Moving on from last weeks blog post on the Student Wellbeing Service to this weeks topic: Student Plus. What is Student Plus? Let’s find out.

What is Student Plus?

Student Plus is comprised of five individual business units:

The Student Plus Central Office is located on the Ground Floor of Lanyon North. You can see Student Plus offers a range of services. Not all the services may be a priority to you now but priorities change. It’s good to know where and how you can access them.

The student experience is at the heart of our business, providing solutions to student needs, based on their lifestyles, and helping them contribute, grow and develop academically, all within a welcoming and inclusive community.

Student Plus, Queen’s University Belfast

It’s always good to get to know the key contacts as well. You can access the Student Plus Key Contacts page to meet the team.

Accommodation

If you are applying to Queen’s University for a course starting in January or September 2022, do think about Queen’s accommodation. Queen’s have a number of accommodation options at sites for students.

Student Accommodation at Queen's
Student Accommodation at Queen’s

But don’t take our word for it, why not hear some reasons other students choose Queen’s accommodation over private accommodation: 6 Reasons Why Queen’s accommodation beats renting privately.

On the Queen’s Accommodation page, you will find advice on the latest Travel and Guidance. There are short-term accommodation options for current students for up to 7 days. And if you have recently graduated and are attending your Graduation ceremony with family or friends, there’s some accommodation options there also. Do check out the Accommodation page for Short-Term Accommodation for Current Students and Graduation at Queen’s – Why not Spend Some Quality Time in Belfast to Celebrate.

So if you are coming to Queen’s, remember to apply for accommodation. Here’s our How to Apply page. There are considerations such as your lifestyle options, room type, costs and special requirements. Again, you can find out more information on this page. Including what to bring when you’re moving in.

If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for on the main information pages, do check out the Accommodation FAQs. Here’s some other Useful Information too!

Campus Food & Drink

Campus Food and Drink are proud to use the finest local produce to deliver catering across the University. Nine cafes across Campus offer a variety of quality products for students, staff and visitors. Please contact us if you have any queries or feedback.

Brian HorganHead of Campus Food and Drink

The Queen’s Campus Food & Drink page helpfully details the different retail outlets on campus, delivered hospitality, event hospitality and markets. Experiencing the different food and drink on campus is a nice way to experience foods from around the world and it’s social.

On-campus retail outlets at Queen's
On-campus retail outlets at Queen’s

As students, you’ll be most interested in the retail outlets across Queen’s, Cafe opening times and other eateries. You can find out a lot on the Retails Outlet page. And of course, Queen’s have an Easy Pay option which offers a flexible hospitality. This flexible system makes it easier for students to pay for meals in on-campus retail outlets.

You can pay by your Student Card (smart card). Students have the flexibility and choice to buy as much or as little as required on-campus and the benefits are:

  • No need to carry money
  • It’s a faster payment method
  • The smart card account can be topped up from home by parent/guardian
Adding Funds to your student card

Log-in to Queen’s Online, http://login.qol.qub.ac.uk using the student number and password which has recently been sent to you.  Select ‘My Smart Card’ and follow the prompts to add money to your catering purse.

Childcare at Queen’s

Queen’s has had Childcare provision on campus since 1970. We offer a range of childcare support across three different buildings on site. We have two buildings dedicated to our Crèche facilities and one assigned to our Out of School Club.

Childcare at Queen’s

In the Childcare at Queen’s pages, you can find out about the availability and booking of childcare at Queen’s. There are creches, out of school clubs and summer clubs available. Have a look through the pages, if you can’t find what you’re looking for, do check out the FAQs.

Eventus, Culture & Arts

Eventus, Culture & Arts is part of the Student Plus Directorate and is made up of a number of small teams. Customer service is at the heart of everything we do and we are dedicated to delivering an exceptional experience to our internal and external customers. Please use the links below to learn more about the team and the full range of activities going on across the department.

Claire BaxterHead of Eventus, Culture and Arts

On the Eventus, Culture & Arts, students will find information on:

  • Events and conferences
  • Graduation and academic costume hire
  • The Naughton Gallery
  • Queen’s Film Theatre (QFT)
  • Film Hub NI
  • The Queen’s Welcome Centre, and
  • The Student Union Shop
Queen’s Sport

The PEC and Queen’s Sport has a lot of information for you to look through. If you’re looking for information on membership, My Wellness or group activities, then this page is for you. We start with the PEC walk-through video (below):

Physical Education Centre (PEC) walkthrough

The sports section of Queen’s is very informative. We feel that an individuals interest in sport and fitness is personal and instead of us highlighting a few services, it would be best you explore the Queen’s Sports pages with your interests in mind. There are a few Apps available: My Wellness and The Queen’s Sports App.

Needless to say, there are a number of membership options for students, the public, graduates and staff. There are a number of sporting activities available also: Fitness Plus, Personal Training, Swimming, Physiotherapy, and many more options. Please do check through the Queen’s Sport section for more information.

We realize this weeks blog post can take you into some quite big areas. The Student Plus section is a mix of various Queen’s services and you might need them all at some point and perhaps not just right now.

Next time

Next week, we take a look at Queen’s Alumni.

Remember, the DigiKnow blog posts are released at noon on a Monday.

Please do join us then to learn more and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter: @MDBSelearn.


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