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Where is Bangor?

The City of Bangor

Bangor is situated on the North Wales coast and is easy to reach from any part of the UK. Manchester International Airport is only a two-hour train journey away and London is only a four-hour train journey away.

A beautiful city

A cathedral city, Bangor is set between the Snowdonia Mountains and the sea and is a beautiful and spectacular place to study.  With miles of beautiful coastline and the nearby Snowdonia National Park, the area boasts some of the most beautiful and spectacular scenery in the country.  Mount Snowdon - England and Wales’ highest peak is only a half hour journey from Bangor.

A compact city

It's a compact city - university buildings, accommodation and city centre are all within safe walking distance, so there's no need to catch any buses or trains to travel to the university, and you'll save money.

Students who wish to travel within or outside Bangor can purchase an Arriva Student Saver ticket which offers unbeatlable savings (up to 30% savings on bus fares).  Find out more...

Low cost of living

The cost of living is lower than in larger city universities. Accommodation costs are much lower and with no need to pay for public transport - students can save up to 50% on living costs. Bangor is ranked amongst the top 4 University cities in the UK in terms of cost of living (accommodation, food etc).  Leading newspaper The Independent placed Bangor amongst the most cost effective locations for students in their Student Living Index Guide for 2008.

Bangor is not an industrialised city, pollution levels are low, so it's a clean and healthy place to live.

What else can Bangor and North Wales offer?

  • the national water-sports centre is located 7 kilometers from Bangor  
  • football lovers attend Liverpool and Manchester United matches on weekends - an easy two-hour train journey away 
  • rock and pop music lovers can see their favourite bands perform in Manchester and Liverpool, recent concerts include: Scissor Sisters, Gwen Stefani, Paolo Nutini, Kaiser Chiefs, Justin Timberlake and Take That.
  • Bangor is on the circuit of the BBC National Symphony Orchestra for Wales staging 3 concerts every year

North Wales is rich in history:

  • a former vice-chancellor of the university, Prof Charles Evans was a member of Sir Edmund Hillary's team-the first to reach the summit of Everest in 1953
  • the Snowdonia mountains near Bangor acted as training ground for the team
  • the site of the cathedral in Bangor dates back to the 6th century AD
  • castles situated along the coast date back to the 13th century AD

Facts about the University / Bangor

  • over 10,000 students
  • 10% of students from countries outside the UK
  • students from over 70 countries attend Bangor
  • The Rt. Hon. Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas is the Chancellor of the university

Current and future developments at Bangor University

  • £46 million Pontio development - Bangor's new Arts and Innovation Centre will open it's doors in 2015.
  • £30 million investment into new Student Village
  • £3.5 million investment in a major Cancer Research Centre
  • Refurbishment of the University's sports facilities, including a new sports dome
  • £2 million investment in establishing a National Centre of Excellence in Earth Observation

For further information on the advantages of living and studying in Wales, why not visit the Wales International Web pages.

Why study in Bangor?

  • One of the most beautiful University locations in the UK - between the Snowdonia National Park and coastline
  • High quality teaching
  • A wide range of sport and leisure opportunities: team sports, outdoor pursuits and water sports
  • Welsh/Celtic/British culture thriving with a wealth of International students’ cultures.
  • Gain a broader perspective of your subject area working with specialists at Bangor
  • Active and diverse International student community
  • Cost of living is lower than at many other UK cities.
  • Clean Environment        
  • A good central base for UK travel
  • Bangor is easily reached from UK international airports - 2 hours from Manchester International Airport and 4 hours from London.

Come to a Virtual Open Day

Our Virtual Open Day site brings together a number of our web pages and other online content to give you more of an idea of what an excellent place Bangor University is for you to choose for your studies.

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