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Living in Belfast

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Welcome to Belfast

Belfast stands as an inviting capital city that's easy to get around and affordable, making it an ideal location for students to study.

The city flourishes as a vibrant hub for great cuisine, culture, arts and shopping, and our university holds its place at the centre of Belfast's social and cultural life.

Delve into Belfast's capitivating journey to its present-day status and uncover its history and evolution.

The history of Belfast
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Going to university is a major milestone, but the costs of studying and managing money effectively can be a concern for many students.

Belfast is continuously recognised as a city with a low cost of living in the UK (Mercer Cost of Living City Ranking 2023), making it one of the best places to be a student.

See how Queen's University compares with other universities in key costs including tuition fees, accommodation, weekly groceries and travel expenses.

Student Living Costs

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Get to know Queen's Quarter

Queen's Quarter, named after the university, is the southernmost quarter in Belfast and as a student, you'll be spending a lot of your time in and around this area.

Not only is this quarter home to our university, but while you're not in lectures you can visit many of the amazing coffee shops, restaurants, museums or the Queen's Film Theatre.

Find out what our students love most about Queen's Quarter.

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Things to do in Belfast

Here in Belfast, there are endless things to do - whether you want to soak up the history of the city, visit famous landmarks, or catch a show, there's plenty to keep you busy.

With input from our student bloggers, we have created a map that is your ticket to uncovering some of Belfast's top things to do and see while studying here. 

Things to do as a student in Belfast