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Life in Belfast

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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.

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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.

Cost of living comparison

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Getting around

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.

Explore the city

Enjoy a buzzing social and cultural scene

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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.

Art and culture

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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.

Music

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Shopping

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.

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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.

What's on offer

“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 

Enjoy some fresh air

Parks and open spaces

Learn more of Belfast's past

The history of the city

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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.

Road trip inspiration

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...to Westeros

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.

Game of Thrones filming locations

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A stepping stone to Europe

Belfast is the perfect UK study destination for students who want to easily explore Ireland, the UK and mainland Europe.

Belfast is a short flight from all other major UK cities, including London, Edinburgh and Manchester.

Getting here

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A city with a passion for progress

The world's most famous ship, Titanic was built in Belfast

Today Belfast is one of Europe's most connected cities, and one of the UK's fastest growing economies, leading advances in technology and innovation.

Entrepreneurs and multinationals thrive together, with expertise in aerospace, wave power and more; it's the perfect hub to connect with potential employers.

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