Our North Coast campus is situated on the banks of the river Bann, less than a mile from the town centre.
With views of the Causeway Coast and the Donegal hills, the campus comprises custom-built facilities for teaching, learning and research. Course provision is broad – biomedical sciences, environmental science and geography, psychology, business, the humanities and languages, film and journalism, travel and tourism, teacher training and computing are among the campus strengths.
A new School of Modern Languages will launch at Coleraine in September 2012, alongside increased History provision, which now includes Irish History.
The campus is set within 312 acres of landscaped and mature parkland. Modern facilities underpin the learning experience and we have ongoing investment in our lecture theatres, teaching laboratories and studios. Student learning facilities are also provided for via a modern library. Situated at the heart of the campus the library offers study and learning facilities via 230 networked computers and a further 450 personal study spaces. The campus is fully Wi-Fi enabled for laptop users. Computer access, printing and photocopying facilities are available at the open access IT suite 24 hours a day.
We have a Students’ Union run shop, bar and cafeteria based in the South Building right next to the sports centre, along with a hairdressers and cash machine. The central part of the campus contains further facilities including a bank with ATM, two coffee shops, a supermarket and Post Office.
There are lots of options for those wishing to eat on campus including The Streat, and our canteen. The Students’ Union provides hot and cold food via its outlets both within the bar and the cafeteria in the South building.
We have on-site residential, catering and sports facilities. Cultural facilities on campus are provided for at the Riverside Theatre, the third-largest professional theatre in Northern Ireland. The theatre offers a programme of drama, concerts and shows year round as well as a summer series of Talks and Tours.
Coleraine is the largest and busiest town on the Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland. The town forms part of the area known locally as 'the Triangle linking the nearby coastal resorts of Portrush and Portstewart. Both are popular residential locations for students and staff. If you like outdoor activities the Causeway Coast is perfect. Water sports including surfing, sailing, rowing and angling are popular. For walking enthusiasts dedicated routes within the Triangle take in long sandy beaches and dunes, follow dramatic cliff lines and meander inland into sheltered woodlands.
The area buzzes with year-round activity and events including the Portrush Raft Race Festival, the Portstewart Red Sails Festival, the North West 200 Motorcycle Race, the Northern Ireland International Airshow and the Milk Cup, which is one of the most prestigious youth football tournaments in Europe. With so many visitors, the area is well served with numerous pubs, clubs and restaurants, many offering live music.
With its pristine Blue Flag beaches, championship golf courses and views of Donegal to the north west and Scotland to the north east, the dramatic coastline is considered one of the most scenic in Europe. Situated just outside Bushmills, the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage site is the most visited tourist attraction in Northern Ireland. It also gives the Causeway Coast its name. The causeway, with its 40,000 vertical basalt columns, forms distinct ‘stepping stones’, from the cliff foot down to the sea. According to legend this was the path built by the giant Finn MacCool to allow him to fight the Scottish giant on the other side. In reality the causeway was formed approximately 60 million years ago following a vast volcanic eruption that produced the extensive nearby Antrim plateau.