Covid-19 Special Arrangements

This page provides up to date information about access to buildings, general protocols, open retail areas, access to lockers, printing support, commuting updates, postal arrangements and service provider access during the current period. The university main Covid-19 page deals with additional material of importance and can be accessed using the link below.

UCD Main Covid-19 Page
Last Updated:15.30, March 27
Last Reviewed:15.30, March 27

As outlined in the President’s Special Bulletin (12 March 2020), the University and the campuses remain operational for those whose jobs or research require them to be physically present on site. Employees who can effectively work from home should continue to do so. We wanted to share with you some further details in relation to access to buildings on campus to support activities while maintaining security over the coming period.
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For the current period, please note:

a) University and school protocols for lone working will apply. Further details can be found at

b) When accessing a building (including through electronic swipe) please sign in upon entering and leaving the building by filling out this quick online form.

c) Access to buildings may be priortised to particular entrances. If you require Estate Services to arrange access, please give notice and allow time as the team may have competing operational responsibilities.

d) Personal and university property should be secured over the period and if you notice suspicious activity in buildings or on campus, please let us know at ext 7000 (usually 7999).

e) UCD Estate Services will continue to care for and maintain buildings over the period, and as always if you have any maintenance requests or notice any energy saving opportunities please report as normal to or

f) Building access is available for tasks where individuals cannot effectively work from home.

g) All persons are reminded of the HSE’s guidance on infection control –

From the 18th of March all academic buildings will remain secured and accessible using out-of-hours protocols. Many staff and researchers already have pre-existing access arrangements for out-of-hours access to buildings. These will continue as before, and can be extended to those requiring such access with Head of School/Head of Unit authorisation.

Where staff and researchers do not have pre-existing access arrangements in place, they can arrange access by calling the Estate Services Contact Centre on 01-7167000. In this circumstance in order to protect security, people will be asked to produce their UCD identity. Postgraduate research students will require evidence of Head of School authorisation.

For the purposes of health and safety, in order to keep track of who is in each building, we are now asking everyone to complete the Sign In/Out form.
This form is for sign in and out on the current day. For sign-in and out on a future please submit a new form on that given day. Please don’t forget to sign out using the link on the email copy you will receive. For signing out you just need to fill out the last field at the bottom of the form and press “SUBMIT”.

Staff continuing to work on campus during this period of reduced site activity should be aware of the guidelines issued by the UCD Safety, Insurance, Risk & Compliance Office (UCD SIRC) regarding lone working. Staff lone working in higher risk environments as outlined by UCD SIRC should complete a lone working risk assessment.

A number of retail units on campus remain open offering take-away service only.

 Monday - FridaySaturday - SundayRemarks
Centra07.00 - 22:0007.00 - 22:00
Main Restaurant08.00 - 15.30ClosedLimited indoor dining & Take away currently
Blue Bird Café08.30 - 15.30ClosedTake away only
RoebuckClosedClosedTake away only
Campus Bookshop9.00 - 17.30Closed
UCD College Collection9.00 - 15.30ClosedOnline service only. Click and collect
Bicycle ShopClosedClosedDue to open mid September 2021
Pharmacy09.00 - 17.00Closed
Commons at MoLIClosedClosed
Poolside Café08.00 - 17.00ClosedTake away only
Pi Coffee Dock08.30 - 15.30ClosedTake away only
Pi Restaurant08.30 - 15.00 - Breakfast – 08:00 to 11:30, Lunch 12:00 to 15:00ClosedLimited indoor dining & Take away currently
Earl's Deli - Richview08.30 - 15.00ClosedTake away only
Pulse Café - Health Sciences08.30 - 15.30ClosedTake away only
Atrium Café - Quinn08.30 - 15.00ClosedTake away only
Leopold Café - ConwayClosedClosedDue to open late September 2021
Street Kitchen - LibraryClosedClosedDue to open late September 2021
Nova Café08.30 - 15.00ClosedTake away only
Law Café Sutherland08.30 - 15.00ClosedTake away only
Coffee Dock - VetsClosedClosedDue to open late September 2021
Pulse CaféClosedClosedTake away only
Lucy’s Blackrock08.30 - 15.30ClosedTake away only
Belfield Post OfficeClosedClosed

Essential access to lockers can be facilitated on a once-off basis between the hours of 9am-5pm Monday-Friday, by completing this form.

An escort will be arranged to and from the locker at an appropriate social distance, and students will require their student UCard and own locker combination. Students will also be asked to clear their locker at that time.

UCD Estate Services plan to defer centralised clearing of lockers at this time and further information on new arrangements will be made available in due course.

If you have any questions about accessing your locker you can contact us at or calling 01 7167000.

UCD Copi-Print offices will not be open for normal business until further notice.

– All self-service UCard printers remain operational, subject to building access restrictions
– For support, printing supplies (paper / toner / staples) or to report machine faults, please contact us by e-mail: students at and staff at
– For any specialist printing or bulk please email Copi-Print still has access to some suppliers that remain open.


Public transport services are operating as normal to and from the campus except for the 46n Nitelink service. The UCD – Sydney Parade Dart Shuttle Bus has been suspended until further notice.

For latest service updates please see the links below:
Dublin Bus
Go Ahead Ireland
Dart and Irish Rail
Bus Eireann

Shared pedestrian and cycling entrances remain open.

As of Wednesday 18th March, permit, pay and display and premium parking arrangements and charges are not in effect.

For this current period, staff and students attending campus do not need to hold a valid parking permit to park in a permit car park.

Additionally, the traffic calming barrier at the rear of the Lochlann Quinn School of Business will remain open and access to vehicle entrances remain unaffected.

For your information, a number of car parks have been closed on campus:
• N1 (rear of Belfield House/old running track)
• N5 (pay and display front of Belfield House)
• O4 (rear of Lochlann Quinn School of Business)
• O8 (Roebuck Offices)
• O9 (rear of Roebuck Castle)
• W1 (Water Tower)
• W10 (Newstead)

The Belfield Post Office is temporarily closed until further notice. An Post have noted online that the alternative to Belfield Post Office is Woodbine Park Post Office. Contact number 01 269 1329. More info here.

Please contact AddressPal at or phone 01 705 8866 to arrange alternative delivery option if you are expecting a parcel in the next few days.

– Maintenance personnel to ring through to Contact Centre (01 716 7000) upon arrival and leaving site as normal, (in lieu of sign -in).
– Minor works contractors/service providers: Permit to Work System for out-of-hours work to apply.get in touch with Contact Centre/FOH to liaise and coordinate.