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Belfast

Botanic Studios
78-86 Dublin Road
Belfast,
BT2 7BY

Botanic Studios is brand new student accommodation opening in Belfast in September 2017.

At Botanic Studios we have 156 studios over seven floors with a choice of four studio types from our Standard Studio through to our Deluxe Studio. We take individual or group bookings so if you are an individual who likes to have their own space and privacy then we can help find the ideal room for you, or if there are a group of students who would like to all live together on the same floor but still have your own space then we can help arrange that for you.

By choosing to live at Botanic Studios you will also have access to a great range of facilities on site including fantastic communal areas, a study room, garden room and outdoor courtyard.

Our student accommodation sits on the main bus route and Belfast’s main shopping areas, streets, pubs, nightclubs and bars are within short walking distance. The Movie House cinema is also just 5 minutes walk from us.

Email: botanicstudios@universalstudentliving.com
Phone: 02890 992446

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What’s included?

We want you to enjoy your time as a student and focus on studying rather than worrying about bills which is why at Botanic Studios all your bills are included in the rent. This means that you don’t need to worry about your gas, electricity, water or council tax because we’ve covered it for you in the rent. We also cover your WiFi.

This means that you don’t need to worry so much about budgeting.

Facilities

  • All-inclusive bills
  • Communal areas
  • Study room
  • On-site laundry
  • Garden room
  • Courtyard
  • Bike storage
  • Free WiFi
  • On-site management team
  • On-site maintenance

Botanic Studios is superb student accommodation in an ideal location on Dublin Road. We are just 5 minutes walk from Queen’s University and 20 minutes walk from Stranmillis University College. Ulster University is also within easy reach and takes just 9 minutes by train from Botanic Station to Yorkgate Station followed by a short walk.

Address

Botanic Studios
78-86 Dublin Road
Belfast,
BT2 7BY

Our Rooms

From £147.50 PW
Standard Studio
Available

Standard Studio

Contract Length: 51 weeks
Price Per Week: From £147.50
Price Per Year: £7,273
Reservation Fee: £250

Room description
  • Double bed
  • Study desk
  • Wardrobe
  • En suite bathroom
  • Kitchenette
  • Combi-Oven
  • Dining area
  • 100MB internet access
  • WiFi
  • Size: 18 – 20 sqm
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From £155 PW
Standard Plus Studio
Available

Standard Plus Studio

Contract Length: 51 weeks
Price Per Week: From £155
Price Per Year: £7,655
Reservation Fee: £250

Room description
  • Double bed
  • Study desk
  • Wardrobe
  • En suite bathroom
  • Kitchenette
  • Combi-Oven
  • Dining area
  • 100MB internet access
  • WiFi
  • Size: 20 – 22sqm
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From £167.50 PW
Premium Studio
Available

Premium Studio

Contract Length: 51 weeks
Price Per Week: From £167.50
Price Per Year: £8,293
Reservation Fee: £250

Room description
  • Double bed
  • Study desk
  • Wardrobe
  • En suite bathroom
  • Kitchenette
  • Combi-Oven
  • Dining area
  • 100MB internet access
  • WiFi
  • Size: 22 – 24 sqm
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From £175 PW
Deluxe Studio
Available

Deluxe Studio

Contract Length: 51 weeks
Price Per Week: From £175
Price Per Year: £8,675
Reservation Fee: £250

Room description
  • Double bed
  • Study desk
  • Wardrobe
  • En suite bathroom
  • Kitchenette
  • Combi-Oven
  • Dining area
  • 100MB internet access
  • WiFi
  • Size: 24sqm +
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Local Area

Universities

The closest University to Botanic Studios is Queen’s University which is a 5 minute walk from us. Queen’s University is a world class university and ranks in the top one percent of global universities. It is also in the Top 50 of UK Universities.

Stranmillis University College is a 20 minute walk from Botanic Studios.

Ulster University’s Belfast campus is approximately a 9 minute train journey from Botanic Train Station to Yorkgate followed by a short walk to the campus.

