Rated amongst the top 10 universities in the UK for student satisfaction*, Bangor University is a friendly, convenient and student-centred place to study, with the size and friendly nature of the University being one of the main reasons many of our students choose to study here. Bangor is said to be the most affordable place to study in the UK (Totally Money, July 2019), our average cost of living is lower than you’d find in a larger city.
Undeb Bangor, the Students’ Union is the voice of students and the home of student life at Bangor. The Students’ Union plays a large role in helping students to settle when they first arrive and organise a range of activities, including Serendipity the Clubs and Societies Fair. The union also organises events throughout the year such as the canine calming room, meet and mingle and De-Stresstival. The Students’ Union is your voice whilst you’re here at Bangor and the 5 Sabbatical Officers chosen by the students for the students have a big impact on the decisions made within the University and work closely with staff and students to deliver real change.
Clubs & Societies
At Bangor we have over 200 clubs and societies all free to join. Our clubs and societies have been rankled the best in the UK for the 3rd year running (WhatUni 2017-2019). Whatever you’re interested in there’s bound to be a club or society for you at Bangor from academic groups to hobby and interest clubs such as the herpetological, comedy or gaming society.
The various sport clubs give you an opportunity to train, compete and socialise with fellow club members. You can get involved with traditional sports such as football, rugby, netball and hockey or try something new like quidditch, canoe-polo or sub-aqua.
There are numerous opportunities to volunteer at the University with students contributing to the Welsh well-being goals and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Students can help to clean up beaches, support the elderly and assist with the running of ‘drop-ins’ to name a few projects.
Entertainment and Social Life
Wednesday afternoons are lecture free at Bangor University so students can enjoy free time with their club and/or society or maybe have a BBQ with friends. There are multiple cafes dotted around the campus including Bar Uno, the student bar on Ffriddoedd residential campus. Bar Uno shows major sporting events such as the Superbowl and FA Cup final, there is also a range of events and entertainment held here including Karaoke nights.
Academi nightclub provides the focus for much of the night-time entertainment. As well as the nightclub, Academi organises the annual summer ball that sees headline artist heading to Bangor for an end of year festival.
The Pontio centre is the University’s Arts & Innovation centre. The centre is home to a theatre, cinema, cafe, interactive lecture rooms, the Students’ Union and innovation labs. Students often enjoy the latest blockbusters here and many theatre performances offer student discounted ticket prices. From top comedy performances to local folk music and global circus performers, Pontio is only a short walk away from both residential campuses.
Adventures Between Lecturers
We’re very lucky at Bangor to be situated in a stunning location with ample opportunities to try new things. Students often enjoy exploring in nearby Snowdonia or relaxing at the beaches between their lectures. North Wales is famous for its adventure, with multiple attractions on our doorstep you're sure to find something you’ll love at Bangor.
Bangor town centre has plenty of cafes and coffee shops to choose from but if you're looking for shopping trips or days out, we have easy access to cities such as Liverpool, Manchester and Dublin and a direct train service to London.
Campus Life & International Students' Events
is a programme of events for students living in University halls of residence. Take a break from your studies, meet new people and come along to activities such as pancake making, yoga and open mic nights. The Campus Life crew are regularly organising Sunday Lunches and day trips to nearby towns and attractions.
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.
*NSS 2019 Top 10 UK University for Student Satisfaction non-specialist Universities.