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Life at Queen's

Cave Hill, Belfast
Safest Part of the UK - Northern Ireland

Our low population density and our early adoption of contact tracing compared to other UK countries means Northern Ireland currently has the lowest rate of infection in the UK.*

  • The least populated country in the UK (1.8 million)
  • First UK nation to reintroduce contact tracing
  • Telephone tracing to be in place for the long term (1-3 years)
  • All students have full access to National Health Service and will be treated for COVID-19, including in hospital if required

*252 cases per 100k population – lowest of all nations in UK, Data from UK Government, correct as of 31 May 2020

Your new home

Students at Queen’s get the best of both worlds - a safe and easy to navigate campus with the wider city of Belfast nearby.

Known as the “Queen’s Quarter”, the area surrounding our campus is the most vibrant district of Belfast. Here, you’ll find everything from museums and art galleries to world cuisine, as well as your classes of course, all within easy walking distance.

The beauty of Belfast is that you’re never far from beaches, forests and mountains if you need some headspace. If the landscapes and landmarks look familiar, it’s because many of them have featured in Game of Thrones. Top day-tripping spots include the Giant’s Causeway, and the Mourne Mountains

Discover your home from home 

We’re famed for our warm welcome and there’s a strong support network and sense of community on campus.

It won’t be long until you feel at home here. There’s plenty of ways to meet new friends, develop life skills and find support when you need it:

  • Think of our Residential Life Team as your personal social secretaries; on-hand to introduce you to lots of new friends through a programme of themed nights, quizzes, trips and more. They are also available with a cup of coffee and a listening ear as you adjust to student life. 
  • Why not check out the regular Student’s Union events or join one of 200+ Student societies and meet new people with similar interests?
  • Or perhaps you need someone to talk to. Our Student Guidance Centre has a range of professional support available, from counselling to budgeting help.
  • Plus, our accommodation is built around our campus communities which are designed to make you feel right at home and help you make friends too.

Student Life

The lowest cost of student living in the UK 

Northern Ireland’s hidden secret is that it has the lowest student cost of living in the UK (Which? University, 2018), making Belfast a great city to live in when you’re a student.

For example, our accommodation, which was ranked 1st of out 9 participating Russell Group universities for accommodation quality (International Student Barometer 2018), costs just £125 per week for an ensuite room - that’s £86 cheaper than an equivalent room in London.

You’ll save on more than your accommodation too with the average monthly food shop at £65 (Which?) and a cinema ticket at Queen's Film Theatre only £3.50.

“You will find yourself surrounded by people who are happy to help anytime."Tuba Aisha Sharif

Find out more about the Cost of Living in Belfast


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