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Belfast student rooms picture of success

Properties top in UK for photos on Instagram

Interior of John Bell House
Interior of John Bell House
Interior of John Bell House
Interior of Swanston House
Interior of Swanston House

By Staff Reporter

Two student accommodation properties in Belfast have been ranked the most-Instagrammed in the whole of the UK.

John Bell House and Swanston House in the city centre nabbed first and second spots in the poll by university accommodation provider Student Roost.

Located on College Square East, the five-story John Bell House was built in the early 1900s and designed by Samuel Stevenson.

It was one of the first buildings in Belfast to have electricity and was once home to Belfast Metropolitan College.

It is named after the renowned and award-winning physicist who famously corrected Ein­stein with Bell's Theorem.

The building retains many of its original period features and has a grand hall, an oak-panelled drawing room and outdoor courtyard - providing the backdrop to many student photos.

Of John Bell House, one Instagram user wrote: "Could the features in this #studentaccommodation be anymore beautiful? So unusual to find something so full of character and history."

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Swanston House on Queen Street dates back to 1890, when it was home to Swanston & Bones' linen factory.

The entrance includes a bust of Sir Arthur Chichester, Lord Deputy of Ireland, founder of Belfast, and a key figure in the Ulster Plantation.

There is also an eye-catching semi-circular tower perched on the corner of the building with a cone-shaped roof.

While the interior has been transformed into modern and stylish student living spaces, the exterior of Swanston House retains its Victorian facade.

Student residents benefit from a cinema room, outdoor courtyard and communal lounge.

Sarah Canning, marketing director at Student Roost, said: "We love seeing the personal touches that residents add to their rooms and the stunning images that are captured of the architecture of our historic properties.

"Seeing students proudly show off their new accommodation online really shows how far student accommodation has come.

"It is a privilege to see a building of such historical interest be brought back to life."

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