Belfast is a thriving capital city that is easy to navigate around, with connected train and bus routes. Travel discounts are also widely available for students. Speaking of money, Belfast has been labelled as more affordable than any other major student city in the UK (according to Mercer, 2016). A cost of living comparison can be found here.
2. Social and Cultural
Belfast also has a buzzing social and cultural scene. Cathedral Quarter (not too far from campus) is surrounded by pubs, restaurants and the Mac Theatre. On campus, there is the Naughton Gallery, Queen's Film Theatre and the Ulster Museum. Find out more about what social and cultural opportunities there are here.
3. The Queen's Campus
a) PhD student, Nermin, has written a short testimonial about her transition to Belfast from her home country in Jordan:
"I absolutely love Belfast, although the night life here is quite different than what I’m used to, but I still enjoy living in Belfast. It’s one of the safest cities in the UK, if not the safest, and such a student and family friendly city. Not to mention, living in Belfast is cheaper compared to other cities in Western Europe and the UK. I’m so blessed and grateful that I ended up coming to Northern Ireland, what a wonderful place indeed! Belfast is where I started my photography journey"
Check out some of Nermin's amazing photography of places around Belfast!
b) Read Tammana's blog post which outlines her four reasons why Belfast is unique.