Returning Students

Returning students:

A returning student is a student who has completed at least one year of study at Queen’s University either as an undergraduate student or a postgraduate student, including those who have changed courses.

For 2014-15 the suitable accommodation places for returners are located in Mount Charles and Guthrie House and a limited number of places in Willow Walk for postgraduates and international undergraduate students.

Allocation of places:

There are important changes to the Allocation Policy for 2014-15 and some of the changes affect Returning students. The full Allocation Policy is available on this web site. Please read the following information and if you have ANY questions please contact the Accommodation team at Elms Village for clarification. 

Returning students are invited to apply when the on-line application system opens in early March 2014.   Places will be allocated on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVED basis; this means that you will receive a room offer within 24 hours of applying (Sunday-Thursday). If all the available rooms have been allocated when you apply, you will be automatically added to a waiting list until you tell us to remove your name.

The new allocation policy offers unsuccessful students time to look for alternative accommodation in the private sector.

Payment of deposit:

Payment of a deposit will no longer be taken with your application; instead it will be taken as part of your accetance of an offer of accommodation.

Returning students who are current residents in Queen's Accommodation and who accept an offer of a place for the following year, will carry over their deposit of £300.00 from 2013-14 to 2014-15 or if necessary top up their deposit to £300.00; to make this payment please contact Elms Village reception. 

Returners who are not current residents must pay a £300.00 deposit when they are accepting an offer of a place.

How long will applications remain open for returners?

Applications will remain open until all available accommodation for returners has been allocated. There is no closing date for returners but you should apply as soon as applications open if you wish to secure a place for 2014-15.

Looking in the private sector

Advice is available in the Students' Union regarding all aspects of renting accommodation in the private sector.  For further information please visit the Students' Union website.  You can search private sector student accommodation at This site includes a data base of available student properties including shared houses, flats, apartments and lodgings.

Accommodation and Hospitality
Queen's University Belfast
Elms Village
78 Malone Road

T +44 (0) 28 9097 4403
F +44 (0) 28 9097 4524