Stranmillis University College

What to see and do


Whatever the time of year, whatever your interests and whatever your budget, Belfast is the ultimate student city with a massive selection of places in which to shop, socialise, eat and relax.


Belfast boasts an array of entertainment venues including the Odyssey Arena, the Waterfront Hall and the Grand Opera House. Together they play host to international music artists, stand-up comedy, theatrical performances and musical stylings. Recent international artists who have played Belfast include U2, Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Ennio Morricone.

For the latest film releases, visit Dublin Road’s Movie House, the Storm Cinemas multiplex in the Odyssey or the Odeon cinema in Victoria Square, and of course Queen's very own QFT, Northern Ireland's only art house cinema.

Did you know ... Hollywood star Liam Neeson made his first stage appearance in Belfast.


Belfast offers student shoppers a mix of big-name stores, designer boutiques, innovative arts and craft shops and rejuvenated markets including the famous St. George’s Market. There are also plenty of vintage, charity and low-cost outlets throughout the city to choose from to help make your pounds go further!

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Places to Eat and Drink

Belfast has some of the best value cafes and finest restaurants in Ireland, offering something to suit every culinary taste and budget. Alongside local and national restaurants, a range of international cuisine is also available. Historic pubs, stylish bars and cool clubs help give Belfast its reputation as a ‘lively, welcoming city’ (Guardian Unlimited Travel Awards, 2007).

Sport and Leisure

Belfast is a sports fan’s ideal city with opportunities to attend football matches at Windsor Park, Gaelic games at Casement Park and rugby matches at Ravenhill. You can also check out Belfast’s newest sporting sensation at the Odyssey Arena and cheer on the Belfast Giants ice hockey team.

For the less sporty among you, Belfast offers a host of alternative activities that are just as much fun! Get your skates on at Northern Ireland’s premier ice rink or for the more competitive, why not shoot some pool, or go for a strike at one of Belfast’s state of the art bowling alleys.

For an enjoyable day out, Belfast also offers a wealth of visitor attractions including Belfast Zoo, the Ulster Museum and Belfast Castle.



There are many opportunities for celebration in Belfast with its rich and diverse cultural heritage.  Over half a million people participate in the 55 festivals all over the city including the Belfast Film Festival, the Titanic Festival and Opera in the Gardens in Botanic Gardens.

The St Patrick’s Day festival in March offers a carnival atmosphere for all the family with a wonderful and colourful carnival parade dancing through the city centre streets. Belfast also
plays host to the biggest Orange parade on 12 July every year which attracts tens of thousands of participants and spectators.

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