Explore More at UL by Shiv Koppad, UL International Student Ambassador

There is so much to explore, embrace and experience when you are a student at UL.  Below I share some of my favourite UL experiences but I would love to know your favourite thing/s about UL!

  1. I know it seems a bit crazy to be talking about Christmas in the middle of July but as a student of UL, you should definitely attend the Christmas tree lighting ceremony which takes place in December, every year. The main plaza at UL is transformed into a winter wonderland with a Christmas market, Santa’s grotto, theatrical performances, music, a mesmerising fire show and so much more!  It’s wonderful to listen to the carol singers or take part in the fun activities at Santa’s grotto while enjoying some traditional Irish festive refreshments offered to keep you warm whilst welcoming the Christmas season.  The atmosphere is amazing so be sure to put it on your to-do list!
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UL Plaza at Christmas
  1. Another amazing event which you should not miss is Charity Week at UL. This is an annual event, organised by the UL Students’ Union, which aims to raise money for charity while having lots of fun!  The motto of Charity Week is ‘Raise a little, help a lot’ and this is achieved by hosting events and activities all week long.  During Charity Week, the UL campus is abuzz with numerous events and fun activities – from live bands to games; everyone is having fun while raising money for local charities.
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UL Courtyard during Charity Week
  1. Limerick City

Limerick is Ireland’s third largest city and was the first ever Irish City of Culture in 2014.  There is so much to see and do in Limerick. From museums to galleries and cafes to river walks, spending time in your new city can be a welcome distraction from study.  Although, everything you need is on campus at UL, you should try and spend some time in the city.

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Limerick City
Limerick sunset
Limerick sunset
  1. Visit the Dingle Peninsula

The Dingle Peninsula offers some of the most breath-taking scenery in Western Europe so be sure to pay this place a visit and have your camera ready!  There are a number of trips to various places around Ireland (including Dingle) organised through the Students’ Union and the UL International Society but my advice would be to sign-up for these early as places are limited and demand is high.  Ireland is a wonderful country so explore it while you can!

Dingle Peninsula
Me on a trip to Dingle Peninsula

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