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Facilities

The University has an impressive range of learning resources and facilities, including an extensive collection of books and journals; over 1000 computers for student use, a number of 24-hour access PC rooms, social learning spaces, its own research vessel ‘Prince Madog’, state of the art science labs and an fMRI Scanner.

Bangor University has a collection of unique and diverse resources for students and the community which have been cumulating for over a century. The University has its own Natural History Museum that include the Irish elk antlers, which are approximately 7500 year old, the skeleton of a Tasmanian devil, a two headed lamb, a collection of New Zealand birds and a Galapagos tortoise.

The redeveloped Canolfan Brailsford Sport Centre offers state of the art equipment, including a two-storey gym, aerobics studio, a new strength & condition room, IRB and FIFA standard 3G pitch, athletics track and much more.

Courses and fees

The University is comprised of 14 Academic Schools which sit within the below three Colleges;

Around 10,000 students currently study at Bangor University. There are hundreds of courses offered across the arts, humanities and sciences.  The University prides itself on the quality of its teaching, courses and lecturers.  You can find a full list of undergraduate and postgraduate courses on the website.

Fees & Finance

Bangor University will charge new, full-time undergraduate students starting in September 2020/21 a tuition fee of £9,000. For postgraduate students fees will vary depending on subject area, visit the website for more information.

The University may increase the fees for each subsequent year of study by the amount permitted by Welsh Government.

International

If you are an International Student (from outside the EU), please visit the International Education Centre website for more information about fees and finance.

Bursaries and scholarships

Bangor is keen to offer extra help to student, bursaries and scholarships worth over £3.4M are available for new and returning students.

For new students in 2021, scholarships include the Merit Scholarships which is worth up to £3,000 for those who excel in the annual Entrance Scholarships.

For students from the UK (excluding Wales) and the EU, the Bangor Bursary means you could receive up to £3,000 in extra financial help over the duration of a three-year course.

For a full list of scholarships available please visit the website.

Accommodation

Bangor University guarantee a room in halls of residence to all first-year undergraduates who hold Bangor as their Firm Choice and apply before the given deadline. Their accommodation is self-catered and the majority of the halls are en-suite. All the halls are within walking distance of the main University buildings and city centre.

There are currently 2,960 rooms available at two residential locations; Ffriddoedd Village and St Mary’s Village. Students living in halls of residence have the advantage of wi-fi, wired internet, water, electricity and heating bills being included in the price.

For all students living in University Halls of Residence, gym and Campus Life membership are included. Campus Life runs a programme of events throughout the year, including film nights, quizzes, trips and outdoor activities. 

Living in halls were great as Ffriddoedd village was a central hub for all student, making it easy to meet and socialise with friends. Coming to university can be a daunting experience but living in halls is the perfect way to break the ice and get to know everyone.

Wil Chidley studying Geological Oceanography from Tudweiliog

Open days

To keep us to date with all the latest Open Days and Virtual Open Days please visit our website.

Living here

On Campus

Bangor is consistently rated as one of the best places to be a student and the quality of the student experience is another great reason to choose to study here.

The surrounding area

Bangor is in a stunning location between the mountains of Snowdonia and the sea and is one of the best places for access to the great outdoors. You relax on beautiful beaches, explore stunning mountain trails, or enjoy taking part in some of the student activities on offer. There are many attractions on our doorstep including Zip World, Bounce Below, Surf Snowdonia and Tree Top Adventures. 

In the centre of Bangor you'll find a wide-range of supermarkets, food shops, high street chains, cafes, bars and restaurants. Most of the University buildings and Halls are within walking distance of the city centre.

You can visit historic nearby towns such as Beaumaris, Caernarfon and Conwy, which all have impressive castles, or scenic villages like Llanberis and Betws-y-Coed.

