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Campus Life at INTO Queen's

Everything you need on campus

The campus is just a 15-minute walk away from the city centre, so you're never far from the shops, restaurants and sights of Belfast. For times when you don't want to walk into the centre of town, you can find everything you need on campus. With study areas, a bank, a post office, places to eat, drink and play sports, you'll have everything you need close by.

Global faith support

There are currently 12 faiths and denominations represented at Queen's. Among them are Muslims, Catholics, Presbyterians and Humanists.

There are four chaplaincy centres in Elmwood Avenue, just opposite the Student's Union. Each one has a full-time chaplain who you can go to talk to for advice or support. The chaplains can also come to meet you in your accommodation, if you'd prefer.

You can visit the chaplaincy centres to pray or study, as well as social events and activities. These activities are lead by current students of the University and so are planned with you in mind.

A few minutes' walk from the University, you'll find a mosque in the Islamic Centre in Wellington Park. Belfast also has a Hindu Temple, which is located in the Indian Community Centre.

Sport for everyone

You'll have a choice of over 50 different sports clubs at Queen's. From British favourites like rugby, soccer and boxing to martial arts, horse riding and sailing, there's something for everyone. Belfast's location provides a variety of landscapes to explore and this combined with the University's excellent facilities means you're sure to find something you love.

As an INTO Queen's student you can enjoy free membership of the Queen's Physical Education Centre. It has six power cages and Olympic lifting platforms for strength training, as well as four exercise studios. You'll also find a six lane swimming pool, diving pool and sauna.

The Outdoor Training Facility has a large synthetic grass pitch for you to play soccer or rugby on, as well as the local favourite, gaelic games. On campus you'll also find a climbing wall, a golf simulator and halls to play racquet sports in.

Because of Belfast's location on the coast, you also have the option to join boat clubs and rowing clubs. And, when you're feeling really adventurous, you can head up into the Mourne Mountains for some mountaineering.

An international menu

When moving to a different country, we know it's important to be able to still have the foods you love from home. With over 1,200 international students on campus, the University tries to provide food that everyone can enjoy.

Missing your mum's massaman curry? Don't worry, if you can't find the food you love on campus, the INTO team will help you find it locally. When you want to stock up on groceries and food shopping, there's an Asian supermarket and halal supermarkets within 20-minute walking distance from the INTO Centre.

When you finish class, you won't have to go far to find refreshment. The INTO Centre has its own cafe - The Cafe Carberry. Here you can stop and refuel with toasties, soups and sandwiches, and the cafe serves halal meat and Asian noodles.

Where can I eat on campus?

There are three restaurants on campus.

The Speakeasy kitchen in the Student Union building serves drinks and meals throughout the day and evening. Fill up on pub classics like burger and chips or opt for a lighter soup, sandwich or salad. With TVs, snooker and pool tables and darts on offer, it's a great place to socialise with friends.

The Kitchen café (on the ground floor of the Student Union building, beside The Lounge) is filled with plenty of microwaves so you can bring and prepare your breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks!

The largest restaurant on campus is Relish, which serves noodle dishes, curry and pizza. If you're looking for something a little different, try Acapulco. It's a colourful Mexican restaurant where you can enjoy street-food classics like burritos and tacos.

Vegetarian? No problem, you'll find veggie options available in all the catering outlets on campus.

Where can I get a coffee?

When you're looking for somewhere to relax with a coffee, you'll have plenty of choice at Queen's. There are seven cafes across campus serving hot and cold drinks as well as snacks.

When studying in the McClay library, you can stop off at the Hope cafe. Overslept? Head to the Hope for a quick breakfast. Throughout the rest of the day the cafe serves sandwiches, salads and daily specials.

The Clements coffee shop has three outlets - one in the Student's Union, one in the MBC building and one on the ground floor of the PEC building. These are great places to go to grab a quick snack for lunch, serving things like bagels, sandwiches, soups, salads and cakes.

You'll also find two Cafe Krems on campus - one at the back of the Student's Union and on in the North Ireland Science Park. Both of these cafes serve fresh 'made to order' sandwiches, soups, pasta dishes and cakes.