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NUIG SU Freshers’ Fair 2019

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The NUI Galway Students’ Union Freshers’ Fair is back with ALL THE FREEBIES!

Call down to Áras na Mac Léinn 11am-4pm Tuesday 17th of September 2019 for giant inflatable games, food, freebies, tunes from Flirt FM and competitions.

Confirmed Exhibitors:
Bus Éireann

Flirt FM
Just Eat
Matt O’Flaherty Chemist
PwC Ireland

Sin Newspaper

Student Leap Card
SU Card
Virgin Media

Food Stalls:

Brown Bag Donuts 

Handsome Burger 
Joachims German Bratwurst – GM-Catering

Top-up your Student Leap Card at the Students’ Union

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You can now top-up your Student Leap Card at the NUI Galway Students’ Union office!

Please note all the below fares are the Student rates for the Student Leap Card only.

To obtain your Student Leap Card:

  1. Go to studentleapcard.ie and complete the online application.
  2. Bring the order confirmation code to the SU office along with your Student ID or a letter from your School/College and we can print the card off for you. Please note the code expires after 7 days.
  3. The Student Leap Card costs €10 and doesn’t have any credit on it.

There are two options for topping up your Leap Card with credit in the SU Office and we don’t charge any commission! 

Option 1: Pay-as-you-go

If you are looking to use the pay-as-you-go option you can top up your Student Leap Card with Travel Credit to the value of your choice. The fare when using the pay-as-you-go on Bus Éireann would be €1.68 a trip for bus trips in 01-11 stages and €1.98 for the 12+ stages.

Option 2: Load a ticket onto your Card

For Bus Éireann you have three options of tickets which can be loaded to your Leap Card:

  • 24 Hour – €4
  • 7 day – €16.80
  • Monthly – €59.50 (The monthly ticket is done by calendar month e.g. 1st January to 31st January)

For City Direct there is only the option of the Monthly Ticket:

  • Monthly – €50

The Students’ Union Office is located upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building (beside Sult) and we are open 10am-5pm Monday-Friday during term time.

NUIG SU Freshers’ Fair 2018

News & Events
The NUI Galway Students’ Union Freshers’ Fair is back with ALL THE FREEBIES!
Call down to Áras na Mac Léinn 11am-4pm Tuesday 18th of September 2018 for giant inflatable games, food, freebies, tunes from Flirt FM and competitions.
Food Stalls:

Bus Routes

List of Private Bus Companies to Galway. If your destination is not listed please check Bus Eireann or Irish Rail for alternative routes.


Athenry to Galway

Farrell Travel


Ballina to Galway

Treacy Coaches


Ballinamore Leitrim to Galway

West Link Coaches


Ballinrobe/Headford/Tuam to Galway

Burkes Bus


Ballymote/Ballaghaderren to Galway

O’Hara Coaches


Ballymote/Ballinamore/Carrigallen/Longford to Galway

Geraghty Travel


Belmullet/Westport to Galway

Corduff Travel


Birr to Galway

Kearns Travel


Castlerea to Galway

Roscommon Coaches


Clifden/Cork/Dublin/Limerick to Galway

City Link


Dingle to Galway

Kennedy Coaches


Donegal to Galway

Feda ODonnell


Dublin to Galway

Go Bus


Loughrea/Oranmore to Galway (daily)

Westport/Castlebar to Galway (weekends)

Healy Bus


Monaghan/Cavan to Galway

Streamline Coaches


Roscommon to Galway


Galway City Service

Bus Eireann

City Direct



NUI Galway Students' Union

Provides the following travel related services for students

Irish Rail and Bus Éireann will only recognise the NUI Galway Student ID for 4 years from date of issue. They take the first two digits from your student number as the date of issue. If your card is more than 4 years old or you are a returning student and are using your original student number you will need to purchase a Student Leap Card in order to get discounted travel with Irish Rail and Bus Éireann.  You can purchase a Student Leap Card from the Students’ Union office for €10 just apply online here for your code first. You can find more information about Irish Rail’s Terms and Conditions here.

You can also now top-up your Student Leap Card with credit in the SU Office. More information HERE. 

Student Leap Card

Apply online for your Student Leap Card HERE then call in to the SU Office with your code and we can print the card straight away for €10. Please note your code will expire after 7 days.

Find out more >>>

BUs Routes to Galway

For a list of bus routes to Galway please click here

Getting from A to NUIG

For all your travel information on how to get to NUIG please click here 

Please call to the Students’ Union office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn for these services. We are open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm during term time.

NUI Galway SU Freshers’ Fair Weds 16th September 2015


NUI Galway Students’ Union Freshers’ Fair 2015

The NUI Galway Students’ Union Freshers’ Fair 2015 will take place in Áras na Mac Léinn 11am-4pm on Wednesday 16th of September. 

There will be more free stuff than you can shake a stick at including the USI Freshers’ Packs, SU Diaries, Sin Newspapers and Flirt FM Wallplanners. We will have loads of companies there with freebies, giveaways and competitions. The Galway market traders will be there to keep your belly full too with crepes, boxty, sausages and sushi. Flirt FM will be supplying the tunes and Galway 2020 will be in to tell you how to get involved in Galway’s bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2020. 

Looking for a job? Bring your CV with you on the day as Real Nation will be recruiting promotional staff at the event. 

Attending the fair are: 

Abroad Internships

Bus Éireann



Flirt FM

Galway 2020



Real Nation

Student Leap Card 

The Dough Bros Wood-Fired Pizza

Travel Bug Limited

Union of Students in Ireland (USI)


Zenith Hairdressing 

Freshers Poster image

SU Weekly Email 32 – 30th April 2015

Weekly Email

Welcome to your weekly email from your Students’ Union.

