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. 

Cost of Living

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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Public Transport

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

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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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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Great Patrick Street 4.78 /5

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Swanston House 4.72 /5

There’s not really anything they can improve upon. All the staff are so lovely, and run events for us. In particular Ellie and Lauren. The night staff...

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123 York Street 4.71 /5

Been living in 123 York Street for the first semester and have enjoyed every minute of it. Staff are great and very friendly and everything is clean. ...

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Little Patrick Street 4.68 /5

The reception is nice!! The rooms are Bright and spacious, the kitchen is well furnished, the public area is big and tidy, and the stuff disinfect com...

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John Bell House 4.46 /5

I had a great stay in John Bell house. I love my room and the location is perfect. Never too noisy or busy in the building. The staff are always kind ...

#6
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LIV Student Belfast 4.28 /5

When moving from England, I had to choose student accomodation. The uni accomodation at Queen's messed me around, so I enquired at Liv. Without 4 hour...

#7
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Elms BT9 3.82 /5

Locationally its very posh. But a bit far from city center. If you enjoy quiet living but want it just far enough to be close to most ameneties, BT9 i...

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Dalriada Student Village 3.51 /5

Living just a stones throw away from Campus made life so much better for going to Class. Even last year, when I stayed here for my third year in a row...

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22nd December 2021

I've been living...

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14th December 2021

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10th December 2021

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10th December 2021

I personally am u...

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Nights out are gr...

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10th December 2021

love belfast, so...

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10th December 2021

Belfast is lovely...

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10th December 2021

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10th December 2021

Belfast is a grea...

Belfast is a great city except for some of the public transport. I have had to start walking to university as my busses never seem to arrive! read more

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10th December 2021

Rent is cheap, gr...

Rent is cheap, groceries can be expensive, eating out definitely isn’t cheap, nor is shopping, and currently the nightlife isn’t the best, but that’s partially due to COVID. Too many student nights and not enough alternative nights. read more

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10th December 2021

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9th December 2021

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9th December 2021

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9th December 2021

Belfast is great...

Belfast is great to live in. Everything is nearby and easy to access. Nightlife is exceptionally great with a wide variety of pubs and clubs. There is something for everyone. A bit expensive to live near the city centre but living with a few friends it's definitely manageable read more

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9th December 2021

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7th December 2021

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29th November 2021

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17th November 2021

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16th November 2021

Belfast is pretty...

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16th November 2021

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12th November 2021

I'm extremely imp...

I'm extremely impressed by Belfast - I love it here. The transport is good, things are cheap, and there's plenty of shops. read more

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10th November 2021

The majority of s...

The majority of shops close very early in belfast read more

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9th November 2021

Great night life...

Great night life and everything is close read more

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22nd October 2021

Great city centre...

Great city centre with a range of things to do and see. Transport can be unreliable and traffic can be an issue read more

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11th October 2021

Not extortionate...

Not extortionate to live in, amazing eateries, however night life is hindered by early closing times, lack of variety and number of clubs. Shopping is decent, however Castle Court is quite run down and high street has many vacant spaces. Public transport is completely unreliable, lack of night buses which are essential for night time workers, lack of bus routes that stretch from one end of the city to the other, all public transport stops at 11pm and oftentimes rude staff read more

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11th October 2021

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Public transport can be confusing at first. The accommodations are in a perfect spot, only a 15 min walk to the center, and a 20 min walk to the bus/train station. Everyhting is in a good spot. read more

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11th October 2021

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Travel expenses and Accommodation expenses are High. read more

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11th October 2021

Belfast is great,...

Belfast is great, a small city but has everything you need read more

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4th October 2021

Very lively city...

Very lively city and is a big change to my normal surroundings but I've somewhat familiarised myself with it now. read more

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3rd October 2021

Amazing shopping...

Amazing shopping opportunties and many clubs and bars to have a great night out. read more

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3rd October 2021

Great Nightlife a...

Great Nightlife and shopping opportunities. Everything is close together do you don't have to stay too far read more

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2nd October 2021

Transport is alwa...

Transport is always available, great place for a night out! read more

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2nd October 2021

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6th July 2021

I’m glad my campu...

I’m glad my campus and my apartment located near the city centre of Belfast, really convenient to go everywhere. read more

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6th July 2021

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6th July 2021

Belfast is a beau...

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24th June 2021

Good city and aff...

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14th June 2021

Great city for an...

Great city for an affordable university experience, incredibly inclusive and a range of beauty across the country. read more

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3rd June 2021

Very welcoming ci...

Very welcoming city, lots of things to do and see read more

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member1259470
2nd June 2021

Belfast is a fun...

Belfast is a fun place to live, there are lots of great restaurants and bars to eat out in as well as loads of shops to go shopping in read more

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member859288
29th May 2021

Calm and nice cit...

