International Students Coming to Ireland – Everything you Need to Know

International Students Coming to Ireland:  Everything you Need to Know

Where do they come from?

The biggest increase has been international students from other EU states, jumping from 1,934 in 2017 to 6,383 in 2022.

 

According to the Irish Times, the total number of full-time, non-EEA international students reached nearly 18,500 in 2018. The Irish Higher Education Authority (HEA) states that the main non-EEA sending countries for Ireland are the United States, China, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Canada. Asia sends the largest share of students (43% as of 2017/18), followed by North America (30%), and the EU (20%). 

 

As reported by this report, applications from British students increased by 9 per cent this year. In 2021, Ireland was home to 25,000 international students. India is the second-biggest source of international students on the island. 

 

International Students Coming to Ireland:  Everything you Need to Know
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Top tips for International Students arriving to Ireland

Rental scams

September has approached, and students are heading back to college. The rental market has never been busier. With the surge in demand for accommodation, hopeful tenants are being advised to be cautious of a variety of rental scams.  HomeHak has put together some useful information about scams related to renting.

Bank account

One of the first things you should do is open a student bank account. Each university usually has a banking partner on campus.

Budgeting for international students

To enable you to enjoy your university experience to the fullest, you need to learn to manage your money correctly. One of the biggest ways to save money in university is through your grocery shopping. As an international student in Ireland, you can enjoy a range of great discounts and savings. These will make your finances easier to manage. 

Shopping and discounts

Ireland has several student discount cards. They range from freebies to money off. Below, we list the cards we recommend adding to your student wallet.

 

  • iConnect Card – You can save up to €450 on MacBook iPad ranges with a valid third-level student card.
  • ISIC Card – ISIC has been the mainstay discount card for international students for over 50 years. They offer exclusive discounts on a vast range of products and services in over 125 countries.

Affordable Supermarkets

Grocery shopping will eat up a large part of your student budget. It pays to shop around to find the cheapest supermarket in your local area. Here, we list the supermarkets that are the cheapest. 

 

Manage your time

As you settle into the swing of things, your time in Ireland is going to fly by. Plan Your Next Adventure with Discover Ireland.

Ireland’s Weather

Ireland is the type of place where you can experience the four seasons in one day. Ensure to pack wisely for cold, warm and wet days.

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Student Travel Card

A student travel card will get you discounts on your travel throughout Ireland. Also, giving you great savings is the Student Leap Card. 

For more information on these tips, check out our article International Students Studying in Irish Universities Top Tips.

Embassies 

Full details of all Diplomatic Missions in Ireland or accredited to Ireland on a non-resident basis can be found in the link below. This has been issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs. It includes information on the index of missions and representations accredited to Ireland. Diplomatic List July 2022

Irish Banks

To open an Irish bank account as an international student, you will need:

  • Valid passport/ID card
  • Certificate of Attendance 

These are Bank of Ireland, Allied Irish Banks and Ulster Bank. Each offers a student account with differing service fees and added extras. 

Mobile phone

Ireland has a reliable phone network. The country is covered by several major network providers. There are a number of options available to you, depending on your budget and requirements. These include a fixed-term contract, sim-only plan or pay-as-you-go tariff.

 

The main operators we’d recommend in Ireland are 

Healthcare

The INIS visa service offers information on the process of finding health insurance in Ireland. On average, health insurance for international students costs around €100 – €120 per annum.

Working in Ireland

Here are the conditions you need to be aware of:

EU Students

  • If you’re travelling from the EU, you can work in Ireland without registering for a GNIB card.

Non-EU Students

  • Non-EU students can seek casual work of up to 20 hours a week during term-time, provided they have a cardIn June, July, August and September, non-EU students can work up to 40 hours per week.
  • You cannot work in Ireland if your course is under six months in length.

Start with the university careers portal. These list a range of term-time positions available on and off campus. Then, check job sites such as Monster, Jobs and Irish Jobs. Distribute your CV to local businesses, as not all positions are advertised online.

