Where we are

DCU is a multi-campus university occupying appox 60 hectares just north of Dublin City Centre.  

 DCU Campus Map

Source : Google maps

DCU Glasnevin Campus

The DCU Glasneivn campus is just a short distance from Dublin city centre, Dublin Airport and both the M50 and M1 motorways.

The campus is bordered by Ballymun Road and Collins Avenue.

Pedestrian, cycle and vehicular access is via the Collins Avenue and Ballymun Road entrances.  

There are additional pedestrian and cycle access via the pedestrian entrance on Collins Avenue and via the Albert College Park. 

There is no public through road from Collins Avenue to Ballymun Road.


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Disabled Access Information

DisabledGo - Campus Access Guide

DCU St Patrick's Campus

St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 is situated on the main Belfast Road (M1), which is also the road from the airport, about 2km to the north of Dublin city centre.

Bus routes servicing St Patrick’s campus: 1, 11, 13, 16, 33, 41, 41B, 41C, 44. Buses stop outside the main entrance to St Patrick’s campus.

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Mater Dei Campus

It is anticipated that incoming DCU registered students taking courses provided by Mater Dei Institute of Education will be located on the DCU Campuses.

Mater Dei Institute is located in Drumcondra on Clonliffe Road, approximately a 10 minute walk from the St Patrick’s Campus.

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How to get to DCU

Dublin City University is committed to sustainable travel. All users of the Campus are encouraged to bear this in mind when considering their travel options. This campus can be accessed on foot, by bicycle, by public and private bus and by car. Limited car parking is also available on campus.  The DCU Campus Map identifies the covered cycle parking on campus.

There are some great transport alternatives to the car and DCU is encouraging staff and students to give them a try for a couple of journeys every week. It could be as simple as walking or cycling for one day a week, or taking the bus, or car sharing a few times. 


Walking is a great way to discover more about an area, improve your fitness and save money on travelling. Walking is the most popular form of activity, and the risk of injury is low as it doesn't put pressure on your joints.

The benefits of regular walking include:

•Health: regular walking can reduce the risk of many health problems such as coronary heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure, anxiety and stress.

•Quality of Life: walking can help with weight control, stamina, and energy levels.

•Convenience: you can walk to most places at any time, you can also start slowly and build distances and pace up gently.

•Cost: walking is free and you don't need any equipment, just a comfortable pair of shoes!

If you are unsure how long it might take you to walk take a look at this walking accessibility map


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  Cycling to DCU

•Cycling is a convenient, cheap way of getting around. It is also one of the easiest ways to get fit without the expense of a gym membership.

•Good (and improving) network of cycle routes exist around DCU.

The map below will show you the approximate time to cycle to and from your campus. 


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Active Commuter Facilities

There are active commuting facilities available on both DCU Glasnevin and DCU St. Patrick's campuses.  At DCU Glasnevin there are male & female shower facilities available to walkers & cyclists in the newly refurbished DCU Sports Complex up until 09.45 AM each morning and all day in the 1838 Club (4 showers – 2 male/2 female).  There are additional shower facilities in other building across the campus including the Albert College (Grd Floor - 1 WC Shower) and the Lonsdale Building (XB17/19 with 3 Female/3male).  On the SPD campus there are changing/shower facilities (min 2 male/2 female) in the ‘outside changing rooms’ (note : they are not really outside and are close to main reception).

There are covered and uncovered cycle racks throughout the campuses.  Cycle racks have CCTV surveillance and are monitored by DCU Security however cyclists are strongly encouraged to ensure that they lock their bicycle appropriately with a strong lock.  It is recommended that both wheels and the frame should be locked to the stand.  Additional cycle parking is being installed at DCU Glasnevin with some also on the DCU SPD campus supported by the NTA.  Additional grant can be sought for further enhancing these facilities. 




Bike To Work Scheme

The Cycle to Work scheme is a Government tax incentive aimed at encouraging employees to use bikes for cycling to work, and covers bicycles and accessories up to €1,000. The scheme operates by way of a salary sacrifice agreement through which you pay for your bike and accessories, tax free, over 12 months. DCU offers the scheme to employees. For information on purchasing a bike via the scheme, contact HR. For more information from Revenue on how the scheme works click here.

Getting Around By Bike!

The National Transport Authority has developed a cycle planner


 this currently allows you to plan your cycle trips in Dublin. You can choose the beginner/advanced route and you can also opt to avoid hills! The Cycle Planner will tell you how many squares of chocolate you’ve burned by taking this trip. It is hoped that the Cycle Planner will be available for other cities in the near future. For other locations the National Journey Planner can be used to plan your cycle trip.


Cycle Challenges for Staff & Students of all cycling abilities

The National Transport Authority runs an annual Smarter Travel Campus cycling event for staff called the ’10 Minute Cycle Challenge’ in May and a cycle event for students in October. These are fun team events and it is free to take part! There are also lots of great prizes on offer. Visit for more information.



Public Transport

There are several apps avaialble to help idenify the best routes to get to DCU, you can click on the links below to download these apps.  You can also click here to down load a 'Spider Map' of all the busses that serve DCU.

journey planner


DCU is serviced by the following buses,  

Dublin Bus Number Bus Stop
44, 104               DCU Helix Bus Stop
4, 9, 11, 13 Ballymun Road (DCU Entrance) 
17A Ballymun Road/Collins Ave Junction
14 Collins Avenue/Beaumont Road
1, 16, 33, 41, 41B, 41C,  Collins Avenue/Whitehall Road

See interactive map below for more details

Dublin Bus Interactive Map

Click the image below to view the Dublin Bus Student Smarts website including the DCU Interactive Map.

