STUDENT WELLBEING
TRANSITION TO HIGHER EDUCATION

TRANSITION TO HIGHER EDUCATION

The transition to university can be daunting and scary.  The main worries for new students are around mental health support, student finance and adjusting to university life and study. New students are also keen to interact with other students, to build and sustain new lasting friendships and begin to socialise. 

We always encourage our students to reach out to us if they have any questions about Stranmillis ahead of their course commencing. We have an excellent Student Support team, tutors and Students’ Union who can all provide support and answer any questions that you might have. You are never alone at Stranmillis. 

Starting a university course can mean a new city for you, moving away from your established friends and family.  We know that having as much information as possible about Belfast and life on campus can help make that transition a little easier.  The information and resources here may be of help to you in your transition to Higher Education.

The information and resources here may be a help to you in your transition to Higher Education.

Clubs and societies

There are many clubs and societies in Belfast that can join depending on your interests, for example, book clubs and running clubs.  Some of these clubs are online and others in person. However, remember to meet strangers in a public space and do not get involved in any financial transactions with any person or club unless a thorough check is done. 

There are also many clubs and societies at Stranmillis. To find out more about the clubs and how to join them,  contact the  Students’ Union.

  • Christian Union
  • Drama
  • GAA/LGFA
  • Hockey
  • Horticultural
  • King Scholars
  • Ladies Rugby
  • Men’s Football
  • Music
  • Netball
  • Stran TV

Some of the popular groups and clubs in Belfast are listed below: 

Local places

Belfast is a great city and there are many different places of interest, activities, museums and events taking place in and around the city. 

Visit Belfast Welcome Centre has a range of guides to help you navigate the city. They provide information about the attractions and events in the city that might be of interest to you whilst you study here.

An online copy of their guides can be accessed using the links below:

Belfast City Guide

Student Guide

Walking

There are many ways to travel in and around Belfast. Walking is one of the easiest, mostly followed and cheapest ways to travel around, and also keep fit! 

Here is the walker’s guide to help you find places to go walking in Belfast. 

Walk-NI  and Belfast City Council’s Walking, orienteering and eco-trails gives a listing of walking trails ranging from 0.25 miles to 87 miles, with details about the routes, trail type, distance, clubs/groups and other useful information. 

Cycling

Cycling is another good option for a leisurely outing.

In line with the Eco Campus Action Plan, Stranmillis is promoting sustainable transport options amongst  campus users for a healthy lifestyle. There are upgraded and extended cycle parking facilities available on campus.

A list of cycle parking stations on campus are as follows:

SITELOCATIONDESCRIPTION
Main BuildingFront of Main BuildingUncovered parking
Central BuildingBandstand area, adjacent to Central Building and Stranmillis HouseCovered parking
Central BuildingCentral BuildingUncovered parking
Orchard BuildingRear of the Orchard BuildingUncovered parking
Halls AreaHeart of the halls areaCovered parking

The Belfast Bikes public bike share scheme gives the option of renting bikes from any of their docking stations at attractive rental plans. More information can be found at Belfast Bikes, contacting customer service team at belfastbikes@nsl.co.uk  or calling at 034 3357 1551.  New registration information is available here.  The Nextbike mobile app can be downloaded from Apple Store  or Google Play.

Transport

Transport services available to travel around Belfast include taxi’s, buses and trains.

Taxis services available in Belfast are: 

Uber: Booking can be done online or using Uber App (Google Play or Apple Store).

Value Cabs: Booking can be done online, by calling +44 (028) 9080 9080 or using Value Cabs App (Google Play or Apple Store). 

FonaCAB: Booking can be done online, by phone +44 (028) 90 333 333 or by the FonaCAB app (Google Play or Apple Store).  

 

Translink is the primary integrated public transport operator of bus and rail services in Northern Ireland.  Online tickets can be purchased on the  Translink website.

Special offers are available, which give discounts based on certain conditions like age, day of travel and so on. For instance, the Translink yLink card offers 1/3 off on bus and rail services for travelers aged between 16-23. 

Check out the other special offers available Special Offers. 

Bus Service: 

Metro operates throughout the city. 

Glider G1 is a cross-city service between the east and west of the City and G2 serves Titanic Quarter. 

Ulsterbus bus services operate in main towns and cities across Northern Ireland. 

Goldline express coach service operate across Northern Ireland and some services cross border. 

 Train Service: 

NI Railways have a network of express services and trains available  to different locations in NI. A train map is available at Northern Rail Network Map

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Why study at Stranmillis

Must visit destination

Must visit destination

Belfast is one of the Top 10 cities on the rise (Lonely Planet) and top 12 world travel destinations (Frommer’s).

STUDENT RETENTION

STUDENT RETENTION

Stranmillis has one the highest student retention rates in the UK at 98%.

Student Satisfaction

Student Satisfaction

Stranmillis is ranked joint first amongst Northern Ireland HEIs for student satisfaction..

Network of Partners

Network of Partners

The College has a network of over 750 school, education and alternative placement partners.

Global Community

Global Community

Study alongside students from over 20 countries worldwide.

Stran Halls

Stran Halls

Affordable student living with over 459 fully furnished single bedrooms.

Security

Security

With 24 hour residential support and security, you’re always safe.

budget friendly prices

budget friendly prices

Great prices from only £96 per week.