Bangor University

Bangor University

Summary of Bangor University

Location  Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales
Established 1884
Popular majors Business and Economics, Law, Education
International students 11,000
School fees £12,500-15,300


Overview of Bangor University

Bangor University was founded in 1884 as a direct result of a public campaign against Wales’ lack of higher education institutions. It was largely funded by the local community who voluntary contributed their wages to its development.

With around 12,000 students and 650 teaching staff, Bangor offers more than 300 undergraduate and 100 postgraduate programs across five colleges. Although courses are predominantly taught in English, many undergraduate courses are also taught in Welsh.

Bangor’s research received recognition in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which judged over three quarters of Bangor’s research to be either ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

It is also a major provider of training and education for the NHS in Wales and one of the main higher education partners in the North Wales Clinical School.

Bangor’s halls of residence are within walking distance of the university and many among them are new, part of a £35m redevelopment, and which include cafés, bars, shops, common rooms, and sports and fitness facilities on site (gym membership is included in the rent).

Other upgrades underway include the Pontio Arts & Innovation Centre, which is set to be a world-class centre for innovation in science, technology and the creative arts. Facilities there will include cinemas, theatres and exhibition space as well as social hubs for students.

It is not just the university that attracts students to study in Bangor. Nestled between the mountains and the sea, Bangor is a stunning city to live in. The popular island of Anglesey is easily accessible and its beaches are a hotspot for surfers. Bangor also has the longest high street in Wales, with a mixture of independent businesses, boutiques and chain stores.

Bangor university’s alumni includes the Oscar-award winning film director Danny Boyle, actor Frances Barber, Nobel Prize winner Sir Robert Edwards and Paul Berenger, a former Prime Minister of Mauritius.

 University of Bangor Ranking

  • 68 by the Guardian in 2018
  • 47 by the Guardian in 2019

Accommodation at the University of Bangor

Bangor University was the winner of the best student accommodation at the WhatUni Awards 2018.

Here are some of the reasons why a student should consider accommodation within the university:

Make friends for life!

Living in halls will give you the opportunity to meet new people, make new friends easily and enjoy a sense of community. As an international student you will make friends who will help you around and make your stay easier and relaxed.

A range of options

Bangor University offers a variety of accommodation; including standard halls with shared bathrooms; en-suite rooms, studios and townhouses.

  • Their accommodation is self-catered.
  • There is security on-site 24/7 and support includes Senior Wardens and a large team of Student Wardens.
  • Prices include all bills for Wi-Fi, heating, electricity and water.

Two student villages within walking distance to the University and city centre

Bangor University has two student villages, Ffriddoedd and St Mary’s, as well as Neuadd Garth, a postgraduate hall located on College Road. Their accommodation is within walking distance of the main University buildings and the city centre.

Ffriddoedd is the largest of our accommodation sites, and has over 2,000 rooms. It is also home to Canolfan Brailsford Sport Centre and Bar Uno.

St Mary’s is a new development of 600 rooms, with the range of accommodation including flats, studio apartments and townhouses. There is also a café, shop, laundrette, common rooms and sport and fitness facilities on site.

Gym and Campus Life membership included

Students living in Bangor’s university halls of residence receive free gym and Campus Life membership. Students living at any of the accommodation sites can use the facilities at Canolfan Brailsford, and those living in St Mary’s Village also have access to the on-site fitness room.

Campus Life is a programme of free events that run throughout the year. Events include film nights, quizzes, open-mic nights and trips within the local area to take part in outdoor activities.


Special features about Bangor University

Archives and Special Collections form part of the Library and Archives Service at Bangor University.

Bangor University is responsible for the collection and long-term preservation of manuscripts, archival collections and a diverse range of rare books and printed material.

Their aim is to ensure that the resources are accessible to all researchers, free of charge. Bangor University actively promotes those collections as valuable research and learning tools and engage the wider community in their activities as well as the staff and students within the University.

These collections are open to the public and can be consulted at the Archives and Special Collections which is located in the Main Arts building at Bangor University. The repository comprises of a search room for quiet study and an education room for group visits.

The following collections, held by Bangor University, are classified as Special Collections:

  • Penrhyn Castle Papers (non-print)
  • Owen Pritchard Collection (print)
  • R.S. Thomas Collection (non-print and print)

The Archives and Special Collections are an Accredited Archive Service.