Living in Cork

Living in Cork



Cork City

  • Cork City Council has produced a newcomers’ guide to introduce people to all aspects of living in Cork.  It is published in several languages.

  • The Cork Tourist website provides a useful overview for visitors.



Eating in Cork City




  • Check out Whazon , a monthly guide to everything happening in Cork city:

- food and drink ;

- shows and performances;

-  get active and participate;

- visitors information.   

  • Cork is not just a city there is a whole county to explore.  Find out more.

  • Discover Ireland offers information on places to go, things to do and what’s on in Ireland.



  • Cork is alive with festival fun throughout the year.

  • From music to food the Irish love festivals and will take every opportunity to celebrate.  Find out more at 



  • Cork Network of Local Sports Partnerships, an initiative of the Irish Sports Council, aims to increase the number of people participating in sport, exercise and physical activity in Cork.



Emergency Services



The Irish Department of Foreign Affairs details foreign embassies with diplomatic responsibility for Ireland.  Note not all are located in Ireland.


Garda Síochána (Police), Ambulance, Fire and Rescue, Marine and Coastal, Mountain Rescue.

112 is the emergency services number in the European Union.   In Ireland 999 will also access services.  Contact emergency services when someone’s life, health, property or the environment is in danger. 

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The Samaritans offers confidential emotional support for those who are despairing or suicidal, 24 hours a day by telephone, email, letter of face to face.

  • www.
  • Coach Street, Cork.
  • Tel:         1850 60 90 90  1850 FREE  or +353 (0) 21 427 1323


Southdoc is a service that gives you access to a family doctor outside of normal hours. 


UCC Supports

        Niteline is a confidential listening service offered by students for students. Available throughout the academic year on Tues, Weds & Thurs from 9.00pm to 1.00am Niteline:  Freephone: 1800 32 32 42

  • UCC Student Health  details are available at
  • ULink - Peer Assisted Student Support is support system offered by trained students for students at
  • UCC General Services Security, 24 Hours, Tel: + 353 (0)21 4903111
  • The International Education Office is a one stop shop for international students.  Suzanne Buckley is UCC’s Support Officer for International Students.  Suzanne acts as an identifiable point of contact with the various services on campus.  In the event of an emergency such as bereavement, serious illness or accident you may need to contact a member of the International Education Office Staff.

Office Hours Monday – Friday  Tel: + 353 21 490 2734

Support Officer for International Students- Tel:  + 353 21 490 4725

After hours telephone Campus Security/Reception, who will contact a member of the IEO staff on your behalf.  Tel: + 353 21 490 2266.




An Post operates the national postal service.  There are also a large number of private courier companies.          


Purchases online and by mail order are subject to Value Added Tax.  There are some exemptions.  Please label packages properly to ensure you are not taxed unnecessarily.

Note that importation of prescribed medication is subject to clearance through Customs by the Irish Medicines Board.  Only drugs licensed in Ireland will be cleared.  Maximum quantity for personal use is 3 months supply.

Several companies offer shipping solutions to students.



Public Transport              


Get There offers an overview of integrated transport for Ireland including car sharing. 


Bus Éireann operate bus services, everywhere in Ireland, except Dublin.


There are numerous car hire options, all offering different rates.   Age restrictions, driver license and insurance requirements apply.  Driving is on the left handside of the road.   Drink driving legislation and speed limits ares strictly enforced.  A penalty points system is in operation.  Everyone must wear a seatbelt or risk being fined.  All cars must be roadworthy  -  cars 4 years old or more must pass the National Car Test (NCT).  Factor in parking costs which may be disc or metred. 


GoCar is a pay-as-you-drive use of a vehicle.   There is a GoBase location near UCC on College Road.


Cork International Airport services the city and is the most direct arrival option.  Alternatively, you may arrive into Dublin or Shannon and travel to Cork by road or train. 


─║arnród Éireann operate train services in Ireland.  Kent Station is Cork’s main train station.  Note train tickets are cheaper when purchased in advance in advance.



The majority of shops are open from 9am-6pm, from Monday to Saturday.  Some shops have extended opening hours on Thursdays and Fridays and may trade on Sunday, usually from 2pm-6pm.  Some of the larger supermarkets are open 24 hours. 

Grocery Shopping

Speciality food stores, including Halal, are dotted throughout the city, but especially on North Main Street and Shandon Street. 

There are regular food markets in different locations on different days.  The famous English Market is open Monday to Saturday. 





Ireland and Cork is generally a very safe place to live.  Ireland is ranked the 6th most peaceful country in the world, according to the Global Peace Index.

A practical common sense approach to safety should be adopted.  Take the precautions that apply everywhere.   In Ireland crimes on the person are rare.  An Garda Síochána (Irish Police Force) generally do not carry firearms.  The crime that does occur is opportunistic and property centred. 

Two useful personal safety leaflet produced by the Gardaí are Staying Safe on Campus and Streetwise. 

UCC has an excellent working relationship with the local Community Policing Officers. 

UCC’s Campus Watch and Community Liaison seeks to foster a spirit of responsibility and co-operation between students and the wider community, working together to create a safe, harmonious and student friendly community environment.

UCC Campus Watch and Community Liaison work with the Student Disciplinary Committee.



Telephones and Internet Connections

The International Telephone Access Code is 00

The Country Code for Ireland is + 353.

The Area Code for Cork is (0)21.

Telephone directory enquiries is  11811

Irish Mobile phone numbers start with 083, 085, 086, 087, or 089.

Until a credit history in Ireland is established students must avail of a prepay mobile phone option known as pay as you go.  If you have your own mobile phone handset you may purchase a SIM card to obtain a local telephone number and rates.   If you wish to use Skype ensure that the package you purchase is compatible.

The Irish government also provides an overview of how mobile phones, fixed line phones and internet operate in Ireland.

ComReg, the Irish Commission for Communications regulation run several websites to help consumers make informed choices regarding mobile phone and internet use.

Mobile Phone Providers include:

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