Student Leap Card: know how to get yours and what the advantages
One of the things that make life easier for exchange students is the Student Leap Card, a national travel and student discount card, which then also works as the student ID in Ireland.
Basically, it is a prepaid card which you top-up credits for use on public transportation, regardless of whether it is the bus, DART or Luas. The advantage is that with the student ID card prices are lower than the traditional Leap Card (the non-student card).
WHO CAN PURCHASE A STUDENT LEAP CARD IN IRELAND?
Students enrolled in courses with a minimum duration of 6 months and a workload of at least 16 hours per week are eligible for the Student Leap Card.
HOW TO GET A STUDENT LEAP CARD
You can apply online (here) or attend a card issuing agent.
Locations in Dublin:
- Dublin Bus, O’Connell St;
- Trinity College SU;
- TU Dublin Aungier St. SU;
- DCU Glasnevin SU;
- DCU St. Patrick’s College;
- UCD SU.
- Enrollment letter from your educational institution;
- Your completed application form (get an agent application form or download it here);
- € 10 for card printing.
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WHERE TO TOP-UP YOUR STUDENT LEAP CARD
Card top-ups can be done with cash or credit/debit card at the following locations:
- Convenience stores and registered markets;
- At LUAS ticket machines;
- At DART ticket machines.
In addition to giving discounts on public transportation, the Student Leap Card also offers discounts of up to 25% on cinema, theatre, shows and partner establishments of the program. See here about discounts.
Extra Tip: For your safety, register your Student Leap Card here, so your card will be protected in case of theft or loss. In addition, through the site, you still track your spending and can top-up credits.
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