Cost of living


Lowest rent costs in the UK

Belfast was found to have the cheapest weekly rent rates than anywhere else in the UK in 2016. (

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.



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.


One of the best things about being a student is the discount available through participating schemes and budget travel; food and entertainment can all be found if you sign up to the right offers.

Metro ylink

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.

Student travel cards



Your student card gives you up to 10 per cent discount.

This applies in many high street stores, restaurants and outlets across Belfast City and Northern Ireland.


Student Bursary

If you receive a Student Bursary you can use it towards books and sport.

This money is credited to your student card and you can use it to buy books from the Queen's Bookshop or contribute towards a Gym Membership.

Blackwell's Bookshop at Queen's


See the silver screen for less

Many cinemas in Belfast offer special student rates throughout the week.

Some such as the Dublin Road cinema and the Odeon have 'Crazy Tuesdays' with a bigger discount available to all. The QFT - Queen's very own independent cinema - also has discounted rates for students.

Queen's Film Theatre

Cost of living comparison

Area of Institution

Queen's University Belfast

English university

Scottish university

London university


Weekly cost  of University Accommodation



£110 - 134


Source: University websites

Based on Single Ensuite accommodation. London (UCL) only cost available Single Ensuite Studio

Average Weekly Rent





Source: Student Living Index 2015

Tuition Fees for NI students 2015/16





Source: University Websites

Financial difficulties

There may be times when you encounter financial difficulties and the Student Guidance Centre and the Students' Union Advice Centre are there to assist with financial issues.

Student Guidance Centre
University Road

(028) 9097 2727

Other Information

For immigration purposes, non-EU students will be required to show evidence of funds to cover living expenses.