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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€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


Constructed: 2013

The Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Building is one of the newest additions to campus, opening in September 2013. Clad in cream limestone that becomes brighter when wet, the building hosts researchers and archives specialising in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.


Engineering Building

Constructed: 2011

In the few years since the Engineering Building was opened, it has picked up numerous awards for its design and efficiency, including the Public Choice award at the RIAI Irish Architecture Awards 2012. Located on the banks of the River Corrib, the building is clearly visible from the Quincentennial Bridge, especially at night time when the interior is dramatically illuminated.


Áras Moyola

Constructed: 2010

Áras Moyola is home to the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Some of its stand-out features are its bronze exterior as well as its solid oak staircase.

Biosciences Research Building

The Biosciences Research Building is located on the north end of campus. It will be home to research labs and facilities for bioscience research.


Clinical/Translational Research Facility

This facility will greatly enhance the University's teach and research in the health sciences. Located close to University Hospital Galway, the facility will be at the forefront of patient care.

The Quadrangle

Quadrangle building

A favourite with tourists and wedding photographers, the Quadrangle is the University's most iconic building. Built in 1845, for decades it was the location of all teaching and research activities. Today, it houses mostly administrative staff, as well as the President's Office and a public venue in the Aula Maxima.


The Concourse

The Arts and Science concourse is one of the most vibrant parts of the campus, with thousands of students milling through its corridors each day. Constructed in the 1970s, the architecture is very much of its time. However, the sheltered concrete walkways make a welcome relief from Galway's often inclement weather.


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