Frequently Asked Questions
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Do I need to book to attend the Open Day?
You do not have to book to attend the Open Day, but we strongly recommend that you do so. By booking on our website it will allow us to keep you informed via e-mails, and as the Open Day approaches we will send you important information by post about.
Will I receive Open Day information by e-mail or post?
After booking you will receive various e-mails from us which will include what to expect from the Open Day, top tips for Open Days and practical advice. You will also receive an Open Day pack through the post which will include your registration card, programme and location map.
Is there a programme of the day available?
Programmes will be sent out in Open Day packs about a month before the event and will also be available on our website a week before the Open Day. The programme includes specific timings for the sessions on the day. For an idea of what to expect, take a look at last year's programme.
What time does the Open Day start?
The Open Day runs from 10am until 4.30pm, but visitors are welcome to arrive from 9am onwards.
The Open Day starts at 10am with an Introduction and Welcome to Bangor. (Please note that the Introduction is very popular and we cannot guarantee space for every visitor.) This is followed by a morning session at Academic Schools from 10.30am – 12.15pm. The Introduction and Welcome is repeated at 1.15pm for those who could not attend in the morning, and there is another opportunity to visit Academic Schools at 1.45pm – 3.30pm. There are various talks and tours also taking place throughout the day as well as an Exhibition and Information Area where you can talk to various University staff.
Where can I stay overnight?
For the summer Open Days, the University's 3-4* Visit Wales graded campus accommodation offers single en suite bedrooms. For further information please contact the reservations team on 01248 388088 or email email@example.com.
The University has its own 4* guest accommodation at the Management Centre, which is open throughout the year, with special rates available for Open Day visitors. Please ring 01248 365900 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to book a room (please remember to mention the Open Day rate).
Chain hotels in Bangor include Premier Inn and Travelodge. For other hotels, guest houses and bed and breakfasts, please contact North Wales Tourism on 01492 531731 or take a look at the Visit Wales website. (Please note that the University does not endorse any of the accommodation listed).
Is there car parking available?
Yes, we offer free Park & Ride facilities due to limited parking space around the Main University Buildings on College Road. The Park & Ride site will be signposted from the A55/A5 approach roads to the University and buses have been arranged to ferry visitors the short distance to the Main University Buildings between 8.30am – 10.30am.
I’m coming to Bangor by train, how do I get to the University?
Bangor University mini-buses will be picking people up from the station and bringing them to the Main Building between 8.30am and 12.30pm. Look out for the mini-buses with the Bangor University crest displayed in the window, at the entrance to the train station.
Alternatively you can walk to the University, as the train station is a 10 minute walk to the Main University Building. Turn left when leaving the station, follow the road past Morrisons and into Upper Bangor, turn right by the Belle Vue pub onto College Road, and follow the road until you see the Main University Building on your right.
How many people can I bring with me?
Our Open Days are very busy and in order to make sure that every visitor gets the best possible experience, we ask that you only bring a maximum of two guests with you. Due to the large numbers expected for some Schools and the fact that visitors have to be taken by bus to e.g. Ocean Sciences, Education and Sport Science, the “prospective student and two visitors” rule must be strictly adhered to in order to ensure as many prospective students as possible get to visit those Schools.
Also, please note that the Open Day will involve a lot of walking and therefore may not be suitable for elderly relatives and young children especially in the case of those Academic Schools not located on College Road.
Can I just turn up and wander around?
No, due to the layout of the campus the Open Day has a structured programme.
Visitors will need to come to the Main Building for the Introduction and Welcome talk. This Introduction talk is then followed by the visits to Academic Schools – again, these are structured visits which happen within a specific time slot. In the case of many Academic Schools, you will be either walked or taken from the Main Building by bus to the location of the Academic School.
Visitors who arrive late will have missed the start of the Academic School’s programme and due to the time it takes to get to the right location, will then be expected to attend the afternoon slot for the Academic School. If you have booked beforehand, you will receive the programme through the post which includes times and locations for all Open Day activities.
What should I do when I arrive?
When you arrive you should make your way to the Main Building (number 51 on the location map) where you will have to register your arrival. If you have received a registration card, please bring that with you and hand it in to a member of staff in a black Bangor t-shirt. We recommend that you attend an Introduction and Welcome to Bangor talk if possible as student helpers take visitors to the Academic Schools after each Introduction and Welcome.
Please be outside / near the entrance of the Main Building 15 minutes before the time slot for visits to Academic Schools. At the end of the Introduction and Welcome, Student Guides in red Bangor t-shirts will come out of Prichard Jones Hall into the car park holding a sign for each Academic School. All you need to do is follow the student holding the sign for the Academic School of interest and they will take you to where you need to be. You will then spend an hour and a half at the School.
