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    It is the capital of North Ireland. The area of the city of Belfast is estimated at 115 km2, Hosting a population of 634,594 people as indicated by 2021’s census.

    The ethnic groups are divided into four origins: The Chinese, Indian, Pakistani and other communities residing in Belfast and Northern Ireland where 90 % are white.

    Since, at least, the Stone Age, The Belfast has been resided when nomadic tribes passed the solid ice from Scotland to eastern Ulster at the time of the Ice Age.

    The population growth in Belfast is so fast, because people are attracted by jobs in mills, thriving industry, engineering and shipyards. So, migration has steadily been increasing the number of population.

    The name Belfast was derived from the Irish “Beal Feisde”, which late spelt “Beal Feirste”: The word Beal means “mouth” or “river-mouth” while “feirste” refers to a tidal ford via a river’s mouth.

    During the 17th century, Belfast was occupied by English and Scottish settlers, to be planted when it was considered an area of Ulster, the major supporter of which was “Arthur Chichester”. The region achieved its name as a city upon a royal charter in 1888.

    The central area of Belfast is the safest area which includes hotels, bars, shopping centres and restaurants. The people of the city are lovely and helpful, and the general atmosphere feels as a nice village in a form of a town.



    Living Expenses in Belfast

    An international student estimated monthly costs, without rent in Belfast are $820 (600 P). Belfast is less expensive in living costs than New York by 35 %, without rent, and it is also less expensive in rent.


    Lists of Living Expenses in Belfast in Pounds


    Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant

    11.50 £

    Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course

    50.00 £

    McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal)

    6.00 £

    Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)

    4.50 £

    Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)

    4.00 £

    Cappuccino (regular)

    2.70 £

    Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle)

    1.38 £

    Water (0.33 liter bottle)

    1.05 £



    Milk (regular), (1 liter)

    0.86 £

    Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g)

    1.04 £

    Rice (white), (1kg)

    1.31 £

    Eggs (regular) (12)

    1.98 £

    Local Cheese (1kg)

    6.31 £

    Chicken Fillets (1kg)

    5.18 £

    Beef Round (1kg) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat)

    9.12 £

    Apples (1kg)

    1.66 £

    Banana (1kg)

    1.11 £

    Oranges (1kg)

    1.72 £

    Tomato (1kg)

    1.84 £

    Potato (1kg)

    1.25 £

    Onion (1kg)

    1.25 £

    Lettuce (1 head)

    0.66 £

    Water (1.5 liter bottle)

    0.93 £

    Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range)

    7.25 £

    Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle)

    1.91 £

    Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)

    2.43 £

    Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro)

    11.00 £



    One-way Ticket (Local Transport)

    2.11 £

    Monthly Pass (Regular Price)

    59.50 £

    Taxi Start (Normal Tariff)

    3.10 £

    Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)

    1.20 £

    Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff)

    12.60 £

    Gasoline (1 liter)

    1.27 £

    Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car)

    19,429.81 £

    Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car)

    19,874.19 £


    Utilities (Monthly)

    Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment

    74.46 £

    1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans)

    0.06 £

    Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)

    32.19 £



    Sports And Leisure

    Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult

    27.70 £

    Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend)

    10.27 £

    Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat

    7.50 £



    Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child

    803.00 £

    International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child

    5,500.00 £


    Clothing And Shoes

    1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar)

    45.37 £

    1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...)

    31.40 £

    1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range)

    61.03 £

    1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes

    82.84 £


    Rent Per Month

    Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre

    607.79 £

    Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre

    468.26 £

    Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre

    1,106.93 £

    Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre

    723.48 £

    Buy Apartment Price

    Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre

    1,739.50 £

    Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre

    1,239.00 £


     The Culture of Belfast

    Belfast has been believed to be a cultural and academic centre for more than a century. The city has gained the title of the modern “Athens” which it is proud of, and the nickname of the city is “Athens of Ireland”.

    The daily life of communities in Belfast are impacted by the agricultural and manufacturing economy; much of Belfast holidays, culture and daily life is gathered by the Roman Catholic and Protestant roots, and most of city’s families bear in their minds traditional anticipations and standards of conducts in terms of their beliefs. 

    Belfast is famous for shipbuilding, production of rope and tobacco, so the city developed the process of linen industry all over the world. The houses distributed in the city’s areas are known as the Linen Quarter.


    Weather and Environment

    The climate is characterized in Belfast by oceanic type: The rain is in great quantities in winters, with some in summers as the city is positioned on the east coast. The chilliest month is January when the temperature reaches about 50C (410F), while the warmest month is July when the temperature reaches 160C (610F).

    The environment in Belfast is characterizes by a smoke control zone. This is because the emissions of smoke from homes are of great deal, and it is a must to control this heavy kind of radiations. The docks area located in the rural territory is not included.

    The department that observes the environment around is called the Environmental Health, which supports human health and the well-being, and keeps communities healthy and safe. The department is a main constituent of any essential public health system.


     Working in Belfast

    It is a great way to find a part-time job on campus, where you can meet new students, and get increasingly interacted with people. Belfast is one of the most student employers. Student ambassador, tour guide, hospitality roles and many other jobs, so you can make sure that your requests of your degree will be recognized by the employer.

    On the other hand, there are lots of part-time jobs around Belfast, but you should keep in mind that your study time is more important, so you have to check that before involving in any job, and you are paid a wage that is related to national minimum wage as a student worker.

     The facilities that are off campus do not advertise on the internet for hiring students, so you are as a student has to keep an eye on notices in facilities’ windows. The facilities are such as shops, restaurants, bars, pubs...

    “My Future platform and Queen’s Careers Service” will help you discover one of these jobs out of campus, and , at the same time, it will ensure that you are in safe hands so that your labour rights are preserved and not violated.

    International students are allowed to work up to 20 hours provided that they are enrolled at one of Belfast’s Universities with full-time study, and according to the type of student visa.

     The Areas and Districts in Belfast

     Neighborhood's in Belfast

    ·         City Centre. Belfast City Hall is the centre point of the city and visitors can enjoy a free tour of this iconic building, relax in the surrounding grounds and visit the Titanic Memorial Garden.

    ·         Cathedral Quarter

    ·         Titanic Quarter

    ·         Linen Quarter

    ·         Queen's Quarter

    ·         Gaeltacht Quarter

    ·         Eastside

    ·         Shan kill



    The Universities in Belfast

    The popular universities in Belfast are:

    ·        Queen’s University Belfast

    ·        Belfast Metropolitan College

    ·        Stranmills University College

    ·        St. Mary’s University College, Queen’s University Belfast

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