Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland is a city steeped in history and a true cultural excursion. Relocating to the city, you’ll soon be immersed in the timeline of Belfast’s existence, from speaking to proud local residents, to taking a guided tour of its divided heritage.

Murals and artworks scattered across the city pay homage to the high and low moments of the city’s past and present, and an prove insight into the carved present-day of this thriving location.

As a student entering the area, you’re sure to be welcomed by its diverse residents, and enthralled by all this vibrant city has to offer. Perhaps most importantly to our student generation is the reminder that Belfast is the home to Titanic Studios, the filming destination of (the somewhat popular) Game of Thrones. You can spend your time sans-coursework and outside of lecture walls, discovering the scenery behind the much-loved fantasy drama, and exploring the nearby Northern Irish destinations of King’s Road and Dragonstone.

Entertainment factor is ripe in the Northern Irish capital as it is impossible to forget the equally infamous story of the world’s most famous ship, the HMS Titanic. As Belfast was the birthplace of the sunken ship, and inspiration for the hugely successful film, you can experience the timeline of Titanic, from its construction through to its demise. An interesting starting point in your Belfast initiation!

Days in the city can be spent shopping at Victoria Square, visiting the Giant’s Causeway or getting to know your new home with a bike tour (an unusual way to discover hidden streets with your uni mates). If it’s quality nightlife you’re looking for then a good time awaits. The Cathedral Quarter, around City Hall and the Queen’s University areas are considered the main social hubs, sure to keep your after-hours appetite satisfied post-freshers.

Be sure to pop to St George’s market for your weekly essentials, where you’ll be supporting local business and grabbing a few bargains for uni living. Make like Kenneth Branagh, C.S. Lewis or the Snow Patrol stars and consider spending your university years in the much-loved capital of Northern Ireland, an exciting cultural experience.

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