Our Campus

Since the University opened the doors of the Quadrangle in 1845, the campus has been constantly evolving to accommodate ever-increasing numbers of students.‌ Today, the main campus has over 90 buildings on 105 hectares of land situated on the banks of the River Corrib.

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Explore a 3D model of the University, developed by campus-based simulation experts RealSim.

€400 million Capital Investment Programme

NUI Galway is in the middle of a €400 million construction programme - the largest expansion of facilities in any university in Ireland. The 'Campus of the Future' project has already delivered iconic new research facilities such as:

  • the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Building
  • Áras Moyola
  • the Engineering Building

We continue to expand our research facilities in the University's five key research areas, with two new buildings in particular about to have a huge impact on the University's research capabilities:

  • the Biosciences Research Building
  • the Clinical/Translational Research Facility for the medical sciences

Campus Highlights

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Quick facts

Image of the quad in Spring

NUI Galway has over:

  • 17,000 students.
  • 2,000 international students from 92 countries.
  • 2,400 staff members.
  • 120 links with universities across the globe.
  • 90,000 alumni in 107 countries.
  • 165 years experience of providing university education. 

NUI Galway is:

  • Ireland's top University for student retention - Sunday Times 2011.
  • Irelands's top University for graduate employability with 96% of our graduates employed or in further study within six months of graduating.
  • the largest and oldest university in the west of Ireland.

NUI Galway is world leading for research in:

  • Biomedical Science and Engineering 
  • Web Science
  • Human Rights
  • Marine Science, Energy and Environmental Science
  • Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy
    Humanities, in particular literature, Theatre and Irish Studies

NUI Galway was awarded a QS Five Stars Rating in 2012