The following restrictions apply to students under the age of 18:
- Any person under 18 cannot usually be legally held to a contract. For that reason, under 18’s should not be able to access credit cards or enter into hire purchase agreements. However, if you are over 14 but under 18, you can enter into a credit or hire purchase agreement if an adult acts as your guarantor. Further information about money and consumer advice issues can be obtained from the Citizen’s Advice Bureau (http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/nireland/your_world/consumer_affairs/young_people_money_and_consumer_rights.htm).
- While you are under 18, you may not hold elected office – this includes within the Students’ Union, but does not include roles such as Staff-Student Consultative Committee representative.
- Anyone under the age of 18 is not allowed in any bar area of licensed premises or registered clubs. However, some places hold a children’s certificate that allows a young person accompanied by an adult to be in the bar area (but not at the bar) in premises up to 9pm.
- The Queen’s University Students’ Union policy does not allow anyone under the age of 18 into any of the licensed areas at any time.
- In Northern Ireland, if you are under 18 you are allowed to go into a pub which serves food. However, you are not allowed to drink any alcohol, regardless of whether an adult has bought it or not. It is a criminal offence for someone under 18 to buy alcohol or drink alcohol in a public bar, or for someone to buy alcohol for them.
- You can access more information on the laws in Northern Ireland at www.nidirect.gov.uk.