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School of Comm

"Where Finbarr Taught, Let Munster Learn"

Student Life

Cork City’s vibrant student life, is home to over 25,000 students from the counties top three colleges; University College Cork, Cork Institute of Technology and Cork College of Commerce. Every August and September the city welcomes the return of thousands of students back to Cork to begin another academic term. Make the most of your time as a student by exploring all the City has to offer. Whether you need help with housing, homework, or health care or whether it is the variety of social, cultural, musical and sporting events, the City of Cork is here for you . You may even discover diversions you didn't know existed in Cork.


Cork has an international reputation as a music hub so it's no surprise that third level degrees and diplomas in music are very popular among students
on Leeside. University College Cork runs a four year degree course, as does CIT's School of Music located on Union Quay in the city centre (as well
as lots of shorter courses for kids and adults) and Coláiste Stiofán Naofa in Togher also have very popular courses for students interested in music
management, sound and production. 

To see a list of upcoming live music events click here


With its vibrant student nightlife and strong sporting traditions students won't be left twiddling their thumbs for a moment when 'school's out'.

Bursting with energetic student pubs and night clubs Cork has the best variety of options for students who want to let their hair down after a tough week at the books. All the city's colleges have an enormous amount of sporting clubs from popular persuits like hurling, rugby, basketball and football to nichés like mountaineering, aikido, kayaking and parachuting.

Both CIT and UCC have state-of-the-art sporting centres in Bishopstown and on The Mardyke respectively. 

There are well over a hundred clubs/societies at UCC and CIT covering a diverse range of interests from choral and comedy to poker and politics

All of Cork's colleges host special open days at the beginning of each academic year where the college's clubs and socs will have a stand or table in a large hall where you can ask questions and become a member. 

UCC Students' Union website contains the most up to date list of clubs and societies -
CIT Students' Union website also has a list of societies