7 ‘Must Have’ Things for a UL Fresher

UL Visitor Centre

Okay so to start with a little disclaimer, obviously the things you definitely “must have” simply include a pen and notepad to write stuff from your lectures down in, an alarm clock to get you there on time, a bit of hard work and enthusiasm too. However, there are some other things that if possible, we think you ‘must have’.


1. UL Hoodie

You are in UL now, and there is a very common saying around these parts “UL and Proud”, what better way to show you are proud of this fantastic University than to proudly wear its logo… we are just lucky that all the UL branded gear you can get in the visitor centre happens to look amazing as well. The biggest problem you will face is not trying to decide which style to get… it’s restraining yourself from buying one of each.

Seeing as we are sound though, we are actually giving away TEN of the UL Branded hoodies this week. To find out more visit our facebook page or twitter.



2. The “Safe Cabs” Number – 061 336 336

The UL Students Union run an amazing service with the local taxi company ‘Plassey Cabs’.

Safe cabs is a service provided by the ULSU in conjunction with Plassey cabs. If you are stuck in town with no money and no way to get home, you can get a taxi from Plassey Cabs and pay the next day in the Students Union.

To use the Safecabs service you must:

  1. Sign up in the Students Union for the SafeCabs service.
  2. Call Plassey Cabs on 061 336 336 and say you are using the safecabs service
  3. Get a receipt and come in and pay the Students Union the next day.



3. A Bicycle

Access to and around the University is easy on a bicycle. Cycling facilities outside and inside the campus have been constructed as a response to the recent increase in the numbers of cyclists travelling to the campus.

The University has won multiple awards for its cycling facilities and to learn more about them just watch this short video or click here.

Even though the First Seven Weeks Manager Tony owns a car he is one of the biggest advocates of cycling you will find.

Tony Sheridan

Even if it’s only for time saving reasons.


4. Snapchat

Look if you don’t have a smart phone that is grand, in fact once your phone has snake you are winning at life BUT if you do have a smartphone snapchat is where it is at.


Apart from it being the no.1 way to connect with your new UL friends online there are also some amazing UL snapchat accounts to add, from the Students Union Wolfie account, the official UL snapchat to International education one (great for Irish students too) and completely unbiasedly we would conservatively say the best snapchat account ever, in the history of the world to follow is… ours ;).

snapcode orange


5. The ‘UL Buildings’ App

Look there are lots of very important apps you have on your phone, for some of the singletons it will be Tinder or Grindr, for those all loved up it might be Just-eat for the cozy nights in but for every UL student the ability to navigate the massive campus is important. That’s why they have an app for that. It’s unreal and it will get you from wherever you are to a UL building using #Science

Apple Version

Android Version



6. Corny as it Sounds ‘A Willingness to Ask for Help’

This isn’t just UL freshers, or UL students it’s a thing everyone needs. It’s generally an amazing time, starting University, but that doesn’t mean you won’t need help. Every single person starting in UL will have questions, lots of them, and need lots of help at the start and that is what we are here for. Call into the HUB and let us take some weight off your shoulders and help you.



7. Friends … Soz We Are Still Being Corny

No matter how smart you are, or how many apps you download, or how amazing your current friends are you will need to make new UL friends if you want to make the most of your experience.

We can’t make people want to be your friend no matter how cool you are, and believe us, we think you are the coolest. However what we can do is give you opportunities to meet people and let them realise how cool you are, and how much they need to be your friend.


Hopefully your orientation tour will have started that, but during freshers week we have the big Thursday event to offer. The “Welcome Par-Tea” in the Millstream Common room from 7pm to 10pm. The perfect place to make new friends.




Why Cycle to UL? (Video)


UL campus is pretty big as you may have noticed, that is just one of the reasons having a bike can be advantageous. This video highlights some more and shows you why UL is an award winning campus for their cycling initiatives.


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7 Place Names In UL You Need To Know – VocabULary

UL campus is big. How big? Well is it bigger than your house? Yes. Is it bigger than your hometown? Quite possibly. Is it bigger than your love for the music of Meghan Trainor? No, obviously not, you love her big time.

