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.
Before making any travel plans we recommend you consider the advice being given by the UK Government and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office about ongoing travel restrictions.
Ten amazing places to visit in Northern Ireland
Travelling within Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland is a fantastic country with a range of unique sites and opportunities to explore. Below is just a sample of what you can do.
Activities Approximate cost Location We are Vertigo Sky Diving £45 map Walking tour of Belfast £15 map Ulster Rugby Stadium £6.50 map Giants Causeway £20 map Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge £9 map Gobbins tour £16 map Carrickfergus Castle and Dobbins Inn for lunch £5 plus cost for lunch map Tollymore activity centre ( mountaineering and canoeing) Varies depending on activity map Ulster American Folk Park £7 map Bushmills tour £8 map Mourne walk from the Bloody Bridge Free map Belfast hop on hop off tour and Titanic tour £30 map A history of terror Belfast city centre £20 map Cuilcagh mountain trail and Marble Arch Caves Trail - Free
Caves - £7.50 (seasonal opening)
map Stadium tour of Windsor park national stadium £6.50 map Belfast hop off and on trip £13 map Derry/Londonderry hop off and on tour £13 map Visit Derry Free map HMS Caroline tour £10.75 map Crumlin Road Gaol tour £7.50 map Belfast City Hall tour Free map Game of Thrones £30-50 map Need4Speed Indoor Go karting £25-30 per hour map Sentry Hill tour £3 map
Travelling within the UK
Northern Ireland is a unique gateway to the UK and further afield and is a fantastic and cost effective starting point for your adventure while you are here at Ulster. Below is an example of a few cities you can visit for a weekend break or just for the day and remember your adventure begins here!
Your UK visa/immigration permission allows you to travel freely within Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales. You should carry your BRP and/or passport with you when you travel as evidence of your permission to be in the UK.
Bristol Things to see
Clifton suspension bridge
SS Great Britain
Places to stay
There are a range of places to stay from £35 per night
How to get there Easyjet fly from the international airport to Bristol Things you should know Once a busy dock where sailors and merchants would trade goods and set sail for
voyages of discovery, Bristol's Harbourside is now an attractive, modern development filled with restaurants, bars, shops and hotels.
Interesting fact Blackbeard the pirate was from Bristol Manchester Things to see
Manchester United museum and stadium tour
Museum of Science and Industry
Imperial War Museum North
Manchester art gallery
Places to stay There are a range of hotels for all budgets from around £60 per night How to get there Both Flybe and Easy-jet fly several times from both the George Best and international airports and the flight is approximately 50 minutes Things you should know There is a train halt in the airport and it will take you straight to Piccadilly in the centre of Manchester Interesting fact The atom was first split in Manchester Liverpool Things to see
LFC stadium tour
Places to stay There are a range of hotels for all budgets from around £30 per night How to get there
Easyjet have several daily flights from the international airport and the flight time is approximately 50 minutes.
If you’re in no rush you can get a boat from Belfast to Liverpool which takes around 8 hours across the Irish sea
Things you should know Be careful to check football fixtures as hotel rooms book up and flights can be quite expensive if there is a game on at the weekend Interesting fact Liverpool's waterfront is designated a world heritage site London Things to see
Tower of London
Places to stay Hotels range from around £100 but there are a range of cheaper hostels available How to get there There are a range of flights daily to all major London airports from the international airport and the flight takes just over an hour Things you should know The easiest way to get around London is with an Oyster card which gives access to the underground, buses, trams, tubes and some riverboat services Interesting fact London is the biggest city in Europe at 620 square miles and a population of over 7 million Glasgow Things to see
Kelvin Grove Art Gallery and Museum
Glasgow Science Centre
Places to stay There are a range of hotels for all budgets from around £40 per night. How to get there Both Ryanair and Easyjet fly to Glasgow daily from the international airport and Flybe from the George Best airport and the flight takes around 45 minutes, you can also take the boat and Transport which will take around 6 hours Things you should know The train journey between Glasgow to Edinburgh takes only an hour so why not visit there for the day Interesting fact The bones of St Valentine are buried in Glasgow in the Church of Blessed St John Duns Scotus Edinburgh Things to see
National Museum of Scotland
Places to stay There are a range of hotels starting around £70 per night How to get there
EasyJet fly to Edinburgh daily from the international airport and the flight takes around 50 minutes, you can also take the boat and Transport which will take around 7 hours
Things you should know
Edinburgh airport is 8 miles outside the city centre and there is a regular bus service
Interesting fact Edinburgh is the second most visited city in the UK Cardiff Things to see
Wales Millennium Centre
National Museum of Cardiff
Places to stay There is accommodation for all budgets from £30 How to get there There are regular flights from George Best Airport to Cardiff Things you should know The city is a safe city for visitors but keep an eye on the rugby international fixtures as this might limit your hotel and flight availability Interesting fact Dr Who is filmed in Cardiff
Travelling to the Republic of Ireland
Your UK visa/immigration permission does not give you immigration permission to enter the Republic of Ireland.
It is your responsibility to find out whether you need a visa in order to enter the Republic of Ireland.
If you do require a visa in order to enter the Republic of Ireland, it is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct visa before you cross the border between Northern Ireland (UK) and the Republic of Ireland. Please note that there can be serious consequences if you are stopped by the Irish police (Gardaí) inside the Republic of Ireland without the correct Irish visa.
If you do not require a visa in order to enter the Republic of Ireland, there will be no opportunity for you to request immigration permission to enter the Republic of Ireland as a visitor when you cross the border between Northern Ireland (UK) and Republic of Ireland. You should therefore carry with you evidence of your immigration permission to be in the UK, a letter confirming that you are studying at Ulster University, and evidence of your journey to/from Northern Ireland (e.g. a return train ticket to Belfast).
Galway Things to see
The Spanish Arch and Galway City Wall
Buy a Claddagh ring
Places to stay Hotels range from around £31 to £250 so you can have any experience you want. How to get there Galway is just over 5 hours drive from Magee down the world renown west coast of Ireland. Things you should Know Remember to check your visa if you travel to Galway as it is not part of the UK Interesting fact Christopher Columbus visited Galway in 1477 Dublin Things to see
Spire of Dublin
Christ Church Cathedral
St Stephens green
Places to stay Hotels range from around £100 but there are a range of cheaper hostels available How to get there Dublin is just over 1 ¾ hours drive from Belfast and jut over 3 hours from Derry there are regular train and bus services between the cities. Things you should know Remember to check your visa if you travel to Dublin as it is not part of the UK Interesting fact There are over 1000 pubs in Dublin
Travelling to other countries
It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct immigration permission to visit any country outside the UK. Staff at Ulster University are not qualified to give immigration advice for countries outside the UK.
The UK If you plan to travel to one of the countries within the Schengen zone, you should use the following link for more information on how to apply for a Schengen visa
See more information at UKCISA Travel in Europe.
Returning to the UK if your Tier 4 visa has been curtailed
If your Tier 4 visa has been curtailed and you have left the UK, you must not try to re-enter the UK using your curtailed visa, even if it looks as if your visa is still valid. If you do try to re-enter the UK, you will be refused entry.
You must get new immigration permission before you re-enter the UK.