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Belfast and Northern Ireland

Patrick, Tessa and friend at Pride
Patrick Doherty | 4 August, 2022

This year saw the biggest ever turn out for the Belfast Pride parade. Hear from medical student Patrick about all the events he attended as part of the Pride festivities.

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Kathryn Allen | 13 September, 2022

Queen’s student Kathryn shares her top picks for little-known but excellent cafés around the campus.

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Kathryn Allen | 15 September, 2022

Moving to Belfast? Wondering where you’re going to get your fix of gigs? Look no further as Fourth year student Kathryn shares her guide to Belfast’s music scene.

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Tobias Hunter-Tod | 21 September, 2022

As a student at university, you’ll inevitability find yourself heading to a coffee shop from time to time, whether this is for studying or simply catching up with friends. Tobias shares some of his favourite coffee spots around Belfast.

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Manasa Ramakrishna | 5 September, 2022

If you’re looking for a creative list of things to do that don’t involve alcohol or you just want something a little different to do, then this list is for you!

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Manasa Ramakrishna | 19 August, 2022

There are so many fun things to do in Belfast that I can only cover a few but don’t worry, you have the rest of your degree to explore!

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Patrick Doherty | 16 August, 2022

Street food is a great way to try new types of food as a student. Belfast has a vibrant street food scene, and you can find some real hidden gems. Why not come along with me as I take a tour of Belfast’s best street food?

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Claire Ford | 17 August, 2022

After growing to love the cost of value meals and 30p noodles it can be hard to fork out on a restaurant meal or takeaway. Here’s Claire's guide to the best places to eat in Belfast when you’re on a student budget plus some helpful money saving tips.

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Manasa Ramakrishna | 11 August, 2022

Belfast is a beautiful city that has so many ways of being explored. All the ways are inexpensive and great for students. Get ready for life in Belfast with Manasa's guide.

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Kathryn Allen | 10 August, 2022

Kathryn recommends some home-grown talent to soundtrack your move to university life in Belfast.

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Tessa Rendina | 8 August, 2022

Looking for your next weekend adventure? Whether it's somewhere closer or a little further afield, Tessa's here to share some of the trips she's taken this year.

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Darshana Araventhan | 3 August, 2022

Feel like you need a little weekend adventure but on a tight budget? Here are a few cheap day trips you can do from Belfast without breaking the bank!

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Tobias Hunter-Tod | 2 August, 2022

Belfast has some great spots for walking, running, and cycling. These are a great way to take a break from your studies or escape Belfast’s city life. Below Tobias shares some of his favourite spots.

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Patrick Doherty | 27 July, 2022

Do you love to find unique pieces to style out your OOTD*? Join Patrick on a shopping trip around Belfast's best vintage and retro stores.

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Claire Ford | 25 July, 2022

Wondering where the best spots are for a nightlife in Belfast? Business Management student Claire Ford takes you through her top recommendations for bars and clubs in Belfast.

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Darshana Araventhan | 19 July, 2022

See all the local sights and get a few top tips for great places to eat in Darshana's video tour of Belfast.

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Zachary Pfannes | 20 July, 2022

Coming to Belfast opens up a world of opportunities for travelling around the UK and Ireland. Here are three examples of weekend adventures easily accessible while studying at Queen’s.

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Zachary Pfannes | 18 July, 2022

Moving to a new country or city for university can be challenging. American student Zach has four positive surprises about the city he discovered after coming to study at Queen’s.

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Tobias Hunter-Tod | 14 July, 2022

The large number of bars and clubs in Belfast means you’re never too far away from a pint or two. Tobias takes you from one end of the city to the other on one of the best Bar Crawl routes in Belfast.

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Patrick Doherty | 13 July, 2022

Dublin is only a short train ride away from Belfast so it makes a great destination for a day trip. Join Medical Student Patrick for a sightseeing trip through Dublin.

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Tessa Rendina | 6 July, 2022

Belfast is a great base for European travel. Take a look at American student Tessa's trips so far!

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Manasa Ramakrishna | 30 June, 2022

Moving to a new country often comes with culture shock. Manasa has some tips about religion, recipes and celebrating cultural events in Belfast.

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Sara Katzer | 27 June, 2022

Funds running low? Don't despair! Architecture student Sara is here with some top tips on free things to do in Belfast and top landmarks to explore.

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Sumita Selvakumar | 22 June, 2022

No car? No worries! Derry is easily reachable via train from Belfast.

