As a third-level student you will have time to explore many areas of interest. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images

Starting college for the first time might seem like a challenge. Even some of the smaller colleges will have thousands more students than your seconda(...)

Students’ union at UCD and Trinity are promoting “digs” as a way of reducing pressure on students in a difficult rental market. Photograph: Getty Images

A rambling house with 15 beds and a single bathroom. Kitchen plates and utensils stacked in a toilet to save space. A kitchen “table” which fits about(...)

Internal university documents show UCD’s Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School is looking to double the number of high-end ‘executive development’ courses it offers. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

University College Dublin has sparked controversy by converting 40 student beds into high-end seminar rooms for corporate weekend courses. The univers(...)

The UCD Students’ Union has cancelled classes on sexual consent because of a lack of interest. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The UCD Students’ Union has cancelled classes on sexual consent because of a lack of interest. Approximately 20 students out of a student population(...)

The alleged rape on Belfield campus occurred in the early hours of Friday morning after the victim had been socialising on Thursday night into Friday morning. File Photograph: Eric Luke

Gardai are investigating an alleged rape on the Belfield campus at University College Dublin. The Irish Times understands a student at the Dublin 4 (...)

Student Fiona Tynan plays with Kizzy, one of the dogs from Peata, a voluntary association which provides a pet therapy service, in Trinity College Dublin  for a one-day Puppy Room for stressed students. Photograph: David Sleator

College fees, assignments, moving away from home – it should be no surprise that third level can be a stressful time for young people. The beginning o(...)

A pricey option: Accommodation prices rose across all seven third-level campuses this year

Increases in the cost of college campus accommodation and high rates for specialised student accommodation are forcing students to pay above-average p(...)

Alan Hayes studied three years of civil engineering for a level 7 degree and is in his last of two years studying structural engineering at level 8

Deciding on a postgraduate course can be massively confusing. Unlike in school, where there’s no end of advice from parents, teachers and guidance co(...)

Delegates voting at a recent USI conference.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy/The Irish Times

What use is a students’ union? Every university and almost every college in Ireland has one, and every student is automatically enrolled in it when th(...)

Dannii Curtis of UCD Students’ Union: ‘Digs are becoming popular again’

The student housing crisis: it’s always a news mainstay at this time of year. But these days it’s becoming harder for anyone to find a home, as stu(...)