Entertainment & Nightlife

There are many great pubs in town to explore as well as a couple of night clubs. It’s all in walking distance too, so no worrying about catching the last bus or train home. The Pontio centre at the university is the home of the Students’ Union and also has a theatre, a cinema, cafe and bar.

Academi nightclub provides the focus for much of the night-time entertainment. As well as the nightclub, Academi has two bars, a café and a shop.

Bar Uno in the heart of Ffriddoedd residential campus offers you a diverse range of entertainment, hot meals and affordable drinks.

The course is absolutely brilliant and I’m loving every aspect of it. The first semester was definitely more marine biology-based and second semester more oceanography. The practicals are undoubtedly my favourite part of the course – the things we get to learn are fascinating and the lecturers are so enthusiastic which makes it even better! Field trips are equally great, and the lectures themselves provide the background knowledge required to fully appreciate and analyse what you’re seeing in the field and in the labs.

Jessica Fox - Studying Marine Biology and Oceanography from North Yorkshire

Student Life in Bangor

Bangor Students' Union, Undeb Bangor, provides much of the focus for student activities and entertainment. Your time as a student is an ideal opportunity for you to try something new, or to get together with people who have the same interests as you. A major plus at Bangor is that student membership of the Students' Union clubs and societies is free of charge, ensuring that all students can take part in what we offer. There are around 200 clubs and societies to choose from ranging from academic groups to sport, hobby and interest clubs. Bangor University’s club & societies are consistently ranked among the top 5 in the UK (WhatUni 2015-2020).

There are many great pubs in town to explore as well as night clubs. It’s all in walking distance, too - so no worrying about catching the last bus or train home. The Pontio centre at the university is the home of the Students’ Union and also has a theatre, a cinema and an exhibition space.

Within the university, I have been involved with a number of clubs and societies. I am part of Bangor Women’s Tennis team and have also been involved with the Windsurfing club, Conservation Society and practical workdays with the Snowdonia society. There are so many opportunities in terms of clubs and societies so it can be hard to choose what to get involved with, but there is definitely something for everyone.

Belinda Betts studying Environmental Conservation with placement year from Hereford

Travel Information

Bangor University isn’t just beautifully situated, it’s conveniently located too. There are good road links to Bangor along the north Wales coast from the M56 and M6, and direct trains from London (3.5 hours), Manchester, Liverpool, Crewe and Cardiff. The ferry service from nearby Holyhead to Ireland is also fast and frequent.

Most of the University buildings and halls of residences are within walking distance of the city centre.

Latest news

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Other Contact Details

Tel: (01248) 351151 (main switchboard)

Undergraduate Admissions
Tel: (01248) 38 3717
Email: [email protected]

Postgraduate Admissions
Tel: (01248) 38 3717
Email: [email protected]

Request a Prospectus
Tel: (01248) 38 3561
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Address:
Bangor University
Bangor
Gwynedd
LL57 2DG

Top questions

What grants/scholarships do you offer? 

There are a range of scholarships available at Bangor University worth over £3.4M available to new and returning students. Please visit the website for a full list of scholarships available.


How much of an emphasis do you place on building workplace skills like presenting, project management and people skills?

At Bangor University we are committed to ensuring that our graduates have the opportunity to develop their skills and experiences whilst studying at the University so that you are fully equipped with the transferable skills you will need when looking for employment opportunities after graduation. All students are encouraged to take part in the Bangor Employability Award (BEA) where students enhance their immediate and long-term career prospects.
 

What's university welfare and disability support like?

We have a dedicated team who provide support for students with disability and students with a wide range of physical and sensory impairments, including specific learning difficulties, enduring health conditions and mental health difficulties. Students are encouraged to contact the student services team when making an application to discuss with the staff processes that can be put in place before their arrival. We provide a quality service which ensures the full inclusion of disabled students within their academic school and social community.
 

What support is available to students who are struggling for any reason? 

