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”.
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
The majority of our accommodation is located at two student villages, Ffriddoedd and St Mary's, which are both within walking distance of the main University buildings, city centre and train station. We also have a postgraduate hall, Neuadd Garth, located on College Road. Most of our accommodation is en-suite and all students living in halls of residence receive free gym and Campus Life membership. More information...
The many attractions of Snowdonia and the coastline for sports enthusiasts are obvious - but even if you're not the outward-bound type there's still plenty to explore in the surrounding area. You can visit historic towns such as Beaumaris, Caernarfon and Conwy, which all have impressive castles, or scenic villages like Llanberis and Betws-y-Coed.
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 for a spot of sunbathing, swimming or surfing and if you fancy a trip further afield to Ireland, there are regular ferries from Holyhead to Dublin.
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 Surf Snowdonia, Europe's longest and fastest zip wires at Zip World Velocity and Zip World Titan, and Bounce Below, a cavern of underground trampolines!
Many of the University’s sports clubs organise regular trips to Snowdonia.
Bangor is an amazing place, different from big, crowdy and noisy cities, here you can have one only place with mountains with ice on top, but also the view of the immensity of the blue ocean.Alejandra Vergara-Peña
PhD in Ocean Sciences