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Study In Belfast - Explore Universities in Belfast

Study in Belfast, and find the best universities in Belfast.

Think you know Belfast? Think again. Far from its previous image as a city riven by divisions, modern day Belfast is a welcoming, industrious and fast-growing place, which is welcoming to students.  

Although the city came to prominence during the Troubles in the 70s, 80s and 90s with Belfast becoming known for gun and bomb attacks, the 1998 Good Friday Agreement marked a turning point in Belfast’s history, with the city named in the UK’s top ten safest in 2008.

Modern Belfast is known for tourism and its dynamic growth, with new bars, restaurants and shops opening almost every week. This is a dynamic city with a raw energy that is revelling in its new found freedom. It’s a great place to study an undergraduate degree.

Study in Belfast?

Belfast is home to two universities offering undergraduate courses:

Queen’s University Belfast is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and is one of the largest universities in the UK, with more than 25,000 students spread across its campus.

The University of Ulster’s Belfast campus focuses specifically on art, design and architecture. It has a further campus at Jordanstown which focuses on engineering.

Undergraduate degrees in Belfast normally take between 3-4 years to complete depending on the type of degree, level you study at and the mode of study.

Immigration and visas

EU citizens are allowed to come and study an undergraduate degree in Belfast providing they fulfil the following criteria:

  • Are studying in the UK for more than three months
  • Are enrolled at an accredited university or institution
  • Have proof of sufficient funds to cover your undergraduate degree in the UK for its duration
If you are a non-EU student coming to Belfast to study, you’ll need to apply for a student visa under the tier 4 visa category. In order to qualify, you’ll need to demonstrate the following:

  • Proof of funding to cover an undergraduate course and living costs
  • A confirmation of acceptance to study (CAS) reference from a university with sponsor status
  • Adequate English language skills
You can find out more about visas at the UK Border Agency.

Accommodation and living costs

The best option for new undergraduate students is to live in dedicated university halls of accommodation. This will allow you to meet other students and settle into university life quickly. However, if you do decide to go private, the main student areas in Belfast are:

  • Stranmillis
  • Lisburn Road
  • Malone Road
  • The Holylands
Private housing in Belfast usually means signing up to a contract on a property for a minimum of six months. You should expect to pay an average monthly rent of around £200-£300.

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