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    Hello everyone,

    Thank you for being kind to view my post. I'm a college graduate that is evaluating a job offer as a Database Administrator position in Belfast, UK. I plan on living in the city center as that's a personal preference. Salary is the topic of this discussion. In America a Junior Database Administrators salary or Database Administrator 1 ranges from 65k-85k USD. Which is a solid living wage in the USA which can buy you a nice house and car, if done smartly. However, I don't know what this translates to in Northern Ireland, Belfast. I did research and found that this resolved to around 34-42k in Belfast. Let's say I got a 34k salary and I were to be living in downtown Belfast. Would I be able to live well there? Would I be able to buy new clothes, take friends out to eat, go out on Saturday nights to the pubs, and etc. Would you say I can live comfortable off of 34k pounds a year in Belfast? Thank you everyone.
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    That's plenty
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    (Original post by Tonytime)
    Hello everyone,

    Thank you for being kind to view my post. I'm a college graduate that is evaluating a job offer as a Database Administrator position in Belfast, UK. I plan on living in the city center as that's a personal preference. Salary is the topic of this discussion. In America a Junior Database Administrators salary or Database Administrator 1 ranges from 65k-85k USD. Which is a solid living wage in the USA which can buy you a nice house and car, if done smartly. However, I don't know what this translates to in Northern Ireland, Belfast. I did research and found that this resolved to around 34-42k in Belfast. Let's say I got a 34k salary and I were to be living in downtown Belfast. Would I be able to live well there? Would I be able to buy new clothes, take friends out to eat, go out on Saturday nights to the pubs, and etc. Would you say I can live comfortable off of 34k pounds a year in Belfast? Thank you everyone.
    is that in euros then?? or pounds sterling?
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    http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living...m&city=Belfast

    why would he /she be talking about Euros?
    N.Ireland uses Sterling
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    (Original post by Tonytime)
    Hello everyone,

    Thank you for being kind to view my post. I'm a college graduate that is evaluating a job offer as a Database Administrator position in Belfast, UK. I plan on living in the city center as that's a personal preference. Salary is the topic of this discussion. In America a Junior Database Administrators salary or Database Administrator 1 ranges from 65k-85k USD. Which is a solid living wage in the USA which can buy you a nice house and car, if done smartly. However, I don't know what this translates to in Northern Ireland, Belfast. I did research and found that this resolved to around 34-42k in Belfast. Let's say I got a 34k salary and I were to be living in downtown Belfast. Would I be able to live well there? Would I be able to buy new clothes, take friends out to eat, go out on Saturday nights to the pubs, and etc. Would you say I can live comfortable off of 34k pounds a year in Belfast? Thank you everyone.
    Sorry yes £34 k is plenty. That is probably more than me and my wife get between the two of us at the moment. But don't forget you will have to pay taxes?
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    That is very good money.
    Rent is cheap.
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    Yes I will be taxed the normal UK way. I'll be living off of a visa there for 1 year. Can someone describe would 34k Pounds BGP get me for a year in Belfast? Rent a Condo/House, I don't plan on getting a car, will I be able to buy nice clothes, go out every weekend, go out to dinner, and save some as well?
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    (Original post by Tonytime)
    Hello everyone,

    Thank you for being kind to view my post. I'm a college graduate that is evaluating a job offer as a Database Administrator position in Belfast, UK. I plan on living in the city center as that's a personal preference. Salary is the topic of this discussion. In America a Junior Database Administrators salary or Database Administrator 1 ranges from 65k-85k USD. Which is a solid living wage in the USA which can buy you a nice house and car, if done smartly. However, I don't know what this translates to in Northern Ireland, Belfast. I did research and found that this resolved to around 34-42k in Belfast. Let's say I got a 34k salary and I were to be living in downtown Belfast. Would I be able to live well there? Would I be able to buy new clothes, take friends out to eat, go out on Saturday nights to the pubs, and etc. Would you say I can live comfortable off of 34k pounds a year in Belfast? Thank you everyone.
    It depends what you mean by comfortable. It's certainly far less than $65 000, but I'd imagine it's more than enough for a single person (assuming that you are one) to live comfortably.

    Using this tax calculator, your take home pay after income tax and National Insurance contributions would be around £26 287 per annum, which is £2 191 ($3 088) per month. You can have a look around on www.rightmove.co.uk to see what rents are like, and decide on the basis of that whether it's enough for your preferred lifestyle.
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    (Original post by Tonytime)
    Yes I will be taxed the normal UK way. I'll be living off of a visa there for 1 year. Can someone describe would 34k Pounds BGP get me for a year in Belfast? Rent a Condo/House, I don't plan on getting a car, will I be able to buy nice clothes, go out every weekend, go out to dinner, and save some as well?
    Yes on that ^^


    NO: will I be able to buy nice clothes, go out every weekend, go out to dinner, and save some as well?
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    https://www.propertypal.com/property-to-rent/belfast
    https://www.propertypal.com/property-to-rent/belfast

    rent looks like £200 a week for a single bedroom house.

