Social Life

Get involved and practise your language skills while making new friends and discovering Northern Ireland!

To make the most of your language learning opportunities, it’s important to practise whenever you can; and whatever time of year you choose to visit, there’s always something going on. International House Belfast will go that extra mile to make sure your stay with us is memorable.

You will meet other students and local people, and experience the culture of Northern Ireland on our engaging and varied programme of social, cultural and sporting activities. We also have a calendar of cultural events which we recommend you try to attend so you have the best possible experience.

Visit the beautiful and scenic North Coast and the Giant’s Causeway, home of the legendary Irish warrior Finn and a UNESCO World Heritage site; test your nerve on the heights of Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge; and visit Dunluce Castle, where the kitchen fell into the sea!

Explore the Titanic Quarter, home to the Titanic Experience Museum, and see the shipyards and slipways where these iconic White Star Line ships were built.

Experience some of the famous Irish ‘craic’ in some of the best nightclubs, superb shopping areas, and enough eateries to satisfy every taste and budget. Try Irish dancing in one of the many cultural pubs and centres. Enjoy a cocktail in some of the best cocktail bars around, or savour a pint of Guinness and a chat with friends in one of the traditional pubs around town.

Sizzle at summer barbecues; stretch yourself at yoga classes; be George Best in football; enjoy stunning views from Belfast Castle and the Cave Hill; discover how we used to live in the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum; hike the Mountains of Mourne, the inspiration for The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe; join the Game of Thrones Tours and visit where the series was filmed, see living history on one of the Black Taxi Tours; and visit one of the many galleries and performance arts spaces which have sprung up as part of Belfast’s cultural renaissance.