360° Podcast - Discover Student Life in Athlone
TUS is a multi-campus technological university, home to 15,000+ students, spread across six campuses throughout Ireland’s Midwest and Midlands. With principal campuses at Athlone and Limerick, we benefit from an already strong and vibrant history of education and learning in the wider region, and look forward to playing our part in sustaining and enhancing this identity for generations to come.
By providing a healthy supply of high-quality graduates and an additional focal point for growth and innovation, we can help regional development take a big step forward, and for our nation, a technological university in the heart of Ireland adds a new dimension to education in our country, demonstrating a commitment to shared values like inclusivity, accessibility, and supportiveness.
Our continuous focus on partnership, innovation and staying agile shows we understand the importance of working with key stakeholders across industry and society, and with thousands of students enrolling in our courses every year across four counties, our story has only just begun.
Start with TUS
As a student of TUS, you will be taking your first steps in what will be a rewarding and inspiring journey. We can offer an enriching educational experience in the Athlone campus, with inclusivity and innovation at the heart of everything we do. When you join us, you will become part of our diverse community of learners, alongside students from all corners of Ireland and the world, where you’ll find a warm and friendly atmosphere at every turn. Small class sizes and our student first approach means you will get to know your classmates and lecturers quickly and easily in a relaxed environment.
Study in Athlone
Located just a stone's throw outside the town of Athlone, our Athlone campus is home to 7,000 students and is renowned for its warm, friendly and inclusive campus culture, which supports students in reaching their full potential. The campus offers 200+ industry-focused courses on a full, part-time, blended, and online basis ranging from higher certificate right through to PhD. Students can expect to find exciting courses in areas like virtual reality and gaming, cybersecurity, veterinary nursing, robotics, digital marketing, and pharmaceutical science, to name but a few. Our Athlone campus is also home to some totally unique course offerings, including Ireland's only dedicated microbiology degree.
With an enduring reputation for world-class athletics and state-of-the-art facilities, our Athlone campus is the natural home for students looking to accommodate both sporting and academic needs. Our state-of-the-art International Arena opened in 2013 to widespread acclaim and contains the country's first international-standard indoor and athletics track. It is also home to the Athlone International Grand Prix, Ireland's premier atheltics meet. Students at the Athlone campus can avail of all latest technologies and equipment, including Alter G Anti-Gravity treadmills (designed by NASA) and cryotherapy pods.
Our Athlone campus has undergone a period of considerable development and expension in recent years and now boasts a dedicated 13,000-square meter engineering and informatics facility and will shortly be breaking ground on a brand-new STEM building which will create capacity for more than 1000 additional students. This new state-of-the-art facility will span a floor area in excess of 65,000 square feet and feature an entrance plaza, tiered seating, cutting-edge science labs and equipment, lecture theatres and classrooms.
Athlone is a large bustling town located in the heart of Ireland. It's a town steeped in culture and history. It is situated on the banks of the River Shannon, Ireland's longest river, and spans not only two counties - Westmeath and Roscommon - but also two provinces - Leinster and Connaught.
Athlone has developed as a major tourism point in Ireland. Its central location in the country means that it's only 90 minutes from Dublin Airport and within two hours of major cities such as Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Kilkenny. Athlone is well serviced by Irish Rail and Bus Eireann with bus stops directly outside the campus and a bus link directly to the train station.
Although a regional town with a population of 25,000, all amenities associated with a larger city are available in Athlone, including two large shopping centres with high street shops, cafes, a leisure centre with a swimming pool and gymnasium, sports facilities, skate park, bowling alley and cinema complex as well as theatres and an art gallery.
With Sean's Bar being the oldest pub in Europe, you can join countless visitors who have been stopping here for a drink, a chat and maybe a bit of music for more than a thousand years.
