Accommodation for Newcomers in Belfast

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Immigration Accommodation in Belfast Canada

As a new immigrant arriving in Belfast one of the first tasks is to find short term and long-term accommodation in Belfast for you and your family.

Your first accommodation on arriving in Belfast may be temporary. This is ok, and is the route that most new migration arrivals in Belfast take. Some individuals opt of a good hostel or Serviced Accommodation in Belfast, while some are lucky enough to be able to stay with family or friends in the area. Most new arrivals take a short-term rental while they look for something long term. As with any city, it’s always easier to find someplace new to live once you are already there and Belfast is no different.

Accommodation for newcomers in Belfast Canada guide

You’ve been through the stress and emotional roller coaster involved with securing a visa for Canada and you’ve chosen Belfast as your destination. It’s a charming place with plenty or heritage. Belfast is well known to be extremely welcoming to new migrants.

Here is some background on Belfast for new immigration arrivals.

Belfast ( BEL-fast, /-fɑːst/ -⁠fahst; from Irish: Béal Feirste [bʲeːlˠ ˈfʲɛɾˠ(ə)ʃtʲə], meaning ‘mouth of the sand-bank ford’) is the capital and largest city of Northern Ireland, standing on the banks of the River Lagan on the east coast. It is the 12th-largest city in the United Kingdom and the second-largest in Ireland. It had a population of 345,418 in 2021.

By the early 19th century, Belfast was a major port. It played an important role in the Industrial Revolution in Ireland, becoming briefly the biggest linen-producer in the world, earning it the nickname “Linenopolis”. By the time it was granted city status in 1888, it was a major centre of Irish linen production, tobacco-processing and rope-making. Shipbuilding was also a key industry; the Harland and Wolff shipyard, which built the RMS Titanic, was the world’s largest shipyard. Belfast as of 2019 has a major aerospace and missiles industry. Industrialisation, and the inward migration it brought, made Belfast Northern Ireland’s biggest city. Following the partition of Ireland in 1921, Belfast became the seat of government for Northern Ireland. Belfast’s status as a global industrial centre ended in the decades after the Second World War. Belfast suffered greatly during the violence that accompanied the partition of Ireland, and especially during the more recent conflict known as the Troubles.

Belfast is still a port with commercial and industrial docks, including the Harland and Wolff shipyard, dominating the Belfast Lough shoreline. It is served by two airports: George Best Belfast City Airport, 3 miles (5 kilometres) from the city centre, and Belfast International Airport 15 miles (24 kilometres) west of the city. The Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC) listed Belfast as a Gamma + global city in 2020.

Finding Immigration Accommodation for Newcomers in Belfast Canada

Most searches begin with a search engine. Local papers in Belfast may well be online and of course, listing sites such as Craigslist and Rentfaster Belfast can be of great help.

What is the cost of short term accommodation in Belfast

The cost of short-term newcomer accommodation in Belfast varies greatly depending on requirements and neighborhoods. Lots of new arrivals to Belfast use Airbnb to give them an indication of short term rental process in Belfast and also the option to book with confidence and security.

Another website that offers the same accommodation as Airbnb.

Rental accommodation in Belfast for newcomers

One you decide to rent an apartment or house there are certain things specific to Canada to keep in mind. For example, make sure to agree who pays for utilities, and who is responsible for removing snow!

Property owners and landlords will usually require payslips or proof of income, bank statements and occasionally they may require references from previous landlords although lots of new immigrants to Belfast were homeowners in their previous country. Sometimes it does help to already have secured employment in the greater Belfast area.



All renters in Belfast have rights, so you need to familiarize yourself with those rights before you sign any agreement. Thankfully there are a number of Organizations set up in Belfast to help. These are called Newcomer services and a list of these can be found here: newcomer service

Newcomer subletting in Belfast Canada

Sometimes when a renter leaves for a few months they will sublet their accommodation. Quite often they leave some furnishings behind and for some newcomers to Belfast this can be an ideal option, especially if you’ve yet to buy furniture or if your shipment is delayed.


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