The Hub aims to be a community for all: for the students who live in the Church of Ireland and Methodist chaplaincy; for people looking for somewhere comfortable to hang out; and for a whole host of folk who have previously come to church or lived in the area.
How It Works
Situated in the heart of Queens University campus there is accommodation for up to 50 residents across the houses owned by the Church of Ireland and Methodist Churches.
From mid-September to early June these rooms are occupied by University Students. We place a high value on the sense of community in living together, sharing meals, social activities, and a wide range of activities centred on exploring the Christian faith together. Over the years students from the centre have travelled far and wide together on Easter and Summer outreach teams, whilst during each year many of the activities are student led.
Each house has a House Warden whose role it is to try and ensure that everyone gets along, pays the cooking bills, provides food that is edible, and clears up afterwards!
Students are asked to opt for an area of chaplaincy life – worship, community or outreach – into which they can contribute. In this way, every resident is given a ready-made, stress-free way to make friends and be part of the chaplaincy’s mission.
Often, students spend at least two years of their time at University living in the chaplaincy, and for many it can be one of the most formative times of their lives.
Types of Accommodation
For the 2018-19 academic year, we are offering the following accommodation:
|Type of accommodation||Number||Fees (Provisional)|
|Single Room||29 spaces||£3400|
|Shared (Twin) Room||20 spaces||£300|
Included in the fees are some small extras: mainly, the cost of the famous (!) Centre Weekend in October, and the cost of student milk for the year (we buy all your milk for you, to save precious fridge space!)
Fees cover a 36 week period (plus two free weeks at Christmas, when we are closed).
What are the rooms like?
The chaplaincy is based across six large Victorian townhouses, and one of the great things about this is that our single and twin rooms come in all shapes and sizes!
Typically, each student will have provided for them:
– hotel quality bed, mattress and mattress protector
– sink and mirror
– waste paper bin
Depending on the size and shape of each room, this may vary; and particularly in the larger shared rooms, additional furniture may feature (e.g. bookcases).
We do not have en suite bathrooms, but each house has several shared bathrooms. Our staff clean each kitchen and bathroom several times a week, but students are expected to keep their own rooms in a good state.
Each house has communal kitchen and dining rooms, and the students in each house cook for each other on a rota basis from Monday-Thursday during term time – which usually means you only have to cook once every three weeks, but are guaranteed a hot meal every night!
Rooms are allocated by staff at the start of the year, and first year students, in particular, are strongly encouraged to try sharing a twin room – not just because they’re often very big rooms (many are the width of a whole house), but because feedback from other students about sharing, and the support and help it brings, is overwhelmingly positive.
Applying to Live in The Hub
Applications for 2018-19 open on Friday 2nd February 2018. The first round of applications will typically offer around 50% of places to current residents and current students; then, the second round offers the other 50% to school leavers.
We typically receive around 50 applications from current students, and 100 applications from new students. Whilst a small number of students may ‘get in’ around the results period in August, the vast majority of successful offers are made around the end of May (and all to people on our reserve list – see below).
The residential centre welcomes applications from students intending to study all institutions across the city of Belfast.
Note: we typically make a round of provisional offers in May to prospective students. Applications received after this time are usually placed on our reserve list. To find out more about the timeline and important dates involved, see the main application page here.