Calm and nice city. Excellent life quality. Every one is friendly. Access to everything is easy read more

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member759281
29th May 2021

There wasn’t much...

There wasn’t much to do until lockdown eased but there are many places in the city and loads of job opportunities read more

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member1359272
29th May 2021

Fantasy city! Exp...

Fantasy city! Expensive bars and restaurants though read more

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member1359249
28th May 2021

What can I say Be...

What can I say Belfast is insane !!! I love every second of it !!! It’s honestly one of the best places to eat out and to have fun and great for especially the student life , loads of bars and everything!! read more

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member659245
28th May 2021

Great place for c...

Great place for coffee and shopping. Some decent restaurants and bars also read more

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member1156486
17th April 2021

Usually a nice pl...

Usually a nice place to live in. Especially city centre. read more

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member455368
18th March 2021

Extremely friendl...

Extremely friendly people with a range of different activities to get involved in. Very exuberant night life which results in some powerful night outs. read more

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member651788
25th October 2020

Good city. Nice p...

Good city. Nice people. Haven’t tried public transport. Shopping options are good read more

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memberofbelfastheckk
30th August 2020

Really homely and...

Really homely and nice place. Better than English top metropolitan cities as a inttovert person. More people you would connect with and less people who are just a crowd to you! read more

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member450108
28th July 2020

Great town and fr...

Great town and friendly people. read more

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Caiken
28th July 2020

I have had the be...

I have had the best time living in Belfast! After I dropped stranmillis and started Biology at queens my mental health improved and life became enjoyable! read more

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member550076
27th July 2020

Belfast is amazin...

Belfast is amazing i am so glad i decided to come read more

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member1249743
7th July 2020

It has everything...

It has everything you could need in a city. read more

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member1349708
7th July 2020

Again location do...

Again location does not matter for Open University read more

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member448179
14th May 2020

There's plenty of...

There's plenty of good places to stay and things to do! The buses can be a bit confusing though read more

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member1048098
13th May 2020

Horrific, Great...

Horrific, Great place to be afraid read more

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member1048098
13th May 2020

Actually was Derr...

Actually was Derry city at Magee campus read more

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member645365
8th February 2020

A great town with...

A great town with lots of art events. A very easy place to familiarize yourself with. Public transportation is good. Shopping is also good. read more

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Keevus
6th February 2020

Belfast is a grea...

Belfast is a great city. Thats easy to navigate and fun to live in read more

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tehanss
2nd February 2020

Belfast is quite...

Belfast is quite expensive however you can find some wonderful deals, you just have to look! read more

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member845145
1st February 2020

Great place to li...

Great place to live and everything’s accessible read more

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Alexx
31st January 2020

Eating is very ex...

Eating is very expensive for students but good nightlife and loads of attractions. Buses regularly and trains. Good shopping centres and always new shops opening read more

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member1345131
31st January 2020

You are in the ce...

You are in the centre of everywhere and everything and it is easy to walk to anywhere. read more

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member1929309
31st January 2020

It's good for wha...

It's good for what it is. Compared to other UK cities, it has its advantages and disadvantages. read more

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Kirsty053
31st January 2020

Good shopping, de...

Good shopping, decent night's out but the bars are waay better and there are plenty of restaurants to choose from. read more

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member745127
31st January 2020

Like the big offe...

Like the big offer of vegan food read more

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Holderoflight
31st January 2020

Poor bus connecti...

Poor bus connections and poor timetabling read more

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member645122
31st January 2020

It’s decent yeah,...

It’s decent yeah, not too shabby aha read more

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member645114
31st January 2020

Belfast is cheape...

Belfast is cheaper than most other UK cities, and has a good nightlife. Transport out of the city, run by Translink, is unreliable and low quality read more

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Shanana
19th January 2020

Coming from Engla...

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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member1144392
12th December 2019

Great city, with...

Great city, with Lots of things to do read more

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member743545
13th November 2019

Local spar beside...

Local spar beside me has good deals and bus runs every 15 minutes or so to city centre read more

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member443481
12th November 2019

If you are planni...

If you are planning to live here and away from home be prepared to be broke all the time read more

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Member2527
10th November 2019

Belfast is a very...

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

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member543378
9th November 2019

Overall experienc...

Overall experience in Belfast was good. read more

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member543321
8th November 2019

Belfast cost of l...

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

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member1143158
4th November 2019

belfast is great...

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

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member1043138
4th November 2019

There's a lot to...

There's a lot to do and it's great for a night out ( provided there's student nights on). read more

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member1242974
27th October 2019

Great nights out,...

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

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member1042967
26th October 2019

Great public tran...

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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member1242964
26th October 2019

Have to say Love...

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

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PDalton
24th October 2019

Cheap and safe. B...

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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member442741
15th October 2019

Belfast is all fo...

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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member61982
22nd April 2015

Belfast is only a...

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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