Pre-arrival Checklist

Here are some important things to arrange before you travel...

Read important advice about...

  • Arriving in the UK ’ – includes important information about what to expect at the UK Border.
  • Student Arrivals: 10 Top Tips’ – A document by UK Border Force about getting through the UK border as securely and quickly as possible.

Organise your Tuition Fee Payments

You will need to pay the deposit for your tuition fees OR provide a valid financial sponsor letter, in order to receive your CAS letter. Please click here to pay your deposit. You will also have the option to pay your tuition fees in full before coming to Bangor.

Apply for a Visa

Once you have received your CAS letter from the University, you can apply for a visa to study here. Click here to find out what you need to do to apply.

Arrange Accommodation

University Accomodation: For information about applying to live in University Halls of Residence, please click here.

Private Accomodation: If you will be staying in private accommodation in Bangor, the Student Housing Office can help you to find a room after you arrive. You should not sign any housing contract until you have seen the property in person; the Student Housing Office can provide guidance about housing contracts, so before you sign a housing contract take it to the Student Housing Office and they will go through it with you, explaining the terms and conditions, so that you can make an informed choice.

Important: Students who plan to live in private accommodation should ensure that they have accommodation for at least the first two or three nights after arriving in Bangor as it will not be possible to move into private accommodation immediately. Contact the Student Housing Office or see list of local hotels.

Plan your Journey

We offer an Airport Pick-Up Service for international students from Manchester International Airport on a selection of dates. If you will be arriving on a different date, or to a different airport, see ‘How to Get to Bangor’.

We recommend that you arrive in Bangor within ‘working hours’, i.e. after 9am, and at least an hour before 5pm. However, we appreciate that this is not always possible!

If you will be staying in University accommodation: Between 9am – 5pm, go to the Halls Office to collect your key. Outside working hours, go to the Security Lodge on Ffriddoedd Site to collect your key.

If you are not staying in University accommodation, you should make an arrangement with the private landlord, agent, hotel about how to collect your key.

If you arrive to Bangor outside of working hours and need assistance, please go to Reception in Main Arts Building on College Road. Or call the Security Team on +44 (0) 1248 382795.

View a map of the University buildings.

Plan your Budget

Please read information on living costs in Bangor. You can also use the International Student Calculator to estimate what your living costs will be while studying in the UK.

Get Packing

Before travelling, please ensure that you have the following documents:

  • Valid passport or identity card – It is important that you carry your passport every time you travel to/from the UK whether you are from Europe or beyond.
  • Visa (if applicable)
  • Acceptance letter/CAS letter from Bangor University
  • Proof of payment for any tuition or accommodation fees
  • Cash in GBP (You should bring enough cash or traveller’s cheques for at least a week as you will not be able to open a bank account instantly. We recommend that you bring approximately £500)
  • Electrical adapters
  • Warm and waterproof clothing
  • If you are staying in University Halls of Residence, check what supplies you will need to bring (e.g. bedding, towel etc).

If you arrive to Bangor on one of airports pick-up services, we arrange shopping trips for our new arrivals to go to a local supermarket to buy essential supplies (food, cooking equipment, etc.). For more information, please refer to your ‘Registration and Orientation’ or ‘Welcome Week’ Programme.

Health

If you will be studying in the UK for six months or less, make sure that you arrange suitable medical insurance as you will not qualify for free National Health Service treatment.

If you are an EEA national, make sure that you apply for an European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

More information about healthcare in the UK.

Disclose any disabilities

The Disability Team in Student Services will be able to give you extra support if you disclose any disabilities that you have. Please email disabilityservice@bangor.ac.uk.

Have a look at the Bangor University website

For all the information you need on student life in Bangor, have a look through our website. Click here access the homepage.

First Steps

The British Council has several publications – we recommend that you read ‘First Steps’, a pre-departure guide for international students coming to study in the UK. Download the First Steps Guide (2016/17).

Prepare for Success

Try this fantastic interactive learning tool ‘Prepare for Success’, which will help you find out about different aspects of academic life in the UK and the skills needed for effective study.

Join Facebook

Facebook is one of the most popular social networking sites in the UK. Students often use it to communicate with each other and plan events. Don’t worry if you can’t access Facebook in your home country; it’s easy to set up an account once you arrive in the UK.

See the Bangor University International facebook page, which has a full list of the social events and trips we arrange and gives students a chance to communicate with each other before coming to Bangor.

Ask us...

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email us on internationalsupport@bangor.ac.uk.