 

Why use a Tenant CV?

  1. It’s an easy-to-read document.
  2. HomeHak tenant CV shows off information a landlord would need to know.  Head to our article What is a Tenant CV? for more information.
  3. It promotes you as a suitable tenant.
  4. A tenant CV takes some frustration out of the rental application process.
  5. It provides all valuable and essential information for the homeowner upfront. Check out our article on 6 Reasons to Use a Tenant CV. 

Landlord References

A landlord recommendation letter (rental reference) is an crucial component of your rental application. In a competitive rental market, a good reference can make a huge difference. Check out our article Importance Of a Reference for Irish University Student Accommodation.

Important links for international students

www.fas.ie 

www.job.ie

www.argus.ie

www.myjob.ie

Revenue office

www.revenue.ie

Safety 

www.garda.ie

Irish Newspapers 

www.independent.ie 

www.ireland.com 

www.irishtimes.com

www.independent.ie 

www.irishexaminer.com 

Travel in Ireland

www.discoverireland.com/ire

Irish Council for International Students

www.internationalstudents.ie 

Link to University websites In Ireland For International Students

Trinity College Of Trinity

University College Dublin

University College Cork

Dublin City University

Technological University Dublin

University Of Limerick

Maynooth University

Galway National University Of Ireland

Athlone Institute Of Technology

Carlow Technology Institute

Dundalk Technology Institute

Limerick Institute Of Technology

Letterkenny Institute Of Technology

Waterford Institute Of Technology

Cork Institute Of Technology

Sligo Technology Institute

Institute Of Technology, Tralee

Dublin Business School

Griffith College Dublin

Useful articles for international students

Study in Ireland: A Guide for International Students

International Students

Student visas to study in Ireland

Study in Ireland

Top recommended websites for international students 

Irish Council for International Students

Irish Universities Association

Citizens Information

Education in Ireland

Embassy World

The Irish Naturalisation & Immigration Service

Google Maps

 

Scams related to renting – HomeHaks Tips on how to be careful.

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Scams related to renting – HomeHaks Tips on how to be careful.

September has approached and students are heading back to college. The rental market has never been busier. There is even more competition for accommodation at this time of the year. With the surge in demand for accommodation, hopeful tenants are being advised to be cautious of a variety of rental scams as the market becomes even busier.  Homehak has put together some useful information about scams related to renting.

 

Rise in accommodation fraud and scams.

With the increase in demand for accommodation, so too has there been a rise in accommodation fraud and scams. These tactical scams are catching Irish tenants out. The end of summer (August to October) is a particular target time for criminals as students and families have a clear urgency for new homes. Experienced scammers will be prepared to catch people off guard during this time.

How much money has been stolen in scams?

An average amount of €1,300 is stolen in rental scams. A sum total of €291,452 has been stolen from tenants so far this year. Tenants new to the rental market should familiarise themselves with the law around the renting sector. A good starting point is on the Residential Tenancies Board website. Threshold is another great website. Providing free, confidential advice to anyone in Ireland experiencing tenancy issues.

The current competition for rental properties means that landlords can have their pick of tenants. Scammers are taking advantage of this competitive rental market. They hurry victims into making quick decisions. 

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Scams related to renting

The scams fall into three broad categories;

  1. The scammer claims to be out of the country. They can’t show you the property and request a deposit.
  2. The scammer is living at the property and shows it to a number of people. They will secure deposits from several before disappearing with the money.
  3. The transaction appears normal. This is until the renter finds that the keys don’t work and the landlord has disappeared. 

 

Be Informed

Spend time doing research . What is the current average rent price of accommodation in the area? You can use online maps to verify that the property you are interested in actually exists. You can also check it is at the stated address.

Have a look on short term rental websites to ensure any potential fraudsters are not using the property for “viewings”. This might result in the fraudster potentially might taking your deposit.