When can I visit Academic Schools?
There are two sessions for visits to Academic Schools, one in the morning at 10.30am – 12.15pm and another in the afternoon at 1.45pm – 3.30pm.
You are only able to visit two different Academic Schools during the Open Day, although arrangements can be made at the end of the day (upon request) for you to meet an academic or administrative member of staff from a third School.
Which site should I visit if I’m interested in Healthcare Sciences?
Academic staff will be present at TWO DIFFERENT SITES (Bangor and Wrexham) on the Open Day and the venue you need to visit is dependent on your course of interest.
Visit the Bangor site if you are interested in:
- Nursing BN (Learning Disability)
- Nursing BN (Mental Health)
Visit the Wrexham, Archimedes Centre site if you are interested in:
- Nursing BN (Child)
- Diagnostic Radiography BSc.
Visit the Bangor OR Wrexham, Archimedes Centre site if you are interested in:
- Nursing BN (Adult)
- Bachelor of Midwifery BM
For more information on visiting the Wrexham site, please phone 01248 383924 for Radiography and 01248 383931 for Nursing.
Can I visit more than one School?
The programme allows for two visits to Academic Schools (please note that there is no point going to the same Academic School twice as the afternoon session will be a repeat of the morning session).
Can I go on a campus tour and see the Halls of Residence during the day?
Yes, student-led bus tours will take you around Bangor and into our main accommodation site at Ffriddoedd Village. The tours leave from opposite the Main University Building (51 on the location map) at regular intervals from 11am with the last tour at 4.30pm. Each tours lasts approximately 45 minutes. Please note that these tours get busy, and although we have 5 buses on a continuous loop throughout the day, tours are particularly busy over the lunchtime period and you may have to queue for up to 30 minutes.
What else will be happening during the day?
In addition to the main programme, other activities taking part throughout the day include:
- Student-let bus tours of the campus and halls run at regular intervals from 11am until 4.30pm (please not these tours are particularly busy over the lunchtime period and you may have to queue for up to 30 minutes).
- See the Resources and Study Facilities at the Main Library
- Student Finance presentation at 12.30pm and 3.45pm
- Accommodation at Bangor presentation at 2.45pm
- Student Life at Bangor at 11.30am and 1.30pm
- An Exhibition and Information area
What catering and refreshments facilities are available?
We have complimentary tea, coffee and orange juice available throughout the day in Powis Hall in the Main University Building. Here you can also be able to purchase fresh homemade sandwiches, sweet and savoury snacks Also located in the Main Building are the Teras Cafe and Teras Lounge which also serve hot food. More information...
Bar Uno is open from 10.30am until 11pm and is situated on the Ffriddoedd Halls of Residence site (number 33 on the location map). It serves Starbucks coffee and an extensive menu of hot food and snacks throughout the day. There are also several shops, cafes and public houses on Holyhead Road, within easy walking distance from the Main Building
Is there a lunch break?
There are activities ongoing throughout the day therefore there is no designated slot for a lunch break. We recommend that you plan your day and work out the best time for you to have lunch. University catering outlets will be serving food throughout the day and there are several shops, cafes and public houses on Holyhead Road, within a few minutes’ walk of the Main University Building.
I have a disability; do I need to let you know?
If you or any of your party are disabled and may require reasonable adjustments (including access requirements), can you please advise us in advance so that we can make any necessary arrangements. Call 01248 382005. A member of the Disability Team will be available on the Student Services stand, from 10am-2pm to talk to prospective students and their families about the support available at Bangor. For more information, please visit our Disability Service website.
Will I get a chance to visit the University again?
Yes! Please remember that this is not your only opportunity to visit Bangor University. Once you have applied to study at Bangor you will then be invited to a UCAS Applicant Visit Day hosted by the Academic School you have applied to. The UCAS Applicant Visit Days give you another chance to look around the University and meet course lecturers, staff and students and find out about the course, department and University.
What if I have a question on the day?
If you have any questions or are unsure about where you need to be, just ask anyone wearing either a red Bangor t-shirt (student guide) or black Bangor t-shirt (staff helpers) – we are here to help! We also have stands in the Exhibition and Information area where you can find out more about:
- Careers and Employability
- Dyslexia Unit
- Library Services
- Sports Centre
- Scholarships and Bursaries
- Student Finance
- Student Services (including Disability Services)
- Students’ Union
- Study Abroad
I have booked an Open Day but there’s only a week to go, will I receive an Open Day pack in time?
Anyone who books an Open Day with less than a week to go is asked to download a programme and location map from the website as we cannot post an Open Day pack to you in time. You will need to complete and hand in a registration card on the day.