressful time, with great change imposed on all of us as we figure out new ways of engaging with student life – academic and social. The Student Affairs Division provides a comprehensive range of professional, administrative and support services to the entire university campus. All of our services will be fully operational for the new academic year and we have adapted our operating model to accommodate students remotely. Students wishing to avail of any services within Student Affairs Division should phone or email first to seek an appointment with our specialist staff in the various functions of the Division.


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Further details of our supports and services and contact information are available on our website and/or through the links and contact information below

First Year Support Coordinator - The First Year Support Coordinator is available to help with concerns or issues that may arise for First year students over the course of the academic year. The transition to university life takes time and adjustment. If you are thinking about transferring within UL or exiting your programme you must make contact with us to assist and advise. The University wants you to have a really positive student experience from your first day in UL. We will come up with a plan whatever the scenario is, there are always options!          



Student Health Centre – The Student Health Centre operates a dedicated GP service for all students on campus. Services include access to: Doctor (GP), Nurse, contraceptive clinics, Sexual Health Clinic, Physiotherapy and exam-related services as required. Our medical services will be delivered by ‘telephone triage’ under the current COVID restrictions so it is important that you call or email first to make an appointment with our professional staff. These initial consultations will take place over the phone and students will be then advised to come and see our medical staff if necessary in a safe and secure clinical environment.



Counselling Service - Éist, UL’s Student Counselling and Wellbeing service seeks to help you to focus on and understand more clearly the issues that concern you. By respecting your own values, choices and lifestyle, the counsellor can work together with you towards making choices or changes that are right for you. Counselling is not any one thing but is adapted by the counsellor to fit the needs of the student. This relationship is will be one of support and advice, education and challenge, warmth and empathy. It will normally be on a weekly or fortnightly basis, for as long as both counsellor and student consider necessary. Each session normally lasts up to 50 minutes and takes place in a comfortable and private setting. The first meeting will consist of a detailed assessment and evaluation of the situation presented by the student. Here, also, the Counsellor will explain about the nature of the work and what the student might expect. Goals and objectives of counselling will be established at this point. Most people are seen individually, but group counselling can also be offered when appropriate. There is also a comprehensive website offering further information and a range of bespoke toolkits and self-help advice for students. 



Disability Services - The Disability Support Service (DSS) are committed to the provision of educational opportunities to Students with Disabilities (SwD) on full-time undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes, as well as mature students and international students with disabilities. We offer a dedicated support service to students registered with our service. The Disability Support Service welcomes and supports prospective students with a wide variety of disabilities. It is important that all incoming students with a disability are registered with our services so that initial needs assessment, tailored supports and assistive technology solutions and specific exams requirements (extra time, reader pens, etc.) can be provided to support your learning and development at UL.                    


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Access Office - The Access Office works to promote and support the participation of students from socio-economically disadvantaged groups who have been under-represented in the University sector.  The work of the Access Office may be broadly categorised into three areas, namely pre-entry school activities, post-entry student support including a bespoke transition to university course for Access students, and outreach work in the community. If you would like any further information, please do not hesitate to contact the Access Office. We look forward to hearing from you.                           



Mature Student Office - The Mature Student Office supports mature students who are registered on full-time undergraduate programmes in UL and students on the Mature Student Access Certificate. The Mature Student Office (MSO) acts as a guide for mature students as how best to use the services available within the University. The work and supports provided by the MSO focus primarily on supporting the transition of mature students to third-level studies. 



Chaplaincy - The UL Chaplaincy works to meet the many and varied religious needs of a global university campus. It recognises that life at UL is a dynamic, ever-changing experience, which brings all kinds of new opportunities and challenges to students. The chaplains offer a welcoming space and supportive presence to students and staff. They promote an open and caring environment where diversity is respected.  The key activities of the UL Chaplaincy team fall into 3 categories – 1) Support; 2) Worship/Spirituality and 3) Outreach/Volunteering. The Chaplaincy also works very closely with ULSU to administer the Student Financial Assistance Fund for those in most need throughout their period of study


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Community Liaison Office - Whether you are a student who wishes to find some volunteering opportunities and/or you are already engaged in volunteering we are here to both support you and also to formally recognise your contributions as part of learning and personal development journey at the University of Limerick. The CLO co-ordinates and manages student volunteering opportunities in our UL and external communities through its annual President’s Volunteer Award (PVA) Programme.


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Arts Office - University of Limerick Arts Office plays a key role in the vibrant artistic life of UL with a wide programme of cultural events. Central to our programming is to challenge the perception of what art is and what role art can play in our day to day lives. We are also firm proponents of the restorative power of art and seek to engage our community in meaningful experiences through the prisms of music, literature, dance, performance, painting, sculpture, spoken word, craft – the list is endless. Many of our activities are socially engaged one off pop ups. We welcome collaboration with faculty, staff and students and are always happy to help with projects large and small.