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Tobias Hunter-Tod | 17 June, 2022

Thinking Belfast is 'too far away' for uni because you have to get on a plane or a ferry? See how you can save time and money with GB student Tobias' guide to getting here.

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Mollie Egan-Crossan | 10 June, 2022

Join Film and Theatre Making student Mollie for a trip around St. George's Market and Common Market in Belfast

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Manasa Ramakrishna | 7 June, 2022

Moving to a different country for university is a huge decision, hear from Canadian student Manasa on her experience of coming to Belfast and the warm welcome she received.

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Seohyun Lee | 1 June, 2022

South Korean student Seohyun Lee takes you on a tour of a few spots right next to campus where you can enjoy a day out without breaking the bank!

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Darshana Araventhan | 27 May, 2022

Funds running low? Take a look at Darshana's top tips for places to visit in the Titanic Quarter which won't break the bank!

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Claire Ford | 12 May, 2022

The student loan has run dry, and you’re sitting bored in your student accommodation whilst everyone else heads out...don't despair, Claire's here with her list of cheap things to do in Belfast!

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Sumita Selvakumar | 23 May, 2022

From vintage bargains to the latest best-selling books, Sumita has put together a list of charity shops in Belfast to keep your wardrobe updated, save you money and donate to good causes.

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Claire Ford | 3 May, 2022

From Ed Sheeran to Tina Turner tributes, Business Management student Claire Ford has the top picks for your Belfast social calendar this May.

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Allison Linzing | 10 May, 2022

There's never a dull night in Belfast. With so many places to choose from American blogger Allison has put together her top picks for the best craic every night of the week!

The Black Box mural
Lindsey Crissey | 16 April, 2022

Wondering what there is to do in Belfast at the weekend? Postgrad student Lindsey Crissey is here with her guide to The Black Box.

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Ashvi Prem | 14 April, 2022

Indian student vlogger Ashvi Prem has some top tips for International Students coming to Queen's. Spoiler alert...it rains here sometimes!

The Palm House Botanic Gardens
Georgia Thornton-Smith | 12 April, 2022

There's so much more to Belfast than the bar scene. Here’s Georgia’s top seven fun things to do in and around the city!

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Tessa Rendina | 5 April, 2022

Take a trip with Tessa around some of the most beautiful spots in Northern Ireland that are easily reached by public transport.

Raven Undersun | 15 March, 2022

Raven tells us about Belfast's rich literary past and present.

Allison Linzing | 25 February, 2022

Allison gives us a rundown of her favourite things to do in Belfast and Northern Ireland.

Staff writer | 21 January, 2022

Find out what makes student life in Belfast so affordable.

Wanjiru Chigiti | 8 December, 2021

Wanjiru Chigiti tells us about the cost of student living in Belfast and shares her top tips for how you can save some money.

Llarely Saldivar | 25 November, 2021

Llarely Saldivar tells us about her time on a recent student wellbeing trip to watch the sunrise from the top of Cavehill. She talks what you need to bring, the joy of early starts and the small differences between Belfast and Southern California...

Charlotte Baxter, BA English | 21 October, 2021

Charlotte Baxter tells us her favourite places to get brunch in the city. From the most instagram-worthy location to the best place in town for a brownie, Charlotte is full of great brunch-related advice!

Valerie Chen, 3rd year Business student | 8 September, 2021

Valerie Chen tells us her top 5 tips for settling into life at Queen's as a first year international student.

Yi Kang Choo, LLB Law | 7 October, 2021

Yi Kang Choo tells us about his top five day trip ideas for students living in Northern Ireland.

Staff writer | 2 September, 2021

Here's some of the best activities our wee city has to offer - from classic pub crawls and museums to activities guaranteed to give you an adrenaline rush!

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Eithne O'Brien, MSc City Planning and Design | 12 May, 2021

Eithne tells us why she has loved her time living in Belfast.

A food and coffee tour of Belfast | 5 July, 2021

Hear from Erin Mussett, a third-year student of History and English. She tells us about her favourite places to eat or grab a coffee in Belfast.

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Madelyn Nowak-Roddy, PhD Parasitology | 11 March, 2021

Meet American PhD student Madelyn Nowak-Roddy and read about her passion for hiking, photography and the 'Beans Challenge'. Intrigued? You should be!

They use euros over there, right? | 27 October, 2020

Moving to Queen's, family and friends gave Ross McDonald advice on what to do and what not to do in Belfast. Here's how they matched up with reality.

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Closer To Home Than You Think | 6 August, 2020

Did you know it’s the safest place in the UK?

