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If you go to Bangor, would you be able to answer these questions? I'd be really grateful!

* What's the atmosphere like on campus? (Loud, quiet, friendly, lively, peaceful, has a community feel, people keep to themselves etc.)
* What's the student union like? Do they constantly arrange different events or not, and would you say that the union is a big part of the majority of students' social lives or not?
* What are halls like? Do different halls have different reputations, and if so, what are they? Do they have an atmosphere of everyone mixing together, or do people keep to themselves?
* Which are the local haunts and hangouts for the student body? (The ones which are most popular.)

Sorry for all the questions, I just want an idea of what student life is actually like there, rather than all this prospectus-type information. If you have any other info, like in jokes for Bangor students, or the kind of things everyone gets up to etc. that'd be great, too.
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I'm not in Bangor Uni yet but I live in Bangor so might be able to help

Whenever I've been on the campus I've always got the friendly feeling, it's a really nice place to be and everyone is always willing to help. I think because it's such a small uni and everyone knows lots of people that's why it feels really friendly, compared to LJMU which I've been at this year there's around 24,000 students and sometimes I can spend a whole day at uni without bumping into anyone I know unless I'm already with them. There is a bar/pub called Bar Uno which is on campus on the halls of residence site and it's really nice in there, they do food and put on lots of events.

I don't know much about halls yet, but I know a few people who work on the site and they said they are all very sociable. There's like about 15 halls in the same place so there's loads of people to socialise with whichever one you are in and there's the bar on site which is really good for socialising in. Lots of grass and places to sit outside the halls too which is nice and they look over the mountains on one side and the sea on the other

There's not loads of shops but there are plenty; River Island, New Look, Debenhams, Body Shop, M&S, Boots, Superdrug, Costa, WH Smith, O2, Vodafone, Lidl, Iceland and more in the city centre, and then out of town there's loads of retail parks with Matalan, PC World, Curries, TK Maxx, Argos, Next, , Tesco, Blockbuster etc. So even though it's not a huge city it's got everything you need

In upper Bangor there is a Morrissons which is really close to the uni and halls and also lots of newsagents, hairdressers, sunbeds and pubs

oh seriously whats with the neg rep, i dont know a lot about the uni itself but im trying to be helpful and say what i know!
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(Original post by weusedtowait)
If you go to Bangor, would you be able to answer these questions? I'd be really grateful!

* What's the atmosphere like on campus? (Loud, quiet, friendly, lively, peaceful, has a community feel, people keep to themselves etc.)
* What's the student union like? Do they constantly arrange different events or not, and would you say that the union is a big part of the majority of students' social lives or not?
* What are halls like? Do different halls have different reputations, and if so, what are they? Do they have an atmosphere of everyone mixing together, or do people keep to themselves?
* Which are the local haunts and hangouts for the student body? (The ones which are most popular.)

Sorry for all the questions, I just want an idea of what student life is actually like there, rather than all this prospectus-type information. If you have any other info, like in jokes for Bangor students, or the kind of things everyone gets up to etc. that'd be great, too.
1) The university is spread out across the town so I'm not sure how to answer that. There's no central campus.

2) Pretty inactive to be honest. Doesn't help that they demolished the students' union before finding/building a new one. They used Hendre as a temporary venue but honestly, it's terrible not to mention out of the way. The society selection is pretty limited. The only one that interested me didn't bother to respond so I can only assume that it no longer exists.

3) Some are better/newer than others. If you're looking to stay in halls, I'd personally pick one of the new builds at the Ffriddoedd site.

4) Places like Rascals, Varsity, Bar Uno and the Octagon. Not my kind of places though.

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1) The university is spread out across the town so I'm not sure how to answer that. There's no central campus.

2) Pretty inactive to be honest. Doesn't help that they demolished the students' union before finding/building a new one. They used Hendre as a temporary venue but honestly, it's terrible not to mention out of the way. The society selection is pretty limited. The only one that interested me didn't bother to respond so I can only assume that it no longer exists.

3) Some are better/newer than others. If you're looking to stay in halls, I'd personally pick one of the new builds at the Ffriddoedd site.

4) Places like Rascals, Varsity, Bar Uno and the Octagon. Not my kind of places though.

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Ah, I didn't know the campus was spread out, that's a bummer. I really want somewhere where the campus is all in one place, so there's kind of a specific...'student world' (aha, sorry.)

Thanks for the input though.
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Ah, I didn't know the campus was spread out, that's a bummer. I really want somewhere where the campus is all in one place, so there's kind of a specific...'student world' (aha, sorry.)

Thanks for the input though.
It is spread out but still has a campus feel. It's not like there's just uni buildings in the middle of the city stood all by them selves.

There's like Main Arts Campus on College Road which has the huge Main Arts building, Old College and then a load of other smaller building, then the Science-y campus on Deiniol Road with all the science buildings, geography, psychology and the science library. And Normal Site which has Sports Science and Education.

