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Living in Northern Ireland

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Living in Northern Ireland

Living in Northern Ireland

Support when you need us.

We recognise that relocating to another country, away from family and friends can be a daunting experience but it is also an exciting one.

This may be the first time you are studying overseas, but we have welcomed thousands of students from all over the world and have an International Student Experience team who are dedicated to ensuring that your transition from home to studying and living at Ulster University is as smooth as possible.

Your Tier 4 visa

Your Tier 4 visa is an important document that allows you to remain within the UK whilst you study at Ulster University. Please take a few minutes to read the relevant information below.

Working during your studies

Information on what work you are permitted to do during your studies.

In-sessional Modules

Improve your English language for free whilst you pursue your course at Ulster University.

Travelling during your studies

You will have exciting opportunities to travel to other parts of the UK, Europe or further afield during your university vacations or after you finish your studies. Here is some advice to make the most of your trip.

Student Union Societies

Ulster University Students' Union (UUSU) offers membership to over 75 sports clubs and societies on campus. Join a Karate club, Surfing society or our International Society to meet new people and have fun.


In Northern Ireland people can choose to wear traditional clothes from their particular culture if they wish. On campus, students generally wear jeans, t-shirts, casual tops and sweaters.

Student Resources

Websites you may find helpful during your stay.

Local Customs

Northern Ireland is a very friendly place, and you will find that people are generally pleasant and welcoming.


According to the British Crime Survey 2014 and an independent survey carried out recently by Provident, Belfast was named as the safest city in the UK.