Working in Northern Ireland
Working in Northern Ireland been on that bucket list?
If so, it certainly is a good choice as Northern Ireland is famous for its culture and beautiful landscapes.
What we're here today for is to give you a genuine insight into the cost of living, rent and general life here in Northern Ireland so that you don't come up against any big surprises.
Somewhere to hang your hat:
When it comes to living in Northern Ireland there is certainly plenty of choices out there. What's great is that Belfast (the capital of Northern Ireland) was rewarded the least expensive city associated with the UK. Which means you will get more bang for your buck.
Of course, that depends on what you pay for renting - when it comes to looking for a place to call your own, it is certainly cheaper to live outside the city and have a small enough commute to work each day then it is to live in the city.
We recommend that for your first few months abroad - you look to share a house/apartment with someone - this way you learn more about the city and make friends that can help you settle in. After that, you can always look for something on your own if you wanted.
Below is the average cost of renting per month here in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Range per month: Average price per month:
1 Bed Apartment (City Centre): £450 - £600
1 Bed Apartment (Outside City Centre): £300 -£500
3 Bed Apartment (City Centre): £690 - £1200
3 Bed Apartment (Outside City Centre): £450 - £800
Somewhere to Save
Of course, you will want somewhere to keep your well-earned money safe so we've looked around and found out what you need to open your new bank account here in Northern Ireland.
You will need to bring 2 forms of identification, which could be:
- Your Passport
- Utility bill
Note: If you are still looking for your new home you can bring your license instead.
Costs of living
As in every big city, you have the choice between all the big supermarket chains here in Northern Ireland. Just to give an idea how much money you could probably spend for your groceries on a given month, we did some research for you. In the following you can see the average prices of the groceries you will likely need.
Milk (1Litre) £0.89
Potatoes (1Kg) £1.58
Eggs (12) £1.71
White Bread £1.01
Pack of Cigarettes £9.90
As with every big city, the public transport is well structured, you have a choice between car, train, tram and bike. Living and working in the city centre you are always at an advantage as you are surrounded by all major stores, amenities and public services.
However, even living just outside the city you will have very little difficulty in reaching your destination, public transport will help you get around.
Having a car, or planning on getting one, of course, opens much more doors for you as you will be able to travel the length and breadth of the country. Just in case you are not keen on the driving we have of course gathered together all of the information that you would need if you are going to the use public Transport system here in Northern Ireland (whether it be for work or pleasure).
How can I get around?
We’ve answered that – take a look below
It’s not all work work work:
After a long and hard working day, you are searching for a place you can spend your free time? Northern Ireland has much to offer! If you are interested in culture, you can visit the Titanic museum in Belfast which gives a deep insight into the history of the Titanic. For all people, who love adventure, a trip to the carrick-a-red swing bridge definitely is a to-do.
When you prefer to do something relaxed after a busy day at work, you can visit one of the many parks Belfast has to offer – the perfect place to leave your doubts behind.
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