With two large universities in the heart of the city, Belfast has a student-friendly vibe and plenty of money-saving options for shopping, eating and drinking that have been designed with students in mind. Plus, as capital city with a rich history Belfast is brimming with art, culture, entertainment and endless things to tick off your bucket list while you’re here.
Trace our maritime heritage in the Titanic Quarter, where the ill-fated Titanic was designed and built over 100 years ago. Or explore Game of Thrones filming locations and see why Northern Ireland makes the ultimate home of Thrones. For culture vultures, there are loads of art galleries and museums; while outdoorsy types will love the Belfast Hills. And let’s not forget about our unbeatable food and drink scene, which boasts artisan coffee shops, locally crafted gins and endless places for eating out.
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Whether you love a big night out or prefer quiet nights with friends, Belfast has nightlife to suit all tastes. Find the best club nights, live music or alternative things to do like comedy, theatre and film nights.
Pubs and Clubs
Belfast city does not disappoint when it comes to a night out. In the Queen’s Quarter, go to The Parlour for live music, DJs and weekly drinks offers. Limelight, and Ollie’s nightclub are popular with students too. If cocktails are right up your street, explore the cobbles of the eclectic Cathedral Quarter for chic bars Babel and The National. Continue with the cocktails in the city centre at Margot or Revolucion de Cuba.
Belfast’s thriving comedy scene offers loads of gigs to give you a giggle. Go to the upstairs bar in Pug Uglys on Thursday nights for their comedy club, or check out the line-up at Black Box, Waterfront Hall and The Empire where you’ll find regular local and touring comedy gigs. On Sundays the Sunflower Comedy Club is the perfect way to forget that the weekend’s nearly over.
Things to Do
There’s so much to discover in Belfast. Take a break between lectures to visit some Instagram-friendly landmarks. Enjoy a day out at Game of Thrones locations or go indoor skydiving on an urban adventure!
Game of Thrones Sightseeing Tours
Belfast is just a short drive from many filming locations used for Game of Thrones® in Northern Ireland. Take a tour and discover the real Seven Kingdoms.
Most Instagrammable Places in Belfast
From timeless landmarks to cool street art, here are the best places in Belfast for those iconic and Insta-friendly shots.
If you have a taste for adventure and challenge, or just like fantastic scenery, Belfast and beyond has all the right ingredients for an exciting day out.
Take a Tour of the Campus
The Architecture Walking Tour of Queen’s University explores both historical and modern buildings in the campus. Nearly all the main buildings in Queen’s University Belfast are included on the tour, which also provides a good opportunity to learn about university life.
Victoria Square and CastleCourt shopping centres both run student events with exclusive discounts and offers. Many of their stores offer student discounts all year round when you show your student ID. Visit their websites for updated information on deals and offers.
Get 1/3 off bus and rail travel within Northern Ireland with a Translink yLink card. This handy travel card for 16 to 23-years-olds also gets you up to 50% off Enterprise trains to Dublin for just £8, plus discounts and offers on exciting brands!
Belfast has lots of academic accommodation options that offer a comfortable place to live while you’re at university. During the summer months, they can booked as budget-friendly place to stay for a short break in the city.
Stranmillis University College
Stranmillis University College campus is located in 46 acres of beautiful woodland forming an oasis of rural charm, yet only 30 minutes from Belfast International Airport, 10 minutes from Belfast City Airport and less than two miles from the buzz of Belfast city centre.
Queen's University - Elms Village
Elms Village offers single en suite rooms which are simply furnished with a single bed, hanging space for clothes, a desk and desk chair. The en-suite bathroom has a shower. At the centre of Elms Village is the Treehouse Bar & Restaurant where breakfast is served from 7.30am to 10am daily.