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College Highlights

Historic University

UCC was established in 1845 as one of three Queen’s Colleges - at Cork, Galway and Belfast. These new colleges were established in the reign of Queen Victoria, and named after her. Queen's College, Cork (QCC) was established to provide access to higher education in the Irish province of Munster.

Ogam Stones Collection

The Ogam (Ogham) Stones Collection in UCC is the largest collection of such inscriptions on open display in Ireland. They are part of an exhibition called 'Stories in Stone' which can be viewed free of charge in the Stone Corridor of the historic Main Quadrangle Building.

Diversity of Students

The largest number of international students at UCC comes from the USA, followed by China, France and Malaysia. UCC also participates in the Erasmus programme.



UCC has a long and proud sports heritage. From hurling to soccer and beyond, UCC’s sporting teams have competed at the highest levels both in Ireland and Europe as well as globally. UCC also boasts the Human Performance Laboratory which caters for the fitness testing and health screening of all levels of participants.

Student Life

University College Cork has over 80 active societies and 50 different sports clubs. There are academic, charitable, creative, gaming/role-playing, political, religious, and social societies and clubs incorporating field sports, martial arts, watersports as well as outdoor and indoor team and individual sports.

Students’ Union

The Students’ Union is run for students by students. It’s the place to go if you have a query or need some extra support, as well as having lots of extra information pertaining to education and welfare.

Public Transport


UCC is served by public transport by two City Bus routes (No 205 and No 208), connecting the campus to Cork City Centre via Washington and St Patrick Streets. Bus stops are located on College Road / O’Donovan’s Road (Route No 205) and Western Road (Route No 208).


Irish Rail operate commuter services from Kent Station (Cork, North East of City Centre) on the Cork – Cobh / Midleton line and between Cork and Mallow. Intercity services to Dublin operate every hour. Connection from Kent Station to UCC is provided by Bus Route No 205 (Bus Eireann City Service).


There are a large number of taxi companies operating in Cork. Click for a List of Taxi Companies to find their telephone numbers

University College Cork