Students better off financially in Belfast, says survey
Belfast is the cheapest city in the UK to be a student, according to a survey.
Northern Ireland's capital came out top of the NatWest Student Living Index 2015, followed by Southampton and Nottingham.
This was due to a combination of low average rent and strong income from term-time jobs.
Belfast jumped from being one of the least economical cities in 2010 - when it was 24th - to the best for cash-strapped students in 2015. Rent in Belfast is the lowest by far - £46.22. The UK average is almost double that at £85.31.
Weekly income for Belfast students is £41.97 on average - well above the £32.40 UK average.
To help earn their keep, they work 5.83 hours a week in part-time jobs - again above the 4.34 average. Belfast students also spend the least on groceries (£16) and are at the lower end for socialising - 10.7 hours a week compared to a UK average of 15.53.
However, they have a weekly spend of £12.56 on alcohol - fifth in the UK.
Bizarrely, Belfast students have the highest expenditure on cheerleading at £2.97 a week.