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Groceries and essentials

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Mace at Elms BT9

Located in the Treehouse at the heart of the student village, your first stop for all your shopping needs.

The Mace has general grocery items, a deli, ready meals, frozen goods, and essentials like stationery and toiletries. There is also an ATM located on the premises. Open until 11pm most nights, it ensures that you won't be left without those everyday necessities.

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There are two SPARs in the University area, catering for all essentials.

One is on University Avenue in the Holylands area, and the other is located at the BP garage, right next to the Elms BT9 entrance on the Malone Road.

Centra shop on Stranmillis Road


With three branches in the Queen’s Quarter – Stranmillis, Malone and Botanic, you’re never too far away from a Centra.

Renowned for its deli counter’s fresh sandwiches, it’s also great for grabbing a few items to tide you over.

Tesco Lisburn Road

Tesco superstore

At the bottom of Eglantine Avenue and only ten minutes’ walk from Elms BT9, a good bet for a bigger shop, especially if you and your housemates are all chipping in together.

It’s a good idea to bring a backpack or your own bags for the journey back!


A student favourite, and understandably so. The market comes alive at the weekends, with the crowds and traders giving the Victorian building an electric atmosphere.

Live music provides the background for all manner of offbeat goods for sale from independent craftspeople, artists and traders. Whether you’re in the market for purchases as diverse as vintage LPs, bespoke street signs, rare books or handmade jewellery, you’ll find it here.

St George's Market

a thriving atmosphere

Before 1890, St George’s was purely a meat market and Belfast’s butchers and fishmongers still ply their wares here, giving the north entrance a distinctive aroma!

Elsewhere international tastes abound: falafel, Spanish meats, curry, as well as crowd favourites like crepes and burgers and the staple sodas, something no Belfast breakfast would be complete without.

Retail therapy

Students seated on the grass in front of City Hall

The city centre

Belfast city centre is just over a mile from Queen's. The main shopping thoroughfare is Donegall Place and Royal Avenue, running north from the front of the splendid City Hall.

There you’ll find all the brands and outlets you’d expect in a capital city – Marks and Spencer, Debenhams, Primark, as well as a Tesco Metro if need to grab a few things for dinner. Off the main streets you’ll find more specialist shops and boutiques.


Victoria Square breathed new life into the city centre when it was opened in 2008, with its striking semi-open layout providing a unique atmosphere all year round.

Home to Ireland’s only branch of upmarket department store House of Fraser, it also hosts Belfast’s Apple Store and outlets for brands such as Remus Uomo and TM Lewin, Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss, Superdry, Ted Baker, and many others.