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.
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.
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.
Cost of Living
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!
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.
Big offer of vegan food…
Like the big offer of vegan food
Restaurants are also dirt cheap…
Restaurants are also dirt cheap. Me and my boyfriend have gone out on date nights and spent £25
Food quality is very high…
Food quality is very high due to Northern Ireland being an agriculture-driven economy.
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!
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
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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