Belfast's reputation as a dangerous city is often exaggerated. However, as with any city, it pays to be careful. The area between the City Hall and the University is mostly safe, but be careful walking anywhere else in Belfast alone at night. Be careful, ask locals for advice and enjoy the hospitality of the vast majority of Belfast people. And don't make any overtly political statements about Northern Ireland unless you really know what you are talking about, and the people to whom you're making them!