 

Red flags to look out for when booking accommodation 

  • If the rent seems too good to be true; then it probably is a scam.
  • The listing contains grammar or spelling mistakes and is on social media.
  • All communication is only via WhatsApp or social media.
  • The landlord is away and is unable to meet up to show you the property in person.
  • Property is offered with no questions asked. Payment is demanded immediately before signing the lease.
  • Requested to pay in cash/PayPal/wire transfer/iTunes gift cards or cryptocurrency.
  • The account to pay into is in a different country.
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Follow these three instructions to avoid scams related to renting.

Informed

  • First, establish that the property exists and is available for rent.
  • Check the identity of the landlord / agent. Request a copy of a driver’s licence or Photo identification of landlord or letting agent. 
  • It is always better to be safe. Don’t rush into any arrangement that looks too good to be true.
  • Check the URL to ensure it’s a real website. Take note of the privacy and refund policy sections.
  • Do a landlord check through the Residential Tenancies Board website.
  • If booking a holiday rental, use a booking agent or hotel website directly. If it is a third-party website, ensure it is secure.

 

Secure

  • Pay the deposit to the landlord. Do not pay the persons leaving the property or anyone else.
  • Ideally only do business with legitimate well-known established rental agencies. Alternatively deal with people who are bona fida and trusted.
  • Bring a friend or family member with you to view the property. 
  • Use cheques or bank drafts to pay the deposit. Keep copies of all receipts of payments.
  • You can check any IBAN bank details supplied for payment using free online checking tools. These will show where the bank account is based.
  • Do not hand over any cash to anyone. This is because you will not have a record or be able to trace your deposit. 
  • Only use trusted money transfer systems such as credit cards. 
  • Keep track of all correspondence between you and the advertiser e.g. bank details, advertisement etc. 

 

Alert 

  • Meet prospective landlord in the accommodation.
  • Ensure the keys of the property fit. Open the door lock and sign a rental contract prior to payment of deposit.
  • Be careful of social media advertisements. Secondly, where a person letting the location will only communicate via messenger or WhatsApp.
  • Push for direct answers and if responses are vague, disengage immediately.
  • Watch out for “unsolicited contacts” or where the contact appears to be based in other jurisdictions. Especially important if there is a sense of urgency like ‘a one-time offer.
  • Ask yourself why a person living in Cork and letting out a property there would have a bank account based in the UK or Holland or anywhere abroad.

 

Do you think you are a victim of accommodation fraud?

Gardaí advised members of the public who believe they are a victim of accommodation fraud to contact any Garda station and report the crime. 

Use any phone numbers or email addresses to monitor for future activities of criminals. This will hopefully prevent other innocent people falling victim to fraud, said Insp Meighan. Anyone can fall victim to a scam. Ask anyone who finds themselves in this situation to report it to Threshold, as well as to An Garda Síochána.

“While Threshold cannot help to recover the lost money, alerting us will help to prevent other people from falling victim,” said Inspector Steven Meighan of the GNECB. Source: ‘The family turned up to move in but the real owners knew nothing about it’ – Garda warning as €500,000 lost to rent scams

 

Check out the resources provided by An Garda to avoid accommodation fraud.

How to avoid accommodation fraud in Ireland
Source: An Garda Síochána

 

Red Flags and Warning Signs Accommodation Fraud
Source: An Garda Síochána

An Garda Síochána's Advice for people who are looking for accommodation

An Garda Síochána's Advice for people looking for accommodation
Source: An Garda Síochána

 

Useful Websites

 

Interesting Articles

LinkedIn – Why this is the Key Ingredient for Irish University Students

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LinkedIn – Why this is the Key Ingredient for Irish University Students

LinkedIn is like being on social media and advancing your future career prospects. HomeHak is going to explore why this social network matters as a student. If you are a student, here are some of the reasons why you should be on it.

Getting Job Email Alerts

Firstly, once you have created your professional profile on LinkedIn, you can set email alerts to receive notifications of recommended jobs. Secondly, students and jobseekers will be able to see the notifications on their homepage as soon as they log into their LinkedIn accounts.

