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Belfast is one of the most exciting and vibrant cities in these islands. It is a place with a unique and dynamic identity.
Tourist books sing the city’s praises. The prestigious Frommer’s guide says this is an extraordinary time to visit Belfast, a city in transition. The Yahoo internet guide describes the area around Queen’s as the most attractive – Botanic Gardens, the Ulster Museum, Stranmillis village – the city within a city. Lonely Planet has hailed Belfast as a ‘must see’ destination. Time Out has called it Northern Ireland’s newly funky capital.
And it is a festival city. Events which run throughout the year showcase local arts and culture as well as themes of international significance, climaxing each autumn with the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s.
For those socialising in the city, Queen’s is about 15 minutes’ walk from the centre. There is also a night bus service. Like any modern city, Belfast has a certain level of street and property crime but the rates for this type of offence have traditionally been much lower than those in comparable European or North American cities. Campus safety is a priority for the university and there is a dedicated and professional team of security wardens.