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Student Blogger | 4 September, 2020

Worried Belfast is too far from your family? Don’t be. With cheap airfares and super speedy flight times, your nearest and dearest won’t be able to resist a visit (or three).

Sneha Parajuli, MSc Business Analytics | 10 January, 2020

Sneha Parajuli from Nepal says NI’s beautiful landscapes are well worth tearing herself away from a Harry Potter binge on the sofa.

Clare Rhine, MBA | 24 February, 2020

You don’t just get a quality room for a great price when you move into Queen’s Accommodation – you get to go on a range of fantastic trips, including to the Game of Thrones filming locations, says Clare Rhine, MBA.

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Marissa Piccolo, MA Global Security | 11 April, 2018

When you arrive at Queen’s, prepare to get your GOT nerd on and express your inner Stark., says Master's student Marissa Piccolo, from Connecticut, USA.

Clare Rhine, MBA | 21 October, 2019

Queen’s MBA student Clare Rhine and some of her new friends at Queen's bundled up for a day of exploring the North Antrim Coast. They saw it all, including the famous Giant's Causeway and The Dark Hedges!

Lily West, MA | 10 January, 2020

Queen’s MA student Lily West gives her top picks for the best bookshops in Belfast for students

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Hannah Badger, BSc (Hons) Human Biology | 6 July, 2018

Summer is here (hurrah!) so there’s never been a better time to get out there and explore what’s on your doorstep. Here are a few places North and South of the border that I think are worth a visit this summer…

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Northern Ireland Student Blog | 26 February, 2018

Belfast’s film industry is thriving with every major production crew from 'Line of Duty' to 'The Fall' coming to Northern Ireland, but which TV tribe do you belong to?

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Northern Ireland Student Blog | 26 February, 2018

Hint: this can get confusing.

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Staff writer | 27 February, 2018

Did you know it’s the safest place in the UK?

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Northern Ireland Student Blog | 27 February, 2018

Get your bearings with this local guide to the student hotspots.

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Northern Ireland Student Blog | 28 February, 2018

Our guide to finding the right area to live in the city.

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Northern Ireland Student Blog | 29 April, 2020

Your bite-sized guide to student life in the city.

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Northern Ireland Student Blog | 26 March, 2018

From art and food to culture and comedy, Belfast has a packed schedule of international festivals, celebrations and events for you to enjoy. Here is just a snapshot.

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Northern Ireland Student Blog | 24 April, 2018

If all you know about Belfast is what your parents have told you about a bygone era, think again. As these students found out, Belfast is safe, friendly and affordable modern city that’s buzzing with energy and culture.

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Northern Ireland Student Blog | 25 April, 2018

Wondering what there is to do in your downtime while you're a student at Queen's? Take a leaf out of these students' books and take in the epic countryscapes, beaches and mountains right on the doorstep of Belfast.

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Northern Ireland Student Blog | 15 June, 2018

All you need to know to sound like an expert in Northern Irish politics.

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Northern Ireland Student Blog | 3 May, 2018

Explore caves, castles and coastline – and be back in time for tea!

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Niamh Wallace, BA English | 9 May, 2018

School’s out for summer, so hit the road and visit the must-see sites of The Causeway Coast, the region dubbed the best in the world to visit this year!

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Séverine Robert, Postgraduate Research | 4 July, 2018

Simple tips to smooth your transition to life at Queen’s.

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Andre McCarron, Product Design Engineering | 17 July, 2018

Product Design Engineering student Andre McCarron knows that it's hard to make the student loan last. Here are his six simple tips to making your money go further.

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Séverine Robert, Postgraduate Research | 17 August, 2018

Safe, friendly and affordable – what’s not to love?

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Queen's Student Blog | 1 May, 2020

Add this catch-all phrase for fun, entertainment, gossip, news and good banter to your vocab, stat.

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William Graham, BSc Business Management | 31 August, 2018

Nervous about moving to Northern Ireland, a small country with people you’ve probably heard little about? Local student William Graham tells you everything you need to know about the NI locals.

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Queen's Student Blog | 29 April, 2020

Belfast is a thriving and fashion-forward city, bustling with high fashion boutiques and designer hot spots. Luckily, this blog post has already done the hard work and found all the best fashion spots in town.

Christian Green, BA Film and Theatre Making | 29 November, 2019

Final year Film & Theatre Making student Christian Green loves going out and partying in Belfast so much he made this short video all about it.

