18 things to do - Preparing for Student Life
INTO Queen's University was founded in 2009. Our challenge sets out a number of activities you can engage in to help familiarise and re-familiarise yourself with INTO Queen's.
Engage any time from now. The challenge is flexible, so you can begin, pause, and go back whenever suits you!
5. New to Cooking?
Good Food Provides Good Focus
No matter what level of skill you are in cooking, it's always great to spend time learning new recipes, tricks, and techniques. Invest in your wellbeing - a well-cooked meal provides us with a sense of accomplishment AND you get to enjoy the rewards!
Luckily Belfast is home to great supermarkets, both local and international. There is truly something for everyone.
Not sure where to begin? Check out this great guide on easy recipes!
7. Connect with Us
The Student Wellbeing Social Media channels have lots of information on joining or coming back to Queen's
Follow our social media pages to keep up-to-date with our Wellbeing events, supports available and overall positive wellbeing content.
You can also check out our past campaigns like Mental Health Awareness Week, Wellbeing Daily Tips and University Mental Health Day!
Follow us on our Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to keep up-to-date!
You can also chat online to one of our Student Ambassadors to find out more about living and studying in Belfast.
8. Health is Your Wealth
Planning for Your Health & Wellbeing is an Important Step
When you arrive or return to Belfast, you will want to spend some time registering with a GP (General Practitioner).
Depending on your level of study, and the length of time you will be staying in Belfast, you should consider registering with the University Health Centre. Check out our handy guide for information regarding the University Health Centre and how to register as a student.
We are also encouraging all students to download the contact tracing app StopCOVID NI developed by the PHA and NI Health & Social Care Trust.
More information can be found on the official HSC website here: https://covid-19.hscni.net/stop-covid-ni-mobile-app/
Apple App Store | Google Play Store
9. Academic Life
Brush up on your academic language, learning & studying strategies, and skills to improve your writing.
Whether you are new to university, or need a refresher - there is something for everyone!
The Learning Development Service (LDS) has some great learning resources to support your academic work and personal development. Check out their resources and get in touch if you need to book an appointment throughout your time at Queen's.
If you are a Postgraduate student, the Graduate School has some great information on academic writing, proofreading and preparing for differentiations, dissertations and other academic essentials. You can find out more information here.
10. Love Belfast
Explore the City's social hub and where you will be living for the year!
Get familiar with the city, do some sightseeing and make Belfast feel like home! Check out this VisitBelfast for information on famous attractions like the Titanic Museum, Linen Hall Library, City Hall and Belfast Castle. If you aren't in Belfast yet, check out some of the virtual events they have to offer in Belfast too!
Check out other students' experiences of living in Belfast, from accommodation and study, to shopping and community.
11. Library Tour
Get familiar with your favourite study space
Make sure you know how to use the facilities to get the most out of your time in between classes and studying. At the McClay Library, these include quiet spaces, access to journals & special collections, and the famous C.S. Lewis Reading Room. Check out this video tour on how to make the best use of your library!
If you are a Postgraduate Student, the Graduate School has beautiful space for you to study. Set in the stunning former Lynn Library, this is the perfect setting for you to expand your ideas!
12. Explore our Clubs and Societies
Whether you’re a seasoned athlete, aspiring artist, or total newbie, the Students’ Union has a Club or Society for you!
You can find a full list on the Students' Union's website, so get browsing. Joining a Club or Society is a great way to meet new people when you start or return to Queen’s, and they’ll all be happy to have you. Why not check whether there’s an Academic Society within your Course or School as a starting point?
Queen’s International Student Society (QISS)
Can’t find what you’re looking for? Take the plunge and start your own! The SU staff team will help you every step of the way, and your idea may be eligible for funding to help get the ball rolling. You can contact us anytime on email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clubs and Societies – join in, make friends, have fun!
13. New Ways to Keep Active
Join a dance class, get involved in online classes, and try something new!
Being active is one of the five steps to Wellbeing. Even a single bout of exercise or physical activity of less than ten minutes can improve your mood, and is a great way to stay healthy.
We are challenging you to try a new way to be active today!
Not sure where to start? Check out some great online workouts that can be found on the Queen's Sport YouTube channel, like Pilates, Yoga, and HITT workouts.
Gym, swim, spin, climb, yoga and much, much more! 70 classes a week at the PEC.
Check out the past classes at Queen's Sport that have been offered and come along to the free 'Try it' Sessions at Queen's Sport and get active. There's something for everyone.
Set across a number of sites including the beautiful Botanic Gardens (PEC), Elms BT1, and Upper Malone, you can learn and be active across campus.
Keep up-to-date with the classes and opening hours on the Queen's Sport website.
16. Your Wellbeing
Looking after your mental health is just as important as looking after your physical health
Be sure to take part in our Wellbeing on Weekdays (WOW) activities. These are designed to help you Live Well, Be Well, and have a bit of craic!
The schedule will be announced in early September. Email WOWEvents@qub.ac.uk to find out when the programme is released!
Discover all that the Student Disability & Wellbeing Service have to offer!