Dublin is the capital and largest city of Ireland. It’s located on the East Coast, right at the mouth of the River Liffey. Did you know that it was recently ranked as one of the Top 10 Friendliest Cities in the World by Conde Nast Traveler? The city benefits from a low crime rate and the lack of high rises (the city is wide and spread out rather than tall and compressed) contributes to a friendly atmosphere, even in the city center.

There are about 1.2 million people living in Dublin and did you know it is known as one of Europe’s most youthful cities? 50% of the population is under 25! This means that you will find plenty to do, including restaurants, pubs, shopping, nightlife, and much more.

The city is famous for its literary history and is a UNESCO City of Literature. William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, Samuel Beckett, Jonathan Swift, and Bram Stoker all lived in the city and of course, it is the setting for James Joyce’s famous Dubliners. You’ll find that Dublin offers plenty of other cultural options as well and the city is home to several museums, theaters, a fantastic arts scene, and numerous festivals. Live music is played throughout the city and street performers are common.

Dublin is easy to navigate and your Site Director will teach you all about the transportation system at your Orientation when you arrive. Did you know that there are 40 stations located around the city with bikes that you can rent? They are even free for short distances! You can check out the city’s cycling website.

And if you still had any doubts about whether you will fall in love with the city, we leave you with a Buzzfeed article: 31 Reasons Living in Dublin Ruins You for Life.