Living on Campus

About Cork, Ireland

Cork City IrelandCork, just inland from Ireland’s southwest coast, is a university city with its centre on an island on the River Lee, situated at the mouth of Cork Harbour, the second largest natural harbour in the world. Cork harbour has been a working port, and a strategic defensive hub for centuries and visitors can visit its many fortifications, such as Spike Island which held prisoners bound for Van Diemens Land (Australia) which is accessed from Cobh (from whence the Titanic last set sail), Fort Camden in Crosshaven (home to the Royal Cork Yacht Club, the oldest in the world) and further along the coast Charlesfort which is situated in the beautiful fishing village of Kinsale.


Cork was selected as the European Capital of Culture for 2005, and in 2009 was included in the Lonely Planet's top 10 "Best in Travel 2010". The guide described Cork as being "at the top of its game: sophisticated, vibrant and diverse.  It has a very rich historical and archaeological heritage which is still in evidence today.

The magnificent castle-like 1824 Cork City Gaol is now a unique visitor attraction. The hilltop steeple of 18th-century Shandon Church (officially the Church of Saint Anne) has at its top a 13 foot gold leaf salmon weather vane, which is a symbol of Cork’s salmon fishing industry. Visitors can climb the 132 steps (120ft) and see spectacular 360°D views of the city and also ring the world famous bells which compare to the weight of two elephants!

Cork City HallParks and amenity spaces include Fitzgerald's Park situated on the Mardyke, to the west of the city, and which contains the Cork Public MuseumBishop Lucey Park (which is centrally located and contains a portion of the old city wall and the Triskell Christchurch where the SSP17 Arthur C Clarke Panel will be held) and the Marina and Atlantic Pond (an avenue and amenity used by joggers, runners and rowing clubs) near Blackrock Castle Observatory.

Cork is home to the world famous Cork Jazz Festival, the Cork Film Festival and Live at the Marquee events, the latter which will be on in July during SSP17. Cork's English Market sells locally produced foods, including fresh fish, meats, fruit and vegetables, eggs and artisan cheeses and breads and Cork’s many restaurants featuring local produce cooked in local and international styles will make your mouth water. From smoke houses, to gastronomy pubs, urban cafes, pattiseries, contemporary restaurants, and the many varied international cuisines, visitors are spoiled for choice.

Hurling, football and rugby are the most popular spectator sports with sailing, rowing, hockey, cricket, tennis, athletics, martial arts and even Australian Rules Football and ultimate frisbee all available! Not to mention the many, many golf courses located in the surrounding city and county.

So whether you want to visit a museum, the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, play a round of golf, say hello to some cheeky monkeys at Fota Wildlife Park or sit down and enjoy one of the many locally crafted beers Murphy's Irish StoutBeamish and Crawford, there is something in Cork for everyone, not least the warm and welcoming greetings that Corkonians are renowned for.

Finding the CIT

The CIT is about 10 minutes drive away from the airport and the city center.

SSP Badge

Every participant will be given an SSP identification badge, and a CIT swipe card at registration. Participants are responsible for carrying their identification SSP badge and swipe card with them at all times, and presenting it to university officials or security agents upon request. If the identification badge or swipe card is stolen, misplaced, or lost, notify the Logistics team immediately at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Participants are responsible for the cost of replacement.

This swipe card entitles the participant to access the Academic Facilities.

Replacement fees

Every participant will get access to their room with a fob at registration. It's a "smart key" that opens the building, the flat door, and the room. Each resident can open only her/his own room. If the fob is stolen, misplaced, or lost, you must notify the Logistics team immediately.

Fees will apply as follow:

  • Swipe card: 10 EUR
  • Fob: 20 EUR

Meal Plan

The dining facilities used throughout SSP17 are all located on campus. Each participant will have access to the meal plan with the swipe card given during the Registration. The meal plan includes (3) three meals per day on working days and (2) two meals per day (brunch, and dinner) on weekends. There are three (3) meals on Saturdays where there is an Academic activity.

All meals will be served at the CIT, in a dedicated area that will be identified.

Special Dietary Needs

Although the dining facilities on campus will try their best to accommodate special dietary requirements, ISU cannot guarantee that all special dietary requirements can be met.


SSP17 participants will stay in single rooms in single-gender flats of (4) four rooms with private bathrooms, at DeansHall Bishopstown Student Accomodation, for the duration of the Program.

