Coronavirus (Covid-19) Information

Frequently Asked Questions - September 2020 opening

We will be opening our campus to students in September.

As long as the social distancing requirements remain, there will be differences to how we will operate, but our priorities are to provide the very best student experience possible whilst keeping everyone safe.

Take a look at our frequently asked questions below for more information, or if you need any further information please get in touch.

Will the campus be open in September?

We are planning on opening the campus in September. How the campus will operate will depend on social distancing requirements and any other restrictions with which we have to comply at the time.

Will there be face to face teaching on campus in September?

It is our intention to provide a blended learning programme in September. This means that some parts of our courses will be delivered face to face on campus and some will be delivered online.

Will online teaching be available all year? 

It is our intention to make our programmes available online for the whole academic year.

What if I can’t attend classes because I have to self-isolate?

If you need to self-isolate you will be able to use the online resources to continue your course until you are able to participate in face to face activities again. 

Will University accommodation be open in September?

Yes, it is our plan to have University accommodation open in September, apply now if you have not already done so.

Will I be charged for University accommodation if the campus has to close?

If the campus has to lock down and you are unable to use your accommodation, you won’t be charged.

Will Student Services be open on campus?

Yes, there will be student services staff on campus to support you. They will also be available by phone and email.

Will there be a Welcome Week?

Yes we will be holding Welcome Week. We are currently planning this and further details will be provided as soon as they are confirmed. 

Will I be able to join clubs and societies?

Yes, our sports clubs and societies will be running from September. We will be making the most of the outdoor space on our doorstep to provide a programme of socially-distanced sports club and general activities, as well as an online offering. 

I’m from England, I’ve heard there is a cap on new students from England studying in Wales, will I be able to get a place?

We expect to be able to provide a place to all new students from England who would like to join us in September. 

I haven’t got a laptop/ PC for online working. Can the University advise/ help? 

A means tested Digital Hardship Fund is available for new and returning students. This fund can provide means tested support for unexpected costs that students are unable to cover. Contact moneysupport@bangor.ac.uk for information.

What student support will be available? 

To make sure students can access support wherever they are, all of Student Services will be available online to support students. In addition, students on campus will be able to book face-to-face appointments with Disability Advisers, Mental Health Advisers, Counsellors and a range of other Student Support staff. 

Will clubs and societies run? 

Yes, many of our extra curricular activities will be running from September. These are led by Bangor Students’ Union, and exceptionally, are completely free of charge to all students to join.

We will be providing a programme of socially-distanced activities for many of our societies and clubs, as well as an online offering where social distancing can't be maintained.

Bangor University has won the WhatUni Best Clubs and Societies Award for three years running, and we are working very hard to ensure that we live up to this reputation next academic year.

Specific details about the range of extra curricular activities on offer will be available closer to September.

I have applied for a course which normally would have been delivered on campus, can I opt to study entirely by distance learning next year?

No we are sorry, this is not an option. We are aiming to make all of the core content available on line to be used where students are unable to be on campus due to Covid 19.

This is to protect students from missing elements of their programme if they are unable to attend campus for a short period or if parts of the programme, such as large lectures, can’t be delivered on site because of social distancing.

The key strengths of Bangor University are around our community and the broad range of activity and support that we offer.

We will therefore expect you to make yourself available to participate in as much of the on campus support, delivery and activities as possible.

Living in University Accommodation

How will social distancing work in University Halls of Residence?

You will be allocated a room within a flat, your other flat mates will become your ‘household’ so you won’t need to socially distance from your flat mates. You will have your own en-suite facilities but will share kitchen facilities with your other flat mates.

Will I be able to travel / go home to visit family or friends at weekend once I’m in Bangor? 

You will be free to travel, provided such travel is in-line with Government advice. The University won’t impose any restrictions.

Will there be any social activities for students in accommodation?

Halls Campus Life are planning an online programme of social activities. You will of course be able to organise your own social activities face to face with the other students in your flat as they will be part of your ‘household’.

What if I need to self isolate whilst I am living in Halls?

You will self-isolate in your room. You should let the Halls staff know straight away and then we will support you to ensure that you get all the help you need including supplies of food.

International Students

Can the international scholarship all be awarded against the fees if I am not going to be living on campus?

50% of the international scholarship will be awarded against your academic fees. The other 50% will be reserved for you so that when you can travel and take up accommodation on campus the remaining 50% will be taken off your accommodation charges. 

Can I defer my entry? 

Yes, we would consider any Postgraduate Taught applications for our January 2021 intake, and any Undergraduate applications for our September 2021 intake. If you wish to make a deferral request please send the request via the messaging system in the online application portal, this will go to our admissions team and we will try and make it as smooth as possible for you.

If I pay my deposit will I get a refund if I can’t come in September? 

Yes, you would get a refund subject to the usual conditions.

Can I pay my deposit online if I can’t get to the bank?  

You can still pay your deposit via bank transfer or you can use transfer mate, more details here. At the moment we are unable to take any payments over the telephone.

What English Language Tests does Bangor University accept?  

Online Tests:

  • Duolingo
  • TOEFL IBT
  • LanguageCert International ESOL

English Language Tests:

  • BUELT - Bangor University English Language Test
  • IELTS
  • Pearson PTE
  • Language Cert International ESOL
  • Cambridge B1 Prelimenary (formerly PET)
  • Cambridge B2 First (formerly CEF)
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (formerly CAE)
  • Trinity ISE I
  • Trinity ISE II
  • Trinity ISE III
  • CET Band 6

For further information please visit our English Language Requirements page.

Should I apply for accommodation in University halls?

Yes. Apply for your accommodation with us now, it is risk free. If the campus isn’t able to open straight away in September we won’t charge you rent.

How will I get to know people and make friends if the year starts partly or fully online? 

Staff are already planning for a socially distanced on-campus Welcome Week, but a lot of work is also going into developing a fully online version as well. The priority is to enable you to meet new people, make friends and settle into being part of the Bangor University community as quickly as possible. We know that this is just as important as your academic experience.

Contact us

If you need any further information, please get in touch.