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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

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By Shanana
On 19th January 20

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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

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By Shanana
On 19th January 20

Living in Belfast

Queen’s University in Belfast has a great location; close to the waterfront and right on top of all the main attractions that Northern Ireland’s Capital has on offer.

There’s a lot here for sports fans, with professional football and rugby teams playing at venues in the city, and an ice hockey team at the Odyssey Arena. There’s also the Gaelic games played over at Casement Park. These games are unique to Ireland and if you’ve not watched them before the vicious speed and skill of a hurling match is really something to see.

Belfast is cheaper than most cities of a similar size in the rest of the UK, so you can really get your money’s worth when you go 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.

There are several cinemas in the city, including the QFT art house cinema that’s run on the Queen’s campus, and a good number of theatres. The nightlife here is as good as you’d hope, and there’s a fairly even mix of pubs, clubs and bars to suit everybody - of course with the usual student favourites like The Bot and Laverys. However it’s the live music scene in Belfast that is truly fantastic, with a huge variety of venues showcasing live acts from traditional Irish right up to contemporary mainstream music. Bigger venues include the Odyssey Arena, Waterfront Hall and Ulster Hall, but it seems like every other pub in Belfast has a band in it too, so try out a few different ones and find your favourite.

It’s raining! What can I do?

  • Get cultured: Belfast’s history is culturally rich and intensely political, and you can find out all about it at the Armagh County Museum. Then again, you could just go the Ulster Museum instead and enjoy the dinosaurs and Egyptian mummies. Who doesn’t love a 10ft high reindeer?
  • The Titanic: It’s impossible to talk about Northern Ireland’s capital city without mentioning the ill-fated Titanic, which was built and launched from Belfast’s drydocks. Recently the city has been celebrating this part of its impressive engineerings heritage more, so if that floats your boat the Titanic Belfast experience in its iconic building is easy to find.
  • Get cultured: The Grand Opera House, Lyric Theatre and Tinderbox Theatre provide a range of shows, comedy and music acts.  Check out their websites to see what takes your fancy.

Good to know

  • Bus: The Metro service runs from the centre to the outskirts of the city in several directions, while Ulsterbus connects you up with the rest of Northern Ireland. Check their websites for routes and times.
  • Taxi: Value Cabs or Fonacab
  • Ferry: As long as the weather’s good, there will be between 2 and 6 ferries going between Dublin port and Liverpool per day.


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Student Review: 4 /5
By member651788 On 25th October 20

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

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Student Review: 4 /5
By memberofbelfastheckk On 30th August 20

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!

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member450108 On 28th July 20

Great town and friendly people.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By Caiken On 28th July 20

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!

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member550076 On 27th July 20

Belfast is amazing i am so glad i decided to come

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1249743 On 7th July 20

It has everything you could need in a city.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1349708 On 7th July 20

Again location does not matter for Open University

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member448179 On 14th May 20

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

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Student Review: 1 /5
By member1048098 On 13th May 20

Horrific, Great place to be afraid

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Student Review: 2 /5
By member1048098 On 13th May 20

Actually was Derry city at Magee campus

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member645365 On 8th February 20

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

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Student Review: 4 /5
By Keevus On 6th February 20

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

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Student Review: 3 /5
By tehanss On 2nd February 20

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

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member845145 On 1st February 20

Great place to live and everything’s accessible

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Student Review: 4 /5
By Alexx On 31st January 20

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

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1345131 On 31st January 20

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

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member1929309 On 31st January 20

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

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Student Review: 4 /5
By Kirsty053 On 31st January 20

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

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member745127 On 31st January 20

Like the big offer of vegan food

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Student Review: 3 /5
By Holderoflight On 31st January 20

Poor bus connections and poor timetabling

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member645122 On 31st January 20

It’s decent yeah, not too shabby aha

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member645114 On 31st January 20

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

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Student Review: 5 /5
By Shanana On 19th January 20

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

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member1144392 On 12th December 19

Great city, with Lots of things to do

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member743545 On 13th November 19

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

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member443481 On 12th November 19

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

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Student Review: 5 /5
By Member2527 On 10th November 19

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

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member543378 On 9th November 19

Overall experience in Belfast was good.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member543321 On 8th November 19

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

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member1143158 On 4th November 19

belfast is great wee place to live with something for everyone

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member1043138 On 4th November 19

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

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member1242974 On 27th October 19

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

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1042967 On 26th October 19

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

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member1242964 On 26th October 19

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

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Student Review: 4 /5
By PDalton On 24th October 19

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.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member442741 On 15th October 19

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.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member61982 On 22nd April 15

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.

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