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Incoming Exchange Students
Accommodation at Queen's

If you are coming to study at Queen's, you will need to consider where you are going to live and what accommodation choices you will have. Queen's accommodation is located within easy walking distance of the University, with options in residential areas or in the city centre.

All rooms are self-catered, which means that students share kitchen facilities and make their own meals.  Rooms are either ensuite (with a private shower room) or standard (with a washbasin but students share bathroom facilities).  All rooms are single study bedrooms.  Some accommodation blocks are for male students only, some are for female students and others are mixed.

A team of Residential Life Coordinators and Residential Assistants work to build a student community across all the accommodation locations.  They organise a social programme which suits the tastes of all students to create opportunities to make friends and settle in quickly to university life.

For more information, visit the Queen's Accommodation website.

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PHOTO: Milind Joshi
I lived in university accommodation which was really fabulous. Student accommodation provided by the University is really good. I met friends from different countries and we shared our cultures, food and had lots of fun. Milind Joshi

How to Apply for University Accommodation

Exchange Students can apply for a single semester contract or a full year contract.  The contract dates for 2023-24 are listed below: 

  • Full Year:  Sunday 8 September 2024 - Sunday 15 June 2025
  • Semester 1:  Sunday 8 September 2024 - Friday 15 December 2024
  • Semester 2:  Saturday 4 January 2025 - Sunday 15 June 2025 (to be confirmed)

To apply for University accommodation, you will need your Queen's student number.  This will be sent to Exchange Students in mid-July (for students attending for Semester 1 or the full year) or in mid-November (for students attending for Semester 2).

Exchange Students must submit their online application for University accommodation, on the Queen's Accommodation website, by the following deadlines:

  • 1 August 2024 for Semester 1 or full year applications
  • 30 November 2024 for Semester 2 applications

There is a limited number of rooms available for students attending for just one semester, therefore, you are advised to submit your application as early as possible once you receive your student number. 

A room may only be reserved in university accommodation for a minimum of one full semester.  Any student who accepts an offer of University accommodation will be required to pay fees for the full semester, even if the duration of the study placement is less than one semester or if the student decides to leave their accommodation early. 

Accommodation for Married Students

University accommodation for married students, especially those with young families, is not always available.  The University has a limited number of self-contained flats for international and postgraduate students, and demand for these can be high.  Information about the properties can be found on the accommodation website.

Finding a suitable place to live can be particularly challenging if you are an international student travelling with a family.  If you have a spouse or family, we advise that you arrive on your own in the first instance to arrange suitable accommodation before your spouse and family join you.  The University will do its best to provide new students with a single room in University accommodation, while they are looking for appropriate family accommodation.

Please contact the accommodation team before you arrive to discuss your requirements for accommodation. They will be able to offer help and support.  If it is not possible to place you in University-managed accommodation, then they will support you in finding alternative accommodation in the private rental sector close to the University.

Elms BT9 Reception
78 Malone Road
Belfast  BT9 5BW
Telephone +44-28-9097 4525
Fax +44-28-9097 4524

Private Rented Accommodation

If it is necessary for you to seek accommodation in the private sector, we recommend that you arrive several weeks before your course starts in order to do this.

Advice SU provides provides guidance on finding somewhere to live which you can find on Advice SU's House Hunting webpage.

Prices are competitive when compared to the rest of the UK. Click here for explanations of the different types of properties available in the UK (e.g. semi-detached houses, flat, etc.). Reputable estate agents in Northern Ireland include Templeton Robinson, Simon Brien, GOC and Morton Pinpoint among others. The following websites can also help you find properties to rent, or for sale, in your preferred area:

Housing Advice NI provide advice on things to consider before moving into a rented home, as well as on the buying process. Information on tenancy agreements and the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (protection of your rental deposit) can also be found on the NI Direct website.

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