Bangor University

Bangor University combines the best of community, research and connection with nature.

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Bangor University

Student experience, teaching excellence, research and overall course satisfaction rank highly at Bangor University.

With a strong connection to the outdoors and outdoors activities in the Snowdonia National Park nearby, interested students will always have the chance to pursue their passions. It also offers access to beaches in the summer months, on the nearby island of Anglesey, which are popular spots for sunbathing, swimming and days out with friends.

Bangor boasts a student body of over 10,000 students from all over the world, making it a international and multilingual experience. They can live in two student villages on the campus.

Studying at Bangor also means gaining valuable work experience and engaging in extra-curricular activities. There are several opportunities, with the Placement Year or the International Exchange year, which allow students to experience different parts of the world as well.

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Bangor University Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales, LL57 2DG


Welsh University of the Year

and Top 50 in the UK - Daily Mail University Guide 2024

Top 20 for Teaching Quality

and #44 in the UK - The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024

Top 10%

of the most sustainable universities worldwide - QS World Rankings: Sustainability 2024

4th Highest Climber

and #54 overall in the UK - The Guardian University Ranking 2024

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Bangor, Wales

Bangor is a popular destination to study because of its small size, friendly nature and connection with the outdoors.

The town of Bangor is very accessible to the students at the university. Most of the campus buildings and halls are a short walk from the city centre. The picturesque Bangor Pier is also a short walk away, where students can try the best scones in Wales!

Bangor is famous for its the scenery and the surrounding area, which are amongst the top reasons why students go there. The Snowdonia National Park is one such attraction.

Even if you are not the adventure type, there is still plenty to explore in the surrounding area. Try historical towns such as Beaumaris, Conwy and Caernarfon (all with their own castles), or scenic villages like Beddgelert and Betws-y-Coed.

In the summer months, stunning beaches on the nearby island of Anglesey are popular spots for sunbathing, swimming and days out with friends.

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Bangor University Campus

Nestled between the mountains and the sea, our campus is surrounded by a breath taking natural landscape. But don’t just take our word for it – travel guide Lonely Planet named North Wales as one of the best regions in the world to visit.

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.


The Bangor University campus is a short walk from the city centre, offering students both, the buzz and the tranquility of the student villages.

Campus - Key Information
  • The University is situated in one of the most bilingual areas in the UK.
  • One of the largest university-based archives not only in Wales, but also the UK.
  • Indoor sporting facilities which include a 9-platform Olympic and functional training area and armoury for fencing
  • Highest quality of research resources including a £3.5M ocean-going research ship and a botanical garden.
  • The Pontio building is home to the Students’ Union, a cinema, theatre, lecture theatres and places to eat.
  • Several bars and clubs dotted across the student villages.
  • Access to Snowdonia Watersports, an outdoor activity base on the shores of Llyn Padarn which provides rowing programmes and other water/mountain activities clubs.

Canolfan Brailsford

The Canolfan Brailsford sports centre located in the main student village has a wide range of indoor and outdoor sporting facilities, whether you are interested in swimming, fencing, netball or lacrosse. 

Subject-specialist resources

The Bangor University campus is a hotbed for subject-specialist research, including a £3.5 research ship, the 45-acre Trebworth Botanic Garden and a natural history museum.


Bangor University's two student villages have a wide range of options. From en suite rooms to town houses and accommodation for Welsh speakers to same-sex halls.

At Bangor, students are not short on options for living. Whether you are looking for an en suite or standard room, a studio apartment or town house, the two student villages will take care of you.

And if you prefer same-sex halls or have special accessibility needs, there are options for you.

Both the student villages — St Mary’s Student Village and Ffriddoedd Student Village — are in walking distance of University buildings, giving easy access to lecture halls and libraries.

St Mary’s is closer to the city centre and high street, while Ffriddoedd is a 10-minute walk from the heart of the campus. 

Hall fees include all bills for internet, heating, electricity, hot water, Campus Life membership, gym membership and basic contents insurance.