Connecting with Professionals

If you have a look at LinkedIn, you’ll be surprised to find out the large number of professionals who choose to connect here. In fact, you can find your friends, co-workers, colleagues, classmates and family members on this platform. Consequently, it’s never a tough job connecting with them all. What’s more, you can even import your email list to find out who among your friends is present on LinkedIn.

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Conducting Company Research   

One of the biggest benefits LinkedIn offers college students and jobseekers is that they can check out the pages of their targeted employers. By visiting company, pages, you can conduct a research on the whereabouts of the company, the hiring process and what people have to say about that organization. This kind of company research on LinkedIn can always keep a stay ahead of your competition and increases your employability.

Getting Recommendations

What’s more, LinkedIn also offers a feature through which you can get other people to recommend you. People with a maximum number of recommendations have a great chance of attracting the employers’ attention. College students too can try to get as many recommendations as possible to increase their employability.

Letting Companies Find You

Today, a large number of organizations look for talented candidates on social networking platforms like LinkedIn. If you have created a good and detailed professional profile, chances are you will attract employer’s attention. And it would really be nice to be invited by companies for your job position you always wanted to occupy.

Connecting with Other Students

Furthermore, college students can also use LinkedIn to network with other students. This type of networking gives a wonderful opportunity to find out how other college graduates found a job or got hired by an employer.

Check this article out to learn more about how to stay organised as a student in an Irish University.

To summarise

It’s about time that college students too created their profiles.It is time to start to use this social media platform for connecting with professionals. To conclude, prepare yourself as early as possible. You can easily stay ahead of your competition when it comes to landing a job of your interest. For more reasons to be on LinkedIn, check out this article.

Stay Organised as a Student in Irish University – The Importance and How To.

How to stay organised as a student in Irish university

Stay Organised as a Student in Irish University – The Importance and How To

There are  many reasons as to why you want to stay organised in college. First and foremost, it will drastically reduce your stress levels. And when you’re less stressed, you’ll feel better and perform better on assignments. You’ll also have more time for the things you enjoy doing, and you’ll just be a more pleasant person to be around.

1. Your Calendar

Calendars free up so much space in your head helping you to stay organised. Instead of having to remember appointments, classes, or due dates using post-it notes or scraps of paper in your wallet, you can have everything organized in a convenient, visual format. And if you use a digital calendar, you can automatically get reminders of important events before they sneak up on you.

 

2. Stay Organised with a To-Do List/Task Manager

You could use a whiteboard or a blank notebook if you want. What matters is that you keep an updated list of the tasks you need to accomplish, as well as, you know, actually doing said tasks. To make your to-do list, you should first create a brain dump of everything that you need to do on a regular basis. Here are some tasks that most college students need to do:

  • Homework assignments
  • Cleaning your apartment
  • Preparing meals
  • Club or society tasks
  • Anything you’re learning outside of class
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3. Your Notes

Taking good notes is key to staying organised, comprehending and retaining any lectures or presentations that your professors give. But taking notes on its own isn’t enough — to get the most value out of your notes, you need to keep them organized. For some people, this could be as simple as having a different notebook for each class and referring back to it when you need to study for an exam.

 

4. Your Class Materials and Files (Digital and Physical)

We recommend you keep all of your class materials organized either in a physical three-ring binder or in some kind of digital system. To stay organised, you could put all of the material in Evernote along with your notes, or you could have dedicated Google Drive folders for each class (other cloud sync apps like Dropbox and OneDrive work here as well, but Drive offers the best value for students unless you specifically need Microsoft Office).

 

5. Your Backpack

Your backpack (or briefcase or purse or whatever you use) is key for keeping all of these materials organized and at the ready. Organizing your backpack isn’t hard — the key step is to remember to fill your backpack with the things you need for the day. After all, there’s nothing worse than showing up in class, only to get that sinking feeling in your stomach as you realize that you don’t have the book or paper you need.

