Campus overview

How to Get There

The Jordanstown campus is about six miles from the centre of Belfast up the A2 on the north shore of the Lough.

The Belfast-Larne rail service calls at Jordanstown. The station is on the Jordanstown Road a few hundred metres from the campus.

Ulsterbus services 163 and 166 run from Bridge Street in the centre of Belfast to Kilroot/Whitehead and Greenisland respectively with stops at the Shore Road entrance to the campus.

Black taxis cover the same Belfast-Jordanstown route with a terminus actually in the campus at the end of the Rose Park though their frequency reduces as the evening goes on.

The Newtownabbey Town Service bus (167) runs from Glengormley to the Shore Road entrance to the campus.

The University Link Service to/from Queen’s via the Glengall Street bus station has roughly hourly evening services. Timetables and fares do change so you should check with service providers for up-to-date details.

Campus Organisation

An average day sees 8500 people on campus. The central focus is the 300 yard-long mall which runs the length of the building and provides access to the blocks.

The Main Entrance is via the Shore Road, or you can enter the building from the Jordanstown Avenue and the entrance is located beside the High Performance Sports centre.

Hold-Ups and Car Parks

The A2 is a major access road from East Antrim to Belfast and gets congested particularly in the late afternoon-early evening.

A long queue from Whiteabbey village going past the campus towards Greenisland is almost inevitable between about 4.30 and 6.30 pm and will hold you up coming to an evening class.

Bringing your car along the B90 inland and through Monkstown may be slightly faster but not much.

  • There are several car parks around the campus.
  • The car parks can get very full particularly in term time.
  • Do not park illegally – you risk your vehicle being clamped or even disciplinary action.
  • Do register your car with the Car Parking Office near the main entrance – it helps for example when you have left your lights on!
  • Leave valuables out of sight.
  • Space are available on each campus for cycles and motorcycles.
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 Campus Facilities

Facilities include cash withdrawal machines, O’Briens Sandwich Bar, and a Spar shop.  On the mall there are cash withdrawal machines outside Einsteins Café and in the foyer of the Students’ Union.

Catering outlets along the Mall include a refectory and café outlets vending machines for crisps, sweets and drinks are also available. A snack bar is open in the Students’ Union during term-time.

Public telephones (cards and cash) are concentrated on the Mall adjacent to Block 12; in the Students’ Union and in the Student Village behind the Department of Student Affairs Building.

Lost property is deposited at Reception just inside the main entrance.

A No-Smoking policy is in operation in all buildings on the campus.

Room Numbering System

The room numbering system has three components – the block, the level (floor) and the room. Hence 4D06 means block 4, level D, room 6.

Blocks are numbered more or less consecutively going clockwise after the Main Entrance, i.e. from the middle and not the end of the building.

Blocks 3 and 17 run off other blocks rather than directly from the Mall. The Mall itself is numbered as block 9.

Safety on Campus

SafeZone allows you to call for help by activating the app on your smartphone to alert security team members to your situation and location so they can co-ordinate to help you quickly and effectively.

Emergency procedures in the event of fire or other warnings are displayed throughout the buildings on blue and white Emergency Procedure notices.

Please ensure that you familiarise yourself with the exit routes to be used in an emergency.

If the alarm system sounds continuously please leave the building by the nearest exit unless instructed to the contrary by security/portering staff.

In an emergency or for first aid please contact the emergency extension 22222.

Security staff patrol the campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week