Botanic Gardens in Belfast

Living at Queen's University Belfast

Why is Belfast great?

Belfast is home. It’s a city that welcomes you with open arms. From the moment you arrive, you’re a part of its community. It’s Northern Ireland’s capital city - over a third of all people living in Northern Ireland live in Belfast. It’s safe and quiet, yet buzzing with events and culture.

The Titanic was built right here in Belfast. You’ll find snippets of history across the city with castles, monasteries and incredible architecture. It’s surrounded by natural beauty too, including Northern Ireland’s dramatic coastline with beautiful beaches to explore.

On a budget? You’ll be able to make the most of it in Belfast. It has the lowest cost of living in the UK (Mercer 2014). Want to travel to other areas of the UK? Its location means you can easily explore the rest of the UK by plane or ferry. You can be in London in just over an hour!

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Fun in Belfast

‘What’s the craic?’, you may hear your new friends say. It means, ‘what’s happening?’ There’s always something fun going on here, from gigs and sports events to unique festivals such as the Festival of Light.

Whatever you love to do with your free time, you’ll find it in Belfast. You’ll find three main shopping areas and two large markets to shop in. If you’re looking for designer clothes, vintage items or something more basic, you’ll find it here.

There are literally hundreds of restaurants, pubs and clubs to relax and socialise in. Love music? Watch local bands play at The Black Box. Enjoy stand-up comedy? Don’t miss the Belfast Comedy Festival.

If you’re a film fan, you’ll have nine cinemas to choose from. This includes the University’s own cinema, the Queen’s Film Theatre (QFT). You can watch classic and new world cinema from the comfort of campus.

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Working while you study

Working part-time in Belfast is a great way to get to know the city, if your visa allows it. It’ll give you another chance to practice your English and gain valuable experience.

Need help finding a part-time job? Head over to the University’s careers service. They’ll help you find work and give you personal careers guidance. You can also get help with your CV or resume, application forms and interviews.

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INTO Queen's students shopping on campus

You'll find a gift shop, bank and chemist on campus

Everything you need on campus

On campus, you’ll find plenty of spaces to relax and take a break from your studies. There are seven cafes, where you can sit with friends and chat over a hot drink or snack.

Enjoy sports? The Physical Education Centre is the place to go. Here you can play football, hockey, basketball, cricket and racket sports, swim and rock climb. And, there are over 50sports clubs to join at the University.

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Your new home

Living in student accommodation means you’ll be just a short walk away from the INTO Centre. With the University’s facilities and city centre in walking distance, you’ll have everything you need close by.

First time living alone? Don’t worry. You’ll have your own private room, but you’ll share a kitchen. This gives you the chance to sit, chat and make new friends over a cup of tea. You’ll find it easy to bond over food! Try cooking meals together or take it in turns to cook for each other.

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Student buying coffee on INTO Queen's campus

Enjoy a coffee at the Cafe Carberry in the INTO Centre

Food from around the world

Few things are more comforting than your favourite meal from home. And, because Belfast has such a vibrant international community, you'll find great foods from all over the world here.

On campus, you’ll find two main restaurants. There’s Acapulco, serving Mexican street food like burritos, tacos and salads. You’ll also find The Speakeasy – a bar located in the Queen’s Student Union. They serve snacks as well as British, American and Italian inspired meals.

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