 

To summarise

Use a calendar. Make a to-do list. Organise your notes. Keep track of all class materials. Invest in  a comfty bagpack.  Getting organized is the easy part. How to stay organized throughout the semester is the hard part. We hope you enjoyed HomeHaks top tips for staying organised throughout your academic career!

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Better Notetaking – How to take the best notes in Irish University

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Better Notetaking – How to take the best notes in Irish University

 

Your guide to taking effective notes is here. Your days of looking back at what you scribbled down in class and trying to decipher useful information from them before a test are over. In this HomeHak guide, we’ll talk about how to prepare yourself to take good notes in class, introduce some popular techniques for taking notes, and cover the best ways to get the most out of your notes after class to lead you to better notetaking.

 

 

Better notetaking

Structured: The Outline

This is for people who like simplicity. It’s one of the easiest better notetaking ways to take notes, and it comes pretty naturally to most people. When taking your outline notes, start by choosing four or five key points that will be covered in your lecture. Beneath those points write some more in-depth sub-points about each topic as the lecturer covers them.

 

For Review: The Cornell Method

In this method, you divide your paper into three sections: notes, cues, and summary. Your notes section is for the notes you take during class. You can structure them however you like, but most people like to use the outline method. Write your cues section either during or directly after class. This section can be filled out with main points, people, or potential test questions. Use this section to give yourself cues to help you remember larger ideas. You can write your summary section directly after class, or later when you’re reviewing your notes. Use this section to summarize the entire lecture.

In-Depth: The Mind Map

The mind map is a great way of better notetaking for specific types of subjects. Class subjects like chemistry, history, and philosophy that have interlocking topics or complex, abstract ideas are perfect for this method. Use the mind map to get a handle on how certain topics relate, or to go in-depth with one particular idea.

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Expanded: mindmap

Jot down topics, draw arrows, make little doodles and diagrams and graphs. Go crazy. Engage with the material. Try to actively learn as you’re writing. Check out this article on how to create  a mindmap. 

 

Easy: Writing on Slides

Let’s be honest, this is better notetaking for lazy people…and there’s nothing wrong with that! It’s super effective, and it’s easy. If your lecturer is kind enough to provide you with the slides that they’re using in their lectures, go ahead and download the files and print them out at the computer lab. The slides give you a leg up on the outlining process. The professor already did the work for you! All you have to do is take notes and expand on key concepts already presented in the slides.

 

Visual: Bullet Journaling

If you’re super into aesthetics, like to doodle, or are a particularly visual learner, this method might be best for you. When you write in your bullet journal, you turn a blank page into a beautiful representation of your thought process. Try using it to combine different aspects of other note-taking styles.

 

To summarise

We have shown you so many ways to better notetaking such as Structured: The Outline, For Review: The Cornell Method, In-Depth: The Mind Map, Expanded: mindmap, Easy: Writing on Slides and Visual: Bullet Journaling. If you are intersted in more student hacks check out our other articles:

 

Essential Books Every Irish College Student Needs to Read in University

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Essential Books Every Irish College Student Needs to Read

 

If you enjoy reading then you will love this article on our top Essential Books. This article includes  HomeHaks top essential books that you need to get your hands on now. If you’re looking to create a well-rounded, successful college experience, you can’t go wrong with any of these.

 

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Essential Books

The Power of Habit

As it turns out, habits shape much more of our behavior than we realize. The habits we do have largely determine the progress (either good or bad) we make in life. Luckily, the way habits are formed can be understood – which means they can be changed – and The Power of Habit is the best overview of how habits work that we have ever read.

 

How to Become a Straight-A Student

This book gives you an in-depth, well thought out method for pulling epic grades in all of your classes. The book is based around that fact that there are many college students who get straight A’s, yet don’t study for more than a couple hours a day and still have plenty of other things going on in their lives. It lays out effective strategies for note-taking, quizzing yourself, writing papers, and more. If you want to be like one of the aforementioned students, get this book.

