Belfast is a very student oriented city! It’s a great place for students looking for the city experience in a less overwhelming form

By Member2527 On 10th November 2019

Study in Belfast

Queen’s University and the Belfast Campus of Ulster University, have great locations. They are close to the waterfront and right on top of all the main attractions that Northern Ireland’s Capital has on offer.

 

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Queen's University Belfast (QUB)

Queen’s University is the ninth oldest UK university, founded in 1845 and is a prestigious Russell Group university. They offer approximately 300 degree programmes spread across three faculty groupings which are Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Engineering and Physical Sciences and Medicine, Health and Life Sciences. 

 

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Ulster University

Ulster University has four campuses spread across Northern Ireland, the Belfast Campus is situated in the cultural and artistic centre of the city known as the Cathedral Quarter. Traditionally associated with arts nowadays the campus spans a range of subjects such as architecture, hospitality, event management, photography and digital animation.

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Belfast Student Life

It’s good craic! If there’s something you’ll have to get used to is the Northern Irish lingo. Belfast is a welcoming capital city, that is easy to get around and so much to offer students. You’ll have no problem settling in and making it feel like home. 

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Accommodation

Student accommodation costs range from £75 - £235 per week; the average is £136 per week. 

Compare the average elsewhere: Liverpool: £150/week, Lancaster: £158/week, London: £287/week.

(prices are for all purpose-built student accommodation (both private and university-owned) over the last 12 months, as listed on StudentCrowd)

The average price for:

A cheap meal at a restaurant: £12
A pint of beer: £4.50
A regular takeout coffee: £2.68
1L of milk: £0.84
A loaf of white bread: £1

Prices (for cost of living only) are about 7% lower than equivalent costs in Liverpool, about 8% lower than Lancaster and 32% lower than London!

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You’ll find it easy and simple to get everywhere by foot, with the central campus being no more than a 15-min walk to most places you need to go. It’s also easy to get around by bike thanks to the Belfast Bike public bike scheme rental. You can pick up a bike at one docking station and leave it at another. Belfast is well connected by rail, road, air and ferry to give plenty of options to get in and out of the city.

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member745127
31st January 2020

Big offer of vegan food…

Like the big offer of vegan food

Shanana
19th January 2020

Restaurants are also dirt cheap…

Restaurants are also dirt cheap. Me and my boyfriend have gone out on date nights and spent £25

PDalton
24th October 2019

Food quality is very high…

 Food quality is very high due to Northern Ireland being an agriculture-driven economy.

member442741
15th October 2019

Belfast is all round…

Belfast is all round a great place to be a student , there are plenty of cheap supermarkets , great nightclubs , restaurants and shopping centres!

 

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Shopping

Two key places to know about are the Victoria Square Shopping Centre, which includes over 50 shops, restaurants and a cinema, and St George’s Market. This historic market is over 150 years old but is still a major part of city life and a great place to track down some bargains.

Top 5 Pubs

  1. The Botanic Inn
    Affectionately known as ‘The Bot’ they are famous for their ‘Bot Wednesdays’ which is known as one of the best student nights out in the week. It’s one of the city’s top spots for great food, quality drinks, live music and a lively atmosphere!
  2.  The Crown Bar
    The Crown is an iconic 200-year-old pub and the most famous in Belfast. Imagine carved mahogany booths, etched-glass, Victorian tiles and a fantastic selection of everything from cask ales to premium gins.
  3. Duke of York 
    Down a cobbled alleyway, in the historic Half Bap area is the Duke of York. It’s a traditional pub that’s full of character with a great atmosphere. The walls are covered in Belfast memorabilia including hundreds of old photos.
  4. The Dirty Onion 
    Housed in an old Whisky warehouse, they describe themselves as an authentic Irish pub with a modern twist. They boast a large beer garden, a cosy fire inside and entertainment 7 nights a week… oh and make sure you try their chicken.
  5. The Parlour 
    If you like pizza and alcohol then you’ll love the Parlour. Based in the Student Quarter, they put on different themed nights for students such as quiz nights and live music nights, it will be sure to become a firm favourite!

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Belfast is quite expensive...

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31st January 2020

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31st January 2020

It's good for what it...

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31st January 2020

Good shopping, decent...

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31st January 2020

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31st January 2020

Poor bus connections...

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31st January 2020

It’s decent yeah, not...

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31st January 2020

Belfast is cheaper than...

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19th January 2020

Coming from England,...

Coming from England, a train return ticket to the nearest town over is £18. Here, you can go across the entirety of Northern Ireland with a return for £4! Renting is super cheap too. A 3 bedroom house with a garden costs around £500 a month, which split between three people is pennies! Pubs are really popular here, with people turning up with their own instruments to play music and everyone coming over for a chat. You can't go on a night out here without making a bunch of new friends. There are some really amazing nightclubs too, all of them so different to one another that you have to go to them all to find out what one is your style. Victoria Square is the main shopping centre, although there are multiple. It's extremely pretty with a large selection of shops. It is also only a couple minutes walk away from the Titanic quarter which is an absolutely gorgeous place of the city. Restaurants are also dirt cheap. Me and my boyfriend have gone out on date nights and spent £25 read more

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Local spar beside me...

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12th November 2019

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10th November 2019

Belfast is a very student...

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9th November 2019

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Overall experience in Belfast was good. read more

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8th November 2019

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Belfast cost of living is living and public transports runs to most places. read more

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4th November 2019

belfast is great wee...

belfast is great wee place to live with something for everyone read more

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4th November 2019

There's a lot to do and...

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27th October 2019

Great nights out, love...

Great nights out, love the live music, but expensive public transport. read more

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26th October 2019

Great public transport...

Great public transport compared to the rest of N.Ireland. Great shopping centres such as Victoria square and castle court. Great place for a cheap night out read more

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26th October 2019

Have to say Love Belfast...

Have to say Love Belfast even though it’s barely a city read more

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24th October 2019

Cheap and safe. Belfast...

Cheap and safe. Belfast gets a bad reputation for what happened 40-50 years ago but the reality is its now one of the safest places in the UK due to incredibly well-trained police and security. Public transport can be hit or miss, so expect to arrive 5-10 minutes later than the bus service tells you to. Food quality is very high due to Northern Ireland being an agriculture-driven economy. read more

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15th October 2019

Belfast is all found...

Belfast is all found a great place to be a student , there are plenty of cheap supermarkets , great nightclubs , restaurants and shopping centres! Public transport is cheap and easy to use. read more

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22nd April 2015

Belfast is only a wee...

Belfast is only a wee place, you can walk it in a day which makes it a good university city. On top of that the people are the friendliest you could hope to meet and it's cheap to live. It's also better than England, being Ireland. read more

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