Campus Open Days
The highlight of our calendar, our open days are a chance for prosepctive students to visit us to see for themselves the great college experience TUS has to offer. Our open days are the perfect opportunity for students and parents/guardians to learn more about our courses and meet staff and student representatives. We always endeavor to provide you with fun and engaging ways of meeting our students and staff to help you along your journey in becoming part of the TUS community. Scheduled open day events on our campus will appear on this page.
Student Recruitment and Engagement
Our student recruitment and engagement team provide a range of services to give prospective student relevant information about courses, entry requirements, supports services and student life in general at TUS.
We host many events throughout the year at our campus in Athlone where you get the opportunity to explore our campuses and view of superb facilities first hand. From open days and taster days to revision seminars and engineering workshops, our schools programmes are tailormade for prospective students. These events provide vaulable opportunities to undertake meaningful course research, helping to make informed CAO decisions.
Contact our team
Student Recruitment Officer
Mob: 086 075 5434
Tel: 090 64 42521
Katie Mae Farrell
Tel: 090 64 42521
With a wide variety of CAO courses to choose from, TUS has a qualification to suit everyone. Our undergraduate courses range from higher certificate right through to NFQ Level 8 honours degree. We also offers several scholarships to support students in their studies. Earning a high-quality degree has never been so accessible. Our courses are distributed across six primary areas – science, health, business, hospitality, engineering, and informatics.
International Opportunities and Study Abroad
TUS offers a truly international educational experience. Each year we welcome international students from over 108 countries to our six campuses. A rich and diverse campus life will always enhance both learning in classrooms and life in our wider community. Our international students play a crucial role as we continously learn from one another and grow together.
Educational Passport: Erasmus + and Study Abroad with TUS
TUS is an Erasmus+ Charter holder, Study Abroad and Work Placement opporutnitis in the EU are supported by the Erasmus+ Mobility Programme.
At TUS, students are encouraged to avail of their educational passport and study abroad for a semester or full academic year. TUS has signed partnerships arrangements withover 480 universities and research insitutions around the world, including Continental Europe, Canada, USA, Brazel, and places as far flung as Malaysia, Indonesia and China.
Introducing our Student Ambassadors from across our three faculties. These blogs and videos provide you an insight into what it is like to be a student at TUS, they talk about there courses, involvement in clubs and societies and any advice for incoming first year students. Our Student Ambassadors also offer assistance in events on campus, including our Open Days, CAO Information Evening and Taster Days.
Sarah Treacy | Microbiology
Sarah, talks to us about her favourite place on the TUS Athlone campus, the incredible facilities available to students and her highlights of being a Microbiology student at TUS Athlone, watch now.
As you make your way through college life, giving you the support you need is at the heart of everything we do at TUS. While we are a multi-campus university community, our focus on maintaining small class sizes and getting to knw our students properly means we can offer a truly student-first college expereince. From the moment you arrive on campus, our staff will be committed to making sure you feel like you belong, and dedicated to helping you get most from your studies or course.
Our student-focused approach fosters a culture of academic excellence, combined with a supportive learning environment which has a warm and welcoming nature at its core. We are proud of our collaborative learning community which promotes an enviroment of diversity, inclusion and social integration.
We encourage all students to get involved in life outisde the formal learning space and to avail of the many opportunities to participate in activities that support their academic, cultural, social, sporting interests and preferences. This extra-cuuricular engagement contributes to a fully-rounded third level experience which helps out students to maximise their full potential. By being acitvitely involved in college life, you will not only be ideally positioned for your future career, but also for life after college too.
We know that college life can be challenging and to support our students, we provide a comprehensive range of student services. Real student support is about more than systems and services. And alongside our high quality student support, we work hard to develop an atmosphere of help and inclusivity in all we do.
Students have access to supports and services they need, and these include; Learning Support, Financial Support, Access, Disability, Student Counselling, Student Health Service, Careers and Employability, Chaplaincy/ Pastoral Care, Students' Union, Sports and Societies. If you need additional help, our staff can also advocate for you if needs be!