Features in the common area

  • Refrigerator, and kitchen furniture
  • (1) one sink
  • Wifi coverage
  • Sofa/lounge area
  • Balcony with sliding doors

Features of each individual room

  • Fob that gives you access to both the flat and your own room
  • (1) one single bed
  • (1) one desk, and its chair
  • (2) closets for clothes and belongings
  • Shower ensuite
  • Linen and towel

Laundry Services

Linen and towels are renewed weekly at the Reception. Shared washing machines and dryers at the residence can be used with tokens to buy at the Reception. Furthermore, there is the possiblity to subscribe to a laundry bag service to pay on delivery of your laundered clothes.


Participants are requested to keep their room and the common area clean, using available products at the apartment.

The Residence staff will organize a walkthrough the apartments every three weeks to check the compliance to this request.


All transportation to professional visits and other scheduled academic activities will be provided during the program. The SSP17 campus at CIT is small and compact, with all the necessary facilities available within a short walkable distance.


Please note that the driving in Ireland is on the left side of the road. Please be aware of the diferences in order to avoid accidents.

Parking on Campus

Parking slots are available at the SSP17 Residence.

Driver’s License 

If you plan to drive in Ireland, you have to check the driving rules to verify that you can use your driver's license. If you want to rent a car, find out the rental company's policies in advance. You may need both your driver's license and an International Driving Permit (IDP). An IDP is identification that contains your name, photo, and driver information translated into 10 languages. You will need to obtain this document in the country that issued your driver's license before your travel.


It is very easy to find taxis both at the airport and in the city center. Most of the trips won't require more than 15 minutes for a reasonable fee.

Public Transportation

There are buses going to CIt from the city center only. If you travel by bus from the airport, you will have to change bus in the city center. Please check the schedule for the fastest connections:


The AirCoach offers direct trip from and to Dublin city center and airport in 3h and 3h30.

Campus map

An SSP17 campus map will be provided during the registration.

A Google map for SSP17 is also available at:

Cultural Adjustments 

cultural adjustmentIf you are coming from overseas or from more than a few time zones away, expect jet lag—and a little culture shock. Get your body on the new schedule by drinking plenty of water, eating plenty of nutritious food, exercising, and resting.

Culture shock is a natural effect of being exposed to new lifestyles and values, so don’t be surprised if you feel a bit impatient, confused, or anxious, or if you hit emotional highs and lows as you adjust.

Time usually takes care of it, but if any problems persist, consult your on-site Participant Liaison or get help from a counselor or doctor.

Dormitory and Campus Regulations

The SSP17 Participants are required to comply with the CIT Students Regulations and the DeansHall Participants Terms and Conditions to be published on this website.

Important note: These regulations are referred into the participant contract, which must be signed to complete the registration to the SSP17.

Useful Information

Currency Exchange

Foreign currencies can be exchanged immediately upon your arrival at the airport. 

For exchange rates, see:

Banks and ATMs

Bank of Ireland is open from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday. Other ATMS are located in the Nexus building and are open depending on Nexus opening times.

There is an ATM machine in the Centra supermarket on Curaheen Road, situated about 3 minutes walk from Deans Hall. The ATM is inside the supermarket and it’s open until 22:00 each night.

Allied Irish Bank (AIB) and Permanent TSB  are situated on Curaheen Road, 7 minutes walk towards Wilton and the City. The ATM’s are available 24 hours a day.

Sports Facilities

Participants will have access to all sports facilities:

Cell Phones

Carphone Warehouse:


Participants should note that from 15th June 2017, roaming rates will be abolished within the EU.

Shipping address for letters, and for packages

Participant Full Name
Space Studies Program 2017
DeansHall Bishopstown Student Accommodation
Curraheen road
Co-Cork, Ireland

Note: The packages will be distributed by the Participant Liaison, or an SSP staff member.

Important Phone Numbers

Emergency Numbers

Emergency Police, Fire, Ambulance

On mobile: 112 or 999

Other phone: 999

The fire, ambulance and police services in Ireland and Northern Ireland are all contactable via the above numbers. When calling emergency services you will be asked to provide:

  • The exact address of the incident or emergency and/or any noticeable landmarks nearby
  • Directions to the scene of the emergency
  • The telephone number you are calling from
  • Details on the incident itself, the number of persons involved, the description of any visible injuries and knowledge of any pre-existing medical conditions

Try and stay calm and listen to the call taker’s instructions. It is also important to keep your own phone on as the emergency service may need to contact you for further information.