LAST CHANCE To Register to Vote to #MakeGráTheLaw on 22nd May

If you are still not registered to vote there is still time! We have the forms up here in the SU Office for you to fill out, get stamped at the Garda Stationand return to your City or County Council. You have until Tuesday the 5th of May to get your form to your City/County Council. DO IT!

Nepalese Earthquake Appeal  

Draíocht Society will be holding a coffee afternoon fundraiser TODAY 2.30pm-6pm in The Space upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn. Please come along and support. They will also have a collection day in Galway on Friday 15th May in aid of the victims of the Nepalese Earthquake. Please give what you can and if you have any time to spare to help them with the collection email them on draiocht@socs.nuigalway.ie

Bus Éireann Strike This Weekend

Reminder if you are planning on heading home this weekend there is a Bus Éireann strike planned for Friday and Saturday so you might need to make new travel plans. Some websites that might help you get home: 

SU Card Reminder

Remember to cash in any points on your SU Card and spend any balances before you leave for summer. You can access your SU Card account through the SU Website: https://www.su.nuigalway.ie/su-card

Although your card will still work in September, points cannot be carried forward to next year.

If you have any queries, please contact us.

Extra Study Space 2015

Mon 27th April – Sun 3rd MayArts/Science Concourse 8am-10pm

O’Flaherty Theatre, Cairnes Theatre, D’Arcy Thompson Theatre, AC201, AC202, AC203, AC204, Kirwan Theatre, Larmor Theatre, Dillon Theatre, Tyndall Theatre, McMunn Theatre

Mon 4th May- Weds 13th May Arts/Science Concourse 8am-10pm

O’Flaherty Theatre, Cairnes Theatre, D’Arcy Thompson Theatre, AC201, AC202, AC203, AC204, Kirwan Theatre, Larmor Theatre, Dillon Theatre, Tyndall Theatre, McMunn Theatre

Have you or someone you know left college before finishing?

We would like to know why. Please fill out the survey below. The information you provide can help us better provide for students in the future.


Connacht vs Ospreys Tickets €10

We now have €10 NUIG student tickets on sale for the last Connacht home match of the season against the Ospreys at 3pm Saturday 16th May.

Please note all lockers must be cleared out by Friday 15th May 2015

Please remember to drop your locker keys back to the Students’ Union Office by 5pm on Friday the 15th May 2015. Any items left in your locker after the 15th May 2015 will be disposed of.

Alive Certificates

You can now collect your Alive Volunteering Certificate from the SU Office Monday-Friday 10am-5pm.

Give Blood This May In Galway

Blood Donation clinics will be held 5pm-8.30pm on Tuesday 5th, Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th of May in the Clayton Hotel, Ballybrit.

Tidy Towns Clean Up On Monday – Volunteers Needed

Galway City Tidy Towns clean up takes place this Monday, 4th May, at 11am, meeting at the bridge beside Millennium Children’s Playground near Galway Cathedral. Volunteers are needed to help remove paint and graffiti.

Pint of Science FREE Tickets!

Pint of Science is taking place on Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th of May in the Oslo in Salthill. There is a great line up of speakers from NUI Galway tackling the themes of Our Body and Technology & Planet Earth over the two evenings. You can register now for your free tickets for the event here.

German Photography Competition

Germany through my Lens is a photography competition organised by the Discipline of German at NUI Galway and  the German Department at GMIT.  We are asking students, registered for 2014-15 at NUI Galway or GMIT,  to submit any photo they have taken themselves of any aspect of Germany that impressed them.  Deadline for submissions is 15th September 2015.

More Information.

Are you travelling abroad this summer as part of your course, your research, a placement, volunteering?

Then come along to the NUI Galway Pre-Departure Training to gain valuable insights, information and supports at 9.15am on Friday 15th May.
To Register please fill in our short online form: here.

Exam De-Stress Programme: 20th April-8th May 2015

Massage, Soccer, Reflexology, Acupuncture, Meditation, Breakfast in a Bag and more!

For information or to book an appointment email destressbooking@nuigalway.ie

Postgrad-Karaoke TOMORROW

The next Postgradaoke night will be from 8pm tomorrow Friday the 1st of May. Swing along to the College Bar for karaoke, craic and all that stuff.

Undergraduate Awards Deadline 29th May

To be in with a chance to win a Gold Medal, have your work published in an academic journal, attend the exclusive UA Global Summit for free, and be recognised as the best in your field, all you have to do is submit your coursework for free online. It couldn’t be easier! If you place in the top 10% in your category, you receive a Highly Commended certificate which looks great on any CV and is internationally recognised – as well as the opportunity to attend the UA Global Summit and take part in our global alumni network. Any questions, check out the website – www.undergraduateawards.com – or email info@undergraduateawards.com 

It’s free to enter, it’s completely anonymous, and you’ve already done the work – you have nothing to lose! 

Join the NUI Galway Clubs and Societies in opposing the proposed N6 Galway City Transport Project.

Sign the petition here.

Bank Holiday  Monday 4th May Arrangements

The SU Office, the Student Health Unit, SU Cloakroom, The College Bar, Caife na Gaeilge and SU Engineering Desk will all be closed on Monday for the Bank Holiday.

The Library will be open Monday 4th May 08:30-22:00 but the service desk will be closed.

Smokey’s Café will be open 09:00-17:30 Saturday 2nd, Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th of May.

The Wall Café will be open 09:00-17:30 Saturday 2nd, Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th of May.

The Hub Café, Computer DISC, the Academic Writing Centre and SUMS are all now closed for the summer.

Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.ie with any questions or suggestions you may have. You can also like or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Our office is located upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building beside the College Bar and we are open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm.

Our reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Monday – Friday 11am-3pm.