The university offers a range of support for students who may be struggling at University for whatever reason. The team offers advice with money and budgeting and students can make sue of a range of self-help resources available to them including podcasts and articles. The students at Bangor can attend mindfulness sessions, iCan workshops and resilience building lectures however, for students who feel as if they need more support the university offers one to one counselling sessions. The Service offers opportunities to talk through personal and troubling issues in a safe environment with a professional, trained staff.

 
Do you offer any courses/sessions to help mature students with the university experience?

Mature students can benefit from groups such as the postgraduate society or the DocSoc where students organise events such as the postgraduate afternoon tea to discuss matters around their course and personal life. The University also offers support to those who have children are adult dependants or are pregnant. Specialised accommodation is available for families and additional financial support is available for mature students and those mentioned above.


What social events do you offer when people first join to help people make friends and settle in?

There is a Welcome Week diary that is sent to all students that includes social and academic events. The Campus Life, International and SU teams also put on a calendar of events to help everyone make new friends and try out different activities. Some activities include a film night, Sunday lunch, meet and mingle and a trip around the city. Serendipity happens in the first week where students have the opportunity to go around stall holders providing them information about local activities and business, all the SU clubs & societies are present and you can join as many as you like completely free.


What will my first few weeks at your uni be like?

There are no lectures in your first week at Bangor. You have the opportunity to go out and see the city, take part in some welcome week activities and make new friends. Remember everyone is in the same situation as you so take this week to get to know Bangor and the people you’ll be living and studying with. You do need to visit your academic school in the first week and register on to your course however, this is a great opportunity to meet lecturers and staff that will be teaching you over the next few years.

The second week is a little more ‘normal’. You will have lectures and will be settling into University life but don’t worry! Most lectures in the first week will be giving you an introduction of the subject and some background into what you’ll be studying over the next semester.
 

Is it a campus or city based university? What advantages do you think this offers? 

Bangor is a city based university however, the city is one of the smallest cities in the UK so it does feel like a campus University. Being small Bangor has the benefit of being a student centric city and there is a hugely friendly feel. Everything is within walking distance and you have the benefit of being in a city but only a 10 minute bus ride away from stunning mountain ranges and beaches.  


What sort of societies are there?

The Students’ Union offers a wide range of student-run clubs and societies – there are around 200 to choose from. The are societies that will compliment your academic studies, such as the Law Society, the Geographical Society; religious societies such as the Christian Union and the Islamic Society and societies to compliment your hobbies and interests like comedy, cooking, photography and drama. Try out some traditional sports such as Football or Hockey or have a go at something new like Quidditch or ultimate Frisbee!
 

How far is the campus from the town centre and what is the public transport like?

The University buildings are dotted in and around the town centre. Most of the University buildings are close by and are within a 10 minute walk from your halls of residence. There is regular public transport with the train station providing direct links to Manchester, Liverpool and London. There are regular buses that can take you into the surrounding area for a day out with friends or to explore the Snowdonia mountains or the Anglesey beaches. 


How far apart are different university buildings, and how far away is the accommodation?    

All the buildings are within a 10 minute walk of each other with the exception of some buildings such as Ocean Science's in Menai Bridge and Wrexham campus. There are two main residential campuses on either side of the city both are within a 10 minute walk of the majority of the university buildings. 


How much one-to-one contact time do students receive from their lecturers?   

Students have access to lectures during their stated office hours. Office hours will be displayed within each of the academic schools, you are encouraged to make an appointment. If you choose to do a dissertation you will be assigned a personal tutor who will be seeing you on a regular basis to help guide you through the project. Students can also email lecturers to ask for additional help and arrange meetings. 


Roughly how many students start each year?

The year to year student count varies however it would typically lie around the 2,500 - 3,000 mark. There are currently around 10,000 students studying at Bangor University.


What’s the ratio of male/female students?

The current % is around 60% female and 40% male.
 

How much is a pint at the student union?

The price of a pint varies from pub to pub however students can expect to pay around £1.50 - £2.50 for a pint.