The University of Limerick (UL) is a leading institution known for outstanding research and is based in the heart of Ireland. Named the Irish University of the Year 2019 by The Sunday Times Good University Guide, UL has also been ranked as one of the top 100 Young Universities in the World by the Times Higher Education. It has developed into one of the top universities in Ireland since being founded in 1972. It is also ranked 35th in the world for Research Impact (THE) and provides an outstanding student experience with the Best Student Campus (Education Ireland Awards 2019).
UL also provides unrivalled graduate employment rates, with the highest rate in all of Ireland. This is helped by its tremendous work placement programme, the largest of any university in Ireland, and the largest international exchange programme.
UL is ranked world number two for International Student Happiness. 94.5% of international students who studied at UL responded that they were happy with their study experience placing UL second out of 199 institutions across the globe. These results are from the I-Graduate International Student Barometer (ISB) 2018, a global benchmark for the international student experience.
Other results from ISB included the UL International Office ranking number 1 out of 51 UK and Ireland universities. UL also scored highest for pre-arrival information for international students. Nationally, UL boasts the best access to and quality of, accommodation; the best campus environment; the best multi-cultural learning environment, the best library; the best internet access on arrival, the best formal welcome and the best sports facilities.
The UL International Office also organises the International Orientation Welcome Programme. This is a week-long organised series of fun events to help you settle in and meet other students. It takes place during the first week in September for students beginning studies in Autumn. You can get more information about this welcome programme on Limerick's orientation webpage.
UL offers accommodation in beautiful residences for up to 2,800 students. Six of the seven residential villages are on campus, including Plassey village, Kilmurry village, Thomond village, Dromroe village, Quigley residence and Cappavilla village. Fees vary from €4,768 to €6,916 yearly depending on the choice of room.
Off-campus accommodation at Troy village is a 15 minute walk from the main university campus. The residential villages provide various maintenance and in-house inventory services. Residence rental fees includes facilities such as a swimming pool, sports gym and internet.
The 148 hectare university campus is situated on the banks of River Shannon and surrounded by extensive parkland estates. It is one of the most picturesque campuses in Europe and the campus is ideally located for students to enjoy an active sporting and cultural life. Relaxing cycling and walking tours along the banks of River Shannon and the spectacular Living Bridge provide an opportunity to unwind in natural habitat, while a Farmers’ Market organised every Tuesday lets students witness an array of local produce.
The University is situated just 5km from the city of Limerick and 20 km from Shannon Airport. Limerick is a modern city with a population of 90,000 and is easily accessible by train, bus and taxi.
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