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Belfast can be over €2,000 per year cheaper to live than Dublin, with the biggest savings to be made on phone and utility bills which average 40% and 43% less, respectively.*
Belfast has the lowest cost of living in the UK.***Numbeo, August 2023. Calculated using Cost of Living Plus Rent Index. Based on renting in both cities, assuming net earnings. Basic bills for 85m2 Apartment, Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data
** Mercer Cost of Living City Ranking 2023
A RENTER’S MARKET
Queen’s has 3,500 central student rooms available, while private rental accommodation is easily accessible and more affordable than in other student cities in the UK* and Ireland.*Belfast has the lowest student rent in the UK (NatWest Student Living Index, 2020).
Belfast versus Dublin cost comparison
See how Queen’s compares with Dublin universities in key costs, including accommodation, travel expenses and tuition fees.
As a guide we estimate you should allow a sum in the region of €6,400 – €8700 (£5,500-£7,500) to cover your expenses for one academic year.
|Costs||Trinity College Dublin||University College Dublin|
|Yearly cost of Accommodation ||€6,437.65 (£5600) - Elms BT9||€6,729.35||€9,600.48|
|Tuition Fees (LLB Law)||€5,417.26 (£4,710)||€5,681||€5,880|
|Average Weekly Travel Costs ||€17.15 (£15)||€11.00||€11.00||Student cinema ticket ||Queen's Film Theatre: €5.25 (£4.50); Cineworld: €9.32 (£7.99)||€7.99||€7.99||Gym/year||£194 (€226.25) (free off peak membership if staying in Queen's Accommodation)||Free for Trinity students||Not published online||Bao Bun ||€18.66 (£16)||€20.25||€20.25|
|Total Cost (€)||€11,854.91||€12,410.35||€15,480.48|
“In comparison to finding affordable accommodation in Dublin, Belfast was much more accessible and economical from my experience…the city still remains one of the less expensive capital cities in the UK, and while only a train ride from Dublin, it was still close to home.”
Beth Molloy, Dublin, MA Geopolitics
Typical living expenses
A standard student cinema ticket will cost you over €2 less than in Dublin; while an off-peak membership to the Queen's PEC is free for those staying in student accommodation.
Travel and Transport
A yLink discount card is a free card which will give you 50% off Translink bus and rail travel in Northern Ireland and up to 50% off Enterprise for up to 8 years.
For cross-border travel, you’ll get 50% off singles (on bus/at stations and online) and 1 month returns only (online only), so getting home for a visit is quick, simple and affordable.
Over 24? Apply for the 24 Plus Travelcard which will give you 1/3 off cash and mLink singles, day return, weekly and monthly tickets and up to 50% off Enterprise fares.More details