August 2013

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Student Villages


Student Villages are very popular, especially amongst first year students. It must be noted that student villages are more expensive then private accommodation.

Please note rates are 2014/15

Amhra House
5 to 7 minute walk from campus
Single €102 per week or €3,978 per year

Twin €80 per week or €3,120 per year

Deposit €790

T 353 (0)91 768 455 or 353 (0)86 851 1199 
F 353 (0)91 768 456 

Atlantis Apartments
15 minute walk from campus
Accommodation for students with disabilities is available
Single room  €106 per week or €4,120 per year        

Single En-Suite €119 per week or €4,630 per year

Double Room €116 per week or €4,500 per year

Double En-suite €127 per week or €4,950 per year

Twin En-suite (Shared) €86 per week or €3,350 per year

Deposit €900
Find out more about Atlantis room rates

T 353 (0)91 539 673 or 353 (0)87 667 7998 
F 353 (0)91 537 903 

Centrepoint Apartments
25 – 30 minute’s walk from campus
Accommodation for those with special needs is available
Single€100 per week or €4,320.00 per year

Single En-suite €110 per week or €4,700 per year

Twin €70 per week or €3,180 per year

Twin En-suite €75 per week or €3,370 per year

Double – €110 per week or €4,700 per year

Double En-suite – €120 per week or €5,080 per year

Deposit €300.00
Find out more about Centrepoint Apartments room rates

T 353 (0)91 381 000 

Corrib Village: 091- 527112 (Very close to campus, good security) 

Twin, Shared Bathroom €75 per week or €2,925 per year

Single, Shared Bathroom €105 per week or €4,085 per year

Double, Shared Bathroom €110 per week or €4,290 per year

Single, Shared En-suite €114 per week or €4,410 per year

Double, Shared En-Suite €119 per week or €4,610 per year

Single, En-Suite €122 per week or €4,750 per year

Deposit €850

NUI Galway Park & Ride bus service stops/picks up at Corrib Village. This bus is free of charge.

T 353 (0)91 527112
F 353 (0)91 523661 

Donegan Court
5 minute walk from campus
Twin Sharing €85 per week or €3,230 per year

Twin En-suite Sharing €95 per week or €3,610 per year

Single €115 per week or €4,370 per year

Double €125 per week or €4,750 per year

Double En-suite €130 per week or €4,940 per year

Deposit €600

T 353 (0)87 225 8505 or 353 (0)86 108 3644 
F 353 (0)91 564 682 or 

Dunaras: 091-589588 (20 min walk from college) 
Single En-suite €120 per week or €5,250  per year total

Double En-suite €125 per week or €5,440 per year

Twin Sharing En-suite  €85 per week or €3,920 per year

Deposit €300
Free Shuttle bus

Gort na Coirbe: 091-746400 (15 min walk from campus, good security) 
Twin Sharing €83 per week or €3,709  per year

Twin Sharing En-suite €88 per week or €3,899 per year

Single €108.50 per week or €4,678 per year

Single En-suite €120 per week or €5,115 per year

Double €120 per week or €5,115 per year

Double En-suite  €125 per week or €5,305 per year

Deposit €300

Menlo Park
The Student Village at Menlo Park Apartments
15 minute walk from campus
35 two and three bed apartments with accommodation for 140 students
Apartments consist of single, double and twin en suite rooms
Twin Sharing €80 per week or €2,960 per year

Single €105 per week or €3,885 per year

Double €110 per week or €4,070 per year

Deposit €800

T 353 (0)91 768 663 
F 353 (0)91 768 664 

Cuirt na Coirbe: 091-700700 (15 min from campus) 
Single €105 per week or €4,095 per year

Single En-suite €115 per week or €4,485 per year

Single En-suite (Wheelchair access) €115 per week or €4,485 per year

Single Deluxe (double bed) €115 per week or €4,485 per year

Single Deluxe En-suite (double bed) €125 per week or €4,875 per year

Deposit €900


Accommodation Office NUIG: 091-492760 or check their website



The standard tax rate is 20%. The higher tax rate is 41%. You begin to pay tax at the higher rate on income over €36,400 if you are a single person without dependent children. The figure is known as your “Standard Rate Cut-off Point” and changes annually in January. You will pay tax

on everything you earn (including tips) except your tax credits. Tax credits are the part of your income on which you are not liable for tax. The standard amount of tax credits for a single person is currently €1,830. This too will change in the new tax year.

Your employer will begin to deduct your tax from your first payday. It is up to you to make sure it is the correct amount. The easiest way to do this is to phone the tax office on either (091) 547700 or Lo Call 1890 777425. You will need your PPS no. and your employer’s name and PAYE
registered number. The PPS number is your unique reference number for all your dealings with the Public Service, e.g. applying to the tax office for a tax credits certificate, applying for Social Welfare payments, etc.
Note: This guide is not a legal interpretation of the relevant legislation, and is not intended to be a complete or authoritative statement of the law.

