Study Abroad in Limerick, Ireland

Study Abroad in Limerick: Living Abroad

Housing and Meals

Shared Townhouses

  • Single rooms
  • Shared kitchen, living room and bathroom
  • Located on campus

Meal Allowance

  • Valued at $800 to subsidize the cost of purchasing meals and groceries.

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Limerick


The University has five student villages which are a 10- to 15-minute walk from the main classroom buildings. AIFS students are housed in Plassey Village, the number one choice with students. One or two AIFS students live with 6 or 7 Irish students or other international students in a townhouse to foster integration into the social life of the full-time Irish students.

You will have a single room and share a kitchen, living room and bathroom facilities. Each townhouse has cable T.V. and each room has broadband connection available for no extra fee. The community village hall located at the heart of the village is also available for events, dinners and get togethers with your neighbors.

A local supermarket offers a weekly shuttle service to and from the student villages for students doing their grocery shopping.

All campus facilities are a walkable distance from the student villages. A public bus from the University takes 15 minutes to Limerick city and runs until late. Public transport is inexpensive as are taxis.

Meal Allowance

Students will receive a meal allowance worth approximately $800 to subsidize the cost of meals and groceries. There are 19 University restaurants and cafťs on campus or you can cook at home with your friends.

Students who wish to opt out of the meal allowance pay a reduced program fee of $16,195.

Cultural Activities

In addition to day trips and excursions a cultural calendar of weekly activities and social events is included in your program fee. These activities will include both typical tourist sites and attractions and lesser known visits which take advantage of the expert knowledge of our local AIFS staff and give you a more authentic and insightful view of Irish life. Typical activities, tours and visits may include:

  • Traditional Irish Music Night
  • Literary walking tours and local festivals
  • Welcome dinner
  • Bunratty Medieval Banquet
  • Ticket to a concert at the University Concert Hall
  • Fishing with local fishermen off Loop Head
  • Trip to Limerickís Milk Market
  • Visit to Bunratty Castle and Folkpark
  • Irish farm experience
  • Tickets to a sporting event such as a Munster rugby game and native sports such as hurling and Gaelic football
  • Irish Theater play or concert
  • Trip to the greyhound racing
  • Half-day trip to King Johnís Castle and Askeaton Abbey

You may be asked to pay a small additional fee for some of the activities above.

Sports Facilities At UL

AIFS students will have access to a range of state-of-the-art sports facilities at the University Arena, the Outdoor Activity Center and the University Boathouse. Facilities include a 50-meter swimming pool, sprint track, indoor courts, cardio-fitness center, powered rowing track and a 400-meter track. There are over 36 sports clubs on campus and a packed schedule of fitness classes. For more information visit

UL Buddy Program and Clubs and Societies

All students are allocated a full-time UL student who will help them to settle in. Joining one of the 70 dedicated clubs and societies run and managed by students for students is also a great way to make friends and integrate into the student community.

Presidentís Volunteer Awards

AIFS students can make a difference to their community and gain valuable practical experience as well as transferrable work-related skills by participating in the Presidentís Volunteer Award Scheme. Itís also a great way to get to know real Irish/Limerick people.

Volunteer opportunities range from working with children and young people, in the arts, culture and media, sports and recreation and with adults and older people. To find out more go to

Depending on the number of hours committed to volunteering, students will be
awarded with gold, silver or bronze. The award will be listed on the UL transcript at the
end of the semester.

AIFS in Limerick Resident Director, Academic Year and Semester Programs

AIFS Resident Director

Elaine Keane

Phone: (353) 87 785 0956

Dia Dhuit!–that's how we say hello in Irish (I also speak English and a little bit of German). I have been the AIFS Resident Director since 2004. I can't wait to show you the beautiful city of Limerick, I'm sure you'll feel at home right away.

I know Limerick very well after growing up here and obtaining a BA and graduate diploma in Adult Education from Mary Immaculate College, the sister college of the University of Limerick. You will find that while the culture is different, there isn't a significant language barrier so your integration into local cultural life will be much easier. You can think of me as a support for you both personally and academically for any issues that may arise. It's my goal to make your transition into Irish culture as seamless as possible. In my free time you can find me enjoying a good book or cheering on my favorite rugby team.

During your time abroad I will coordinate all aspects of the program including academic planning, housing and social and cultural activities. See you in Limerick!

The Resident Director provides academic advice, introduces you to the community and handles communication with the University.

AIFS Campus Staff with First Aid Training

Because health and safety are top priorities at AIFS, at least one member of the AIFS staff at this campus has taken a first aid course in order to be available to help any student until a doctor or nurse can provide help. This is just one of many services that we provide to our students.