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Belfast and Northern Ireland

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...

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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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Nothern Ireland Student Blog | 18 June, 2018

If you’ve got an idea for an early stage start-up, there are plenty of investment opportunities right on your doorstep in Belfast – a city with innovation at its heart.

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Northern Ireland Student Blog | 29 June, 2018

Belfast is a unique place, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

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.

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.

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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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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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.

Nermin Al Sharman, PhD Interpreting | 19 February, 2018

Queen’s postgraduate student Nermin Al Sharman, the Jordanian blogger behind The White Rose Project shares Belfast through her lens.