Don’t let the success of the Belfast built, iceberg-prone Titanic put you off going to uni in Northern Ireland’s biggest city, the Queen’s University of Belfast is internationally recognised for building first-class graduates.
Boasting five former students as Nobel Prize winners, the uni’s pedigree is unquestionable. Originally established by Queen Victoria over 150 years ago, the university has an impressive research record in science and humanities, and prides itself on its relationships in industry to aid student development and employment.
Belfast city itself has seen massive investment since the end of ‘the troubles’, with a further £3 billion planned to revitalise the ‘Titanic Quarter.’ Belfast boasts attractive architecture and the skyline is dominated by Samson and Goliath, the two massive cranes which tower over the bustling city. With cheap flights and good transport links, Belfast is increasingly becoming a hot spot for city breaks, bringing with it new restaurants, venues and bars for all tastes.
Drinking establishments don’t forget the students though, with plenty of cheap deals, drinks and munch on offer. Students who wish to know more about this historic city are advised to take the city tours, with some hosted by former political prisoners, giving intrigue and insight into the turbulent history of the area.
Points of Interest
- City Centre
- Stranmills University College
- Queen's University of Belfast
- University of Ulster
The Titanic was built in Belfast, and spent more time here than anywhere (aside from the seabed!)
The original football pin-up and playboy George Best grew up in Belfast
The National Trust's only pub is in Belfast—the Crown Liquor Saloon!