Cleraun University Centre

An intellectual home from home beside UCD. 

Our Offering

Accommodation – year-round, for serious-minded students (undergraduate and postgraduate).

Study – ‘golden hours’ of serious study, open to non-residents.

Activities – fireside chats with top professionals and academics, sharing your learnings with students of other disciplines, deepening your knowledge of faith and Christian philosophy, and giving back through volunteering. All activities are open to residents and non-residents.

Friendships, excellence and faith underpin all we do.

A university centre and residence for young men

Newman’s classic idea of a university envisaged young people living together, developing high personal and professional standards in learning from each other. Cleraun serves that need for the 21st century. If you have high ideals, want to be a top professional, and see college life as a steppingstone to serving society then Cleraun may be the place for you. We also offer the opportunity to residents and non-residents alike to encounter Jesus Christ in their ordinary everyday things.

Learn More about Cleraun University Centre

Our Centre

Recently renovated university residence and centre, beside UCD, with 13 single-study bedrooms, study rooms, WiFi, library, conference rooms, sitting rooms, a dining room, and a Chapel.

Our Ethos

Our ethos is inspired by St Josemaría Escrivá, the founder of Opus Dei, who taught that every person can live out their faith to the full through their daily work and ordinary life, by finding meaning and fulfilment in them. Working to serve society, out of love for others — and, ultimately, for love of God — is the highest ideal a person can aspire to.


We are on Foster Avenue, beside the Owenstown gate entrance to UCD, less than ten minutes’ walk from all faculty buildings.


High quality, single en-suite rooms, and shared living and dining facilities. The charge for students is €265 per week, including meals, payable on a term basis. The charge for professionals (including summer months) is €350 per week.
Note: fees include meals (breakfast, dinner, and supper), your room charge, cleaning, bed linen, towels, personal laundry, WiFi, house utilities and full use of the study facilities.

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For accommodation application: Download the pdf, complete the application form, email it to Accommodation applications for summer & the next academic year are now being taken.

For activities (non-residential applicants): e.g., study facilities, programmes, courses, once-off events, meals: download the pdf, supply relevant details, and email to You may also telephone 01-2881734.

We respond to all emails within three days.