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Belfast Metropolitan College


Established in the year 2007, Belfast Metropolitan College is a further and higher education institution located in the city of Belfast, in Northern Ireland. Started as the Municipal Technical Institute in 1906, the institute became the Belfast Institute of Further and Higher Education in the 1990s as a result of several colleges joining hands with the institute. Subsequently, the Belfast Met was formed due to the merger between the Castlereagh College and the Belfast Institute of Further and Higher Education in August 2007. 

Noted as Northern Ireland’s largest further and higher education college, the college currently caters a total of 37,000 students and offers a broad range of programs including post-graduate and degree courses. The Belfast Met offers courses working in partnership with Dundee universities, Manchester Metropolitan, and Queen’s University Belfast, and Ulster. 

Some of the notable alumni of the Belfast Met include footballer Danny Blanchflower, Northern Irish character actor and playwright, and television presenter- Joseph Tomelty, actor Aidan Browne and newsreader- John Irvine. 

Student Accommodation Belfast Metropolitan College

Looking for student accommodation around the Belfast Met? Well, do not worry! The city houses a wide selection of elegant, budget-friendly and secure student accommodation in Belfast which includes student dormitories, homestays and private halls of residence. Although the Belfast Metropolitan College does not own any halls of residence, students can always choose from the vast range of off-campus options in Belfast to cater to all the budget needs which includes premium yet cheap studios, en-suites, non-ensuites and shared apartments. Moreover, the accommodation rent is inclusive of all the utility bills. Swanston House Belfast, John bell house and Botanic Studios are some of the most preferred private student accommodations near Belfast Metropolitan College. In addition to this, students will also find a fair range of short-term housing options in Belfast, if in case you wish to stay in the city for a shorter duration. 


The Belfast Met college comprises of many different universities which are spread across the city. The largest campuses include Castlereagh campus, Millfield Campus and Titanic Quarter which was inaugurated on September 2011. As a result of which two other campuses- the College Square East campus and the Brunswick Street campus was closed down. 

The College Square East was informally known as the Black Man Tech named after the statue of Dr Henry Cooke, which stands right outside the building. The statue, like most of the other architecture, was made up of copper, and due to exposure to the sun and other elements, started to oxidise producing copper oxide’s green colour which is especially notable on the nearby City Hall.

Located at 125-153 Millfield, the Belfast Metropolitan College Millfield campus provides the students with courses from General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) level to General National Vocational Qualification (GNVQ) level, along with undergraduate courses. Also, Millfield campus specialises in social science and sports. 

Located in the south East of Belfast on the Montgomery Road, the Castlereagh campus, earlier known as the Castlereagh college specialises at Media and Business and Art and Design and also offers a number of specialist vocational courses. Additionally, the college also has its own campus in Whiterock, Tower Street and Brunswick with facilities such as Fitness suite, Pottery Room with Double Kiln, Gym Hall, Training Kitchens, and Heating and Ventilation workshop. 

Student life

Northern Ireland’s capital city -Belfast is a buzzing cosmopolitan city boasting a rich cultural heritage and vibrant social life. From stunning architecture to beautiful beaches to breath-taking castles, the city has everything to keep you hooked. Also being one of the best student city to study in the UK, the city’s majority of the population are students. And with so much to get yourself indulged at, the student life at Belfast is full of entertainment, endless opportunities, fun, and entertainment.

Speaking of the on-campus life, Belfast Metropolitan College with a number of groups and communities to join in. Have an affinity for history or want to try your hands on baking? Just name it! As there are groups for everything. The campus also facilities an in-house student support service which is always there to back you up whenever needed. 

Apart from the university-bubble, the city also has a growing range of places to drink, eat and explore. Dare yourself to finish the Northern Ireland’s biggest Breakfast at the Newton Cafe Brunch Bar or go experience the game of Belfast’s popular Rugby team “Ulster” at the Kingspan Stadium. Enjoy your weekends exploring the St George’s Market for some unusual gifts and artefacts or try the world-famous Belfast Burrito at Boojum! Behold the night view of the fully-lit city from the River Lagan and end your day with a traditional Irish night experience at Kelly’s Cellars or The Crown Bar.