Some say it is bigger than Co.Cork, and that it is the only campus visible from the moon. Others say that anyone that says that is incorrect. However one thing that no one debates is that it will take a bit of time to find your way around at the start. To make things more complicated people use slang words or weird terms to describe places they were, or they are asking you to go and the University’s building and room codes are hard to follow at the start too.

So to speed up the process of getting to know the campus and try to reduce your risk of getting lost we have compiled this list.


1. “Brown Thomas”

So Brown Thomas is a department store in the city, but it is also the name the people of UL have given to the Iron man statue in the Main Plaza. This guy:


Added bonus here of finding out that the area surrounding him is called the “Main Plaza”. So don’t spend all day on the bus into town to meet your mate at ‘brown thomas’, just go chat to this guy. He is a really good listener, never interrupts and will be there for you rain or shine.



2. “Ski Slopes”

Yeah, so while we might get rain in Limerick, a lil’ bit of rain, just the odd time… now and again! We certainly don’t get snow often. So where are these ski slopes? Well this is handy, we get to use (almost) the same picture again.



The glass front to the main building, that can be seen behind the man you now know to be Brown Thomas is called the “Ski Slopes”. Hypothetically though… even if it snowed a hell of a lot in Limerick, we probably wouldn’t ski down them… just a thought.


3. Jean Monnet

Pronounced in a fancy french way, the Jean Monnet is a lecture theatre named after a French political economist and diplomat.  The room code for this lecture theatre is DG016. The ‘D’ is the block of the main building the room is in, with the main building having 5 blocks (A, B, C, D and E).

jean monnet


At the “ski slopes” is the main entrance and inside the doors is the Jean Monnet (DG016). The ‘G’ stands for the floor it is on, with ‘G’ indicating it is on the ground floor. The main building has six floors labeled in ascending order G, 0, M, 1, 2, 3.


Finally this is what it looks like when you are inside.So you can be certain you are in the right place… assuming you read your timetabling right that is.

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4. Ego 10

Some people’s egos go the whole way up to 11, so having a ego of 10 isn’t even the top level.

But when you hear someone say “ego 10” they are actually referring to a big room not someone who is full of themselves, called EG010. Like before: the ‘E’ is the block of the main building the room is in, with the main building having 5 blocks (A, B, C, D and E). The ‘G’ stands for the floor it is on, with ‘G’ indicating it is on the ground floor.


This the place the Irish Blood Transfusion service set up when they are on campus looking for blood donations. Also it is where the University sets up Student I.D. card collection during orientation week. Also rumour has it the First Seven Weeks might be doing an event there this year. Here’s what it looks like when you get there (normally the lights would be on though).

EGO10 pic


5. The Flag Poles

There are two entrances to the University campus by car, the main entrance has two massive flag poles at it so perhaps unsurprisingly people refer to that entrance as the ‘flag poles’. Some people may also say ‘flag posts’ and mean here too. Either way they are fairly hard to miss.



6. The East Gate

Entrance number two is called the East Gate. Literally labeled number two on this map. Things that might make it hard to find is 1. generally people don’t carry a compass to know which way is east, 2. while it is an entrance it deceptively doesn’t have a gate.

east gate map

The east gate is important to know as the car park beside it generally is where private bus companies will pick up on Fridays to bring students back home for the weekend.


7. The HUB

Thats us, hello there. You will see signs all around the campus for us, just like this.


And you will hear lots of people talk about us. So to find us come to the student centre courtyard (that’s where spar, the scholars, Johnny’s barbershop, chaplaincy, the stables and the Students Union are all located). Which building is the HUB? Well, we are guessing you will know us when you see us.

First Seven Weeks HUB


(Bonus) 7.5 The Graduate Attributes HUB

This is a bit confusing because there are actually two places with the word ‘hub’ in their names, just to make things easy on you. The First Seven Weeks HUB shown above, and the Graduate Attributes Hub. This handy video will show you where that is. Good to know as there will be a LOT of free workshops taking place there for all students over the First Seven Weeks.


Are there any places we left out? Let us know in the comments.