Belfast has the lowest cost of living in the UK (Mercer.com 2012). We estimate, as a guide, that you should allow a sum in the region of £5,500-£7,500 (US $8,000 - $12,000) to cover your expenses for one academic year.
For immigration purposes, non-EU students will be required to show evidence of funds to cover living expenses. Further information is available at the following UK Border Agency web link: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk
Costs of living in Belfast will depend largely on your lifestyle and your student money budgets. Some students spend much more than others! Figures should be used as a guide and are based on local knowledge and NUS average figures on average student experience.
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The currency in Belfast is the British pound (sterling) (GBP), with one hundred pence (p) to each pound. Notes are issued in the value of GBP50, GBP20, GBP10 and GBP5, and coins to the value of GBP2, GBP1, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, and 1p. Value Added Tax (VAT) is a 20 per cent tax which is payable on most retail purchases.