Belfast Bible College is located in the leafy suburb of Dunmurry midway between the city centres of Belfast and Lisburn. Approached via a bridge over a small river which borders two sides of the campus, the six buildings form a semi-circle round the carpark and overlook fields and trees of the Lagan Valley in the direction of Lady Dickson Park. Truly a little oasis of calm yet only 10 minutes’ walk from the village where there is a supermarket, hotel, shops, coffee shops and cafes, banks, primary and secondary schools etc., and train and bus routes which have regular services to the cities and beyond.
The main building, Glenburn House is a Grade 2 listed building as it one of the original “Linen Houses of the Lagan Valley” dating from 1861. When the college moved to the site in 1983 the building was sympathetically restored. The beautifully corniced ceilings, grand staircase, and large fireplaces were preserved while the rest of the building was adapted to meet the needs of a modern college. Glenburn House is the hub of the campus, accommodating; reception, offices, meeting rooms, and two classrooms.
Beside Glenburn House is the library. The library, with reading room added in 2012, has over 25,000 catalogued books, academic journals and articles. Our catalogue is online and students can search for books through our website. There are large desks for study, as well as individual study carrells with powerpoints for laptops. The whole campus has a good Wi-Fi network as well as printing and photocopying facilities for students. There are three networked Photocopiers on campus, one colour and two black & white, these are able to print, copy, scan and collate.
The Worship Centre comprises of our uniquely shaped Chapel (where weekly devotions and college events are held), and a large teaching room which can also act as an overflow to the chapel. The kitchen, foyer and toilet facilities allow this to be a self-contained building suitable for many uses.
Our 'Mustard Seed Cafe' is our is a modern commercial kitchen, it provides all the college catering for lunches and college events. Many see it as the social heart of the college where students and staff gather for lunch and breaks to chat and interact over home cooked meals and cakes. Riverside House and Wellesley House are our two hostel blocks accommodating up to 40 self-catering students on campus.
The "prayer walk" with benches and seating, meanders along the river bank and around the circumference of the campus and the "prayer room" in Wellesley House offers a quiet space to focus on God in quietness.
The college has seven main teaching rooms. All have mounted data projectors, sound systems, whiteboards, and individual seating, and all are accessible compliant with a loop system for students with hearing aids, ramps, etc.
The largest is the elliptic shaped chapel which is suitable for teaching classes of over 60 up to college events of over 250, or as a room suitable for several breakout groups. The recently upgraded AV and audio facilities ensure all can see and hear!
Room 1 (also in the worship Centre) can seat 70 comfortably in lecture format.
Room 2 adjacent to the computer suite can seat 60 in lecture format, while room 3 beside the library has been designed for smaller classes and seminar groups of 16 around a hexagonal table.
Room 4 has 45 desks and chairs, and also benefits from an interactive whiteboard.
In Glenburn House Room 5 has a feature fireplace, yet all the modern teaching aids for up to 35 students and Room 6 with views out of the front of the house across the carpark to trees and fields can host 40 students