Student Life at Bangor University

About Bangor...

"Bangor is one of the most attractive study destinations in the UK and has everything for students who love the great outdoors; climbing, mountain biking, paragliding, canoeing, sailing and surfing - whether on land, sea or air, everyone is catered for."

Sunday Times University Guide


The Great Outdoors

If you are already interested in outdoor pursuits you will be spoilt for choice by the huge range of sports available on your doorstep. Snowdonia is the adventure capital of the UK with a high concentration of opportunities, from exceptional rock climbing to scrambling and hill walking to an abundance of water sports including, canoeing, kayaking, surfing, sailing and sea kayaking.

Canolfan Brailsford Sports Centre

Canolfan Brailsford, the University's sports and leisure centre, is located at the heart of the main student accommodation site at Ffriddoedd. Facilities include two main sports halls, three well-equipped gyms, a gymnastics hall, a multi-route climbing wall with ascents varying in difficulty. Outdoor facilities include grass pitches for football, rugby and American football, a floodlit synthetic pitch for hockey games and training, a shared athletics track and multi-purpose facilites for tennis, five-a-side football and netball.

From September 2015, all students living in University Halls of Residence will receive free gym and Campus Life membership!

Other facilities in and around Bangor

In Bangor itself there is a 25-metre swimming pool with 1m, 3m & 5m diving boards. Other popular attractions in the area include Zip World Snowdonia in Bethesda and Blaenau Ffestiniog, the Llandudno ski slope and snowboarding centre, Surflines Outdoor and Water sports centre in Llanberis, the National Mountaineering Centre at Capel Curig and the National Water sports centre at Plas Menai. Due to open in 2015 is Surf Snowdonia, a watersports park and artificial surfing lagoon.

Mountain Biking in SnowdoniaSports Clubs - Membership Free of Charge!

There are currently over 50 sports teams and clubs within the Athletic Union. These range from football, rowing and cricket to quidditch, otcopush, trampolining and wakeboarding, so there are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved.

Visit the Students' Union website for a list of all the AU Sports Clubs.

Sports Scholarships

The University supports students with sporting ability by offering a number of sports scholarships worth up to £3,000 a year. The awards aim to develop sporting potential and are open to students studying for any degree. Visit our scholarships and bursaries pages for more information.

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