Lots of unis are spread out these days. John Moores has got 3 main campuses and they're quite spread out too. Out of most the uni's I visited they were city based rather than campus based, even though the buildings are all close.
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Rascals is the main hang out for students, and one of the cheapest bars in Bangor

But Bangor's quite compact so everyone mainly knows everyone so that's especially good on a night out.
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You'll have to live with the knowledge that people will think you attended an Indian university for the rest of your life.
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Why do I hear some people on TV calling pronouncing it as 'Banger'.
That drives me mad....

Sorry, slightly off topic...
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(Original post by weusedtowait)
* What's the atmosphere like on campus? (Loud, quiet, friendly, lively, peaceful, has a community feel, people keep to themselves etc.)
* What's the student union like? Do they constantly arrange different events or not, and would you say that the union is a big part of the majority of students' social lives or not?
* What are halls like? Do different halls have different reputations, and if so, what are they? Do they have an atmosphere of everyone mixing together, or do people keep to themselves?
* Which are the local haunts and hangouts for the student body? (The ones which are most popular.)
1) Although there is not a 'campus' as such I would say the city is so dominated by the university that it feels like one. I would say it was a friendly campus that was quite peaceful, community feel? well wherever you go you will see someone you know but you do not get random people introducing themselves to you all the time.

2) The student union? what student union :P I think this will play more of a role next year when hopefully robinson building will open as an SU venue, however in all honesty it is not a major part of most students lives although alot go to AU night on a wednesday.


3)The halls are nice, depends which halls you are in. I think normal site has more of a community atmosphere, because Ffridd site is mainly ensuite with small groups in kitchens it is not that communal although you do end up mixing with lots of people still just not in everyday halls life as such, more at drinking events and the suchlike. Would not say any of the halls really have a reputation they are all pretty much the same, Rathbone and Garth on college road smell a bit though

4) View Answer One, the student body dominate the city particularly on week nights during term time so pretty much everywhere is a regular student hang out other than a few pubs on the other side of Bangor, but students are even found in them. As stated above Rascals is popular (though sometimes can be a bit rought and full of locals), pretty much anywhere in upper bangor is popular as well Yellow pub and Varsity in lower Bangor. There is definately a campus feel to the city, there are just some non students around.[/QUOTE]
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It is spread out but still has a campus feel. It's not like there's just uni buildings in the middle of the city stood all by them selves.
I think you'll find that there are. It is of course a small city.
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I think you'll find that there are. It is of course a small city.
Its true. Unless you do either Nursing, Computer Science or Ocean Science which are spread out then you'll find you'll be going to the buildings in or near Main Arts.
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Its true. Unless you do either Nursing, Computer Science or Ocean Science which are spread out then you'll find you'll be going to the buildings in or near Main Arts.
...and I happen to do computer science.

There are a few others you could add to the list (anything sciency really) but that's about right.
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If you go to Bangor, would you be able to answer these questions? I'd be really grateful!

* What's the atmosphere like on campus? (Loud, quiet, friendly, lively, peaceful, has a community feel, people keep to themselves etc.)
* What's the student union like? Do they constantly arrange different events or not, and would you say that the union is a big part of the majority of students' social lives or not?
* What are halls like? Do different halls have different reputations, and if so, what are they? Do they have an atmosphere of everyone mixing together, or do people keep to themselves?
* Which are the local haunts and hangouts for the student body? (The ones which are most popular.)

Sorry for all the questions, I just want an idea of what student life is actually like there, rather than all this prospectus-type information. If you have any other info, like in jokes for Bangor students, or the kind of things everyone gets up to etc. that'd be great, too.
I think the campus (although most areas are spread out like stated) are pretty friendly with a community feel.

I think the ongoings of the SU are about as much involved in student life as you want it to be, check out the Facebook page for a feel for what they want to achieve. Jo Caulfield is the SU president for this year and has been re-elected for next year.

http://www.facebook.com/BangorStudentsUnion or http://www.facebook.com/BangorStudentsUnion?sk=notes

The University knocked down the nightclub and the SU have been lobbying for the new building to be built and the council for licensing hours etc. Check out the page for more info. I think they are pretty active. I took part in the Demo in London against tuition fees rising due to the SU providing mini buses etc (May I add no Bangor students took part in any violence and I didn't even see any violence happening) and there are lots of societies, although the only one I went to was Psych society and that was pretty good.

Different halls definitely have different reputations. I live in the New halls (Glaslyn) and it is really new, en-suite etc and really nice, with a great atmosphere. I can only tell you what I have heard from other students regarding the other halls. Normal site is cheaper and shared bathrooms and most popular for teaching and ocean science students as it's quite far from the main arts buildings. I've heard there is a good atmosphere there. I have heard nothing but bad reviews from Garth which is catered accommodation and again shared bathrooms. I don't live there so I can't judge though. Sorry I cant give you more info on the other halls.

