Family Staycations at NUI Galway

Enjoy the Best of Galway this Summer with a Family Staycation at Goldcrest Village or Corrib Village!

Planning your family staycation in Galway? Here’s what you need to know!

1. Where to stay

With options to suit all budgets, we offer a choice of over 200 self-catering apartments, complete with fully-equipped kitchens, en-suite double and single bedrooms, beautifully situated overlooking the River Corrib. Linen and towels are provided and there is a launderette on site. We offer free parking, bicycle storage, complimentary Wi-Fi, all within walking distance of the city centre and a short drive to fantastic scenery.

“My family and I holidayed in Goldcrest Village in August ’20. We really enjoyed ourselves and the apartments were fabulous. Spotlessly clean with a great living room/ kitchen with lots of space. The teenagers were delighted with their own en-suite bedroom and great Wi-Fi. Marvelous location, close to Galway centre and great for travelling around the West. I would definitely stay again”.
Pauline Guinevan

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2. Explore the region, plan some day trips

NUI Galway offers the ideal base to take some amazing day trips – pack a picnic and off you go! Visit Dun Aengus on the Aran Islands, take the scenic coast road to the Cliffs of Moher, stop into Kylemore Abbey on your way to Connemara, map out your own trip on the Wild Atlantic Way or take a boat ride on the Corrib Princess and stroll around Galway city for the afternoon.

3. Be active – here comes Ireland’s fittest family!

Compete as Ireland’s fittest family member in Killary Adventure Centre, visit one of Galway’s amazing beaches, jump off Blackrock Diving Board in Salthill, try Rusheen Bay Windsurfing or check out Wildlands activity centre. Pack your surfboards and head to Lahinch for the day or bring your bikes and enjoy the fresh air on a local route. There’s no excuse not to be active!

4. Family activities for all ages

There’s lots to do indoors too for all of the family from the youngest to the oldest. Book a session in the on-campus pool (families staying at Corrib Village/Goldcrest Village can avail of a special rate of €20 for a family pass!*) or go go-carting, stop into the Galway Museum or try out the Escape room. Experience Brigit’s Garden or check out a virtual reality – you won’t be bored, Galway is the place to be!

*allows family full access to the pool for the hour they have booked in advance. Guests can avail of this special rate by showing their Campus Living map and key card.

5. Food glorious food!

Treat your taste buds and eat in or take out, Galway offers an array of food choices. Explore the Galway Market on Saturday morning offering anything from donuts to cheeses, eat ice cream on Shop Street, check out the many family friendly and alternative dining options on offer. Order a picnic basket for your day trip or check out the Galway Food Tours, the options are endless.

6. Calling future students…

Thinking of studying in NUI Galway? Come and experience your new home away from home, bring the family on a staycation this summer and get a first-hand view of the University! You will look forward to coming back!

Age Restriction / Terms & Conditions

All guests as part of all bookings must be over 25 years of age. An ID will be required at check-in. Failure to provide a valid ID for all members of booking will result in the cancellation of the entire reservation. Not applicable for family bookings. For full terms and conditions, click here.

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For further information about summer family staycations at NUI Galway, please call us on +353 (0) 91 527112 or email





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Things to Do in Galway

Located on the north western edge of Galway city, our accommodation is a fantastic base for exploring the rugged landscapes of Connemara and the Wild Atlantic Way’s ‘Bay Coast! Check out:

The Aran Islands
Pearse’s Cottage (Teach an Phiarsaigh)
Ceantar na nOileán

And if day trips aren’t your thing, our riverside location on the University campus of NUI Galway means there’s lots to enjoy right on your doorstep too, perfect for a day of unwinding, including:

• beautifully landscaped, spacious grounds
• stunning architecture
• a University trail
• a Biodiversity trail

In fact, NUI Galway was recently identified as one of the Top 30 Most Beautiful Universities in the World! Read more here.

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What Student Residents Say

Corrib Village

Goldcrest Village

What Parents Say

It really meant a lot to me – MaryBeth

“I just wanted to THANK YOU and your team for all your help and extra effort/attention you gave to us and our son. With us leaving him prior to move-in , it really meant a lot to me… As ready as I know he is for college, it’s still not easy leaving him that far away. But from all the folks we’ve met at the university this past week and how helpful everyone was, I am confident he will be well taken care of if he should need help. Thanks again and I hope you had a smooth move-in day!   –    MaryBeth”


So, take a bow, from a grateful parent – Brenda

“Can I, as a parent, say a big ‘thank you’. I have noted the great organisational effort you have made to integrate the newcomers into Corrib Village and university life. No wonder you have such a good reputation and indeed, long waiting lists! Great activities are organised for the youngsters and I know my daughter is, all in all, having a great time there! We are both delighted with the accommodation. – Brenda”


For more information about Corrib Village, visit our ‘Information for Parents’ page.