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17-09-2010, 19:50   #1
 
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Moving to Belfast Megathread

Welcome to the Moving to Belfast megathread!

Given the amount of threads about considering moving/in the process of moving/I just moved to Belfast it seems easier to keep them in the one place. For now we'll leave the repetitive answers (i.e. where threads have been merged and the same advice has been given on each thread) as an information source.

So, if you have questions etc. about moving to Belfast please use this thread!

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Moving to Belfast

Hi All..

Just looking for some advice, I'm 23 female from Tipperary, fairly sick of the recession and all that and plan on moving up to Belfast in Feb with the aim of finding work. I have a degree in business and a lot of sales assistant experience so should not be hard to get some type of work please god. But what I want to know is there really work up there or are they in the same mess as we are down here with so many applicants for minimum wage jobs? also where would you recommend living? How much would I need to start up deposits etc.

Hope I'm posting in the right place!

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Lisa,

Im not too sure about retail jobs, everywhere is taking a beating right now. All the UK high street stores are here, some large dept stores and some major International companies here that your Business degree may suit. They will be starting their grad programs in Feb.

Living wise, stick to BT1, BT7, BT9 thats the city centre, Ormeau rd or Lisburn rd (short bus trips) up around the Uni, a lot of student bars, and restaurants about and a good vibe. The city centre will set you back between 300-450 sharing an apt, where as the others should be <300. So double that to include your deposit. There are some very large houses up those roads, sharing there is a great way to meet people, and a bus will run you into town in 15 mins. gumtree.co.uk for sharing ads.

Youll want to Register for a social security number, the office is on Great Victoria St. and open a UK bank a/c. (Northern bank were the most straight forward).

I moved up from Cork 6 months ago and really enjoying it.
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Things aren't as bad as they are down south but things aren't as great as they used to be. With the abundance of students in town retail type stuff is usually snapped up pretty quick but there's a buoyant market for office staff (temp and perm) if that's a direction you'd consider going in. The NI equivalent to the FAS site is here and if you want to go the agency route there's plenty to choose from (I found Apple Recruitment very good for temp work, I'm sure the others are fine too!). Most agencies and employers won't consider you unless you're actually living in NI i.e. have an NI address on your CV - when I was moving up from Cork no matter how much I stressed in my cover letter my arrival was imminent I didn't get one single call back. Once I'd moved I had temp work within a few days.

Housing-wise a ballpark figure for a decent enough room in a nice house would be about £200 a month - you'd need a deposit and potentially 1 month's rent upfront so you're talking £400. Another idea if you're heading up and you're not sure you'll like it is a short-term houseshare which you often see advertised on Gumtree Belfast.

Other than that I can't recommend Belfast enough - great, vibrant, cosmopolitan city with plenty of accents you'll recognise from home mixed in with the locals. Really really great place to live and the people are great.
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Living wise, stick to BT1, BT7, BT9 thats the city centre, Ormeau rd or Lisburn rd (short bus trips) up around the Uni,
Would have to disagree with this advice.
Belfast is a very compact city and very easy to get around. And rents in those areas are heavily overpriced, due to students, non-nationals, nurses competing with locals for places.
Furthermore, BT9 actually goes quite a way out of the city and being considered Belfast's D4, rents are horrendous and most people drive, so there isn't that great a public transport system if you're not on the suburban rail line. And many part of both the Ormeau and the Lisburn Road areas are frankly not that safe for someone with a Southern accent (the Village, Windsor, Ormeau above Delhi St, etc).
Avoid East Belfast, and the ghettos in North or West Belfast and you'll get somewhere grand to live, no more than 20 minutes from the city centre for a fraction of the cost of the Lisburn Road or Stranmillis, and likely quieter and safer too.
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Would have to disagree with this advice.
Belfast is a very compact city and very easy to get around. And rents in those areas are heavily overpriced, due to students, non-nationals, nurses competing with locals for places.
Furthermore, BT9 actually goes quite a way out of the city and being considered Belfast's D4, rents are horrendous and most people drive, so there isn't that great a public transport system if you're not on the suburban rail line. And many part of both the Ormeau and the Lisburn Road areas are frankly not that safe for someone with a Southern accent (the Village, Windsor, Ormeau above Delhi St, etc).
Avoid East Belfast, and the ghettos in North or West Belfast and you'll get somewhere grand to live, no more than 20 minutes from the city centre for a fraction of the cost of the Lisburn Road or Stranmillis, and likely quieter and safer too.

