The University College Halls of Residence are situated on the west side of the grounds in a pleasant environment of trees and shrubs. They provide modern comfortable accommodation for over 400 students in four halls, of which three are four storeys high and one is three storeys high. A self-contained flat is provided in each Hall for a resident tutor.
There is much to be gained, academically, professionally and socially, from living in Halls. It is easier for students to plan the effective use of their time. Greater use can be made of University College facilities and participation in student clubs and societies becomes more convenient.
Residents are freed from the tedium and irritation of daily travel and can devote more time to academic and leisure activities.
Life in Halls brings with it new privileges, new freedoms and new responsibilities. Students are afforded the opportunity to mature within a secure and supportive environment.
The experience of living in Halls provides a basis for personal and professional development in the company of other Stranmillis students and students from other faculties of Queen's University. In addition, residents have the opportunity to meet with residents from other countries. In recent years students from USA, South Africia, Republic of Ireland, Holland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Spain, France, Malta and Pakistan have been accommated.
The University College is particularly fortunate in the quality of the accommodation it can offer offer and is a justly proud of its Halls, located as they are within a campus of quite remarkable beauty and interest. All Halls rooms are double glazed, centrally heated and comprehensively equipped. Due to their layout - the single study bedrooms are grouped in self-contained flats - thus providing the opportunity for both privacy and community contact. The Halls are close enough to the city centre to enable residents to enjoy Belfast's amenities - shops, theatres, cinemas and so on - while at the same time being in an oasis of rural calm and charm which is a shelter from the annoyances of city life. With the current development of Laganside, the residents are suitably placed to take full advantage of all the exciting facilities and activities being developed.
The Refectory is joined by a footbridge to the Halls of Residence complex. Within the Refectory there is the 'Chatz' Dining Room and Coffee Shop, providing accommodation for 360 people. This is a versatile self-service restaurant offering services to both the resident and non-resident student alike. For all students between 10am and 2pm there is a wide variety of snacks, hot and cold meals available with vegetarian option. Also available are made-to-order sandwiches, rolls, paninis, bagels, soup and salad bar. 'Chatz ' also offers a range of luxury speciality coffee and teas which the students can enjoy, in the comfortable casual dining area, whilst viewing a wide screen television. Chatz also offers wireless internet connection throughout the restaurant.