Northern Ireland is home to a wholesome and healthy environment. Perched on the Atlantic coast of Europe, our air tends to be cleaner, our waters purer and our fields greener than elsewhere. Northern Ireland is lucky in being able to experience all the seasons. The mild and moist climate along with the coastal position of Northern Ireland means our winters are milder and summers are cooler than areas further east and south of Europe. Northern Ireland does not normally experience extreme weather as moderate levels of sun, snow and rain accompany the seasons.
In Belfast there are over 2,000 acres of parkland and nature reserves which include two city parks, nine district parks, 77 playgrounds, 36 local parks, five country parks and Belfast Zoo. A lot of the parks are home to buildings of huge cultural heritage such as Belfast Castle, Malone House and the Palm House, in Botanic Gardens.
Crime in Northern Ireland remains low in comparison to other UK cities. Between 2003-04 and 2008-09, the crime rate in Belfast fell by around 15%.
The increasing numbers of visitors coming to this vibrant city often comment on the absence of any evidence of unrest and on the warm and sincere welcome for which Belfast and Northern Ireland have always been renowned.
International Student Support
The International Student Support team at Queen’s has special responsibility for looking after and supporting international students before their arrival and helping you adjust to a new way of life when you arrive in the UK. They will be delighted to hear from you before you arrive and are happy to answer any questions you might have and as often as you want to ask! Please do not worry about asking lots of questions as they want to help you avoid any problems or issues.