Christian Green, BA Film and Theatre Making | 23 January, 2020

Final year Film & Theatre Making student Christian Green breaks down some of the most common phrases you'll hear as a student in Northern Ireland.

Christian Green & Emily Wilson | 2 March, 2020

Coming to Queen’s in September and keen to get your bearings? Film students Christian Green and Emily Wilson are here with your four-minute introductory guide.

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Ruchismita Bhattacharjee, Business Analytics | 24 February, 2020

Searching for a cultural reference point before you move to Belfast? Binge-watch these movies and TV shows to get up-to-speed on the local lingo and landscapes, says Ruchismita Bhattacharjee.

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Shreya Mohal, International MBA | 12 February, 2018

Living and studying at Queen’s University has been the best experience, but it’s not without a few surprises, says MBA student Shreya Mohal.

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Lauren Johnson, BA English | 7 June, 2018

With this line-up, summer is well and truly heating up!

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Peter Moor, BA English and Linguistics | 13 February, 2018

You’re going to university. The reality is you’re going to be doing a fair bit of reading. The perfect excuse to take a nosey round some of the cutest bookshops in and around Queen’s, says Peter Moor.

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Peter Moor, BA English and Linguistics | 13 March, 2018

From cutting-edge comedy to big-band musicals, Belfast is home to some of the best theatre in the world.

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Peter Moor, BA English and Linguistics | 11 April, 2018

On April 15th 1912, the famous Titanic ship sunk; 106 years on, Belfast pays homage to the passengers of the doomed liner.

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Peter Moor, BA English and Linguistics | 1 May, 2018

Whether you're a movie buff or only in it for the blockbusters, there's a cinema to suit everyone in Belfast!

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Peter Moor, BA English and Linguistics | 17 August, 2018

If you’re coming to the Open Day then let’s hope you’ve got an hour or two to spare before heading home as there’s a load to do in Belfast. Here’s 5 things to check out while you’re here.

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Peter Moor, BA English and Linguistics | 21 August, 2018

We defy you not to get the warm and fuzzies when you hear the accent.

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PETER MOOR, BA ENGLISH AND LINGUISTICS | 21 September, 2018

It’s the weekend! No more lectures or tutorials, so what to do? Here’s my pick of activities to keep entertained (rather than just lying in bed for the whole weekend!)

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PETER MOOR, BA ENGLISH AND LINGUISTICS | 10 October, 2018

Game of Thrones – the world’s top TV show. You might not know – a load of it is filmed in and around Belfast. While you’re waiting for season 8 (I know it’s taking ages!) then check out these 4 ways to become a GoT tourist! POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT!

Olaoluwayode Bilewu, BSc Business Economics | 6 June, 2019

You don't need to break the bank to have a good day out in Belfast! In fact, the city is packed with great places to visit and enjoy when you're on a budget.

Alice, Gabbie and Maisie | 7 February, 2020

From Brexit borders to NI politics, three students who came to Queen’s from England reveal the most bizarre – and untrue - things they’ve been asked about student life in Belfast.

Tejinder Gill, BDS Dentistry | 29 April, 2020

When you're new to Belfast, the accent can sometimes be a little different. Tejinder is here to share some of the most common phrases you might hear when you move here as well as what they mean. You'll be speaking like a local in no time!

Tejinder Gill, BDS Dentistry | 13 March, 2019

Tejinder is sharing some misconceptions she had about Belfast before moving here from Canada. *Spoiler alert* It doesn't always rain here!

Tamanna Khurana, MA Arts Management | 12 December, 2019

From food so affordable she texted home to gloat to year-round live sports action, Canadian student Tamanna explains why she has fallen in love with Belfast.

Tamanna Khurana, MA Arts Management | 16 December, 2019

Staying in Northern Ireland for the holidays? Our blogger Tamanna has this student-friendly guide to the perfect staycation in the North coast.

Hew Hoong Liang, LLB LAW | 26 June, 2019

Belfast is filled with so many beautiful green spaces and waterways it can be hard to pick which one to visit. However, Liang has done just that! Check out his favourite Parks in Belfast and why they're the perfect escape in a busy city.

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Hew Hoong Liang, LLB LAW | 1 May, 2020

So you’ve got some free time during the night but you’re not quite sure where to hang out. Fear not, while our Malaysian Student Blogger Liang shows you how to spend your night – the Malaysian Way.

Si Yee, Biomedical Sciences | 21 October, 2019

Our resident movie fan, Si Lee, a Biomedical Sciences student from Hong Kong on the top places to catch the latest blockbuster in Belfast.