While there is a high demand for housing in Galway, various options are available for students throughout Galway city and its environs. There are many bus routes throughout Galway and trains to surrounding areas. You can also find second hand bicycles in local listings or rent bikes through TFI bikes

Explore off-campus private properties through Studentpad (your trusted site for finding private accommodation).

​Learn more about Galway's popular accommodation areas below.

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This popular medieval town is just a 20-minute train ride from Galway city centre.

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 Bearna (Barna on many maps / listings)

 A scenic seaside village offering a convenient commute to campus.

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Close to Renmore and Briarhill Shopping Centre, Ballybane is a 20 min bus ride from the city centre.
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A pleasant suburb with great amenities, close to Galway city and Salthill. 

Maigh Cuilinn (Moycullen on many maps / listings) 

A village located about 10 km northwest of Galway city, near the stunning Lough Corrib.

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A popular commuter town on the edge of Oranmore Bay, 9 km east of Galway city.

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Oughterard sits on the banks of the beautiful Owenriff River, about 26 km northwest of Galway city.Oughterard AmenitiesOughterard to Campus, Travel time



A 15 min drive to the city centre, with Westside Shopping Centre and Playing Fields nearby.

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Salthill Promenade is a favourite walking and swimming spot for locals, just a short bus ride from the city centre.

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An Spidéal (Spiddal on many maps / listings)

A picturesque village on the shores of Galway Bay with a fun craft village (18 km from Galway city).

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Although Tuam is the furthest out (33.4 km from Galway City ), the town offers good amenities and scenic surroundings. 

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Satellite Campuses

Shannon College of Hotel Management

If you are in your first year of study at Shannon College, accommodation is available in Castle Gardens at Bunratty Village. All aspects of this accommodation is managed by private company, Rent an Irish Cottage MGMT Ltd.

If you are in year 3 or 4, accommodation is available is at Bunratty West in Bunratty Village, also managed by Rent an Irish Cottage. You can find more private accommodation contacts here.

You can also explore options on Studentpad, a reliable search engine for private student accommodation. Under the “Campus” button heading please select “Shannon College of Hotel Management”. Other sources of private accommodation include Daft.ie, Rent.ie and MyHome.ie – however, caution is urged. Do not part with any money until you have seen the property in person.

For further assistance please contact Student Services Officer, April at april.rushe@nuigalway.ie. Click here to learn more about accommodation at Shannon College.

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