Transport

There are many local buses that will take you to Belfast City Centre and we are located on the main bus route.

Botanic Studios is also conveniently located a few minutes walk from Botanic Train Station which provides access throughout Belfast and Northern Ireland.

Belfast’s International Airport is a 25 minute drive from the city centre. Belfast City Airport which provides routes to the rest of the UK and parts of Europe is a 10 minute drive from the north east of the city centre.

Local Amenities

Cinema – the nearest cinema to Botanic Studios is the multiplex cinema, Movie House located on Dublin Road.

Shops – Belfast is a fantastic city for shopping. There is something for everyone from the big high street shops to small independent boutiques. Belfast city centre also benefits from two shopping centres – Victoria Square and CastleCourt. The city centre can be reached easily by bus or on foot.

Tours – Make the most of your time in Belfast and take a tour. If you are a Game of Thrones fan you’ll know that scenes from Winterfell, The road to King’s Landing and The Wall were filmed in Belfast and Northern Ireland. Why not take a tour and experience the scenery for real. If you’re not a fan of the series then there are plenty of other breath taking tours including the Giant’s Causeway or explore the Titanic visitor experience.

Nightlife

Belfast has a such vibrant nightlife with bars, clubs, restaurants and live music venues to suit all tastes that it would be impossible to list them all here, however, a few to try are:

The Filthy Quarter – just a few minutes walk from Botanic Studios, this bar has something for everybody all located under one roof. This quirky place is worth checking out.

The Dirty Onion – located in the centre of the Cathedral Quarter and is one of Belfast’s oldest buildings. They play traditional Irish music seven nights a week and they are home to Yardbird – a chicken rotisserie restaurant. Well worth trying one of their dishes especially on Monday – Thursdays when they offer NUS card holders 20% off food!

Eglantine Bar – This lovely cocktail bar has long been a popular student hang out offering and can be found at 32 Malone Road. Serving a delicious range of cocktails and mouth-watering food you’re sure to find yourself being drawn to this place. They also host weekly events including quiz night Mondays, live music Thursdays and have their resident DJ playing on Wednesday and Saturday nights.

The Belfast Empire – Not a bar but one of Belfast’s premier live music bars and comedy venues. Check them out for a night of fun and entertainment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I book with my friends?

Yes. Where possible we will arrange group bookings, subject to availability and we will contact you to confirm your request.

Can I move in early?

We will try and accommodate requests for early arrivals when possible. Please call your accommodation directly to check the availability, or request when booking, and we will let you know if this is possible.

Will my room be cleaned?

Your accommodation is cleaned for your arrival. Once you have moved in you will be responsible for cleaning your room and any shared areas within an apartment.

Can I bring my car?

Some of our properties do offer parking; limited parking spaces are available at an additional charge. If you visit the property page on our website you can see if the site offers parking. Alternatively you can contact the Accommodation Manager at your chosen location for more details.

What do I need to bring with me?
  • Bed linen, duvet, pillows and sheets
  • Kitchen utensils, including saucepans, plates, cutlery and glasses.
  • Personal items to dress your room
  • Stationery
  • Don’t forget your laptop!
Will my room be checked?

We will undertake full room (and common areas) inspections at least three times during your tenancy period. We will check for cleanliness, damage and for missing items.

Details of costs for cleaning, damages and missing items can be found in the handbook you will be provided at the beginning of your tenancy.

Do you accommodate all students?

Yes, Freshers / Returning students / Placement students / Postgraduates / International and home students. Individuals and groups are welcome.

Can I move out before my tenancy ends?

As a tenant on a fixed term assured short hold tenancy you cannot end your tenancy early. You may find a replacement tenant for your tenancy as long as they take over the full length of your contract and pay the rent in full.

What happens if there is a problem with the heating or other services?

Contact the management team in the building and they will arrange for a maintenance man to attend and fix the problem.

What is a Guarantor?

