Queen’s Students’ Union serves as a focal point for all student life at the university. It’s where students can go to seek free, confidential advice on issues or explore new opportunities either through volunteering or enterprise.
The Students’ Union is also responsible for the 200+ clubs and societies at the university, and it organises various social events throughout the year to help students unwind during their studies. There’s also the SU shop, open during the week for essential items, branded clothing and more.
Most importantly, the SU serves as a voice for students, making sure that all are represented equally and fairly. If any students have a problem with their course leaders or a dispute with a landlord, they can seek representation and guidance from the experienced team at the SU who will stand up for every student.
The brand new student's union is set to be finished by the end of summer 2022, ready for students in September 2022. The new facility will better serve the modern student population. The four-storey building will provide a central location for all non-faculty services on campus, including the SU, student guidance, informal learning zones, club rooms, supporting offices, multi-purpose hall, SU Bar, catering and retail outlets.
One of the best ways for students to make friends at university is through the clubs and societies, and Queen’s University Belfast has over 200 of them to choose from.
Many of these are themed around sports, ranging from mainstream options like soccer and rugby to more niche interests such as dodgeball, mountaineering and underwater hockey. Whether aiming to compete on one of the university’s teams, or just trying to keep fit, these offer students a chance to burn off some steam and meet others with similar interests.
Other clubs are related to specific courses, some are cultural or political, some are charitable in nature while others are just for fun, including crafts, chess, airsoft, KPop and more.
And if students can’t find a club amongst the 200+ that exist which interests them, they are welcome to start their own.
Despite being one of the UK’s capitals, Belfast is one of the most affordable student cities in all of the UK. Students in Belfast can expect lower rent and a lower cost of living, helping them make the most of their finances and enjoy a great quality of life while they study.
Belfast is really easy to get around, and the university’s campus being at the heart of the city helps make everything accessible. As well as the regular bus and train services, there is a public bicycle rental scheme if you want to get out and explore.
It’s a welcoming and friendly and safe city. Shoppers will find a mix of major brand names and charming independents, while culture lovers will find a treasure trove of theatres, museums and galleries to explore.
When it comes to nightlife, there truly is something for everyone – from small, homely pubs to larger live music venues playing every genre, and comedy clubs, drama performances and more.