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Student accommodation in Holylands, Belfast

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Universities close to Holylands


Botanic Gardens


Queen's University Belfast


Queen’s Sport Leisure Centre


Queen’s Film Theatre


Ulster Museum


Botanic Gardens


Queen's University Belfast


Queen’s Sport Leisure Centre


Queen’s Film Theatre


Ulster Museum


About student living in Holylands


Conveniently located and well-connected, The Holylands is a desirable spot for housing. Student accommodation in the Holylands is less than a ten-minute walk from Queen’s University Belfast, and less than a twenty-minute bus journey away from Belfast city centre. As several bus routes run through the area, it’s quick and easy to get around the wider city.


Student houses in the Holylands are extremely close to the Botanic Gardens. This beautiful park is filled with different gardens and attractions you can explore, including a rose garden, a tropical ravine, and a Victorian glasshouse.

Food and Drink

There are lots of options for food and drink close to Belfast student accommodation in the Holylands. Head to Bo Tree Kitchen for delicious Thai food or Molly’s Yard for modern Irish cuisine. Press 29 Coffee House is the perfect spot for a hot drink before lectures while Hatfield House is a great place for a pint with friends.


You’ll never be short of things to do when you live in student accommodation in Belfast’s Holylands. Take a tour of the exhibitions at the Ulster Museum or watch the latest film releases at the Queen’s Film Theatre. Or, if you’re feeling active, you can use the exercise facilities or take a fitness class at Queen’s Sport Leisure Centre.


When you live in Holylands student houses, you can buy your groceries and essentials from the nearby Tesco Express or Bangla Bazar. There are also several off-licences in the area, where you can grab any additional bits you might need. You can also explore the selection of independent shops in the area.

Student Housing

The wide range of student accommodation the Holylands has to offer means there is something for everyone. There are student lets in the Holylands to suit every taste and budget, from shared houses to purpose-built apartments. Have a browse of our student housing in the Holylands and find your next home, today.

FAQs about student accommodation in Holylands

Is the Holylands a student area?

As Belfast student accommodation in the Holylands is just a short walk away from the Queen’s University Belfast campus, the area is extremely popular with students.

Is the Holylands in Belfast safe?

While there is some crime in the area, as long as you take sensible precautions like walking with friends after dark and properly securing your accommodation when you leave, you should feel perfectly safe living in Holylands student houses.

Where is the Holylands in Belfast?

The Holylands is an area in inner-south Belfast, to the south of Belfast city centre, and bordering the River Lagan and Queen’s University Belfast.

Is the Holylands a good place to live?

The Holylands is an excellent place to live, with a convenient location close to the university campus, efficient transport links, close proximity to the botanical gardens, and plenty of pubs and restaurants to enjoy. As a result, student accommodation in Belfast’s Holylands is in high demand.

Does Queen’s University Belfast provide accommodation?

Queen’s University Belfast has several halls of residence on or close to the campus. Typically, students will live in halls in their first year before moving into private student houses in the Holylands and the surrounding areas for the rest of their time at university.

Where do students live in Belfast?

As there are four universities in Belfast, there isn’t one specific area where students live. Typically, they will live in student accommodation in the Holylands, Belfast city centre, Queen’s Quarter, and Stranmillis.

Are bills included in the cost?

Many student houses in the Holylands are now advertised with bills included in the price. Where this is the case, your rental price could include electricity, gas, internet, TV licence and water bills and this is clearly stated on the listing. Properties without bills included are also available, giving you the flexibility to choose your own energy and water suppliers and internet service provider.

Do I need to pay a deposit?

It is normal for property managers to require you to pay a security deposit at the time of booking or before you move in. Where a deposit is required and you are signing a tenancy agreement, your property manager must protect your deposit in a legally recognised tenancy deposit scheme. As long as you look after the property and have no deductions for damage or unpaid rent, your deposit will be returned to you after your tenancy agreement ends. Whilst tenancy deposits are legally capped at five weeks' rent per person, it is more common for student deposits to be in the lower £100-250 range.

How long does a tenancy agreement last for?

The majority of student accommodation in the Holylands can be rented for fixed contract lengths. For purpose built student accommodation, 43 and 51-week fixed-term contracts are the most common. For shared houses, 52-week contracts are the most common and generally start in July to September.

Do you offer student accommodation for short-term stays?

Short-term student rentals in the Holylands are becoming more popular every year. As a result, property managers are increasingly offering shorter tenancy lengths, whether for the summer period or for individual semesters and terms. This is more common in the purpose-built student accommodation sector than in shared student rental houses across Belfast.

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