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Study in Belfast

Small on size, big on excitement, Belfast promises adventure to all those who seek it, with picturesque views too.

Game of Thrones

Many locations in Northern Ireland will look familiar to GOT fans. Catch a tour at Belfast's Titanic Studios where filming took place.

Game of Thrones

City life – Queen's University Belfast student

'Good fun and relaxed as a city. All of the Irish are so friendly. Safe and cheap with quick links to the rest of the UK.'


A favourite tipple in Northern Ireland, with many distilleries in Belfast itself.


Nightlife – third year student at Queen's University Belfast, 2016

'The pub scene is fantastic. However due to licence laws they all close very early. The Parlour is good for pizza and beer deals. Woodcutters is pricey but has excellent cocktails and more importantly board games!'

Giant's Causeway

An hour away from Belfast, Northern Ireland's only UNESCO World Heritage Site is absolutely stunning.

Giant's Causeway

Student life in Belfast

Local gems, tips, and things to do, as recommended by students.
Treat yourself
Cabaret and cocktails at the funky Cafe Vaudeville
Friday feeling
The Cathedral Quarter – always buzzing with live music
Sunday chilling
A fry up (or 'Ulster Fry') at Maggie Mays (for just £3!)
When family visit
Walk round the Botanic Gardens - beautiful all year round
Feeling cultural
Take a trip through history via Belfast's famous Murals
Catch up with mates
Visit Filthy McNastys, a fusion of pub and club, perfect for a night out.

St George's Market

Sample one of the 248 market stalls here, to enjoy a real taste of Belfast.

Nightlife – third year student at Queen's University Belfast, 2016

'Limelight is the best club for music. Cuckoo's has ping pong and old school arcade games, with cheap and fashionable jam jar drinks. The Cathedral Quarter is also fantastic for pubs.'

Belfast architechture

Immerse yourself in the architecture of Belfast, ranging from Georgian to modern buildings.

Second year student at Queen's University Belfast, 2016

'Avoid the Holylands unless you're a party animal. You almost certainly will find a nice property there but you'll lose your deposit on St Patrick's Day when the house parties start in the area.'

Streets of Belfast

Belfast is home to some famous streets, pulling together history and modernity, and well worth exploring.

Second year student at Queen's University Belfast, 2018

'I live off Lisburn Road. A lot of students live around this area. It’s perfect for students living away from home for the first time as it’s close to a medium-sized Tesco and all the other necessities such as restaurants, pubs, hairdressers, bus stops, etc.'

Town centre

Home to loads of independent boutiques, the town centre is the perfect place to shop.

Living in Belfast

Housing, travel, and budgeting tips.

Average weekly rents*
  • Private landlord
  • £52 - £88
  • Cheap
Housing value for money*
  • Fair deal
Local transport*
  • £15.50
  • Weekly Network Wide Ticket
  • (Bus)
Where you'll find students*
  • Stranmillis
  • The Holylands
  • Lisburn Road

*Average mean rents via (Feb 2017). Value for money via Which? University Survey 2016. Local transport via local operators' website.

Student money tips

Catch a free exhibition (and glass of wine) at the Naughton Gallery in Queen's University.

The cost of living as a student soon adds up, us our budget calculator to find out roughly how much you'll need each month.

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