Studying at Bangor

Why study at Bangor? Our top 10 reasons!

Academic Excellence

Founded in 1884, Bangor University has a long tradition of academic excellence, and is ranked amongst the top 10 universities in the UK for student satisfaction (National Student Survey)

The latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008) identified world-leading research in each of the 19 areas submitted for assessment. Areas of particular excellence include Accounting and Finance which is rated best for research in the UK, and Electronic Engineering which is rated second in the UK. Sports Science is placed in the top 10 and Psychology is ranked 11th in the UK.

Independent surveys all point towards Bangor’s excellent reputation and success. The University’s Clubs & Societies were ranked 6th in the UK by the ‘WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2014’ website. The quality of our student accommodation is also rated 6th in the UK, and our Courses and Lecturers in the top 10 in the UK.

The University prides itself on the quality of teaching offered. This was supported in a recent review by the UK Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), which resulted in the highest possible endorsement of the Univesity's academic standards.

The University also performs well in a variety of student surveys where satisfaction levels and overall experience are consistently high. For instance, the results of the Times Higher Education’s Student Experience Survey which places the University in the Top 20 in the UK for student satisfaction.

At Bangor you can study a wide range of subjects from within the following colleges:

Student Support

Bangor has one of the largest Peer Guiding schemes in the UK. The scheme was shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Awards in the Outstanding Student Support Category.

At Bangor, we place a high priority on caring for and supporting our students and from the moment you arrive, you’ll be given as much help and support as possible with health and welfare matters as well as your academic work.

Student Services provides a wide range of support services for students, from Counselling services to money advice to advice on housing. It’s a one stop shop for all of the information you need. The University also performs well in a variety of student surveys where satisfaction levels and overall experience are consistently high. For instance, the results of the Times Higher Education’s Student Experience Survey which places the University in the Top 20 in the UK for student satisfaction.

To help you settle in to University life in your first few weeks, we have one of the largest Peer Guiding schemes, so there is always another student you can turn to for some help or advice.

Student Services are based on the First Floor of Neuadd Rathbone. More...

Learning Resources

The University has an impressive range of learning resources.

You can access the University’s networked software, using our DesktopAnywhere facility, from halls of residence, home, wireless zones or in the on-campus computer rooms – in fact anywhere you have a broadband or better network connection.

The University has an impressive range of learning resources. We have an extensive collection of books and journals and many of the journals and an expanding portfolio of electronic reseources. In addition to the Main Library for humanities and social sciences, is the Science Library in Adeilad Deiniol. A Study Support Room is housed in each of these libraries, with assistive technology such as CCTVs, scanners and Braille embossers. From our website you can find out about the library’s stock and also access e-books, e-journals, past exam papers, subject guides and other learning resources. You can make  use of these electronic resources from anywhere – on and off the campus.

There are a number of Open-access computer rooms strategically located across the campus. All Halls of Residence offer network access from individual study-bedrooms.

We have a range of other learning resources which support specific subject areas including, a Multi-media Language Centre, a Centre for Hill and Upland Management, a £3.5M ocean-going Research Ship, a Natural History Museum and the Treborth Botanic Gardens that is a home to a large underground root research laboratory. 

A new Study Skills Centre provides further help with the transition to university and on-going support with your studies. The centre can help you with literacy, numeracy, IT, team-work, project planning and oral and written skills.

Excellent Location

Bangor's been voted one of the best places to be a student by various student surveys.

Bangor is situated between Snowdonia and the sea, and it is one of the most attractive study locations in the UK. The size and nature of Bangor means that it is easy to get to know people and our students settle in immediately.

Located close to mountains, lakes and forests of Snowdonia National Park, and miles of dramatic coastline, Bangor is also a convenient base for all kinds of outdoor sports and activities.

Bangor’s new arts and innovation centre Pontio will open its doors in 2014. Home to a mid-scale theatre, a studio theatre, a cinema, design and innovation centre, Students' Union, spacious lecture theatres, social learning spaces, bar, café and more – this new building will reinvigorate the city centre.

Historical towns such as Beaumaris, Conwy and Caernarfon (which all have their own castle), picturesque places such as Beddgelert, Llanberis and Betws y Coed and the Victorian resort town of Llandudno are also well worth a visit.

Where classical music is concerned, Bangor offers one of the most varied concert programmes of any British university with well over 30 concerts a season. More.

Social Life

Student membership of the Students’ Union clubs and societies (of which there are over 135) is free of charge.

