As a year-long visiting student, I was given two options for living in Dublin: live in IES sponsored housing with other programme participants, or live in Trinity housing, where ever they decided to stick me. I decided to live at Trinity. As you may know from my pre-departure post, I didn’t know where I was going to be living until the day before I left and up until then I had somewhat assumed that I’d be living in Goldsmith Hall, as that’s apparently where previous IES students living at Trinity were put up. Instead, I was given a room in a flat in Trinity Hall (known colloquially as “Halls”), a student complex which mostly houses freshers and some international and graduate students.
There are pros and cons to living in Halls. Pros: excellent security, single ensuite room (not all rooms in Halls are singles [some are ensuite doubles], but the ones in my flat are), full kitchen, efficient maintenance (seriously, I put in a work request yesterday before running out to do some errands and when I got back it had already been fixed), and it’s located close to shops for pretty much anything one might need. Cons: located a forty minute walk away from campus which necessitates the use of the bus or the Luas (basically, you have to pay to go to class — it’s €45 for a monthly student pass to and from the Milltown Luas stop [a ten minute walk from halls] to the St. Stephen’s Green stop), and most of the residents are freshers and therefore 17-18 and enjoying their newly-found legal right to drink themselves stupid all week and then make as much noise as is humanly possible at ungodly hours..
Obnoxious teenagers aside, Trinity Hall is actually a really great place to live for year long visiting students since you won’t be abandoned by your flatmates half way through the year when they go home for good in December. (I’ve also heard from other IES participants that living in IES-found flats can be kind of hit-or-miss depending on factors outside of IES’ control e.g. neighbours and landlords.) I live with five other international students and all of us are over the age of 20. Oh, and did I mention the SINGLE, ENSUITE room? Because, yeah. There’s that. In the interest of giving potential future, year-long IES students an idea of what their accommodations might look like should they select to take advantage of college housing, here are some pictures of my flat.
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<p><span style="color: rgb(29, 29, 29); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(237, 237, 237);">Hannah Vose is a University of Rochester junior, majoring in English with an interest in literary translation studies. When not burying her nose in whichever book has most recently been plucked from atop the dangerously tall pile on her desk, she can be found obsessively learning new languages, squinting through her (very stylish, thank you!) bifocals at someone else's writing in her job as a Writing Fellow, drinking stupid amounts of tea, squinting through her bifocals at her own writing in her job as a scathing self-critic, or dreaming of living somewhere which gets even less sun than Rochester. Born in England but having lived most of her life in Endicott, New York, she has traveled back to the Land of Her People twice and visited Dublin once on the way over. She considered applying to Trinity College as an international student, but was deterred by tuition costs (yikes!) so she's absolutely 100% thrilled to be living in Dublin and taking classes at Trinity for an entire year (and only about 34% of that is because she might get to take a class on Patrick McCabe -- will it happen? Stay tuned!)</span></p>