This is what I was worrying about fitting in with such a country accent! Is it safe to apply for Jobs in diffrent areas or do people even care?

The general plan is to be up the first week in Feb if I havnt accomadation I will stay in a hostel until I get sorted, really want to make this work!
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You shouldn't have a problem at work. Maybe the very rare bit of stand-offishness from some bigoted types at worst.
The issue is more where you live. Things are a bit more fluid now, but there are still those who don't like 'themmuns' living among them. As a woman you're less likely to face hassle, though. And I've always found Belfast a much safer city than Dublin, for all its troubles.
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You shouldn't have a problem at work. Maybe the very rare bit of stand-offishness from some bigoted types at worst.
The issue is more where you live. Things are a bit more fluid now, but there are still those who don't like 'themmuns' living among them. As a woman you're less likely to face hassle, though. And I've always found Belfast a much safer city than Dublin, for all its troubles.
+1. I have to say though I lived in East Belfast and loved it! Never encountered an ounce of hassle from people at work or at home.
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Depends where in East Belfast, though!
The likes of the lower Ravenhill might have gentrified, and out towards Belmont and Stormont was always very middle class (though my family were burnt out of there in the Seventies.)
And as you head out of town past the end of the Holywood Road towards Bangor, you're talking affluence city.
But to be honest, you couldn't induce me to live anywhere near the Oval, the lower Newtownards Road, Castlereagh, Cregagh Road or anywhere near the Ulster Hospital for a pension.
And I certainly wouldn't recommend it to someone with a Southern accent. Nothing wrong with most of the locals in any of those places. But it only takes one bigot to make life a misery.
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Thanks for the advice lads! I can't wait to go on this new adventure!! I'm sure it will be hard enough at the start but will be worth it!! Any places to drink eat make friends? any advice? Ohhh I just cant wait!!
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You'll have a ball. It's a very friendly city. A little blunt, not unlike Glasgow or Manchester or Limerick, but very friendly. It lacks the pretentiousness that plagues Dublin.
For a young wan like yourself, there's plenty of good nightlife in the city centre these days. The golden mile gets the tourists, but from Shaftesbury Square southwards, it's mostly young locals and students.
There's loads of nice restaurants, cafes, nightclubs and bars in the Botanic Avenue/University Street area. The Cathedral quarter by the Belfast Telegraph offices is pretty buzzing too. Lisburn Road is known for its chic boutiques and trendy bars and cafes.
There are plenty of cinemas, including one multiplex on the Dublin Road right in the centre of town. And many of the suburbs have their own swimming pool/gym run by the council, so keeping fit is a lot cheaper.
Most top bands that play Dublin tend to play Belfast too. Usually the Odyssey or the King's Hall in Balmoral.
Everything up there is a lot cheaper, to be honest. So don't be too shocked by the wages. They're lower than the South, but the cost of living is much less.

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http://www.gotobelfast.com/what_to_d...ght_clubs.aspx
http://www.mybelfast.co.uk/

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We should probably organise a Belfast Beers soon. I've been here (well back in Laois for Christmas) since the start of October, it might be good to know others who are still getting used to the place. Although, after three months, I much prefer to Dublin. The Continental Market sealed the deal for me!
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And as you head out of town past the end of the Holywood Road towards Bangor, you're talking affluence city.
left D4 and moved to BT18 myself...10mins on train into belfast and only £9 taxi on the late nights

couldn't recommend it enough but might be a little staid if you are young. lol
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Avoid East Belfast, and the ghettos in North or West Belfast and you'll get somewhere grand to live, no more than 20 minutes from the city centre for a fraction of the cost of the Lisburn Road or Stranmillis, and likely quieter and safer too.
mmmm...so thats North, South, East and West ruled out then?

Well when I was house-hunting I got the same advice from several of my workmates who are from Belfast: Stick to city centre, Ormeau or Lisburn roads avoiding East, West and the area around the hospital between Lisburn rd and the M1 which is predominantly protestant where your accent may not go down too well.

At 23 I guess you would like somewhere lively near plenty of other young people, to me thats the area around Queens. (Avoid the Holylands, the couple of blocks between Stranmillis embankment and Univ avenue as this is dominated by students, the housing is **** quality and you are unlikely to get much sleep).

For what its worth I have a strong southern accent, drive an Irish car and have never had any grief from anyone. I find the people very open and friendly, good pubs and good nightlife.
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We should probably organise a Belfast Beers soon.
would be up for this!
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