Welfare

Hi everyone, my name is Maeve and I want to welcome all the new students to University of Limerick. Our fabulous campus and lively atmosphere will help enhance your overall student experience! I want to welcome back all the other UL Students and congratulate you on getting this far!

As your Welfare Officer, I help support and signpost you in the non-academic side of college life related such as your physical, mental and sexual health. I put your welfare first in committee meetings and ensuring your voice is heard. I will be running engaging and educational awareness campaigns throughout the semester to help educate our student body on these issues.

If you need support or advice, please contact studentsupport@ul.ie

Accommodation

Accommodation can be quite difficult to find especially when you do not know where to begin. Here are a few common methods that students use to source their accommodation.

  • Message any friend group chats or course group chats you are in. Your classmates may not have a spare room but they may have friends who do.
  • Register and keep up to date with Student Pad for off campus options. You can also search on www.daft.ie and www.rent.ie but be careful of scams.
  • Expand your geographical area so that you can look for rooms that are a bit further away from UL but that are still easily accessible by bike or bus. Options here include Limerick City, Dooradoyle, Raheen, Mungret, and maybe even Nenagh or Ennis.
  • A good idea would be to examine the bus route for Limerick and look for accommodation that is available along this route.
  • Nenagh is a town in Tipperary that is 30 mins away. Here is the bus timetable.
  • If you are having a dispute with a landlord, you can contact the Rental Tenancy Board. You can contact them for several reasons:
  • Threshold is a housing charity that provides advice and guidance on your right as a tenant. Their service is free, independent and confidential. You can avail of their online chat at https://www.threshold.ie/
  • The Accommodation Service at University of Limerick is managed by Campus Life Services. The office is located on the courtyard across from Student Centre at the University of Limerick. The office provides assistance to students who require help and advice when looking for accommodation off-campus. You can find their homepage here.

Sexual Health

We are quite Sex Positive here at UL Student Life as students tend to experiment more with their sexuality in university. We promote Saucy but Safe sex! It is important to treat sexual health as important as your normal health. Therefore it is important to be educated.

As your Welfare Officer, I have loads of condoms and lube to share so don’t be afraid to knock on my door. I also have pregnancy tests in my office too so if you need one, there’ll be no judgement. Check out some of these resources and websites regarding your sexual health

  • Sexualbeing is where you can learn and available of free condoms, lube, Emergency Contraception and at home STI Kits.
  • SH24.ie for a free at home STI testing kits
  • Man2Man.ie provides HIV and sexual health information for gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men in Ireland
  • GOSHH.ie is a sexual orientation, sexual health HIV service.

Unplanned Pregnancy

An unplanned pregnancy may leave you feeling worried and confused. You may or may not have many conflicting and strong feelings about your pregnancy. Either way it’s not at the end of the world and there are many supports and services that can help you get through it!

  • The HSE offer support to those faced with an unplanned pregnancy and offer free telephone and face to face counselling services. 
  • Limerickfamilyplanning.ie can help provide advice and informational support in sexual health
  • Irish Family Planning association provide a pregnancy helpline that can be reached at 1850 495051

Image Based Sexual Assault (IBSA)

Image based sexual assault is when intimate pictures are share non-consensually. Recent legislation has now made this an offence.

Hotline.ie is the national centre for combatting illegal content online.

Mental Health

How we treat and look after out mental health has an immediately impact on our student experience. University can be the most rewarding but challenging times of our lives and it is normal to reach out to look for support to help you cope with anything life may bring. If you need help, please reach out – UL ÉIST counselling and wellbeing service.

UL Chaplaincy (Teach Fáilte) – 061 232180 / 3635

A&E dept. for mental health crisis – 061-301111

Samaritans – 116 123 or jo@samaritans.ie

Pieta House – 1800 247 247

There are a number of service who use web chat functions:

Jigsaw – www.jigsawonline.ie

Turn2me  https://turn2me.ie/