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Manasa Ramakrishna | 8 September, 2022

Getting accommodation can be stressful, especially if you’re an international student trying to organise it from afar. Take a look at Manasa's guide to finding your new home in Belfast.

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Georgia Thornton-Smith | 7 September, 2022

Whether you're nervous, excited or not even sure what Freshers Week is, Georgia is here with the low-down and some top tips to ensure you have an amazing Freshers!

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Georgia Thornton-Smith | 6 September, 2022

The countdown to going to term time is on! Whether you're a first year or a final year, Georgia has some top tips for getting back into the swing of it.

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Patrick Doherty | 31 August, 2022

When you move to university for the first time, you may forget some small but essential things from your packing list. Here are Patrick's top 10 accommodation essentials that you must not forget!

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Caitlin Piper | 7 April, 2022

From bruising up on recipes as you learn to cook for yourself, to accessorising your wardrobe for every club night going, Caitlin is here with some useful tips for everyone starting Queen's this September.

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Cat Rafferty, Residential Assistant | 23 February, 2022

Residential Assistant, Cat Rafferty, is here to answer some of your frequently asked questions about living in Queen’s Accommodation.

Valerie Chen, 3rd year Business student | 8 September, 2021

Valerie Chen tells us her top 5 tips for settling into life at Queen's as a first year international student.

Charlotte Baxter, BA English | 6 September, 2021

Charlotte Baxter tells us about her experience of starting at Queen's. She talks us through how she felt while saying goodbye to school friends and family, finding her new home in Belfast, and meeting new people.

What not to bring to uni | 24 August, 2021

Emily Stephenson, a third year Biological Student, tells us the dos and don'ts of packing for your first year at university.

Tejinder Gill, BDS Dentistry | 13 March, 2019

Tejinder is sharing some misconceptions she had about Belfast before moving here from Canada. *Spoiler alert* It doesn't always rain here!

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Ruchismita Bhattacharjee, Business Analytics | 24 February, 2020

Searching for a cultural reference point before you move to Belfast? Binge-watch these movies and TV shows to get up-to-speed on the local lingo and landscapes, says Ruchismita Bhattacharjee.

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Ross McDonald | 23 November, 2020 | 23 November, 2020

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Sue Lyn Cheang,LLB Law | 12 February, 2018

Pay attention international students: student vlogger Sue Lyn Cheang from Malaysia has your suitcase essentials covered.

Hew Hoong Liang, LLB LAW | 28 March, 2019

Moving into Queen’s Accommodation is really simple, especially once you know what to bring. Liang is here to break it down for you!

Ruchismita Bhattacharjee, Business Analytics | 17 January, 2020

Worried about making friends at Queen’s? Our blogger Ruchismita reveals how she developed her uni friendship group.

Hew Hoong Liang, LLB LAW | 7 August, 2018

Making friends can be hard, especially if you’re entering University in your First Year. Fear not, as Liang shows you how Queen’s has allowed him to network and connect with the right people even before he landed in Belfast.

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Jia Xin Chang, LLB LAW | 28 January, 2019

Moving to a new place can feel a little scary, especially when it's a brand new country. Jia Xin is sharing the things she was worried about before moving to Belfast, and how that's all changed now she's here.

Jia Xin Chang, LLB LAW | 4 March, 2019

Queen's is an international university with students from all over the world studying here. But even so, there are sometimes a few unexpected "culture shock" moments to adapt to. Jia Xin is sharing hers, as well as her new found love of tea!

Hew Hoong Liang, LLB LAW | 8 March, 2019

If you are nervous about how to make new friends at University, then Liang is here to share some tips based on his own experience. Don’t worry, it’s much easier than you think!  

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Alisha Ratcliffe, BA English | 4 May, 2018

So, you’ve got the grades and confirmed your offer at Queen’s, but now you face what seems like your first big feat as an adult – moving out.

Alice, Gabbie and Maisie | 2 October, 2020

Moving to a new city for uni can be daunting. Here, three Queen's students from other parts of the UK reveal their first impressions of their adopted city of Belfast.