 

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

This is a business and self-help book written by Stephen R. Covey. Covey presents an approach to being effective in attaining goals by aligning oneself to what he calls “true north” principles based on a character ethic that he presents as universal and timeless.

Confessions of a Recruiting Director

Author Brad Karsh demystifies the job-hunting process and shows you how to most effectively scout out and land that crucial first job out of college. He goes through writing resumes and cover letters and even provides a fairly large index full of completed examples of each.

 

Your Money: The Missing Manual

Learning to effectively manage your money should be priority #1 if you haven’t done it already. You’re most likely in college so you can get a degree and gain access to jobs with greater earning potential; make sure your degree goes as far as it should by learning what to do with the money once you have it. Your Money: The Missing Manual is a fantastic general overview of personal finance, and it’ll show you just how to keep those bills in the bank rather than blowing them on random things.

 

To summarise

The power of habits shows us how our habits shape much more of our behavior than we realize. How to Become a Straight-A Student teaches us how to get great grades in all our classes. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People gives us the tools to achieve our goals. Confessions of a Recruiting Director helps us to land our first job out of college. Finally, Your Money: The Missing Manual explains how to effectively manage your money. We hope you enjoyed our top recommended essential books!

 

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Top Survival Tips Every First-Year Irish University Student Should Know

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Top Top Survival Tips Every First-Year Irish University Student Should Know

 

There are so many things to consider when you are embarking on your first year of third level education. It is an exiting step in your life. On the other hand, it can also be stressful and scary. Keep these HomeHak Top Survival Tips in mind once you start classes, but more importantly don’t forget to have fun along the way!

 

Remember that every person you meet in college has something to offer you.

You will meet hundreds new people at college – classmates, professors, advisors, recruiters, staff at campus, etc. Naturally, you won’t become friends with everyone, but we recommend networking with as many people as possible, especially when you’re new at the university.

 

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Be organized and make deadlines your priority.

Get a calendar, whether an online app or good old paper diary, and write down all your deadlines, exams, group meetings and school events. You will have dozens of different assignments during your college years and the sooner you find a routine that fits you, the better. Top Surivial Tips is make it your priority to never hand in an assignment late. Being diligent and dependable is always a plus!

Never. Ever. Plagiarize.

Don’t even come close to plagiarizing. Learning how to write is one of the core skills you will be developing at university. Don’t ruin the learning process with copying and pasting words from a different source. Instead, find enough various resources, learn how to cite sources properly, and develop your own writing routine. You can also make use of one of the many programs and apps that detect plagiarism in your work.

 

Find a note-taking system that works well for you.

Taking notes with a laptop might be faster and easier than writing notes by hand, but writing down notes with good old pen might help you remember the content of the lecture better than if you typed them. Find out what works best for you in each class so you can make the most out of your notes once revising or studying. Read more about when you should take notes by hand in our previous article.

 

Top Survival Tips always back up your files.

There is nothing worse than having your laptop broke down in the middle of finishing your unsaved essay or losing a whole file of documents.

 

Meet with your academic advisor on a regular basis.

Connect with your school’s academic advisor as well as a career center. Both your career advisor and academic advisor might play a valuable role in your college years and in your future decisions. Also, go to most career fairs in the campus or the city you live in, whether you are looking for a job or just want to network with recruiters.

Actively participate in activities organised by your university/faculty.

Whether it is extra-curriculum lecture or a Christmas party organised by the faculty, these events are a great opportunity to get to know your classmates, professors and professionals better, but also to learn interesting things.

Don’t be afraid to drop a class you don’t like.

Feel no obligation to take every single class you register for. If you don’t like them, drop them and spend your time in a more meaningful class for you. At the end of the day, college is about finding out what you want to do.

 

Take good care of your health.

