Living in Galway

Congratulations on moving to Galway!   Whether you're here for work or study, this is a fantastic city to live in.

This is an introduction to the basic information about living here - the kind of things that locals just know and new-comers need to find out. 

Where to live

The golden rule is to live on the same side of the river that you are working or studying:   there are only a few bridges and at peak times traffic can be particularly bad.

Apart from that, it depends on your interests:  if you want to go swimming in the sea every day, then somewhere near Salthill would fit the bill.   Hill-walking in Connemara every weekend - definitely the west of the city, possibly even out towards Moycullen.  Regularly travelling to Dublin / Cork / etc - then either the city centre (close to the bus / train stations), or out toward Doughiska / Roscam / Oranmore (if you'll be driving ).    If you're here for the social life, then living on any of the city bus routes means that you can get into the centre easily enough, and are within a reasonable-enough taxi-fare home again.

Finding accommodation

Good sources of information about places to live:
  • - originally the Dublin Accommodation Finder Terminal, this website is now "the" place to find accommodation in Ireland

Getting around

You'll hear good and bad things about Galway's bus-service - but it's at least good-enough for living, working and playing in most parts of the city.   - is the government's official transport information website

GalwayTransport,info - was put together before the government website existed, and it has a wealth of information (eg maps of industrial estates, suburbs, supermarkets, back-packer hostels), as well as pages about city and regional buses, and all sorts of other gems.

Bicycles are increasingly popular.  The the main hire company is BikeShare aka Coke Zero Bikes who have stands around the central city and are slowly being extended to the city.   Galway Cycling Campaign is a local group which lobbies for better cycling facilities and organises various cycling-related activities.


To say that Galway is known for its social life is just a tiny bit of an understatement.

Check the Galway Advertiser (published every Thursday, on-line edition available free if you sign up, printed copies available for pickup in convenience shops around town and delivered to many suburbs) for up to date event listings and information.

Festivals are big.   You may have heard about the Galway Arts Festival and the Galway Races - but there's at least one festival for most other weeks of the year too.   See the local media, or check this independent festival listing.

And the pubs are legendary.    Galway City Pub Guide is the definitive guide to Pubs, bars, nightclubs and winebars  (although it's just a tiny bit out-of-date these days).

Government offices

Hopefully you won't need them - but just in case, it's handy to know where to find the most important government offices:

The Tax office, aka Revenue

Geata na Cathrach (City Gate)  - in a large building just off Fairgreen Rd - click here to see it in Google Maps.  But these days you need to register on-line at to do just about anything with them.

Social Welfare aka Intreo

Also in Fairgreen Rd - right on the corner of College Rd.   Click here ...

Galway City Council

Up the hill from the Welfare office, in College Rd.   Click here ....

Galway County Council

Up the opposite side of the same hill .. in Prospect Hill

Garda (the Irish name for the police)

There's a very big regional head quarters building opposit eGMIT - but for most day-to-day things, see them in Mill St, or Salthill, or Oranmore.

Search jobs