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Starting at Queen's

It’s a big change from school and A-levels! All our students, whether from UK or further afield, get a warm welcome and support settling into academic and social life.

From orientation week to the main Welcome Week, we’ll make sure they make new friends and feel instantly at home.

They’ll also benefit from substantial investment in our teaching facilities that has developed our historic campus into an innovative learning environment for our exceptional students and staff.

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Student life

Going to university is usually students’ first real experience of independence. It’s both exciting and overwhelming.

There’s lots to see and do, and friends to meet. Our city-based campus is a friendly, safe environment to live and socialise.

Student life
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Naturally, you’ll be concerned about safety.

Street crime and burglary rates in Belfast are much lower than in comparable European or American cities and Belfast has also been named the safest region in the UK (British Crime Surveys, 2015/16).

Life in Belfast
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Residential support

At Queen’s University support to resident students is a priority.

There are three Residential Life Coordinators and a team of sixteen Residential Assistants who live in Elms Village, Grant House, College Gardens, Guthrie House and Mount Charles.

Our Residential Life Coordinators and Residential Assistants are able to support students who feel lonely or homesick or need encouragement to join in social events to make new friends. They also organise and promote a weekly programme of social events throughout each semester.

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We are world-class

We’re ranked in the top 173 universities in the world so a degree from Queen’s is something to be proud of.*

*(QS World University Rankings 2020)

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As the UK’s 9th oldest University, our history is rich with brilliant leaders, inspiring thinkers and incredible achievers who have been shaping a better world since 1845.

Click on the link below to read more about our high-achieving graduates.

Hear from parents

Liza Rossiter, Isle of Man

Paddy Robb, NI

"I love the atmosphere and the beautiful architecture found in Belfast. It is a great city for students!”

Kyla Holland, LLB Common and Civil Law with Hispanic Studies 

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Money matters

Finances and Scholarships

Students benefit from a generous system of financial support and we offer UK and international students significant financial incentives to help manage the cost of university fees and to help reduce the cost of living.

Scholarships and Funding

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What Are They Up To?

As a parent, maybe you went to university – maybe not. Still, you’ll be wondering, outside study, is there enough to fill their time? Over 11,000 students are members of our 200-plus clubs and societies. This means more fun; more time to be part of something; more time to improve skills. 

Clubs and Societies

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The bank of Mum and Dad

These days, parent and guardians face unique challenges. There’s the bank of mum and dad, open days to visit, accommodation... the list goes on. It’s good to know, Belfast students save significantly. The cost of living is much lower than other cities in the UK or overseas.

 Cost of living

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A Home from Home

Reflecting the transition from home to university life, our modern accommodation offers support, help and guidance on settling into student life in Belfast, as well as the all-important space to live and enjoy undergraduate life to the full. 

Staying at Queen's

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The graduate job market

What will you and your child get in return for your investment?

Employability is at the heart of our degree courses and we help students plan from study to employment to gain a competitive edge in the graduate job market.

Our courses have numerous professional and internship opportunities built in.

Careers and Employability
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Getting here

With a modern transport system and two airports, Belfast is less than an hour from Great Britain by plane and is accessible directly from other parts of the UK and Europe.

Regular flights and ferries leave for Great Britain from both Belfast and Dublin, so getting home is never a problem if the need arises.

Getting to Belfast
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Information for parents

Health and well-being

So, you’ve been a rock for your children. When you can’t be there? We look after the health, well-being, education, study needs, financial security and career prospects of all our students.

Support and Wellbeing

Information for parents of international students


Application Guide

How to Apply

The process in detail
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Information for you

Choose our country

Entry requirements and contacts

Financial help

Available scholarships and awards

Plan your study

Tuition fees

Course costs and information

Plan your study

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