European Health Insurance Card

Many student go abroad during their time in college either to study for a year or just go on holidays during the Summer. Accidents do happen and you need to make sure that you can receive medical attention if necessary. The EHIC enables you to obtain treatment requires and has now replaced the E111 and E128.

As an Irish resident you are entitled to get healthcare through the public system if you become ill or injured while on temporary stay in the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland.

You can now apply online at if you already have either a medical card or a Drugs Payment Scheme (DPS) card.

Apply in person by completing an application form at your local Health Office.

To apply by post, ask for an application form at your local HSE, Community Care Office or Health Centre or download one from Complete the form and return it to your local Health Office.

For further information check out

Other Financial Support


There are a variety of other supports available to thrid level students. These include Higher Education Grants awarded by local authorities (County Councils). Information on these grants is available in the Academic section elsewhere in this diary.

Students who are in need of additional assistance in completing further and/or higher education studies may apply to the Partnership or Community Group in the area where they have been awarded a Local Authority or VEC grant to obtain the Millenium Partnership Fund. This may help with costs related to participation and study supports.

Bank of Ireland also awards funding from its Millennium Scholars Trust. The Trust awards scholarships to people with talent and ability who, because of economic circumstances or other barriers such as disability, are prevented from reaching their full educational potential. For students paying tuition fees, tax relief is available. Further details on funding available to students can be sought from the Students’ Union Vice-President / Welfare Officer.

Social Welfare

You are not entitled to the dole if you are in full-time education. However, mature students may be entitled to a Back to Education Allowance. Where you are under 19 and in full-time education, your parents are still entitled to claim child benefit for you. Students with children may be netitled to Child Benefit and One-Parent Family Allowance depending on circumstances. If you are having difficulty obtaining maintenance from your child’s other parent you should contact your Community Welfare Officer. Rent supplement is available for those who cannot provide for the cost of their accommodation from their own resources. If you are concerned about the impact of third level education on benefits you receive you can contact your social welfare officec. The nearest offices are located in the Hynes Building, Augustine St just off Eyre Square and over the Aldi store in Westside.

Medical Card

A medical card enables the bearer to receive certain health services free of charge. Each Health Service Executive Area issues cards. Full-time students aged 16-25 who are financially dependent on their parents will only be entitled to a medical card if their parents hold a medical card. A student in receipt of Disability Allowance will generally be entitled to a medical card. Financially independent students who satisfy a means test may be entitled to a medical card. The weekly income limit is €184 per week for a single person living away from home. This is calculated at gross income less PRSI and certain specified expenses such as rent and childcare. These income limits are revised in January. If you have a medical card, you are entitled to free GP (family doctor) services; prescribed drugs and medicines (with some excpetions); in-patient public hospital services; out-patient services, dental, optical and aural services;medical appliances; maternity.

You can download an application form here .
Don’t forget that most services in the Student Health Unit in Áras na Mac Léinn are free of charge!



Students should open a bank account as soon as possible if they have not already done so.
Bank of Ireland, NUI Galway is located on the main concourse right at the heart of College activities. It is a student branch which provides the complete range of banking services all year round, and is specially geared to cater for your needs. As it is centrally located it is easily accessible in between lectures.
Opening hours
Monday: 10:00 – 17:00
Tuesday – Friday : 10:00 – 16:00
Contact Info
Phone: 353 91 524555
Fax: 353 91 527671

Banking Services

Free access to financial advice
BOI’s friendly Student Advisors Olivia Roche and Kevin Burke will be happy to help you with financial problems and will advise you on how to manage your finances and budget for the year.

PASS (A.T.M.) Machines
For your convenience 2 ATM machines are located at the Campus Bank.
A statement printer is located outside the Campus branch of Bank of Ireland.
Other ATM machines include:
Newcastle : An ATM is located at the petrol station at Newcastle Rd.
Other ATMs are located in BOI branches on Mainguard St, Salthill, Galway Shopping Centre, Eyre Square Shopping Centre and 43 Eyre Square

Medical students please note there is an ATM machine located at University College Hospital.
Please note that although ATM cards are provided free by the bank, all ATM cards are subject to an annual ATM Government charge – presently €10 (€20 for Laser cards)

Lost Bank Cards (various banks)

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Find Your Class Rep


Your Class Rep is the “voice of your class” and represents views of the majority of your class and help solve both individual and class-wide problems. Find out who your Class Rep is….and if there is none for you class why not be a class rep yourself ! Go to Become a Rep for more info. Rep listings will be updated shortly (October 2012)

Business, Public Policy & Law Class Reps Arts Class Reps Engineering Class Reps
 Medicine & Health Science Class Reps Postgrad Class Reps Science Class Reps

Students’ Union College Convenors


Each of the 5 College Convenors act as chairperson for their College Class Representatives Council. They represent their Colleges Class Reps and students on the Executive committee. They work with the SU Council Chairperson to make sure every class has a Class Representative.

The object of the College Class Rep Councils is to discuss individual faculty issues whilst Students’ Union Council discusses University wide issues. Class Reps also appoint three Undergraduate reps to sit on the University’s Academic Council.

