Situated between the mountains and the sea
The location, the scenery and the surrounding area are amongst the reasons why many of our students choose to come to Bangor. One thing’s for sure, all this on your doorstep definitely adds a different dimension to student life!
“One of the best places in the world to visit”
North Wales has been named the 4th best region in the world to visit by the travel guide Lonely Planet due to its stunning location and “shiny new adventure sports facilities”.
So why not make the most of the wealth of opportunities on your doorstep while studying at Bangor? Some of the adrenalin fuelled activities in the area include riding the waves at Surf Snowdonia, experiencing the longest zip line in Europe at Zip World and bouncing on giant underground trampolines at Bounce Below!
Bangor has the longest high street in Wales, with a mix of national chain stores and smaller local businesses. Most of the University buildings and Halls are within walking distance of the city centre.
The Students’ Union provides much of the focus for activities and entertainment, and all of our clubs and societies are free to join.
An on-going multi-million pound investment programme has already resulted in new student residences, a new Students’ Union nightclub and new academic facilities.
The University’s Canolfan Brailsford Sports centre has recently been redeveloped and includes a two storey gym, state of the art fitness equipment, sports halls, climbing wall, squash courts and a brand new sports dome which is home to indoor netball and tennis courts.
The Pontio Centre
The Pontio Centre is a major social hub as well as an internationally significant centre for learning, innovation and the performing arts. In addition to being a home for our Students’ Union, it includes a theatre, studio theatre, cinema, lecture theatres, exhibition spaces, bar and café*.
Two student villages – Ffriddoedd and St Mary’s
A new development of 600 rooms opened in September 2015, with a range of accommodation including studio apartments and townhouses, a café bar, shop, laundrette, common rooms and sports and fitness facilities.
This is in addition to the approximately 2,300 rooms located at the Ffriddoedd Village and Garth Hall.
Anglesey is one of the most popular destinations in North Wales and because it’s an island there’s the added bonus of never being too far from the sea. There are plenty of beaches to choose from so when the sun is smiling, get your friends together for a spot of sunbathing. Or if you’re the sporty type take your board with you because the island is a popular spot for surfers.
Anglesey is also your gateway to Ireland and regular ferries run from Holyhead to Dublin, with the journey taking around two hours.
Snowdonia National Park...
The Snowdonia National Park’s 25 miles of mountains, lakes and rivers offer plenty of opportunities for you to enjoy the great outdoors.
Walking, climbing, kayaking and canoeing are just some of the sports that can be enjoyed in the park, and it is also home to Europe’s longest zip-wire!
Many of the University’s sports clubs organise regular trips to Snowdonia.
Our students say...
Bangor is one of the most inclusive places in the UK if you are keen on any outdoor activities. A fifteen minute drive can find you in the hills or at a climbing wall, the scenery is unlike anything else and the atmosphere is incredible.Joseph Peppard
Sport Science (Outdoor Activities)