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Queen's University Belfast: Where People Come Together

Our cosmopolitan atmosphere is reflected in the area around the University, known as ‘the Queen’s Quarter’. It is one of the most ethnically-diverse, culturally rich parts of Northern Ireland. We are regularly privileged to host cultural events on campus – such as an Indonesian Culture Show and the Chinese New Year celebrations.

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A safe, friendly place to live – Guaranteed!

International student accommodation Queen’s boasts an array of accommodation living options, including same-sex living, no alcohol living and quiet-living.

These allow for students to choose the environment and company which suits them best. Safety is a propriety at Queen’s, with accommodation staff on call 24/7

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The UK's most affordable city

Belfast is more affordable than every other major student city in the UK; in fact it's almost 50 per cent cheaper than London.

With less money spent on rent, amenities and food you'll have more left over to experience Belfast's amazing culture.

Why study at Queen's?

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You’ve come a long way

We’re here to help you go even further

With lots of experience of welcoming students from around the world, we understand that you’ll need extra help and support to settle in and get the most out of your degree.

Your arrival

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The best of all worlds

Welcome to Belfast

The UK’s best kept secret.

Living in Belfast and Northern Ireland

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The Students' Union

One of the biggest in the UK

It's packed with shops, places to eat, meet and be entertained. Plus, this is where a number of our clubs come together and where you can talk to a Student Officer about anything and everything.

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A Diverse Community

Northern Ireland has always been a melting pot of cultures, a place where people have come to set up new lives and enjoy new opportunities.

Queen’s is proud to play a key role in the internationalisation of Northern Ireland. Belfast is a socially-diverse and inclusive city, and caters for students of all faiths.

Queen’s has chaplains for 12 religious denominations, including Catholic, Presbyterian and Muslim, and students can avail of the campus wellbeing room and prayer facilities for quiet space.

A taste of home

Whether cooking for yourself, or eating out, all international tastes are catered for; with supermarkets, halal grocers and restaurants such as the Asia Supermarket, the Bangla Bazaar, halal butchers and Polski Sklep within 10 minutes’ walk of Queen’s campus.

Most restaurants and shops near Queen’s offer student discounts. Our Students’ Union helps new arrivals to feel part of campus life. Over 200 student clubs, including our international societies, are a great way to meet friends, discover new talents, and get a break from studying. They include:

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Be a team player

Sport is a huge part of life at Queen's and with over 50 sporting clubs to join, there's something for everyone.

Prefer things a little less competitive? Sign up to join our Physical Education Centre (PEC) and enjoy cutting-edge facilities at your leisure.

Amazing sport facilities

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Make new friends

In total Queen's currently has over 150 non-sporting clubs, ranging from art to ultimate frisbee and everything in between.

All our clubs are student led and are always looking for new members so it's a great opportunity to make new friends.

The safest region in the UK

(British Crime Survey, 2014).

“Not only does Queen’s provide great academic resources, but also a unique, human environment.”

Claire Zhao, China

Mental and emotional wellbeing

University presents great opportunities in students' lives. It is also a time when students undergo significant transitions which can affect their mental health and wellbeing. The University is committed to supporting positive mental health and wellbeing for all students of the University which maximises personal development and academic achievement. So if you need to talk, we're here.

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University Health Centre

The University Health Centre at Queen's is a General Practice that provides both student-focused and general National Health services. All students should register with a General Practitioner (GP) when they arrive in Belfast. You can register through the University Health Centre.

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Your Religion

Queen's fully appreciates the importance of religion within the lives of our students, which is why we provide chaplains for 12 religious denominations, including Catholic, Presbyterian and Muslim. Belfast also has a Hindu Temple, located in the city's Indian Community Centre, and a mosque, in the Islamic Centre in Wellington Park, a few minutes' walk from the University.

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Queen's University Belfast student, Asma Niazi
"Queen's is highly supportive of its students, on top of its standing, reputation and research excellence"
Asma Niazi, Pakistan
MEd in Educational Studies

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