General FAQs

Where is Bangor University?

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 three-hour train journey away. View Bangor's location on Google Maps

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 UK

How old is Bangor University?

Bangor University was founded in 1884, making it one of the oldest and most prestigious degree awarding institutions in the UK.

What is the city of Bangor like?

The Guardian University Guide says:

“Bangor is a small, friendly cathedral city set in a stunning location. The local community welcomes the annual influx of students and during term-time students dominate the social scene. The general consensus is that Bangor is a safe, clean and affordable place to live, and comes highly recommended.”

Everything in Bangor can be reached on foot, students do not need to rely on public transport or need to purchase a car. Libraries, lecture theatres, seminar rooms and other academic buildings are located close to each other and within walking distance of the city centre and university accommodation. Bangor is located in North Wales which has one of the lowest crime rates in the whole of the United Kingdom, making it a relatively safe study environment for students.

What is the weather like in Bangor?

The UK has 4 distinct seasons – spring, summer, autumn and winter. Temperatures in the mid summer months of July and August average around 18°C (64°F) but can occasionally soar to 30°C (85°F) or more. In spring and autumn temperatures average 11-15°C (50-58°F) and in winter they hover just below 6°C (42°F). However the UK’s weather can be unpredictable - sometimes with sunny winter days and cloud and rain in summer! Visit the BBC Weather website to check out today’s weather in Bangor.

What sports facilities does the University have?

Canolfan Brailsford is the University’s main sports centre and is situated next to the Ffriddoedd accommodation village. It provides sports and recreation facilities for both members of the University and for the general public. Students living in our halls of residence receive gym and Campus Life membership. There are many indoor and outdoor facilities for a whole range of sports and fitness activities that are sure to suit your needs.

Visit the Canolfan Brailsford website for more information

What social activities and sports societies are available to students?

For a full list of Clubs and Socities and Social Activities visit:

Where can I order a copy of the lastest prospectus?

To order a copy of the latest prospectus, please complete the online form

If I study at the the University, where will I live?

For all international students, we guarantee all first year students a place in University Student Accommodation (providing an application for accommodation is made within the prescribed period). All University accommodation is self-catered.

Further information about Accommodation can be found here.

Can I visit the University?

Yes, we would be very pleased for you to come to see the University. There are various opportunities for you to visit, as follows:

Open Days

The University arranges open days for prospective students throughout the year. Our Open Days will give you an opportunity to speak to lecturers, visit Departments, view accommodation and obtain full information and advice on the application process, fees and student life. Visit our Open Day  pages for dates and full details.

Other Visits

As we understand it may be difficult for you to schedule your trip to Bangor to coincide with an Open Day, especially if you are coming from overseas, it may be possible to organise a visit to campus at another time. Please contact the International Student Office with the date and time of your proposed visit and we will try to assist you.

Will representatives from the University be visiting my country?

Staff of the International Office make regular visits to countries all around the globe to take part in exhibitions, visit institutions and interview students. To find out when the next visit is scheduled for your country, visit our country pages where you will find full details or email the International Office.