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A Student’s Guide to Belfast

Get your bearings with this local guide to the student hotspots.

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Queen’s couldn’t be in a better location for enjoying student life in Belfast. The main site is just a short 20-minute walk from the city centre, putting you slap bang in the heart of one of the friendliest and most vibrant cities in the UK!


Queen’s Campus

The leafy area spread around Queen’s University is home to a treasure trove of eclectic shops, boutiques, cafes, bars and art galleries.

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Queen's campus


Queen’s Elms BT9

Elms BT9 is a chilled-out student community located just a ten-minute walk from the main campus, just off the leafy Malone Road. 

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Queen’s Elms BT1 and BT2

We’ve added two exciting new living spaces in the heart of Belfast – one in McClintock Street and other in College Avenue – both a 15-minute walk from the main campus.

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Elms BT1

  Elms BT1, College Avenue


Tesco Express

This is located on University Road – super handy if you need to pick up some dinner on the way home from a lecture.

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Tesco express

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Spar supermarket

The perfect place to grab some snacks for a study session, Spar on University Avenue is just five minutes from the main campus.

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Spar university road

Asian Supermarkets

There are Asian supermarket less than five minutes from campus, on the lower Ormeau Road, where you can purchase authentic ingredients. 

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 Asian supermarket

Belfast Islamic Centre

All faiths are well represented in Belfast, and the Islamic Centre is five minutes from Queen’s main campus. 

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Islamic Centre

Queen’s PEC

Our Physical Education Centre (PEC) is just a short walk from Queen’s main campus and can be accessed through Botanic Gardens.

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 PEC class


Queen’s Film Theatre

Literally a hidden gem, the QFT is nestled behind the Georgian Façade of 20 University Square.

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Botanic Avenue

Belfast’s Shoreditch, Botanic Avenue is one of the most ethically-diverse, culturally rich parts of Northern Ireland.

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Botanic Ave

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The Metropolitan Arts Centre (MAC) is in St Anne’s Square, home to a piazza of cool restaurants in the shadow of St Anne’s Cathedral – less than two miles from campus.

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The Cathedral Quarter

A 30-minute walk from campus (or around £5 in an Uber), the cobbledstoned streets of the Cathedral Quarter are packed with buzzing beer gardens and trendy warehouse restaurants.

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Cathedral quarter

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The Grand Opera House

Just 15-minutes from campus, The Grand Opera House is a beacon of the Linen Quarter, with plenty of chic bars and renowned restaurants now occupying the city’s former linen mills.

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Opera house

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Victoria Square

This shopping haven right in the city centre is a 20-minute bus ride from campus and boasts a mix of designer and high-end stores, plus amazing places to eat.

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St George's Market

Just a 20-minute walk from campus, this award-winning market is a great spot for picking up local artisan produce and cool arty finds.

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st georges market

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Titanic Belfast

A 15-minute drive away from campus is Titanic Belfast, voted the best visitor attraction in the world (World Travel Awards 2016).

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Divis Mountain

Just a 20-minute drive north from Queen’s main campus is Divis Mountain, which boasts the 3-mile Divis Summit Trail offering amazing city views.

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An Chultúrlann

The jewel in the crown of Belfast’s emerging Gaeltacht Quarter, this culture and arts centre is a base for exploring West Belfast’s famous political murals and peace wall.

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An Chultúrlann


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