Lowest rent costs in the UK
Belfast was found to have the cheapest weekly rent rates than anywhere else in the UK in 2016. (Marbles.com)
Even private rentals usually include rates, so what is advertised is what you’ll pay. And with an average weekly rent of £46, that’s not very much. That’s cheaper than Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and an incredible £64 less than Oxford and Cambridge.
Food and grocery shopping
Belfast is also the least expensive when it comes to the food shop.
The average student here only spends £16 a week on groceries, well below the national average of £24.
If you are a full-time undergraduate student living in self-catering halls during term-time you are likely to face costs that will look something like:
Typical cost *
|Gas, electricity and water||Included in student accommodation|
|Council tax||Northern Ireland students are exempt|
|General living costs||£30|
* Costs shown are per week.
Cost of living comparison
See how Queen's compares with other Universities in key costs, including accommodation, weekly household bills, travel expenses and tuition fees.
Area of Institution
Queen's University Belfast
|Weekly cost of University Accommodation*||£112||£125||£137||£206||University websites|
|Average Weekly Rent||£73.81||£101.55||£94.16||£105.08||Student Living Index 2016|
|Tuition Fees for NI students 2016/17||£3,925||£9,000||£9,000||£9,000||University Websites|
|Maximum Student Maintenance Loan Available||£3750 (if living with parents) £4840 if moved out||£4,840||£4,840||£6,780||Student Finance NI|
|Average Weekly Household Bills||£10.77||£9.05||£9.98||£10.73||Student Living Index 2016|
|Additional Travel Costs (Flights)**||Nil||£141||£141||£147||Sky Skanner (EasyJet)|
|Additional Travel Costs (Baggage)***||Nil||£38||£38||£38||unibaggage.com|
|Scholarships||11 x £200 - £1000 scholarships for AAA students.||Up to £2000 available but only for those with household income <£35,000||AAA NI students £1000 cash award. NI students pay £9000/ year but will receive one year free for 4 or 5 year courses (excludes Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science). Up to £2000 available for those with household income <£42,600.||Up to £2000 available for those with household income <£42,875||University Websites|
(NI students) ****
(GB Students) ******
- Student maintenance grants and loans are available for NI students, both vary according to household income.
- Based on comparable RG Universities (Newcastle, Glasgow and UCL).
- * Based on Single Ensuite accommodation. London (UCL) only cost available Single Ensuite Studio
- ** Based on 3 return flights p/year to Belfast
- *** £18.99 per item - max 30kg per item
- **** Based on University Accommodation (39 weeks), Tuition Fees and Weekly household bills (39 weeks)
- ***** Based on an AAB student. University Accommodation (39 weeks), Tuition Fees and Weekly household bills spend (39 weeks)
Keep on top of your finances
As a guide we estimate you should allow a sum in the region of £5,500-£7,500 to cover your expenses for one academic year. Wherever your money comes from while at university, learning to prioritise your spending will help reduce your cost of living.
Travel and Transport
Translink operates Metro bus services in Belfast and train services. Student Discount card is available for all 16-23 year olds and costs only £8.
It gives up to 1/3 off Translink bus and rail services within Northern Ireland, plus up to 50 per cent off Enterprise train service between Dublin and Belfast.