We’ve found over the years that setting up a WhatsApp group for incoming students works. When you accept your place, we’ll send you details.
It’s good to get to know each other beforehand, and also there are things you will want to sort out with each other – an important one being accommodation for those coming from outside Cork. In fact, some of you might want to search for accommodation together.
If you are coming from outside Cork, there actually is no need to live in the city – there are nice towns county Cork, Kerry and Waterford. Limerick city is about an hour away, with good transport links. This is feasible as the course in Tuesdays and Wednesdays and some Saturdays. In fact, people have successfully commuted from Dublin.
Ballincollig is a nearby town on the west ( just recently incorporated into the city, they have a ParkRun.ie). On the eastern side is Middleton (great market on Saturdays), and Kinsale (picturesque fishing village and popular town to commute to the city from) in the south is worth a visit. If you go further afield, make sure there is a good bus service. There are some lovely towns in Kerry, but you’d probably need a car – or share a lift from someone driving up.
For those of you living in Cork, you might be interested in renting a room out on Tuesdays (and maybe Wednesdays) to a class mate who wants to commute.
Or you might live in one of those nearby towns and be deciding to commute, and you would be a good source of advice for someone who was thinking of living outside Cork.
Having said that, Cork is a lovely place to live 😊 However, you would want to have accommodation arranged before you come here. Leaving it to the last minute would not be the best strategy.
Current students and graduates would be a good resource. Post on the Facebook Group.
And if you’re moving to Ireland, an American’s view of Ireland