Living in Belfast

Let us help you make the most of your time living in Belfast! Here you will find lots of helpful information and advice. Can't find what you need? Please get in touch at and we will be very happy to help you.

UK Council for International Student Affairs  (UKCISA)

In addition to their advice line for students, UKCISA provide a wide range of advice and support including information on many aspects of studying and living in the UK for current and prospective international students.


Driving in the UK

Learn the facts about driving in the UK, licences, tax, insurance and MOT.

Find out more about driving in the UK

Explore Northern Ireland

Whether you want a day shopping, relaxing day at a park, day trip along the coast or lively night out - Northern Ireland can offer it all!

Discover Northern Ireland


Find out more about television licences in the UK. Queen's accommodation provide a TV in all kitchens, studios and communal areas, however, if you wish to watch live TV on a computer/tablet/phone or TV, you will need to purchase a TV licence.

Go to TV Licensing

National Insurance Number

If you are going to take paid employment in the UK, you will need a National Insurance (NI) number. 

Apply for an NI Number

Northern Ireland Slang

A guide to local phrases.

A-Z of Northern Ireland Slang

Public Transport

Translink is the main public transport provider in Northern Ireland. They have a range of travel cards and tickets specifically for young people, offering discounts to make travelling affordable.

Go to Translink


The nearest hospitals to the University are Belfast City Hospital and Royal Victoria Hospital. Dial 111 for NHS non-emergency assistance. Dial 999 for urgent medical help.

More on Hospitals


It is important that all students take sensible precautions to reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of crime. Information can be found here on reporting Hate Crime.

PSNI Advice for Students

Sexual Health

The Family Planning Association are a sexual health charity, and give information and support on sexual health, sex and relationships.

Sexual Health Support


Smoking is banned in all Queen's University buildings including accommodation. There are designated outdoor smoking shelters in the University grounds.

Smoking Regulations in Northern Ireland


If you drink alcohol, check the medical guidelines about limiting the units you drink each week. Information on drink driving limit in Northern ireland can be found here

Go to Alcohol Unit Advice