    I think the money would be comfortable. And Irish people tend to be friendly and talkative. But it is important that you make the effort to get out, and i don't know what the night life is like. Hopefully you will have a good time if you go. Also you may have difficulty understanding the irish accent.

    University fees are around £9000 per year here now, but i think things are a bit cheaper. But then if you are going out all the time, i think it will be easy to piss it all away. But then this will apply to wherever you are from?
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    (Original post by john2054)
    University fees are around £9000 per year here now, but i think things are a bit cheaper. But then if you are going out all the time, i think it will be easy to piss it all away. But then this will apply to wherever you are from?
    Not sure this is relevant to the OP but, in any case, is this recent? As far as I'm aware, Northern Irish students have a similar arrangement to what Welsh students have, with just under two-thirds of the fees being covered by a grant from the regional government so that the tuition fees are effectively only ~£3 500 per year.

    Airmed? :holmes:
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    (Original post by john2054)
    https://www.propertypal.com/property-to-rent/belfast
    https://www.propertypal.com/property-to-rent/belfast

    rent looks like £200 a week for a single bedroom house.

    I think the money would be comfortable. And Irish people tend to be friendly and talkative. But it is important that you make the effort to get out, and i don't know what the night life is like. Hopefully you will have a good time if you go. Also you may have difficulty understanding the irish accent.

    University fees are around £9000 per year here now, but i think things are a bit cheaper. But then if you are going out all the time, i think it will be easy to piss it all away. But then this will apply to wherever you are from?

    Wow that is very cheap for rent. I'm graduating in 2 weeks. I currently live in America and I'll be going to Northern Ireland, UK for this job opportunity with my company. I won't be going to school any longer because I will already be graduated. I won't be going out all of the time, perhaps 2-3 nights a week.
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    (Original post by Tonytime)
    Wow that is very cheap for rent. I'm graduating in 2 weeks. I currently live in America and I'll be going to Northern Ireland, UK for this job opportunity with my company. I won't be going to school any longer because I will already be graduated. I won't be going out all of the time, perhaps 2-3 nights a week.
    Yes but still i would recommend making some friends to go out with, before proudly claiming that accolade. Maybe see if some of your colleagues at work would like to go out with you? Also i don't know how strict the bouncers are, but try to dress smart is probably my best piece of advice for clubbing. But again, i have never been out in northern ireland, so again i don't know what it's like.
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    (Original post by Hydeman)
    Not sure this is relevant to the OP but, in any case, is this recent? As far as I'm aware, Northern Irish students have a similar arrangement to what Welsh students have, with just under two-thirds of the fees being covered by a grant from the regional government so that the tuition fees are effectively only ~£3 500 per year.

    Airmed? :holmes:
    If you're an NI student studying in NI you pay £3800 there or abouts for uni. If you're from elsewhere in the UK it's the full £9k.
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    (Original post by Airmed)
    If you're an NI student studying in NI you pay £3800 there or abouts for uni. If you're from elsewhere in the UK it's the full £9k.
    And is this grant available to an NI student studying elsewhere in the UK (such as yourself)? :holmes: If it is, then you've got exactly the same system as Wales.
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    (Original post by Hydeman)
    And is this grant available to an NI student studying elsewhere in the UK (such as yourself)? :holmes: If it is, then you've got exactly the same system as Wales.
    No, I'm paying £9k in Dundee. I'm not classed as an EU student at Dundee but St Andrews classes me as one (and then they rejected me ).
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    (Original post by Airmed)
    No, I'm paying £9k in Dundee. I'm not classed as an EU student at Dundee but St Andrews classes me as one (and then they rejected me ).
    LOL, that is tragically funny -- you would have paid nothing at all if St Andrews had accepted you. :lol:

    Anyway, this means that the Welsh have the best student finance system in the UK (Scots only go for free in Scotland; we get our fees subsidised anywhere in the UK).
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    (Original post by Airmed)
    If you're an NI student studying in NI you pay £3800 there or abouts for uni. If you're from elsewhere in the UK it's the full £9k.
    He said that he will be moving there as a graduate.
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    (Original post by john2054)
    He said that he will be moving there as a graduate.
    Idk why this thread is talking about uni fees. He's not even going to be studying at Queens or UU.


    (Original post by Hydeman)
    LOL, that is tragically funny -- you would have paid nothing at all if St Andrews had accepted you. :lol:

    Anyway, this means that the Welsh have the best student finance system in the UK (Scots only go for free in Scotland; we get our fees subsidised anywhere in the UK).
    I wonder how long it will last for though. :holmes:
 
 
 
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