I'm Declan Higgins, your Vice President and Welfare Officer for 2013/14.
This is the section where you'll find information on stuff like accommodation, childcare, study, health and finances.
Being away from home can be tough especially if it's your first time. Apart from the practical stuff like cooking your own meals, washing and looking after the house; it can also be daunting living away from home and trying to make new friends. But fear not! Thankfully, NUI Galway has a reputation for being a relaxed and friendly place to study with some fantastic services that are in place to ensure your stay here is a positive and worthwhile experience.
College is what you make of it, so make the most of it! There are loads of things to do to keep you occupied on campus. There are tonnes of clubs and societies to keep you fit and active, plus it's a great way to make new friends. There are also countless volunteering opportunities to help you learn new skills and to really challenge you. Should you encounter any difficulties during your years at NUIG, remember that there are services available that are mostly free for students to use - the Student Health Unit, Students' Union, Counsellors, Career Guidance advisors, Chaplains, Accommodation Offices etc. are most helpful and are very understanding to student concerns and needs. Don't feel intimidated or worried about visiting any of these offices - it's quite common that students, especially first years, will feel pressure or concern at some stage during their time at college and that's exactly what these services are there for. If you have any problems in the areas of accommodation, childcare, study, health, finances and social welfare check out our information pages or contact the welfare officer here in the Students' Union.