"Bangor is one of the most attractive study destinations in the UK and has everything for students who love the great outdoors; climbing, mountain biking, paragliding, canoeing, sailing and surfing - whether on land, sea or air, everyone is catered for."
Sunday Times University Guide
The Great Outdoors
If you are already interested in outdoor pursuits you will be spoilt for choice by the huge range of sports available on your doorstep. Snowdonia is the adventure capital of the UK with a high concentration of opportunities, from exceptional rock climbing to scrambling and hill walking to an abundance of water sports including, canoeing, kayaking, surfing, sailing and sea kayaking.
Canolfan Brailsford Sport Centre
Canolfan Brailsford, the University's sport and leisure centre, is located at the heart of the main student accommodation site at Ffriddoedd. Facilities include two main sports halls, three well-equipped gyms, a gymnastics hall, a multi-route climbing wall with ascents varying in difficulty. Outdoor facilities include grass pitches for football, rugby and American football, a floodlit synthetic pitch for hockey games and training, a shared athletics track and multi-purpose facilites for tennis, five-a-side football and netball.
St Mary's Fitness Room
A Fitness Room is available to students living at St Mary's Village. The state of the art equipment supplied by LifeFitness includes treadmills, cross trainers, bikes, a water rower as well as a range of resistance machines.
All students living in University Halls of Residence receive free gym and Campus Life membership!
Other facilities in and around Bangor
In Bangor itself there is a 25-metre swimming pool with 1m, 3m & 5m diving boards. Other popular attractions in the area include Zip World Snowdonia in Bethesda and Blaenau Ffestiniog, the Llandudno ski slope and snowboarding centre, Surflines Outdoor and Water sports centre in Llanberis, the National Mountaineering Centre at Capel Curig and the National Water sports centre at Plas Menai and Surf Snowdonia, a watersports park and artificial surfing lagoon in the Conwy Valley.
I would encourage all new students to attend a few taster sessions in whatever sparks your interest in the first few weeks. Although it is important to focus on your studies, it is also important to enjoy life and develop your interests.Ben Bowden-Pickstock
MSc in Psychological Research
Sport Clubs - Membership Free of Charge!
There are currently over 50 sports teams and clubs within the Athletic Union. These range from football, rowing and cricket to quidditch, otcopush, trampolining and wakeboarding, so there are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved.
Visit the Students' Union website for a list of all the AU Sports Clubs.
The University supports students with sporting ability by offering a number of sports scholarships worth up to £3,000 a year.The awards aim to develop sporting potential and are open to students studying for any degree. Visit our scholarships and bursaries pages for more information.