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The University footprint in Waterford has developed an attractive modern university campus environment for staff and students across all its campus. SETU's Waterford campuses has a multi-campus structure with five sites clustered within a three kilometre radius around the city of Waterford:

  • Cork Road Campus
  • Applied Technology Campus (in the IDA industrial estate off Paddy Browne's Road)
  • College Street Campus
  • West Campus - home to ArcLabs, the SETU Arena, Carriganore House and the Walton Institute
  • Granary Campus - home to Architecture programmes

The Cork Road Campus is approximately 3km outside the city. Following the purchase of the land in 1969, an 11,000m2 building was constructed which was supplemented by a further 7,000m2 in 1977 to meet the growing needs of the University.

The start of the rapid expansion and development of the facilities at the Cork Road campus began in 1999 with the construction of the library building, followed in 2003 with the opening of the Walton Information Technology building, which was referred to in the Irish Times as one of the best in Ireland, the Bianconi Nursing building which opened in 2005 and more recently the Tourism & Leisure building which was completed in 2008.

The recent purchase of the former Waterford Crystal site just beside the campus on the Cork Road is an exciting opportunity to further grow the campus and connect with the local community and enterprise.

The Applied Technology Campus is located at Waterford’s IDA Industrial estate. South East Technological University occupies a number of units within the IDA Industrial Estate, which are situated adjacent to the western side of the Cork Road campus. Accommodation is totally stand alone and utilised for the delivery of undergraduate engineering laboratories, trade skills initiatives and teaching areas.

The second largest student campus facility in Waterford is located at College Street and has a site area of approximately 7.5 acres. It is located on the site of a former convent complex which was purchased from the Good Shepherd order of nuns in 1994.

The campus is located very close to the city centre, approximately 2km east of the Cork Road campus. This site contains some fine 19th century and early 20th century buildings, the majority of which are listed, including a beautiful classically designed chapel which is used for concerts and conferring ceremonies.

Considerable refurbishment and renovation works were undertaken following its purchase and it was extended in 2000 with a temporary accommodation building to facilitate the growing student numbers on this campus.

SETU acquired the West Campus, a 170 acre land bank in 1998 which is located on the outskirts of the city and 3km west of the main Cork Road campus. It is located on the Old Kilmeaden Road, bounded on the perimeter by the River Suir and the new Waterford bypass N25 feeder road where a major roundabout access to the campus has been developed.

The lands are being developed on a phased basis. To date, the campus is home to the ArcLabs Research and Innovation Centre, the Walton Institute, the NetLabs building, the National Biodiversity Centre, a refurbished Carriganore house which is home to the National Research Centre Ireland (NRCI) and RTE.

SETU Arena

The University’s €20 million state of the art SETU Arena first opened its doors to students, staff and the general public in September 2016.

As well as serving as a resource for Sport and Exercise students, the 2,000-person capacity SETU Arena has become of the premier sporting, exercise and conference venues in the south east of Ireland.

The completion of this building complements the existing grass, all-weather and support facilities at the University’s sports campus in Waterford. The completed facility provides up-to-date modern and scientific sports facilities, gymnasiums, teaching and learning lecture rooms for the University’s student and staff community.

It includes a 2,000 sq m ‘aula maxima’ or great hall where large scale official SETU events can be hosted. This facility is also suited to conferences and large external sporting, business and social events for the region.

The Granary campus is based in the Waterford Treasures building in the heart of Waterford city. This campus is home to students on Architecture, Architectural Technology and Building Informational Modelling courses.