Dublin or London?

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1. Posted by bribomb (Full Member 30 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

hello everyone, i am an American Student applying for study abroad. i am applying to University College in Dublin and Middlesex College in London. I was wondering if anyone could ive me infor on both the colleges and cities in which they are located, and perhaps the strengths and weaknesses. keep in mind, i am oging abroad to study environmental science

thanks a lot,


2. Posted by Cavermo (Budding Member 9 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I can't speak for London but University College Dublin (UCD)is situated on the southside of Dublin, about 4 miles outside of the city centre, making it about 12 miles from the airport. It's quite a big modern campus with about 20,000 students and well served by bus. It's in very nice part of Dublin, the surrounding areas are quite wealthy and safe. Check out www.ucd.ie for info on the college.

From visiting London many times the main differences between the colleges for me would be the size of the city that they reside in, Dublin is not so cosmopolitan as London and not a fraction of the size, London is huge, easy enough to get around . Dublin is quite a small city about just over 1 million pop. As my college days are well behind me I cant help on the college front but check out the web address for info


3. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Also Brian, if you are into sports, UCD is very sports-oriented with excellent facilities

4. Posted by Dee1979 (Full Member 83 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi Brian,

I work for UCD and can only but recommend it. It's a fantasic college with great people and Dublin City although small it's brilliant.

I don't know much about London but I couldn't live there cos it's too far away from the sea!!

Any help needed let me know


5. Posted by Tsunami (Full Member 35 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

UCD has sports scholarships and their soccer and rugby teams are in the highest divisions of the respective Irish soccer and rugby leagues. Certainly for soccer this is quite unique in Europe (they kept my beloved Shelbourne to a 1-1 draw goddamnit ! )

UCD has a huge campus with all facilities, it's named Belfield. Some of their students get a student flat on the campus itself.

In the city centre there's Trinity College which is just across Temple Bar and just off shopping areas such as Grafton Street and O'Connell Street. But although older and more traditional than UCD, it has less students and UCD does have a wider range of educations.

6. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

From a University point of view, i'd definitely go UCD. Both are great cities and both have their downsides, but whilst i've never lived in Dublin (i have in London) i would probably say Dublin as well. London is also somewhere you are likely to have a much greater chance/opportunity to live in the future, but Dublin as a younger person has to be done i believe. Just wish i had :( ((that's not to say that you wouldn't enjoy London and that it's not a great city. It is.))