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 with beautifully corniced ceilings, grand staircase, and large fireplaces, while being adapted to meet the needs of a modern administration centre as this is the hub of the campus accommodating reception, offices, meeting rooms, and two classrooms.
Beside Glenburn House is the Resource Centre housing our library and computer suite. The library, with reading room added in 2012, has over 25,000 catalogued books, soft seating and study space. For further information please click HERE. The computer suite as a study space has networked computers for student use and, (as with most of the campus) has good WI-FI connection as well as printing and copying facilities for students.
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.
The canteen with a modern commercial kitchen provides all the college catering for the resident students as well as 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 (for catered) and Wellesley House for self-catered students are our two hostel blocks accommodating up to 40 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.
A wide range of recreational activities are available both on and off campus. Our “Student rec room” with adjoining kitchen has television, mounted projector and audio facilities, a range of computer games, board games, snooker, table football, and soft seating area.
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 45 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
The Post Graduate Centre in Wellesley House accommodates 16 students in individual study booths in a quiet part of the campus.