Rated among the top 10 universities in the UK for student satisfaction, Bangor University is a friendly, convenient and student-centered place to study. Founded in 1884, Bangor University is one of the oldest and most prestigious degree awarding institutions in the UK. The University is in the heart of the city and its buildings are scattered around, all identifiable with their red Bangor logos on the signs. The University is a beautiful blend of 18th century architecture with modern student resources and tools. The campus is very walkable, with sidewalks leading in every direction.
The Surrounding Area
There are around 20,000 people in Bangor, in addition to the 10,000+ students enrolled at Bangor University, so the city feels more like a comfortable size town with everything in walking distance. Its residents describe Bangor as a “college town where the mountains meet the sea.” Bangor is situated between the Menai Strait, which flows off the Irish Sea, and the Snowdonia Mountains, a National Park. Snowdonia is the highest mountain in England and Wales and the second highest in the United Kingdom. The Snowdonia Mountains are great for hiking, climbing and even camping. While exploring the mountains you will see the many sheep farms and remnants of the old slate mines carved out of the side of the mountain. The zip lines that cross over the old slate mines are also a popular attraction. On the Sea side of the city, bird watching, sea cliff climbing, and wind surfing are popular activities. The Morrison’s grocery store is popular in the center of the city.
Bangor has over 150 student clubs and societies, so there is bound to be something for you to join. Membership is free, and you can find out more about the student union and student organizations here. Bangor's student organizations were named the best in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2018!
Canolfan Brailsford, the University's sport and leisure center is located at Ffriddoedd. Indoor facilities include three gyms with the latest equipment, spin studios, sports halls, squash, tennis, netball and basketball courts and a climbing wall. UNCW students living in Ffriddoedd Village will have a basic membership to this facility. If interested, students can participate in classes offered for an additional cost.
- First Year Spring Admit to UNCW
- Please note all participants should be 18+ years old prior to the program start date.
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