Why live in Cork

Cork is a vibrant city awash with multiculturalism, central business districts, live music venues and vibrant restaurants, but the city has never lost its unique culture and the people living here are testament to that. The pace of life is slower than in Dublin due to the easy-going, relaxed nature of the people. Cork has a great blend of city and country life. West Cork is one of the most picturesque places on earth and is famous for its rugged beauty, seafood and sandy beaches. 

Commonly known as the Rebel county, there is an endless list of reasons as to why living in Cork will trump living in any other European city. Sophisticated, vibrant and diverse while still retaining its friendliness, relaxed charm and quickfire wit, Cork buzzes with the energy of a city that’s certain of its position in Ireland.

Cork is alive with the Arts and for the best in Comedy shows, Opera, Theatre, Pantomine and Dance; there is the Opera House and the Half Moon Theatre. Comedy is also played in various venues around Cork and the Everyman Palace is a well known theatre in Cork city.

Cork is an important educational centre in Ireland.  There are over 30,000 third level students in the city including 1,200 PhD students, which is the highest per capita ratio in Ireland. Over 10% of the population of the Metropolitan area are students in University College Cork (UCC) and Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), including nearly 3,000 international students from over 100 different countries.

UCC is a constituent university of the National University of Ireland and SIVUH is proud to have it as its Academic Partner.  UCC offers courses in Arts, Commerce, Engineering, Law, Medicine and Science. The university was named "Irish University of the Year" four times since 2003, most recently in 2016. Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) was named Irish "Institute of Technology of the Year" in 2007, 2010 and 2016 and offers third level courses in Computing and IT, Business, Humanities and Engineering (Mechanical, Electronic, Electrical, and Chemical).

The National Maritime College of Ireland is also located in Cork and is the only college in Ireland in which Nautical Studies and Marine Engineering can be undertaken. CIT also incorporates the Cork School of Music and Crawford College of Art and Design as constituent schools. The Cork College of Commerce is the largest post-Leaving Certificate college in Ireland and is also the biggest provider of Vocational Preparation and Training courses in the country.  Other 3rd level institutions include Griffith College Cork, a private institution, and various other colleges.

Research institutes linked to the third level colleges in the city support the research and innovation capacity of the city and region. Examples include the Tyndall National Institute (ICT hardware research), IMERC (Marine Energy), Environmental Research Institute, NIMBUS (Network Embedded Systems); and CREATE (Advanced Therapeutic Engineering). UCC and CIT also have start-up company incubation centres.

In UCC, the IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Centre aims to foster and support entrepreneurship.  In CIT, The Rubicon Centre is a business innovation hub that is home to 57 knowledge based start-up companies.

The influence of UCC and its properties is felt throughout Cork city with a thriving youth scene which gives Cork its modern edge. If you want a sense of history and art visit the UCC university grounds (Cork’s answer to Oxford) and the Glucksmans Gallery on site. Or if you want to sit down and relax and take in the scenery one can stroll through Fitzgeralds Park not too far from UCC and visit the Cork Public Museum situated on its grounds. As well as the Glucksman in UCC ground Cork city has a vibrant arts scene with various art museums such as the renowned Crawford Art Gallery Cork’s main art gallery in the city centre with a mixture of old and new, while Cork Vision Centre, Triskel Arts Centre and Fenton Art Gallery are others to take note.

For nightlife in Cork city there is a diverse range of bars, clubs and restaurants to suit all needs. Cork bars combine a distinctive mixture of the old and the new. From snug pubs with a distinct Cork feel. As regards eating out, as well as traditional pub grub, Cork has an internationally renowned range of restaurants combining both traditional and new world cuisine ranging from the award-winning vegetarian restaurants to restaurants with global flavours. From traditional cosy pubs that play live Irish music sessions most of the week, to cosmopolitan bars and nightclubs to fine dining Cork has a selection to suit everyone.

Cork is also the shopping capital of Munster, with so many world-renowned high street brands and large department stores in Cork’s city centre, the most notable shopping districts being Patrick Street and the more recent and modern shopping developments; Opera Lane and The Capital.  In addition to the bustling city centre, there is also a plethora of shopping opportunities within close proximity to the city centre, all accessible by excellent public transport links.  Among these are Wilton, Blackpool and Douglas, the most famous of these being Mahon Point - located just a 10 minute drive from the SIUVH, it contains over 60 retail and dining outlets including its anchor tenants, Debenhams and Tesco Extra Shopping Centre.  Mahon Point is also home to Cork’s 13-Screen Omniplex Cinema. 

Page last updated: 16/01/2020

South Infirmary

Victoria University Hospital

A teaching hospital

of University College Cork