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Why Choose Queen’s

Ten things about studying in Northern Ireland that’ll stop your parents worrying

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

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‌1. You’ll be safer here than anywhere else in the UK

According to British Crime Surveys (2018/19), Northern Ireland is the safest place in the UK, so your parents can sleep tight.


 Ladies shopping

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2. The locals love a good quality knit

Especially an Aran jumper. Some of them are actually home-made. These are the kind of people you can bring home to meet mum and dad. ‌


3. Life here won’t break the bank (of mum and dad)

With the lowest cost of student living in the UK (Which? University, 2018) and the lowest student rent in the UK (NatWest Student Living Index 2020), it’s among the nation’s cheapest student cities.

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4. It’s the happiest place in the UK

The locals are famed for their friendliness so it’s no wonder that Northern Ireland is officially the happiest place in the UK (Office of National Statistics, 2016).

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5.You can afford private transport

Belfast has the lowest taxi fares in the UK (, 2017), so you can afford door-to-door travel after dark (did you hear that, mum?). 


6. You’ll be closer to home than you think

All major UK cities are within an hour's flying time and London is just 50 minutes by air. What’s more, there are direct flights from Belfast to 70 global destinations.


7. Eating is no longer cheating

Northern Ireland is in the midst of a food revolution and Belfast and has been named the world’s best food destination (International Travel and Tourism Awards, 2018)

 Students eating food at The Parlour

8. You’ll be graduating at the same place as classical music group The Priests…

If your mum can’t take comfort in that, your gran definitely will. 


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9. …But also honorary graduates Bill Clinton and Nelson Mandela

Hello, future world leader. 

Bill Clinton

10. It’s a big city with a village feel

No need for scary tubes, you can walk from campus to city centre in 15 minutes. 

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Belfast Lough © Christopher Heaney Photographic/NI Tourist Board

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