At TUS, we are committed to providing you with the best resources and facilities to enhance your learning experience.
Library and Information Centre
The Library plays a key role in supporting the teaching, learning and research needs of our students and staff. Throughout your time in TUS, the library staff will provide you with all the support and help you need to get the most out of your learning experience. An online guide is available that will provide you with a general introduction to our Library services and facilities as well as showing how you can contact them if you need some help.
The library are staffed by a friendly team of librarians who want to help you to get the most from your library.
Alongside study and computer space, the library gives you access to books, academic journals, exam papers, magazines and publications of all kinds. The library also provides a 24-hour access to online scholarly resources. Support is always available from our staff onsite, online and from specialist subject librarians in your area. The library team hold events, training and activities throughout the year to help you get the most out of your time in university, and get the best from curriculum resources - enabling you to learn information and subject skills for life.
Restaurant and catering facilities are available across the campus and serve a variety of hot meals and much more at competitive prices. Whether you are looking for a full meal, a light nsck or just a coffee, there are plenty of options available and our student restaurants provide a wide variety of healthy food options at affordable prices. Cash and card payment facilities are available.
ATM services are available at the Athlone campus.
Sport at TUS
Sport and physical activity are a big part of life at TUS. We firmly believe that active membership in a sporting club has a positive and enhancing effect on our students, while our providing opportunities to represent the University nationally and, in some instances, internationally too. For most people, sport is all about meeting new people, having fun, and getting lots of exercise.
You'll find plenty of opportunities to try out a range of sports and physical activities across all our campuses.
We welcome all students to get involved in sporting and cultural activities as much as possible, as it often lays the foundations for all kinds of interesting, diverse, and exciting opporuntities which contribute to creating an enriched and dynamic student life. Participating in sport can be a very important part of the student experience, and always enhances the student's personal as well as social development.
From gaining a whole new social circle and forming lifeling firendships to complementing your academic life, involvement in sport has so many other benefits. And for new students, the inclusive and warm welcome you'll get when you join up to any sport at TUS, will make settling into student life all the easier and more enjoyable.
Clubs and Societies
The student experience at TUS is about forming friendships that will last a lifetime while pursuing studies that you love and getting involved in new interests and activities right here on campus. With over 50 different clubs and societies to join at TUS, it is one of the best ways to meet people and experience new things. Joining clubs and societies is a great way to increase your social circle, develop new interests and take part in different activities.
With a wide variety of sports clubs including Athletics, Basketball, Camogie, Gaelic Football and so much more. With such a wide variety of sports both indoor and outdoor activities, state-of-the-art facilities including the International Athletics Arena based right on the heart of campus, a fully equipped gym and more, there is sport club here for everyone.
There are also plenty of societies to cater for students are have not got a huge interest in sport. The vast range of societies include Art and Design, Chess, Drama, Photography, Yoga and plenty more. This is a great way to develop different interests and skills and meet like-minded individuals.
Phone: 090 64 83009
Starting college brings new freedom and the independence to make own choices and decisions. For many students, going to college also means moving away from home to a new city or town and find to find accommodation for the first time.
All accommodation complexes are modern, student friendly apartments and are within a 15 minute walk of the Athlone campus and Athlone town. Each apartment is fully furnished and equiped with all the necessities.
The Accommodation Office and Union Officers
Phone: 090 64 68067
Take a look around the each apartment complex on their websites.
Glen Abhainn Village,
Wellmount Student Village,
Scholarships and Funding
TUS Athlone campus offers a wide range of scholarships, funding and supports for prospective and current students to avail of.
- JL Goor Scholarships
- Panelto Foods Scholarships
- Radisson Blu Scholarships
- Scholarships of Excellence
- Sports Scholarship: Elite and Academy
- Uversity Scholarships (External)
- Student Assistance Fund
- 1916 Bursary
- Laptop on Loan Scheme