Taking good care of your body and mind is essential every day of your life, but even more when you get to start a brand new chapter at a university, often miles away from your family and home. You will likely face a frequent temptation to eat unhealthy food, cook low-cost meals and miss out on physical exercise due to lack of time. Nevertheless, it is important to keep a healthy lifestyle, eat enough fruits and veggies, drink enough water, sleep well and exercise often. Especially in the times of global pandemic. Bottom line: Your health is the foundation for everything else, so don’t neglect it.

 

Get to know your professors.

Another top survival tip is college is as much about networking as it is about taking classes. Plus, most of professors will be very happy to get to know you, share their experience and guide you through your college path

 

Get involved in student clubs and/or organizations.

Joining a student club and/or organization does not only mean more networking and likely more friends, but also a chance to boost your resume and have a say in how things are run.

 

 

To summarise

Remember that every person you meet in college has something to offer you. Be organized and make deadlines your priority. Do not plagerise. Find a note-taking system that works well for you. Always back up your files. Meet with your academic advisor on a regular basis. Actively participate in activities organized by your university/faculty. Don’t be afraid to drop a class you don’t like. Take good care of your health. Get involved in student clubs and/or organizations. We hope you enjoyed our Top Surivial Tips. Check out this article for more tips every first year student should know.

 

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International Students Studying in Irish Universities Top Tips

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Top Tips for International Students Studying in Irish Universities

 

It is a truly enriching experience to study in an Irish University. With highly dedicated and qualified staff, our universities have a prestigious reputation of delivering world class education to the highest standard. According to the Irish Universities Association, there are currently over 32,000 international students studying in Ireland availing of the extensive range of courses available. Read more to find your top tips for international students studying in Ireland.

 

You might be feeling a bit anxious. Fear not, as HomeHak has put together our top tips for international students coming to Ireland to make you feel more at ease.

 

Bank account

One of the first things you should do is open a student bank account. Each university usually has a banking partner on campus. This makes it easy for you to open a bank account with appropriate supporting documents.  In addition, it takes the stress away of having to choose the right bank and you can get the process done in minutes. Want to know the different student bank accounts in Ireland? Compare and apply online here.

 

Budgeting for international students

To enable you to enjoy your university experience to the fullest, you need to learn to manage your money correctly. One of the biggest ways to save money in university is through your grocery shop. Furthermore, Lidl and Aldi are the best budget supermarkets to do your food shop in. They can help save you a substantial amount of money on your food bill. Want more tips? Check out this article

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Manage your time

As you settle into the swing of things, your time in Ireland is going to fly by. Plan Your Next Adventure with Discover Ireland.

 

Irelands Weather

Ireland is the type of place where you can experience the four seasons in one day. Ensure to pack wisely for cold, warm and wet days. Moreover, summer temperatures usually range from 16-22 celcius with winters rarely dropping below freezing point but still quite cold. 

 

Student Travel Card

A student travel card will get you discounts on your travel throughout Ireland. Also, giving you great savings is the Student Leap Card. The Student Leap Card is the national student travel card.  Furthermore, it can help you with savings on mobile plans, travel and shopping. Besides, card holders can get student discounts on fares for Go-Ahead Ireland, Dublin Bus, Luas, Bus Éireann, DART and Irish Rail (Iarnród Éireann). 

 

The Irish People

The Irish are well known around the world for their friendliness and love to converse with strangers. Furthermore, if you ever need something during your time in Ireland don’t be afraid to ask as the Irish will go above and beyond to help you out. The one thing you will be guaranteed from studying in Ireland is a few new Irish friends too! So don’t be shy and get out of your comfort zone and mix with new people.

 

 

 

Here are some links international students might find helpful

 

To summarise

Ireland prides itself in nurturing international students and helping them to adapt to a new culture. Equally important, each university has a dedicated international office for your needs. Additionally, there is also a diverse range of clubs, societies and support structures to help you settle into university life in Ireland. Finally, there is magnetic energy around the Emerald Isle Universities. As a result, this draws in students from all over the world. No wonder it is ranked in the top 3% of institutions worldwide. 