Accommodation Costs

Student village Contract length Room type Flat size Weekly charge Yearly charge
Ffriddoedd 40 weeks  Alaw (basic)  8  £137.00 £5,460.43
Ffriddoedd 40 weeks  Peris (basic)  8  £137.00 £5,460.43
St Mary’s 42 weeks  Cemlyn  5 £137.00 £5,734.43
St Mary’s 42 weeks Townhouse 5 (basic) 4 per floor £100.24 £4,195.76
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Key Features & Amenities

Free Campus life activities

Free Wi-Fi Access

Free Gym Membership

Laundry Facilities

Hall Wardens & Security - 24 hour assistance

Sports facilities

Social Spaces



Student Experience

Students graduating from Bangor have described the Welsh university as friendly and relaxed, yet having academic rigour and a strong connection with the outdoors.

With over 10,000 students from all over the world, Bangor offers a multicultural, multilingual experience. Welsh and English are both widely spoken here.

The Campus Life events programme includes activities for everyone, from kayaking, mountain walks, and film nights to music events, pizza parties, and life skills workshops.

Bangor is also a place where employability ranks highly. Personal and career development programmes ensure students land on their feet after the degree. 

There are also opportunities to study abroad while at Bangor. At the end of the second year, students can choose to go on the Placement Year and spend 10-12 months with one or more placement providers. Student exchange tie-ups can take you to Australia, Canada, or Africa.

Ranked 2nd for clubs and societies (WhatUni? Student Choice Awards, 2020), Bangor University has a range of clubs and societies with free membership, run by the Students’ Union.

Campus Life includes activities for all. From kayaking, mountain walks and film nights to music events, pizza parties and life skills workshops.

Bangor offers students many opportunities to study or work abroad, depending on which programme they study. There are options for a Placement Year and student exchanges.

Your Route to this University

Bangor University International College (BUIC) is located at the heart of Bangor University's campus.

Bangor University International College (BUIC)

Bangor University International College (BUIC) is a specialist embedded college offering integrated degree courses, where international students can begin their studies at Bangor University.

BUIC delivers the first stages of the International Incorporated Bachelors (IIB) and the International Incorporated Masters (IIM). Following successful completion of stage one at BUIC, you will continue your studies directly with Bangor University.

Your route to Bangor

Degree Courses

The University has a wide range of fantastic and highly regarded degree courses in subjects ranging from Banking and Finance to Psychology and more.

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Supporting students to success

Learn more about what our students have to say when studying across our education network.

As DMUIC is situated in England’s most vibrant and multicultural city, I had the opportunity to make friends from different countries. The most amazing thing was that the DMUIC staff including all teachers and the office persons were very motivational and welcoming. They provide the best routes for study to every individual.”

Syed Asim Hussain Pakistan, De Montfort University International College (DMUIC)

I’ve enjoyed studying at DMUIC, the tutors are excellent and have helped me settle into life as a university student. They are also really supportive and have helped myself and other students with other issues outside of the classroom such as accommodation.

Nafisa Bangladesh, De Montfort University International College (DMUIC)

I have successfully progressed onto my degree course at the University of Bradford because of UBIC's reliable policies and teaching programme. To the new students, those who just started their foundation at Bradford International College, I must say you are going to pass the class, the only thing required is your attention and leave the rest on UBIC's staff because they are the one that are going to lead you to a brilliant future as it is a pathway to success.

Shoaib Khan Pakistan, University of Bradford International College (UBIC)

I have a lot of international friends here at BUIC, and I’ve learnt so much from them. There is always a lot to do together both on and off-campus.

Sagar Nepal, Bangor University International College (BUIC)

I would recommend UGIC because it is based on the main University of Greenwich campus, a cosmopolitan university. At UGIC, there are students from all around the world, and I've made a lot of friends from exciting places."

Gozel Turkmenistan, University of Greenwich International College (UGIC)

I think one of the main reasons the IIM (pre-masters) has been so helpful is because the staff are so supportive and are always able to help me. Whether it is understanding a module or finding out how to sort accommodation, they will help you with everything. I’ve enjoyed studying at Bangor, the people are friendly, and the environment is also really peaceful and safe. It’s given me the best opportunity to succeed in my studies here in the UK.

Tong Tong China, Bangor University International College (BUIC)