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A friendly, student-centred place to study

Bangor’s size and friendly nature mean it’s easy to get to know people and our students tend to settle-in easily.

Most of our buildings and student residences are a short walk from the city centre, where you will find a variety of national chain stores and smaller local businesses. Bangor has been recognised as one of the best places in the UK to be a student by various student surveys.

The Students’ Union

Much of your social life at University will revolve around the Students’ Union, which provides services, support, activities and entertainment for students. A major plus at Bangor is that student membership of the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies is free of charge, ensuring that all students can take part in the sports and activities offered.

Entertainment and Social Life

The best thing about living in Bangor is that it's safe and everything is really handy; students don't have to spend money on transportation.

Le Nguyen Nhat Ngan
BSc Accounting and Finance

Bars, cafés and clubs around campus

The University has a number of food and drink outlets across the campus, including Bar Uno Café Bar at Ffriddoedd accommodation village. It has three large screens and offers events including sports nights, pool tournaments and entertainment.

Located in the St Mary’s village, Barlows is a great place to meet and socialise with friends. This café bar offers a choice of food and drink options as well as a range of essential grocery items.

Academi nightclub provides the focus for much of the night-time entertainment. As well as the nightclub, Academi has two bars, a café and a shop.


The Pontio centre is a social hub for students as well as a centre for learning, innovation and the performing arts. The Students' Union is located on the third floor of the building, and it also has a theatre, cinema, restaurant, cafés and a bar.

Campus Life & International Students' Events

Campus Life is a programme of events for students living in University halls of residence. Take a break from your studies, meet new people and participate in activities you already enjoy, or perhaps try your hand at something different!

The International Student Support Office runs a social programme that includes free events as well as trips around the local area and further afield. Although the programme designed with international students in mind, it is open to all students. There is also a One World Gala concert held every year.

SportClubs and Societies

With around 200 clubs and societies, all offering free membership, you’re bound to find the right one for you! There’s a chance to see what’s available and sign-up during Serendipity Fair which is held over two days during Welcome Week.

Sports and outdoor pursuits

Located between the Snowdonia mountains and the sea, Bangor is well situated for all sports – especially those involving the great outdoors. The University has excellent sports and recreation facilities, made even better by a recent multi-million pound investment programme.

Video: The Bangor Student Experience