Stranmillis University College

Living & Studying in Belfast

“A city on the rise” – Lonely Planet guide

As the capital city of Northern Ireland, Belfast has enjoyed over a decade of rapid economic growth. The city’s skyline has changed significantly in the last few years thanks to massive investment and regeneration.

Political stability has allowed the economy to flourish.  Investors recognise the appeal of the strategic location and excellent infrastructure, with major road, rail, sea and air links to the rest of the UK, the Republic of Ireland and mainland Europe.

The University campus Is located in attractive South Belfast, only 15 minutes’ walk away from the city centre with plenty of student facilities close by.

Today's continuing progress towards a lasting peace means that this is a great time to live and study in Northern Ireland. Wherever you are from, you will find the atmosphere of our new era of opportunity to be stimulating and uplifting.


Belfast at a glance:

  • Belfast is the capital city of Northern Ireland – the most successful region in the UK (on a per capita basis) at attracting foreign direct investment.
  • The city attracts the largest number of software development projects in the UK outside of London.
  • The city has two airports which were used by over 8 million people in 2008.
  • Belfast attracts a total of 7.1 million visitors each year, continuing the Lonely Planet’s endorsement of it as being a ‘city on the rise’.
  • The city is rich in maritime history:  it hosted the Tall Ships Festival in 2009 and is planning a series of events and developments in 2012 to commemorate the centenary of the launch of the Titanic which was built in Harland and Wolff shipyard in the city.
  • There are currently 268,323 people living in the city of which around 60,000 are students, whilst just over 650,000 people live in the wider metropolitan area.
  • The city has one of the youngest populations in Europe – almost 20% of the people in Belfast are under 16 years of age.