Belfast and Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland provides a high quality of life in a welcoming environment, and Queen’s University plays a pivotal role in its educational, economic, social and cultural development.  The Lonely Planet’s No. 1 Best in Travel 2018 Top Region is Belfast and the Causeway Coast.

Northern Ireland’s stunning scenery becomes apparent only a few short miles outside the city centre. Indeed, one 19th century travel writer once dubbed the city a ‘northern Rio’.

Although only the size of Yorkshire or Connecticut, Northern Ireland has an astonishing variety of landscapes, cultural and leisure opportunities, a fascinating history and has made a contribution to the world out of all proportion to its compact size.

Within 50 miles of the Queen’s campus you  can climb a wild mountain, plunge into Atlantic surf, travel through mystical glens, visit some  of the best golf courses in the world, indulge in superb fishing and water sports, and  enjoy the local cuisine in our fine restaurants. Northern Ireland is, as one local author suggests, ‘a great country, pretending to be small’.

The region is recognised by the British Council as having the lowest cost of living in the UK.

Its education system has long been recognised as among the best in Europe. Among its other assets are a world-class healthcare service, a range of affordable and desirable property, and a crime rate less than half the UK average.

More and more people from across the world are choosing Northern Ireland as their home, and making an important contribution to life here – in business, medicine, industry and education.

Travelling to and from Northern Ireland is both easy and economical. Most major British cities are within an hour’s flying time from Belfast’s two splendid airports which are both quickly accessible from the University area. These airports offer flights to many locations in Ireland and mainland Europe, as well as several direct services to North America. Dublin is a quick two- hour train journey from Belfast and there are regular ferry services to Scotland and England.

Northern Ireland has undergone a transformation in recent years, as it looks towards a new era of economic prosperity and cultural development which celebrates the innovation and creativity of its people.

Queen’s University plays a central role in this process.