Welcome to Belfast
A TOP EUROPEAN DESTINATION
Belfast is one of Europe’s most friendly and fashionable regional capitals, described by Lonely Planet as a ‘must-see visitor destination'. The beauty is that it’s all packed into a compact city that’s easy and safe to explore.
More money for the things that matter
Belfast is more affordable than every other major student city in the UK (Mercer, 2016)
At an average of £46 per week, Belfast was found to have the cheapest weekly rent than anywhere else in the UK in 2016. (Marbles.com).
The average student here also only spends £16 a week on food shopping, well below the national average of £24.
Belfast is best explored on foot or by bike, and our central campus means that most places are within a short walking distance
The city is well connected by frequent bus and train services, with student travel discounts widely available.
The Belfast Bikes public bicycle rental scheme provides a flexible way to get around Belfast.
Enjoy a buzzing social and cultural scene
World class arts, culture and music
From intimate galleries to international artists, Belfast has it all, including our very own Naughton Gallery and Queen's Film Theatre.
The Ulster Museum is close to the campus and hosts a number of significant art collections as well as contemporary exhibitions.
We’re at the heart of a city of artists, poets, authors and musicians and their influence is felt everywhere.
Live music and friendly locals
The cobblestoned streets of the Cathedral Quarter are home to bustling restaurants, pubs and arts venues, where modern street art and live music create the legendary Belfast buzz.
A wide range of arenas, concert halls, theatres and clubs, play host to stand-up comedy, theatrical performances and international artists. Our own Students' Union regularly hosts DJs, bands and comedy gigs.
Belfast offers shoppers a mix of established worldwide brands, independent boutiques and artisan markets.
City centre shopping centres such as Victoria Square and Castle Court offer the best of High Street shops to suit all tastes.
Take the climb to the top of Victoria Square, to the glass dome which offers panoramic views of the whole of Belfast city centre.
Food and drink
Queen’s Quarter is always buzzing with life, with lots of opportunities to catch up with friends over coffee or grab lunch between lectures
With authentic Irish bars to independent coffee houses, hidden speakeasys to artisan delis, and market fresh street food to Asian supermarkets.
You’ll find sumptuous cuisine from practically every nation and to suit any budget across the city and campus.
“The friendliness of the people is what’s most appealing in this small and very walkable city, from smiling servers to talkative bartenders to helpful strangers on the street."
36 hours in Belfast, New York Times, 2015
Adventure beyond the city...
Northern Ireland is renowned for its epic landscapes and coastal scenery, as well as fascinating history and cultural heritage, all a short distance to explore from Belfast.
Travel along the Antrim Coast Road to the legendary Giant’s Causeway, or climb to the top of Slieve Donard, our most famous peak.
The HBO television show, Game of Thrones is filmed throughout spectacular various locations around Northern Ireland.
Tour the mountains, forests, castles and coastline featured on-screen to see for yourself why Northern Ireland was chosen as the perfect backdrop.