A Guarantor is a person that you nominate who will guarantee that your rent will be paid if you are unable to pay it yourself. The person needs to be capable of meeting your obligations if you are unable to.

If you fail to pay your rent on time, the guarantor will be responsible to ensure your rent is paid in full.

You must have a UK guarantor if you opt to pay your rent in 3 instalments.

You do not need a guarantor if you pay all your rent before the start of your contract.

An overseas based guarantor, or one who is overseas but has a UK bank account is not acceptable.

If you are not able to provide your own guarantor, Housing Hand is an international guarantor service that provides this service to all students who cannot provide a suitable or qualified UK Guarantor.

Housing Hand also specialises in dealing with International students who cannot provide a Guarantor in the UK.

If you would like to use or find out more about the Housing Hand Guarantor Service, please visit their website www.housinghand.co.uk or you can call their offices from +44 (0)207 205 26 25.

Can I rebook my room for next year?

Many of our residents are returning students who just don’t want to leave!

Apply as soon as possible in order to book your room, we cannot guarantee your room will be available; if you book early you will improve your chances.

What is a reservation fee?

You need to pay a reservation fee once we have confirmed a room is available, and before your booking is completed.

Your reservation fee of £250  is due when you book your room. This is not a deposit, and once paid, is not refundable.

Your reservation fee secures your room once you sign the Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement and  your Guarantor signs the Guarantee (if required).

At the start of your tenancy your reservation fee converts to an advanced rent payment, and is either deducted from your single rent payment (if you pay for the year in advance) or from your first terms rental payment (if you pay in stages).

So, for example if the total rent stated in your contract is £4,500, and you are paying in advance, you will pay £250 before signing your contract, and the remainder, £4,250 before moving in.

If you are paying by three instalments with a UK Guarantor, then you will pay the £250 reservation fee on signing, 40% of the contract rent before you move in less the reservation fee (£1,800 – £250 = £1,550), £1,800 at the start of the second term, then £900 for the third term.

 

Do I need to pay any bills?

Your weekly rent includes all electricity, heating and water bills and room internet access.

However, we follow a ‘reasonable use policy’ and if we feel your use of any of the utilities (electricity or water)  is excessive, we will notify you of our concerns, and if the excessive use does not change, we reserve the right to charge you for such excessive use.

What should I do if I lose my keys?

If you lose your keys, please request a new set from the accommodation office, you will need to pay for a replacement set. If the office is closed you can contact the Student Warden on site.

Please look after your keys;

  • Do not label them
  • Do not give them to anyone else
What is included in the rent?

Your rent is all- inclusive of utility bills, including electricity and water, as well as onsite management. In addition to these each room has free internet access.

The inclusive rent is subject to an excess use surcharge if we feel, after consultation with you  and warning you, that your use of electricity or water is excessive.

How do I pay my rent?

Rent can be paid in one instalment or in three instalments throughout the year. If you want to pay in 3 instalments you will need a verified  UK guarantor, and need to sign a Direct Debit Mandate.

The first instalment of rent (or single instalment) is due in our bank account 10 days before the start of your tenancy. We will notify you in good time of  the bank account details, or you can pay through our on-line portal with a debit card or credit card (credit cards attract a processing charge).

The start of your tenancy is the first date shown on your Assured Shorthold Tenancy, NOT the date you move into your room.

If you are receiving a Student Loan, and using this to pay your rent, you will NOT receive this loan until you have arrived at University and registered with your course. The University will  then notify the Student Loans Company that you have registered, and the Student Loans Company then pay you the first terms loan, which may arrive one to two weeks  after you need to move in.

It may therefore be difficult  for you to pay your first rent instalment in full without your loan. If that is the case, you should speak to your guarantor to ask for assistance in the interim. If you require further assistance please contact your site team for more information.

 

Is the internet provided?

Yes, there is an  internet connection in all bedrooms in our properties, and most now also have Wi-Fi. The service is included in your rent.

How old do I have to be to live in your accommodation?

To live at one of our properties you must be 18 or over, on or before, the start date of your tenancy agreement.