Limerick is Ireland’s thirds largest city, with a population of over 100,000. Founded by the Vikings in the 9th century, it is one of Ireland’s oldest cities.
Sitting on the banks of the picturesque River Shannon, Limerick is a vibrant city boasting a rich culture. Whether you are diving into Limerick’s ancient history or enjoying its selection of bustling pubs, cafes and restaurants, Limerick is sure to win you over.
When you arrive, be sure to explore the breathtaking landscapes and scenic villages of county Limerick, or take a day-trip along the iconic wild Atlantic way. Limerick’s Mid-Western location makes it a perfect gateway to exploring the rest of Ireland and Europe. Limerick has regular transport services to Cork, Galway and Dublin. Or if you feel like going further afoot, Limerick city is located just 20km from Shannon Airport with regular flights to European cities
Limerick is a cosmopolitan city with a unique rural charm - making it a popular choice for both Irish and international students.
The University of Limerick is located in Castletroy, approximately 3km from Limerick City Centre.
Bus Eireann public buses 304, 304A and 308 service the University of Limerick. There are two bus stops in the University, one inside the Main Entrance and the Second outside The Student Life Courtyard. You can pay using cash or use a Student Leap Card for a discounted fare.
Regional bus and train services operate from Colbert Station, Parnell Street. You can get here by taking the 304/304A bus from UL to Sexton Street. There are regular connections to Dublin, Tralee, Cork, Galway, Killarney, Rosslare, Donegal, Sligo, Shannon, Derry and many other locations.
There are frequent train services to Limerick Colbert Station from different places in Ireland. Some services require you to change at Limerick Junction. Further information can be found on the IrishRail website.
Shannon Airport is located 24km from Limerick City and is well-serviced by Bus and Taxi Services.
There are also frequent public transport services connecting Limerick with Dublin Airport, Cork Airport and Kerry Airport.
Further information about getting to UL can be found here.
Dublin is just a two hour drive by motorway (M7) and Limerick is less than 1.5 hours from Ireland’s other main urban centres. Cork is just a 90 minute drive from Limerick (M20/N20) while Galway is approximately 80 minutes on the M18.
Route planners to help you plan your trip to Limerick are available at www.theaa.ie/routes.
In Ireland, cars are driven on the left-hand side of the road. Most cars are manual (gearstick). The Road Safety Authority is the state agency which governs driving.
Access to and around the University is easy on a bicycle. Cycling facilities outside and inside the campus have been constructed as a response to the recent increase in the numbers of cyclists travelling to the campus. The University of Limerick is a smarter travel campus with the support of Limerick Smarter Travel, the University is committed to the promotion of sustainable modes of travel.
In order to promote cycling, the UL Bike Doctor operates each Tuesday during term from 10:00 to 15:00 offering free bike mechanic services as part of the Farmer’s Market in the UL Student Courtyard. The service is paid for by the University.
There are plenty of ways of getting to UL
Home to the legendary Munster Rugby, Limerick is commonly acknowledged as Ireland's unofficial rugby capital.
Thomond Park boasts a capacity of 25,600. Whether you are experiencing the thrilling atmosphere of a match day or diving into the heritage of Munster Rugby with a stadium tour, a trip to Thomond Park is a favourite among UL International Students each semester.
Limerick locals tend to be rugby-obsessed, with Limerick being home To Munster Rugby. However, if you are coming to Ireland, you must watch a Gaelic Games match. The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) is the national sporting body which governs the traditional Irish games of Hurling, Camogie, Gaelic Football and Handball.
The Gaelic Grounds or Páirc na nGael is the principal Gaelic Athletic Association stadium in Limerick City and is home to the Limerick hurling and football teams.
UL is renowned for its world-class sporting facilities. With an olympic-sized swimming pool , four high-standard multipurpose basketball courts, a health and performance centre and much much more, we are proud to be Ireland’s Sports Campus.
Read more about UL Sport here.
With arts and exhibits dating back to the Neolithic Period, The Hunt Museum is a must-see for visitors to Limerick.
Riverfest is an annual festival held every May Bank Holiday weekend in Limerick. There are many amazing things that happen each year throughout the festival, but some of the highlights include Riverfest on the Shannon, the Riverfest BBQ Competition, Riverfestival village in Arthur's Quay Park, Great Limerick Run and a fireworks display. For more information, please click here.
The Lime Tree and Belltable theatres hosts a variety of artistic events all year round, including theatre, film, exhibitions, poetry readings and music.
Limerick is the host city to a wide variety of internationally acclaimed groups and organisations, including the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, the Irish Concert Orchestra, Daghdha Dance Company, and the Island Theatre Group. The University Concert Hall located here on the University of Limerick campus has many Irish acts perform throughout the year. For more information, please click here
King John’s Castle is a 13th century castle located on King’s Island Limerick. Dating back to the Viking times, the picturesque castle sits on the banks of the river Shannon in the heart of Limerick city centre. It is open daily for interactive tours which bring to life 800 years of dramatic local history.
St. Mary’s Cathedral, built c.1172. Originally the palace site of Donal Mór O’Brien, King of Munster, who donated the site to the church. It is open daily from 09h00 to 17h00.
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Located just 16km outside Limerick City Centre with regular public transport services, Bunratty Castle and Folk Park is an absolute must-see for visitors to Limerick! Set on 26 acres, the impressive park features over 30 buildings in a ‘living’ village and rural setting. Rural farmhouses, village shops and streets are recreated and furnished as they would have appeared at that time according to their social standing, from the poorest one roomed dwelling to Bunratty House a fine example of a Georgian residence built 1804 home of the Studdarts, the last family to occupy Bunratty Castle.
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Every Saturday there is a bustling market held in Limerick's city centre. It has almost 50 stalls, 21 shop units and is a must do for any visitor! For more information, please click here
There is a Spar shop on campus (located in the Student Centre, number 16 on the Campus map) and another directly across from the main entrance of the university.
There are a number of grocery stores located within walking distance of the UL campus, including:
You can also avail of local grocery delivery services:
There are several mobile telecommunication providers in Ireland which have stores in Limerick, including:
SIM cards can be ordered online directly from your preferred network provider, and you can request it to be posted to your accommodation address.
If you plan on getting an Irish SIM card, be sure to check that your phone is unlocked. Some students prefer to buy a new phone when they arrive in Ireland
Limerick city centre has some international food stores, which are a favourite among international students.
- Cheong Heng Hong Oriental Supermarket, 97 Henry Street
- Carnival Asia Store, 15 Upper William Street
- India Foods, 2 High Street
- East End Foods, 2 Upper Gerald Griffin Street
- Global Foods, 17 Davis Street
- Yong Xing Supermarket, 39 Roches Street