Campus life at Queen's University Belfast

The campus is just a 15-20 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.

Sports and recreation

As an INTO Queen’s student, you’ll have the opportunity to continue playing your favourite sport, start getting active or try something new. World-class indoor and outdoor facilities at the University are ideal for recreational, competitive or high-performance athletes, and there are so many activities to choose from.

The Physical Education Centre (PEC) includes a state-of-the-art fitness area that features:

  • over 140 pieces of CV and resistance equipment
  • a functional training and weights area
  • four studios
  • a 25m swimming and diving pool
  • two climbing walls
  • eight squash courts
  • two handball courts
  • outdoor 3G grass pitches

You’ll have a choice of over 50 sports clubs to join at Queen’s, from popular sports such as rugby, football and tennis to unique activities like underwater hockey. 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.

Belfast and the surrounding area provide a variety of landscapes to explore, which – combined with the University’s excellent facilities – means you’re sure to find something you love.

A multi-faith community

There are currently 13 faiths and denominations represented at Queen's. Among them are Muslim, Catholic, Presbyterian and Humanist.

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.

Eating on campus

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 just a 20-25 minute walk 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.

Hope Café

Located in the McClay Library, the Hope Café provides a welcome respite from studying, serving delicious breakfasts, lunch dishes and snacks in a light and airy space. You’ll love the mouth-watering specials, and their freshly-prepared sandwiches and salads are available to take away for lunch on-the-go.


With branches at Queen’s Sport PEC, the Medical Biology Centre and the Student’s Union, Clements are – as they say themselves – ‘religious about coffee’. Specialising in sourcing only the finest coffee, Clements aim for full traceability to origin, farm and farmer wherever possible.

Café Carberry

You’ll find Café Carberry at the INTO Study Centre, so it’s perfect for grabbing a drink or snack between lessons. Their menu features a range of fairtrade tea and coffee, along with breakfast and lunch dishes including toasties, soups and sandwiches.