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    I’ve applied to Trinity Dublin for a Masters. Anyone know anything about it? Id love to hear something, anything anecdotal about the place :p:
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    Anecdotal? Full of posh people lol

    I think it's generally seen as our equivalent of Oxford/Cambridge.
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    (Original post by Tarts_n_Vicars)
    Anecdotal? Full of posh people lol

    I think it's generally seen as our equivalent of Oxford/Cambridge.
    K thats a helpful start! I went to Ox for undergrad, maybe I will feel at home, lol. Although my college was a very state school place.

    Anything else? What is Dublin like?
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    (Original post by pendragon)
    I’ve applied to Trinity Dublin for a Masters. Anyone know anything about it? Id love to hear something, anything anecdotal about the place :p:
    It's full of Leprechuans.
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    Thats a bit Homer Simpson like...
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    I must admit that I've never heard anyone call TCD posh. A good few of my friends go there. It's by far the leading university in Ireland, but still a long way off Oxbridge standards. It's right at the heart of city centre and you'll always find a local drug seller at the front gates.
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    Drugs, so basically kinda like SOAS then
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    I applied to TCD (for undergrad tho sorry) I've heard mostly really good things about it but it's meant to be a really expensive place to live.
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    What good things have you heard?
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    It's meant to be quite international, really good social life (lots of pubs, bars and clubs) and good quality of teaching. It's also really well regarded internationally.
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    I've heard it's quite posh, too!

    What sort of grades are required for undergrad courses? Do you apply through UCAS?
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    (Original post by Lady_Muck)
    I've heard it's quite posh, too!

    What sort of grades are required for undergrad courses? Do you apply through UCAS?
    You apply through the CAO (Central Applications Office).

    The grades vary from course to course. Their law degree made headlines when they demanded four A levels. They claim the A Level is losing it's value and therefore four are required for entry. (Four As I think)

    You'll have to visit it first before making a decision. It's a place you're either going to love or hate.
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    Is TCD the place where you aren't meant to walk under the bell tower as its supposed to be cursed? I might be totally wrong though...
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    yes, I found out the law grades last night. I'm pretty sure I'm going to reapply for geography anyway, which is BBB (but then an A at AS, which I had an E in spanish as I totally flunked, cringe) so if I manage to get AAB/ABB then I may consider. Hey, I can always be rejected.

    Dublin is only 1 hour on the plane £34.25 return, the airport is 40 minutes from my new house....So it's closer to home than any english uni bar Exeter!!
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    Trinity is a very good school and has high standards of education. It's atmosphere is somewhat a kin to Oxbridge but not quite there. The city is nice enough and no more expensive to live in than England, but the Euro is worth less than sterling so when you see the numerical figure it might seem more. I know nothing about the bell tower thing though...
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    Thanks for all the info people!!! :p:
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    Have you been here?
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    Wow, the pictures of Trinity in the Postgraduate Prospectus are much nicer than the ones in the undergrad one.
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    (Original post by Chestnut)
    Have you been here?
    No, thanks will have a look!
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    (Original post by Pentatonic)
    I must admit that I've never heard anyone call TCD posh. A good few of my friends go there.
    I'd heard it too but when I attended I found the rumours to be very unfounded.

    (Original post by Kittennffc)
    Is TCD the place where you aren't meant to walk under the bell tower as its supposed to be cursed? I might be totally wrong though...
    I've been four years here, I can't say I've ever heard that rumour and I've heard a LOT of rumours.

    Anecdotal.... The campus itself divided into two really, you've got the arts/business end. Beautiful old architecture etc there. Then you got the crammed sterile ugly science end, though that is pretty damn world leading, especially in the physical sciences and computer sciences.

    The campus imposes itself in the heart of the city centre and is undivided, ie it is an enclosed oasis. The thing most people seem to notice first as they walk through the front arch is the sudden quiet and calm present upon entering, a huge contrast from the bustling city only feet away. As a student I'd advise you to walk around campus as much as you can, there're many a nook and cranny that can become favourite spots to lounge play etc. There're two on campus bars, the buttery and the pav. The pav is by far my favourite. They do good drink deals (in cans) and the staff are very chilled out and up for a laugh. It's perched on the second floor over the rugby changing rooms and overlooks the cricket pitch. By far my favourite experience of trinity thus far is on a sunny early or late summer's day, lying on the cricket pitch in front of the pav with thousands of other students just chilling out with a few beers. Utter heaven like. The buttery is losing popularity, it tends only to be good if there are bands playing or events on (table quiz, blind date, poker etc.).

    There's a rich and vibrant society life which tends to be led by the two oldest ones which are debating societies. However many newer societies are becoming increasingly more popular. Off the top of my head are the Sci-Fi soc (aka the EVERYTHING society, don't be fooled by their name they have no limitations) who show movies, organise gross and funny events etc. Other popular ones include the cardsoc, gamers, lgbt, trinity fm (radio), traditional (music) etc etc. (full list of socs). The departmental linked societys (history, physical, dental) etc usually hold a few talks and then go out and get drunk. Much of the "refreshments" being subsidised. There are also a healthy amount of sports clubs also.

    Trinity, apart from being a physical oasis in the city centre, is also a social one. The atmosphere is much more liberal and tolerant than the surrounding city (maybe this is true of most uni campuses). That's not to say that dublin isn't becoming cosmopolitan but as with any city it will have its element of ignorance. I think we have about a 17% international student ratio which certainly adds to the atmosphere.

    Trinity's library is on oxbridge/imperial levels as it has a state allowed copy of every book/magazine/paper/journal published in the UK and Ireland (for the past 30 years or so I think), most of which are held in stacks off campus but can be ordered in for reading. There are at least 5 main libraries I think. One, while still technically a working library, is mostly used as a tourist attraction and is where the book of kells is held.

    I hope you choose and are successful in coming to trinity, and that you then enjoy your time here and make plenty of friends. I love it here, I love my subject and I love the friends I've made. It can be a great place if you're willing to explore its possibilities.

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