Guest Speaker: Pádraig Ó’Céidigh


Pádraig Ó’Céidigh is the Chairman of Aer Arann. Since purchasing the airline in 1994 Ó’Céidigh has helped to build Aer Arann up to its current position as a leading Regional Airline. He is also the founder of a number of other companies in the following sectors: publishing, music, aircraft maintenance, outsourcing, homecare and internet marketing.

A fluent Irish speaker Pádraig received his third level education in NUI Galway before having careers in accountancy, teaching and as a solicitors. Pádraig is also a Harvard University Alumni. He owns the Irish language newspaper Foinse and Fuinseog Teo among many other business interests.

Pádraig is passionate about community support he has led many fundraising events raising approximately €1.5 million for Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Temple Street Hospital and various other charities over the years. He is also patron of Ability West.

As a testament to his achievements, Pádraig was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2002 and went on to represent Ireland in the World Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in Monte Carlo in 2003. He was a judge for the Irish Entrepreneur of the Year every year since. He is current Chairman of the judging panel for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. He was named Galway Person of the Year in 2004 and received special recognition from NUI Galway in 2002 winning the Bank of Ireland Award for Business and Commerce for his significant contribution to Irish Society and to the Irish economy in particular. He is one of only three people to be credited as an honorary member of the MBA Association of Ireland.

Pádraig is also a director of Fáilte Ireland, Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in NUI Galway and Executive Chair of the NUI Galway Masters in Business Program.

The President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, appointed Pádraig to the Board of the North-South Business Development round table in 2003.

Student Scoops €10,000 with Study App at NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards


Niamh Duffy, an MSc in Clinical Research student at NUI Galway from Dublin has scooped the top prize of €10,000 at the NUI Galway Students’ Union Enterprise Awards. Her winning project StudySmart is a study software application for secondary school students which acts as a time management and motivational tool. The creator of StudySmart was presented with her prize by local entrepreneurs Pádraig O’Céidigh and Judy Greene together with NUI Galway President, Dr James J. Browne and NUI Galway Students’ Union President, Paul Curley.

The StudySmart application will enable students to study in a more efficient, scientific manner and improve their grades. Judges were very impressed with StudySmart and its potential to motivate and encourage secondary school students in their studies.

The competition which is the initiative of the NUI Galway Students’ Union is supported by NUI Galway and seeks to foster a spirit of entrepreneurship amongst students. In its three years, the competition has attracted entries from students studying a variety of subjects. The Two runner-up prizes of €5,000 were awarded to Tim Groome for GaelicLinks, a networking website for all people involved in GAA and Jenny Groarke for Sing Bang Music Workshops which aims to provide inclusive, supportive and fun music workshops for older adults.

Pádraig O’Céidigh, who attended the award ceremony said: “The drive, determination and enthusiasm of the students is fantastic. It is heartening to see that within NUI Galway the essence of the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well. I would also like to congratulate the University and the Students’ Union for their vision in fostering the talents of tomorrow’s entrepreneurs.”

NUI Galway Students’ Union President, Paul Curley said: “We have been overwhelmed by the number and standard of entries to the NUI Galway Student Enterprise Awards. The entrants are testament to the exceptional initiative and creativity of students in social and business enterprise. They show that students are both able and willing to create the big ideas that will help fuel our recovery. The Students’ Union is delighted to be in a position to facilitate some of these ideas as they take their first steps. I have no doubt but that we are working with the leaders of the future.”

Workshop Facilitators 2013


Dr Johanna Clancy

Dr Johanna Clancy from the T.K. Whitaker Institute in the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics, NUI Galway facilitated a workshop for the finalists on how to structure their business plans which they presented to the judging panel.

Dr Declan Fleming, George Leonard and the NUI Galway MSc Marketing Strategy Class 2012/13

The MSc in Marketing Strategy has been created to meet the needs of graduates aspiring to pursue challenging senior career opportunities in the marketing profession. Designed to cultivate a generation of marketing strategists, this taught programme is unique as it focuses on the strategic perspective of marketing. The MSc Marketing Strategy class acted as marketing consultants for the finalists in this year’s Enterprise Awards.

Richard Hammond

Richard Hammond is a Partner at Hammond Good Solicitors and a member of the Council of the Law Society of Ireland. He practices and teaches extensively in the areas of succession law, intellectual property, insolvency and general commercial law. Richard advised the finalists on legal issues relating to their projects.

Paul Killoran

Paul Killoran is an Entrepreneur and the CEO of Starlight Solutions, a company which specialises in creating web applications and animation. Paul’s main role is to develop and bring new applications to market and to set out the strategic vision for the company. Paul helped the finalists to look at the IT and technical aspects of their projects.

Gareth Williams

Gareth Williams is the owner and director of the Emergency Services Training Institute. The Emergency Training Services Institute specialises in the delivery of the highest quality emergency medical training delivered by the very best paramedic and advanced paramedic tutors. Gareth assisted the finalists with their financial planning for their businesses.