The local haunts have been listed- Varsity, Rascals, Yellow, Weatherspons, Paddy's, the Greek etc. There is Base and Octogan for a club atmosphere but I will be honest they aren't my favourite places, but it's personal preference. Hopefully the new nightclub Will be built by September or at least the next academic year so there will be another place to go.

Disclaimer^ This is my personal opinion so it is not facts.

Message me if anyone has more questions on my opinion, I don't mind answering.
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You'll have to live with the knowledge that people will think you attended an Indian university for the rest of your life.
I really wanna whats makes you say that ? are their alot of indian students haha ?
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I really wanna whats makes you say that ? are their alot of indian students haha ?
No.. for some reason alot of people just think Bangor is in India
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No.. for some reason alot of people just think Bangor is in India
hahah OMG people are soo dumb :P hahah I have to drop out of stupid Westminster university its full of asian indian chavs :/ i am not being racist but 90% got in their through clearing :/ and the uni try to fit over 200 people in one lecture theater :/ and most of the students are on their BB haha so i give up and choose bangor its look and sounds good hope i wont find any chavs in this uni
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i am not being racist but 90% got in their through clearing :/ and the uni try to fit over 200 people in one lecture theater :/ its look and sounds good hope i wont find any chavs in this uni
Erm.. there are possibly a few chavs in the student population, have not really noticed them though however there are quite a few in the local area.

In your first year you can also expect lectures with over 200 people in quite often (depending on course but this is the same at pretty much every uni.) and also alot of students will play on their blackberries.
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Erm.. there are possibly a few chavs in the student population, have not really noticed them though however there are quite a few in the local area.

In your first year you can also expect lectures with over 200 people in quite often (depending on course but this is the same at pretty much every uni.) and also alot of students will play on their blackberries.
haha you wouldnt say that when you will see what happen in westminster university!! it's just FULL OF CHAV!! in the lecture i couldn't concentrate because people just talking or misbehaving :/
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1) There is no "campus" as such, the buildings are rather scattered across town. But generally Fridd Site is reasonably quiet mostly, peaceful and people are very friendly. The SU have started some "halls competitions" this year which is an attempt to break the "keep to themselves" you mentioned, but most other sites are much more communal. This is probably to do with the halls on Fridd being really new and all the doors are closing automatically, while on the other sites there are bigger corridors and people can keep their doors open/unlocked, so it is much easier to get to know people beyond your immediate neighbours/opposites. Around the buildings too, it's mostly quiet and friendly, but I can only speak for Main Arts as all my lectures are around there. On Normal Site sometimes you see swarms of people in pjs going to lectures in the morning and that, so I think it's all a bit more "easy going" up there..

2) The SU is great. They are making a real effort for students and are great campaigners for our rights and also for our student experience/social life. There are many events that different societies put on and I think they have plans to make more general public calendars of these available, so if you're stuck at home one night you can just go and see what's on.. They did also run a nightclub which has closed now due to the bulding being demolished, but the new one should be ready for fresher's week this year, so yaaay!

3) See (1) mostly, I'm not aware of different reps for halls, mostly only for sites. Though people say that those staying on College Road (Rathbone and Garth) smell weird (because of the corkboard used to construct the halls), and Reichel has had a bit of a bad reputation the last years but they are renovating it currently, so it should be all good next year.


4) Pretty much any pub that's not so hidden away. In Upper Bangor that's mainly Rascals, the Belle Vue, Paddies and The Menai, and on high street there are numerous pubs and bars, mostly all of them regularly full of students. There also is Bar Uno on Fridd Site, though I feel that it is quite empty there most of the time and most people I know don't really like the place (loud, lots of empty space). I think it kind of depends on what degree you do as well, linguistics/english language students are often to be found in the Belle Vue, I think you meet the biology/science lot in The Menai regularly..


Hope that helps!
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If you go to Bangor, would you be able to answer these questions? I'd be really grateful!

* What's the atmosphere like on campus? (Loud, quiet, friendly, lively, peaceful, has a community feel, people keep to themselves etc.)
* What's the student union like? Do they constantly arrange different events or not, and would you say that the union is a big part of the majority of students' social lives or not?
* What are halls like? Do different halls have different reputations, and if so, what are they? Do they have an atmosphere of everyone mixing together, or do people keep to themselves?
* Which are the local haunts and hangouts for the student body? (The ones which are most popular.)

Sorry for all the questions, I just want an idea of what student life is actually like there, rather than all this prospectus-type information. If you have any other info, like in jokes for Bangor students, or the kind of things everyone gets up to etc. that'd be great, too.
I don't know anything about Bangor, but someone I know went to 30% of the lectures, missed all their exams and got into £3000 of debt ON TOP OF his student loan there. And they still had him back this year, albeit starting the year again.
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