Welcome week programme

a group of students drinking coffee and relaxing in the Treehouse area of Elm's Village student accommodation

Arrival and welcome

we’ve thought of everything.

After your welcome at the airport and once you’re shown around your accommodation at Elms Village, you’ll be invited to spend the evening relaxing and getting to know fellow students at Elms Treehouse.

Make the most of your downtime

The evening at Elm's Treehouse is a great opportunity to chill out before a big week ahead…

Welcome Week Programme

Main entrance to the lanyon building with students walking in and out

Before we get started

To help get you off on the right foot we’ve arranged a programme of welcome activities.

These will help you to learn about life in the UK and Belfast.


Breaking the ice

Some activities are an essential part of settling in; others are just for fun

All will give you an opportunity to meet people, make friends and make the best start to life at Queen's.

International Welcome Group


An essential part of the welcome

The International Welcome Group is the beginning of your life here at Queen’s.

We’d encourage you to take part in as many events as possible to get off to a great start.

Open Day guide

Day One

You’ll be allocated to your International Welcome Group and given a guide to your orientation sessions.

Day One includes a welcome and introduction, enrolment and registration, with a talk on personal safety, support and money. You’ll also be talked through our great library and IT facilities.

Welcome Fair and course induction

Metro ylink

Welcome Fair

Everything you need to know about getting around and how to get the most out of your time at Queen’s

including information from HOST UK, Translink and Students’ Union – plus FREE Cinema tickets and much more.

Students in lecture

Course Induction

You’ll also be invited to events to meet your tutors and other students

as well as finding out about the learning resources available and given talks about study skills.

Tour the city and the Campus

Titanic visitor centre

explore the city by bus

Along with new student friends, you’ll be picked up at Queen’s Students’ Union and allowed to explore every district of our historical city

from Titanic Belfast to the Cathedral Quarter, where you’ll find lots of hospitality.This hop on, hop off tour is offered in six languages including, English, French, Spanish, Italian, German and Mandarin.

Belfast city hall through the trees

Explore Belfast on Foot

Perhaps the best way to get to know the campus and the city

The tour is led by student guides – who know what you need to know and can answer your questions - and starts and ends at the Students’ Union, with a break for lunch.


A Little Help with Finding Friends

Our 2nd and 3rd year students are waiting to welcome you and help you to settle in.

Old hands at university life, they know where everything is and how everything works. Both UK and International students have volunteered to show you around and introduce you to other students and tutors.

female student studying on a computer

Making sure everything’s in order

An essential part of Welcome Week is ensuring your paperwork is in order.

So, with the help of our Student Services team, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3… 1. Complete a ‘Right to Study’ check. 2. Enrol and register. 3. Pick up your student card and pay your tuition fees (if needed).

That’s it – you’re good to go!


Fun ways to find friends

It's not all timetables and registration

Whilst that stuff is vital it's equally as important that you make some new friends and enjoy yourself during registration week, which is why we've put together some great activities.

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