Situated on an 85-acre active and rewarding campus, which is full of student life, sports and leisure facilities, DCU has grown rapidly in scale and performance since being established as a university in 1989. With the city just a 10-minute bus drive away, students of DCU have the best of both worlds; the social and cultural benefits of city life, but with the security and vibrancy of a university campus built very much for today.
DCU has extensive teaching and research facilities, including television and sound studios, computer laboratories and networking facilities, language and interpreting laboratories, a video-conferencing suite, and print and graphical laboratories. These are in addition to modern research and teaching laboratories in the areas of physics, chemistry, biology and engineering.
There is an InterFaith Centre located on the campus, a crèche, a medical center, a Counselling Service, and a Disability Service. Other social facilities include Student Arts Theatre, cafes, clubs and society meeting and seminar rooms, shops, bars, beauty salons and many other retail facilities.
There are a broad variety of clubs and societies, representing a wide range of interests such as culture, computer games and sport - as well as academic - interests, and numbering more than 100 in total.
DCU Students Union run many events in each week during the semester so there are many options for looking for social events on campus. Students also go in to the city center and other areas of Dublin for social aspects.
The university has built several modern apartment and residences. Larkfield Apartments have 128 units, each with two study bedrooms and a shared living, kitchen and dining area within each unit. The Postgraduate Residences have 37 apartments, each with two, three or four en-suite bedrooms. The Hampstead Apartments consist of 61 units, each with three or five en-suite bedrooms and a shared living, kitchen and dining area. The College Park Apartments consist of 93 units, each with four or five en-suite bedrooms and a shared living, kitchen and dining area.
Careers Service provides an inclusive service to support guide and empower students to make informed career decisions to maximize their personal and professional development. The organization offers the following initiatives:
DCU students are consistently among the highest number of employed graduates in Ireland.