The student lifestyle offered at Bangor is one of the main reasons why many of our students choose to study here. The size and friendly nature of the place are major factors in this, while the range of student activities on offer, the location and the surrounding area are also amongst the reasons why Bangor students enjoy it so much here.

The Students' Union 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 the sport and activities offered.

Academi, the student nightclub, is currently a centre point for much of the evening entertainment, while the new Pontio Centre opening in 2014 will also provide exciting arts and entertainment facilities for students and the local community.

Academi provides a focus for the night-time entertainment and general socialising. Regular favourites at Academi include Budgies (with party games and classic cheese tunes) O.M.G. (a night of club classics and mash-ups to prepare for the weekend) and Hey You! (the Athletic Union’s popular fund raising event with plenty of themed evenings and fancy dress action).

Academi also works alongside the Students’ Union to organise one of the biggest events of the year – the annual Summer Ball which always provides amazing entertainment and activities. In recent years the acts have included the likes of Rizzle Kicks, Maximo Park and Zane Lowe to name but a few.

More on social life at Bangor.

Careers and opportunities

As an undergraduate student, you can take part in the Bangor Employability Award scheme that is designed to enhance your immediate and longer-term career prospects.

The Bangor Employability Award (BEA) aims to enhance your understanding of the long-term potential of the activities you take part in during your time at Bangor and encourages you to take advantage of each and every opportunity that comes your way in order to develop yourself and your employability.

The BEA offers accreditation for co-curricular and extra-curricular activities (e.g. volunteering, clubs and societies, work experiences, part-time work, learning a new language, etc.) which may not be formally recognised within the academic degree programme, but are considered valuable in the graduate jobs market.

Our Careers and Employability Service provides a range of resources, practical advice and support to help students decide what they want to do when they graduate. Whether you are a first year student, or are half-way through your degree or a finalist or postgraduate, it is likely that the Careers and Employability Service will be able to help you in some way and will continue to do so for three years after graduation.

The Service will help students find part-time, temporary or vacation work, or help you look for work experience or voluntary work. The Service is also committed to helping students and graduates to be more enterprising whether they want to be self-employed, freelance consultants or in regular employment. More.


Bangor University was placed in the top 10 for Accommodation in the WhatUni? Student Choice Awards (2014)

At Bangor, we guarantee accommodation for all first year students. We have over 2,175 rooms available, with a £35million development project on the main accommodation site having resulted in the opening of many new halls and an increase in the number of en-suite rooms.

Low living costs

Bangor is “one of the cheapest places in Britain” to be a student (The Independent’s A-Z of Universities and Higher Education Colleges).

Market research shows that the cost of living in Bangor is lower than in other parts of the UK and is consistently ranked as one of the most economical places to study in the UK in various cost-of-living surveys.

We can help you to find part-time work while you’re here (through the Careers and Employability Service)  and there is financial support available. Visit the Undergraduate Finance pages for more information.

Student orientated city

All our Halls of Residence are within easy walking distance from the city centre.

The size and friendly nature of Bangor means it is easy to get to know people and our students settle in immediately; students make up a large percentage of the city's population and much of the entertainment and nightlife is geared towards students. Student surveys show that a high proportion of students choose Bangor because of the small and friendly nature of the University and the town.

Most of our buildings and student residences are a short walk from the city centre, which has two modern shopping centres and a mix of national chain stores and smaller local businesses.

A sporty location

Whether you want to enjoy a relaxing walk along the Menai straits or enjoy a little fell-walking or mountaineering, there are plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities.

Bangor is exceptionally well-situated and well-equipped for students interested in sport – especially those involving the great outdoors and team sports such as rugby, hockey and football. If you are already interested in outdoor pursuits you will be spoilt for choice by the full range of opportunities available on the Univeristy’s doorstep. Canolfan Brailsford our main sports and recreation centre and has two main sports halls, three well-equipped rooms for cardiovascular exercise and weights training, a gymnasium, a climbing wall with two ascents of different difficulties and a bouldering wall, plus four squash courts. We have grass pitches for soccer and rugby, a synthetic grass pitch for hockey and training, and a modern athletics track and field sports facility shared with Gwynedd Council. More.

We also offer annual Sports Scholarships worth up to £3,000 each.

However, don’t think you need to be sporty to come here – many of our students just like the fact that Bangor is in such a scenic location, and that it tends to be cleaner, safer and friendlier than many larger places.

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