Student profile: Raja Asad

Name: Raja Asad

Course: Accounting and Finance BSc (Hons)

Hometown/Country: Pakistan

Why is Bangor University a good choice for the course you are studying?

The main reason I chose Bangor University is because it's ranked in the top 15 in the world for 'Banking Research and Finance'. I love the location, you can hike up the mountains in the morning and go surfing in the evening, It's like a dream come true. The infrastructure of the university is really good and Pontio is amazing, the Main Arts building looks historical so overall it is very diverse.

Tell us what you like about academic teaching quality at Bangor University?

The lecturers are really friendly and they are always ready to help. I have my classes in the movie theatre sometimes, in the Pontio cinema.

What is the social life like in Bangor? Are you involved in any societies or sports teams? How easy it is to make friends here?

It's quite a small city so you know everyone. I am a part of the Cricket Club and will also become the treasurer of it next year. One thing I didn’t even know existed was 'Octopush' which is underwater hockey. It was tough at first but once I got the hang of it, it was amazing – it’s the most fun game ever, I will also be on the committee for it next year. I also joined the International Society and the Wakeboarding and Mountain Biking clubs and am also a part of the guides and scouts. When you go out with them you learn so many useful skills. I went to the Scottish Highlands with them and it was my dream, we did so many things like camping, hiking, mountain climbing, mountain biking. It was like the best 5 days of my time in Bangor. The socieities and clubs are amazing. It is definitely easy to make friends, people are so friendly here.

Your experience of living in university accommodation OR private accommodation?

I stayed in university accommodation in St Marys and the Campus life events are really good. I was able to do kayaking and canoeing which was all free. The cost of living here is super cheap and Bangor is the cheapest and probably the best.

What do you think about Bangor and the surrounding area?

This is the most beautiful area I have ever lived in my life. It is so beautiful here, you have the mountains and the sea. You can go hiking, climbing, you can do everything here. I really love it.

Any experience with the free support services available to international students at Bangor University?

I have had a really good experience with the support services, especially with my country manager Ali Khan, if it wasn't for him, I wouldn’t be here. He was very helpful and he guided me through everything.

Experience of getting part-time jobs in Bangor? How easy is it to get one?

I am currently working part time and have been since the end of February. I work at the weekend in a climbing center, it is really good and I would say it is easy to find jobs here.

How confident are you that Bangor university degree will help you in taking your career forward?

It is really prestigious having a degree from the UK and Bangor is among the top 350 of world universities as well.

What is the highlight/best thing about being a student at Bangor?

There is a friendly atmosphere here, the locals also are very friendly and nice. I love the people here.