DIT opens new campus to first 1,000 students

Dublin Institute of Technology opened its new campus in Grangegorman to the first 1000 students this month.

Reaction of incoming students to the new facilities at Grangegorman has been very positive, according to DIT Students’ Union officer Ciara Murnane.

“The spaces the students have come from were generally cramped so having all the new clean open space has been a great benefit to them”, she said.

Although the campus currently only serves students of art, design, photography and social sciences, it is intended to hold 10,000 students by 2017. This will effectively merge the 39 existing sites into one single area.

The Grangegorman campus is located on the grounds of the old St. Brendan’s hospital and initial facilities include a gym, cafeteria, student centre and design and dance studios.

Over 90 per cent of DIT staff and students use sustainable methods of transport to and from college and the new campus intends to reflect this with just 14 parking spaces available on site.

Ms Murnane, Vice President of events for the Students Union said that in the future the campus will be completely pedestrianised and well served by public transport once the Luas line is complete.

“Students are behind the green initiative but it will take time once the students are settled in to ensure the campus is kept as green as possible,” she added.

Aoife Geary

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