Erasmus Experience in Dublin, Ireland by coraline
Why did you choose to go to Dublin, Ireland?
I chose Dublin because I heard a lot about the lifestyle, the customs and I wanted to improve my English.
People told me Dublin was a welcoming city, dubliners are incredible and so kind.
Then, I may have been attracted by the landscapes and the Connemara.
How long is the scholarship? How much money do you receive to help you with living costs?
I spent 5 months there. My university gave me almost 2 500€ but you have to earn money before going to Dublin, lifestyle is really expensive.
What is the student lifestyle like in Dublin?
You wake up - you go to school for 5hours/three or four days a week - you have lots of research to do, lots of assessments but everyday you go out for a drink (don't say a few drinks, it's a piece of advice) - you go out with some friends, you end the night at Diceys.
Would you recommend the city and the University of Dublin to other students?
OF COURSE YES.
What is the food like?
Hum, bad, but I'm used to french food so... Except Irish breakfast which is fabulous.
Did it cost you to find your accommodation in Dublin?
Of course yes, Dublin is one of the biggest city in Ireland, living in Dublin cost me a lot, I found an accomodation for 600 € and it was one of the cheapest... But you can find accomodations for 350€ if you share your room.
How much does it cost to live in Dublin?
I don't really know the exact price, but it cost a lot.
Is the language easy to get to grips with? Are there language courses available at the University?
If you're good at English before going to Dublin, it's easy (except speaking to people coming from the south of Ireland, I still can't understand them).
What's the easiest or most economical way to travel to Dublin from your city?
Hum I guess by plane, from Angers (situated in France) it was the cheapiest way to travel to Dublin.
Where would you recommend to go on a night out in Dublin?
And for eating? Can you recommend some good restaurants in Dublin?
Hum I would say any restaurants which cook fish and chips, and there is a restaurant near to Temple bar which cook some fabulous burgers or typical meal.
What good cultural sites are there to visit?
Everything is good to see, each landscape or city has something special that makes it incredible to see.
But I would say that my favourites cities or places were: Galway and Connemara.
Is there any other advice that you could give to students going to Dublin in the future?
Enjoy your stay - Dublin is, to me, one of the best city to travel to, to live in.
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