Incoming Non-EU Exchange - FAQs
International students should arrive in time to attend orientation. Orientation Week for the Autumn 2019 semester will commence on Monday 2nd September. An orientation schedule will be sent to incoming students prior to arrival. Exam dates etc. are available on the academic calendar.
Students from the EU do not need a visa to study in Ireland. Non-EU students should apply for a study visa well in advance of departure. Guidelines on applying for an Irish study visa are available here. If you are a citizen of one of the countries listed here you do need to apply for a visa to enter Ireland.
On-campus accommodation is in apartment style housing in one of the 6 campus villages or off campus rented accommodation close to the University. All six residential villages at University of Limerick are self-catering. We provide all cooking facilities and inventory. While kitchen/living areas are shared with a maximum of 7 others, all study bedrooms are private. While some villages offer shared bathrooms (maximum 4 sharing) our apartment residences offer en-suite facilities for those who wish to have their own toilet/shower. For further information on each of the student villages please go to our accommodation website.
Housing off-campus is found in housing estates located near to the university campus. Popular estates include: College Court, Millford Grange, Oaklawns, The Orchards, Briarfield and Curragh Birin. In most cases, these properties are privately owned and the student deals directly with the landlord. Usually students are required to sign a lease agreement for an academic year and are required to pay rental fees monthly. Students living in off-campus accommodation are responsible for associated bills which are shared with other housemates. When planning to live off-campus, students should budget for: Electricity, Heating Oil (if applicable), Weekly Refuse Collection, Bedding, Inventory, Cable TV or basic TV connection and TV Licence. Please ensure that if living off-campus, you insist on a tenancy/rental agreement with your landlord.
Carol Moloney, Accommodation Coordinator is available in the Accommodation Service to assist with your queries and will be happy to advise students on all options available.
Accommodation Service Opening Hours
Monday – Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Contact: Carol Moloney, Accommodation Coordinator
The University subscribes to HousingAnywhere, a platform for letting out and renting accommodation which can be accessed at www.HousingAnywhere.com.
As soon as you have received your offer letter and UL student ID number you can apply for Campus Residences. Students can apply directly at www.studentliving.ul.ie. Here you will need to register an account, please make a note of your log in details for future transactions.
Students can only apply once they have received their UL student ID numbers. To confirm your booking you will be requested to pay a €50 booking fee. Further details regarding rent and deposits are available http://www.studentliving.ul.ie/index.jsp?p=116&n=124. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any questions.
One of the Irish student visa requirements is that non-EU nationals must have private medical insurance. Non-EU Exchange students should check with their home universities to see if the university insurance policy will cover them for their overseas study. Alternatively, medical insurance for students attending UL can be purchased online.
You should ensure that you bring some cash in Euro with you for initial expenses such as groceries, taxis, etc. Before you leave home, ask your bank about the most efficient way to withdraw money. You can set up an Irish bank account after you have registered at UL. Please be aware that banks in Ireland will not be able to change foreign currency until your Irish bank account is set up.
The standard Irish electricity point will take 220-240 volts. Plugs and sockets operate using three square prongs and plug adapters are widely available.
You have until the end of Week 2 of each semester to finalise your module selection. Failure to submit your module registration form to the International Education Division will result in a €20 fine.
You will be advised on your class timetable during Orientation.
Yes, you can set up an Irish bank account after you have registered at UL. Bank of Ireland is located on campus and there are a number of other banks in the Castletroy area. Banking for students is free. You will need to provide your passport and a letter indicating your Limerick address (which will be provided at Orientation by the International Education Division) when you open the account. Please be aware that banks in Ireland will not be able to change foreign currency until your Irish bank account is set up.
An official transcript of study will be sent directly to your home university within six to eight weeks of sitting exams at UL.