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.

A city with innovation at its heart, technological advances infiltrate every sector, helping to build our competitiveness on the global stage. There are almost 900 international companies located in Northern Ireland, making Belfast a hub for US trade.

There’s plenty happening outside the city, including the famous filming locations for the HBO series Game of Thrones, the awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway – voted the UK’s best Heritage Attraction – and the Mourne Mountains, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty canonised as CS Lewis’ Narnia.

INTO Queen’s even have their own monthly social programme which you can get involved with to meet new people and explore new places. The programme is organised by INTO Student Social Assistants, and prices for activities vary depending on the event, from free to a maximum of £50 to attend.

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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.

Working while studying
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