Belfast is a small city, and one of the cheapest in the UK, meaning any millennial will get what they deserve for their money. The most popular place for young professionals is the South district, only 10 minutes outside Belfast’s Central area, but, as this guide reveals, other areas are developing into fantastic neighbourhoods for the younger generation.
It’s a popular destination for university students, but it isn’t filled with your average dorm-style accommodation. Properties on this neighbourhood start at less than £300 a month and you have a range of amenities around you: including a gym, restaurants, local and international supermarkets and the beautiful Ulster Museum. This avenue is lined with idyllic trees and the main street has everything a young professional will need in their daily life.
This is the central hub of South Belfast, situated behind Queen’s University. Stick to the immediate streets off this avenue if you want a quiet night, as some streets in the Holyland area, further back, can get noisy in the late hours. That being said, most of Botanic Avenue is a safe and lively area to live – plus its home to the famous Empire Bar. Hotel’s on this street tend to be on the expensive side, for their prime location, but properties can range from £250 upwards per month.
Lower Malone Road
Traditionally, a BT9 postcode was a sign of wealth in Belfast, as one of the most affluent areas in the city. While young professionals might not want to live in the wealthy gated streets of the Upper Malone road (just yet) they can rent or buy a property on the lower side, which is closer to the City Centre and University area– arguably the most beautiful location in the city. The main street is lined with yoga centres, award-winning restaurants such as the Barking Dog, and health centres, and houses line the streets immediately annexed to this.
East Bridge Street
East Bridge street is perfect for someone working in the North side of the city, where quite a few businesses have situated their headquarters. It’s located right beside the Central Train station and St George’s Market and only a five minute walk to the main retail shops in Victoria Square Shopping Mall. The housing estates on this road include Friendly St and Stanfield Place, both perfect for new renters. For this area, you’ll probably want a car to get around on the main roads, but you can also avail of the local train system throughout in the city.
In the South-most side of the city, the Ormeau road is much like Stranmillis – it’s beautiful, relatively quiet and has a range of local businesses to meet your daily needs. Ormeau Park is a glorious place for a morning run, where you’ll get a great view of Samson and Goliath – the Harland & Wolff Cranes – in the Titanic dockyard. It’s a five minute drive to the shops and five minutes to Botanic Avenue, a busy hub of bars, restaurants and Queen’s University’s £40 million pound library (which is open to public membership).
If you take a 10-minute drive outside the main city, Holywood makes a great location for young families or professionals. Situated between Belfast Lough and Bangor, this neighbourhood has a beautiful peer and funky seaside houses – and it’s close to some of Northern Ireland’s best towns, including Portaferry. While it’s more expensive than the inner city, you’ll get the country neighbourhood close to the big city facilities – more than most millennials can ever hope for!
Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip
meet our Local Insider
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A GUIDE?
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB?
It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.
WHAT DESTINATION IS ON YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET-LIST?
I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!
Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.
KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?
Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world
Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.
Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.