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Housing

You can stay in student dorms that are located between the campus and Galway or in a private apartment or hostel. The dorm is arranged for you based on the information you provide prior to arrival. The NUI accommodation office can offer advice on private rentals and hostels, including a list of accommodation options you can research online. Galway is a small city, so most apartments and hostels are within easy walking distance of campus. Local bed and breakfasts can provide temporary housing before and after your program, as needed.

Apartment

Rooms to rent in Galway are typically private bedrooms in an apartment or home with a local resident. Some owners offer meals (typically breakfast and dinner), which can be an added convenience as you’re learning to live in a foreign country.

Accommodations

  • Private or shared bedroom
  • Shared bathroom
  • Off campus
  • Meal plan (varies)

Live with

  • International students
  • Local Irish students
  • Local residents
  • Commute

Commute is a 15- or 20-minute walk to class.

Dorm

Corrib Billage (Baile na Coiribe) is the only on-campus residence. Other dormitories are off campus but still a short walk to class. Each dorm has between three and five bedrooms (singles and doubles). You’ll share a kitchen, dining space and bathroom with other students on your floor.

Accommodations

  • Private or shared bedroom
  • Shared bathroom
  • On or off campus
  • No meal plan

Live with

  • International students
  • Local Irish students

Commute

Galway is a small city and walking is a normal part of life for the city’s residents. Depending on the location of your dorm, expect to spend between 10 and 20 minutes walking to class each day.

Hostel

You may find one of the many local hostels is your best housing option while studying in Galway. Most have bicycles you can rent, lockers to secure your things, reception desks and shared kitchens and kitchens. Some are in the city and others in quieter semi-residential areas. You’ll find camaraderie and a schedule of social events at most hostels as well.

Accommodations

  • Private or shared bedroom
  • Private or hared bathroom
  • Off campus
  • Meal plan (breakfast)

Live with

  • International students
  • US students
  • UC students
  • Ireland travelers

Commute

Galway is a small city and walking is a normal part of life for the city’s residents. Depending on the location of your hostel, expect to spend between 10 and 20 minutes walking to class each day.