DublinBus DCU Interactive Map

Click here for Dublin Bus timetables


BUS ROUTES SERVICING DCU Glasnevin, St. Patricks and Mater Dei Campuses 

See map for key to bus numbers.

Dublin Map of Bus routes to DCU

1   Number 4 Ballymun Road to Monkstown Avenue via city centre
     Number 9 Ballymun Road to Limekiln Avenue, Walkinstown via city centre
     Number 11 Ballymun Road to Sandyford Industrial Estate via city centre
     Number 13 Ballymun Road to Grange Castle Business Park, Clondalkin, via city centre
Number 17A Kilbarrack to Blanchardstown Centre via Glasnevin Avenue
Number 1 Collins Avenue Ext to Park Avenue, Sandymount (St. John’s Church) via city centre Number 44 Collins Avenue Ext (Larkhill)  to Enniskerry via city centre
Number 16 Swords Road (Collins Avenue Ext) to Ballinteer (Kingston) via city centre
Number 104 Clontarf Road (Conquer Hill) via Vernon Ave, Donnycarney, Kilmore Road, Beaumont Hospital, Shanowen Road, Shanard Road (Santry)
Number 33 Balbriggan to city centre via Swords Road (Collins Avenue Ext) Numbers 41/41B/41C Swords to city centre via Swords Road (Collins Avenue Ext)
Drumcondra Train Station Maynooth Station to Drumcondra Station via Leixlip, Castleknock, Coolmine and Ashtown areas. St Patrick’s campus is directly north along the Drumcondra Road from the station. From Drumcondra train station, you can take the following buses to the Glasnevin campus: 3, 11, 16, 33, 41, 41B, and 41C
Number 14 Collins Avenue West to Dundrum Luas Station via city centre



Drumcondra Train Station

Maynooth Station to Drumcondra Station via Leixlip, Castleknock, Coolmine and Ashtown areas
From Drumcondra train station, you can take the following buses to DCU: 1, 11, 16, 33, 41, 41B, 41C and 44 




Bus Eireann

  • Number 101 – Drogheda, Balbriggan, Dublin via the Swords Road
  • Number 109A – Kells, Navan, Dunshaughlin, Ratoath, Ashbourne, Airport, DCU

Click here for Bus Eireann timetables.


Private Busses

Matthews Coaches Matthews Coaches have two express routes that serve DCU:

Route 1: Bettystown - Laytown - Dublin

Route 2: Dundalk - Drogheda – Dublin



JJ Kavanagh : Newbridge - Naas - DCU Glasnevin - DCU SPD

This is a new bus service starting 21 Sept 2015

Click here for the timetable





Leap card are available for sale upstairs in the HUB in the DCU SU to both students and staff.


More informatoin is available here on student leap cards


Car Sharing/Go Car


 Car sharing  is where two or more people share a car journey to get from A to B rather than driving alone. The benefits can be financial (as the cost of the journey is split), environmental, and can also reduce stress (through not driving every day).

 Car sharing is becoming increasingly popular as these benefits are recognised, and many communities and employers are introducing car sharing schemes.

 In a recent survey 27% of DCU respondants said they would be interested in car sharing.

DCU and DCU SU have registered on .  The scheme allows you to enter your start point and destination along with information such as whether you’re offering or requesting a lift. You can also choose to share just one day a week or every day, the system is totally flexible


 GoCar gives you wheels when you need them! Cars and vans by the 15 minutes for as long as you want! Book online or over the phone, at the last minute or well in advance.  DCU have a GoCar base on campus just across from main reception.  DCU Staff can join as corporate members - for more informaiton email


Taxi Driver Check

Ireland’s taxi driver check app allows taxi users to verify that the vehicle that they are about to hire has been correctly registered and that the driver has the appropriate licence to operate the vehicle. There is also the facility to email a friend with trip details.

Click here to down load the app.


Directions to get to DCU by Car/Coach

M50 Southbound
Proceed along the M1 until you come to the roundabout that intersects with the M50 (Junction 3). Proceed along the M50 and take the Ballymun Road exit (Junction 4). At the traffic lights on the roundabout, take a left and drive through Ballymun. Turn left at the Collins Avenue/Ballymun Road crossroads (approximately 500 metres). DCU is located to the right after the third set of traffic lights on Collins Avenue.

M50 Northbound
Drive through the Westlink toll bridge and continue along the M50 until the Ballymun exit (Junction 4). At the traffic lights on the roundabout, take the third exit and drive through Ballymun. Then follow the directions for DCU as outlined above.

From City Centre
Follow the airport road, which takes you through Drumcondra along the N1, towards the M1. Continue past the junction for Griffith Avenue until you reach the junction at Whitehall. At this crossroads, turn left onto Collins Avenue. Continue along Collins Avenue until you pass St. Aidan’s CBS on your left-hand side. DCU is located just after the school.


Parking On Campus

Click here for information about parking at DCU.


Bus Éireann

  • Number 101 – Drogheda, Balbriggan, Dublin via the Swords Road

Click here for Bus Eireann timetables.


By Car/Coach

M50 Southbound
Proceed along the M1 towards the city centre and as the road becomes the Swords Road (N1), then Drumcondra Road, look out for the Regency Hotel on your left, and then the Skylon Hotel on your right. St Patrick’s College is almost adjacent to the Skylon Hotel. The entrance to the College is on your right - at the first set of traffic lights past the Skylon Hotel.

M50 Northbound
Drive through the Westlink toll bridge and continue along the M50 until you arrive at Junction 2 signposted for City Centre (N1). Proceed until the road becomes the Swords Road (N1) and follow the directions for St Patrick’s campus as outlined above.