Students with Families

Many students bring their families with them to Bangor and this office can provide support during their time here. This page provides some useful information on:

  • Visa & immigration rules for families

  • Local schools and childcare facilities

  • Fun (and free) Welsh & English language classes for parents

Your family (dependants) can access our services and we are happy to provide advice & support to them, and they are also welcome to attend our various social trips & events (see our ‘Trips & Events’ page).

Visas and Immigration

Visa information for families (dependants) can be found here.

English Language Support for Dependants

We offer a Free Second Language English Course for wives, husbands and / or partners of International Students at Bangor University.  We also welcome community students and / or staff who have the time, and who wish to improve language skills in an informal setting.

The course includes three levels:

  • Mondays:             Beginners   (L1)
  • Wednesdays:       Intermediate   (L2)
  • Thursdays:           Upper Intermediate   (L3)

All classes run from 9.30a.m. - 1.00p.m, with a break for tea and coffee at 11.00a.m., when students can chat with their friends.

The aim of the course is to help students and their families integrate into life in Bangor, Wales and the UK.  We aim to create (with your help) a space where international students and their families can meet each other, learn and share language skills and cultural experiences. Pre-school age children and babies (and school-age children during school holidays) are welcome to come along with you.  There will usually be Student Volunteers in class to look after the children.  Games and toys are provided to keep them amused while you learn! 

More information can be found here

Schools and Childcare Provision

Local Schools

There are 106 primary schools, 14 secondary schools and 3 special schools in Gwynedd.  Please click here for information about primary and secondary schools in the Bangor area and admission policies. Gwynedd Council have produced a very useful document explaining how you can admit your children into local schools. The document can be found here (please scroll down to Page 10 for the English version).

Caernarfon Library

Pavillion Hill


LL55 1AS

Telephone: 01286 675570

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00am – 5:00 pm

For more information, you can contact the Gwynedd Information Service for Children, Young People and Families


In addition to the local authority schools, Bangor has two independent schools:

For details of these schools and their admissions procedures, please contact them directly.

Childcare in Bangor

If your children require registered childcare facilities you can find about local provision by clicking here or downloading our childcare in Bangor leaflet.

Childcare Further Afield

Childcare in Anglesey                                        

For more information, you can contact Anglesey Information Service for Children, Young People and Families



Childcare in Conwy

For more information click here.