If you are an international student studying in Ireland, check out our article:

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New Club or Society in an Irish Student University – How to Set One Up

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Do you feel like there is something missing from campus life? Interested in setting up a new club or society? 

 

Everyone remembers being in first year. We are all stressed trying to get to our next class on the other side of campus.  Or, already behind on your assignments. But among the chaos, you carry the same interests and hobbies from secondary school. Did you like dancing, photography, or playing soccer?

But what if there’s no way for you to continue? Will you give them up or find different hobbies? Or would you create an opportunity to enjoy your hobbies again?

 

Idea for a new club or society

The first thing you need to have is an idea. It must be original and new. In addition, an idea needs to be distinguishable from other Clubs and Societies that are already established. Furthermore remember that new Clubs and Societies will not be considered if they break college policies, promotion of alcohol etc.

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Elect

This includes, President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Public Relation Officer, Events Manager etc. Depending, usually there must be at least 4 full time students on the committee. Additionally, the committee posts can only be filled by fully registered, full time students of the college.

 

Constitution for your new club or society

With every Club and Society comes a constitution. Moreover, this document sets out how the Club or Society should be run. It will act as a set of rules for future committees.

 

Setup form

Next, you will have to complete the “How To Set Up A Club/Society” application form. You can find these on your university or students union website.

 

Membership

Members must be added to the application for a Club or Society to become recognised. If a clubs or society is not fully recognised then it is not entitled to collect a membership fee.

 

 

To summarise

To conclude, why not start up your own new club or society? Equally important, the process is easy to follow. Dont forget, the student union will be more than happy to help! We hope you have more confidence to start your own after reading this article. 

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Irish University Space – Ways To Make it Feel Like Home for Students

Now that secondary school is complete, it’s time to research college room ideas to make your Irish university space feel like home. The great news is your new room is a completely blank slate. Of course, you need the college room essentials, but you also want your room to feel like home.

Here are HomeHak tips to create a space you’ll want to spend time in:

 

1. Create a photo wall

Everyone gets homesick, so reminders of memorable moments with family and friends can help brighten up your dorm room. Photo walls are a fantastic way to cover those dull walls.

 

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2. Bring some plants

Adding greenery to your dorm room will help it feel fresh and less basic. Houseplants can be good for your health, so bring a few low-maintenance varieties. 

 

 

3. Light up the night

If your room has fluorescent lights, a bedside lamp adds a softer glow that mellows, instead of you relying exclusively on harsh overhead lighting. 

 

4. Slide into soft sheets and a comfy comforter

A comfortable set of sheets, cozy quilt, or comforter helps keep you sleeping oh-so-soundly. 

 

5. Add a mirror

Mirrors aren’t just for checking your look, they also make your room feel bigger — super important in small spaces. 

 

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6. Create a homey feel with curtains

Is your view less than stellar, or your dorm on the first floor? Curtains add privacy and the feel of a finished room. If you like to sleep in, try light-blocking curtains. For a brighter, airier feel, choose sheer curtains to gently filter light. Add some twinkle with fairy lights. Proper lighting can be hard to come by in a dorm room. Add festive twinkle fairy lights to your dorm room ideas for a feeling of comfort.  Check our this article on how to make a room feel more like home. 

 

7. Add a plush area rug into your Irish university space

Does your university room have cement floors or thin, industrial-grade carpet? That’s not very cosy for getting in and out of bed. Adding a colourful plush area rug next to your bed adds a pop of colour and softness underfoot. No more cold mornings for your warm feet!

 

8. Make your bed extra comfy with pillows

When university room decorating, an easy way to add character is with throw pillows. A very simple way to add some vibrance into your space! 

 

 

 

To summarise

Student accommodation can often be more practical than palatial. Meaning, if you’ve just moved into your new Irish university space you’re probably eager to make it look a bit more homely. Not only does this make your new home a nicer place to relax and hang-out with friends, but it can also help to offset any feelings of homesickness you may feel.

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