Residential Life

At Queen’s University support for students is a priority. There are three Residential Life Coordinators and a team of sixteen Residential Assistants who live in Elms Village, Grant House, College Gardens, Guthrie House and Mount Charles. Our Residential Life Coordinators and Residential  Assistants offer support if you feel lonely or homesick or need encouragement to join in and make friends. They also organise and promote a weekly programme of social events throughout each semester.    

To view what events are happening this month just follow this link - October 2015 Events, then to book here

The Residential Life Coordinators: 

  1. Welcome you on arrival and help you settle into your accommodation
  2. Will lead a tour of the facilities at Elms Village and the Lounge at the Treehouse – an alcohol free venue for events, chilling out or playing computer and board games, surfing on the bank of PCs or meeting with friends
  3. Provide support in settling into University life
  4. Organise social events to help you get to know fellow students (which are advertised on our official Facebook page)
  5. Build strong community relations within all residences
  6. Signpost professional support services provided by the Students’ Union and the Student Guidance Centre
  7. Help to address antisocial behaviour
  8. Ensure you conduct yourself in a responsible and adult manner, respecting the comfort and safety of other students and local residents
  9. Ensure you are familiar with the University Conduct Regulations
  10. Listen to the needs of undergraduate students, international students and postgraduate students
  11. Encourage you to get involved in various social events and projects
  12. Organise open forums where you can voice your opinion, put forward ideas and thoughts on improving your accommodation and the facilities provided
  13. Provide details on free and confidential support services available within Queen’s University

The Residential Life Coordinators can be found in the Support Office in the lower ground floor of the Treehouse.  Opening  hours for the Support Office are listed below.  These opening hours are subject to change.


Opening Hours

Residential Life


Mon-Thu 9am-11pm

Fri  9am-10pm

Sat  Closed

Sun  2pm-10pm


Residential Assistants support the Residential Life Coordinators and help you to settle into accommodation. They are students themselves, usually in their second or third year at Queen's University.

The Residential Assistants:

  • Welcome you on arrival and help you settle into your accommodation
  • Carry out induction meetings with each floor/building which gives you the opportunity to meet your fellow residents
  • Provide a nightly drop-in service where you can call in and meet/discuss any issue with a Residential Assistant
  • Advise you on your responsibilities regarding fire safety and organising/assisting in fire drills
  • Carry out regular fire and health and safety checks within your apartment/building
  • Plan activities and promote the full social programme designed for you and fellow students to develop an inclusive and responsible community within accommodation
  • Communicate the extensive social programme of events happening at Elms Village and other venues around campus including how to book for organised trips and outings
  • They are a first point of contact to help you if you have a problem and can highlight your need to the Residential Life Coordinators, for example, if you are having problems settling into University life
  • Assist you in organising your own events

Interested? Why not be an Residential Assistant?

If you are interested in getting involved as a Residential Assistant in the future please speak with your Residential Assistant or one of the Residential Life Coordinators. We begin the recruitment process early in April each year.

The role now qualifies for Degree Plus status so the experience gained will travel on your CV when you leave Queen's University.


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Alcohol and Drug Awareness 

Are you partying a bit too hard lately and think that your socialising might be getting out of hand?

Are you worried about your spending?

Have you missed lectures and worry that you can not catch up?

University is not just about getting a degree. It involves mixing with and getting to know a new group of people and coping by yourself, possibly for the first time. You may feel that drinking will boost your confidence and help you fit in.

If you drink more than you can cope with you may find yourself missing classes and falling behind and catching up can start to seem difficult. Partying a lot can also hit your bank balance hard and you may be more inclined to take risks – like having unprotected sex.

Drinking may well be a feature of your life while at university but don’t let it define you. Don’t be afraid to do something other than drink. If you do think that your partying is starting to impact badly upon your course and your pocket, don’t worry – you are not the first.

For advice, support and information you can call in to the Counselling Service located on the 2nd Floor, Student Guidance Centre on University Road Monday-Friday during office hours.


Useful Advice: 

Make a Plan

Before you start drinking, set yourself a limit on how much you’re going to drink.

Set Yourself a Budget                      

Only take a fixed amount of money to spend on alcohol.

Make It a Smaller One                      

You can still enjoy a drink but go for smaller sizes. Try bottled beer or a small glass of wine.

Have a Lower-Strength Drink           

Cut down the alcohol by swapping strong beers or wines for ones with a lower strength

Stay Hydrated                                   

Drink a pint of water before you start drinking and try to drink water between drinks.  Avoid using alcohol to quench your thirst. Have a soft drink instead.

Some Facts:

175ml glass of 13% wine
2.3 units
25 ml glass of 40% single spirit & mixer
1.4 units
Pint of 4% lager
2.3 units
275ml bottle of 5.5% alcohol
1.5 units


The NHS Recommends:

              • Men should not regularly drink more than 3 to 4 units of alcohol per day
              • Women should not regularly drink more than 2 – 3 units of alcohol per day
              • “Regularly” means drinking this amount every day or most days of the week.

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Queen’s LGBT Society welcomes people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender but also curious, open-minded and heterosexually identified people alike who wish to be involved in campaign issues or provide support to an LGBT friend. Today not only do its members have the opportunity to participate in social events but in support, training and political ones too.

Queen’s LGBT are dedicated to providing you with the support facilities you require. We’ve built up strong links across the Northern Irish and Irish LGBT communities and are here to try to help you with any information you need: