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Ranked in the top 173 global universities (QS World University Rankings 2020), Queen's is the UK's 9th oldest university and part of the elite Russell Group.

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Studying at Queen's

Queen’s University Belfast is one of the leading universities in the UK and Ireland with a distinguished heritage and history.

Founded in 1845 as Queen's College Belfast, we became an independent university in 1908. Today, we are ranked in the top 200 universities in the world (QS World Rankings 2019), and a member of the Russell Group of UK research intensive universities, combining excellence in research and education with a student-centred ethos.

Why study at Queen's? GB Mini Guide

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Undergraduate scholarships for students from England, Scotland and Wales

Queen’s believes in rewarding hard work and excellence. Every year, we offer a range of fantastic scholarships for new students which includes the opportunity to receive up to £2,500* per year off your fees.

Alternatively, you can avail of great lifestyle benefits including free flights, accommodation upgrades, and even free gym and cinema passes! (*Full terms from the link below)

GB Scholarship Plus Other Scholarships and Awards

Read our student guides:

"The Student Plus Award was a major pull factor for me; it offered benefits like reduced accommodation, free gym membership, cinema pass, and reduced tuition fees. I also got money to ship my stuff to Belfast which really helped with the moving in process too."

Calista Arthey - BA Hons History and Anthropology

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A beautiful and friendly city in equal measures, Belfast was recently found to have the happiest students in the UK.

You’ll find Queen's in the heart of the city’s cultural, artistic and social scenes, offering a unique blend of Irish and British cultures.

Life in Belfast


Read our student guides

How the GB Scholarship has Benefited Me, Peter Moor, BA English and Linguistics, England

My last minute journey to Belfast after clearing and adjustment, Alishia O'Boyle, LLB Law, Isle of Man

Why I Made Queen’s My Firm Choice, Peter Moor, BA English and Linguistics, England

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Take a look around

Virtual Tour

If you can't make it to one of our campus tours or open days you can explore our facilities and accommodation via our virtual tour.

Check out our Virtual Tour



Northern Ireland has the lowest student cost of living in the UK (Which? University, 2018)

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Money matters

Northern Ireland has the lowest student cost of living in the UK (Which? University, 2018)

We know university can be expensive so we've put together these guides on the cost of living in Belfast as well as details on fees, payment options, and applying for a student loan.

Cost of Living Fees and Funding


Belfast is in the safest region in the UK (British Crime Surveys, 2015/16)


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Guaranteed accommodation for GB students

We’ve added 1,237 new student rooms, so you can rest easy living somewhere safe, comfortable and affordable.

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Key details:

  • Prices from £75-£130 per week
  • 24/7 Safety Team
  • No hidden costs
  • Free off-peak gym membership at Queen's Sport
  • 350+ Social Events
  • 150MB Wi-Fi included throughout
  • 100+ Residential support staff
  • 3,500 Rooms available with majority en suite 

"Elms is great fun to live in for the first year. It’s where you’ll meet some great friends and the prices are really good compared to accommodation at other unis. You’ll be guaranteed a place here if you’re a GB student too!" Calista Arthey, BA Hons History and Anthropology, Colchester, England

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Getting here

Less than an hours flying separates Belfast from most other major UK cities

"I would much rather be on a plane for a mere fifty minutes rather than a four hour train journey to the north of England." Meg Walton, BSc Business Management, Canterbury, England

More about getting here

Key information:

  • 58 direct flight destinations from Belfast to the UK, Europe and the USA
  • 99 cross-channel sailings each week
  • 2 airports in Belfast
  • Dublin airport is just 90 minutes away

Don't let travel costs put you off, once you get here Belfast has the lowest cost of living in the UK (Mercer, 2016).

Hear from Queen's student Peter Moor (Huddersfield, England) on:

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Living in Queen's Accommodation

Regular social events and trips

Our team are able to offer support if you feel lonely or homesick or need encouragement to join in social events to make new friends. We also organise and promote a weekly programme of social events and trips throughout each semester. These range from Disney karaoke to trips to IKEA, games nights, movie nights.

Find out more about staying in Queen's Accommodation

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How to apply

All you need to know

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