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Bangor University

Bangor University is located in north west Wales in the coastal city of Bangor, adjacent to Snowdonia national park. Established in 1884, Bangor University has a long tradition of academic excellence and a strong focus on the student experience. Around 11,000 students currently study at the University, with c.650 teaching staff based within fourteen Academic Schools. 

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The University was founded as the University College of North Wales on 18 October 1884. In 1893 Bangor became one of the three original constituent colleges of the University of Wales. Today, we have over 11,000 students and 2,000 members of staff. Bangor University is committed to providing teaching of the highest quality, conducting research of the highest quality, taking good care of its students and playing a full role in the wider community of Wales.


Bangor University has achieved a Gold Award, the highest rating possible, in the national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). 

The TEF assessment took into account teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. We were judged to deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.


Bangor University is ranked in the top 40 in the UK for research*, according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014. The REF recognised that more than three-quarters of Bangor’s research is either world-leading or internationally excellent, ahead of the average for UK universities.

Bangor has a strong research base across a spectrum of academic disciplines engaging in research at national and international levels. The University provides strong support for research activities including encouraging links with commercial and industrial bodies in the UK and overseas. 

University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Student services

Student Services provides support to students on a range of matters concerned with life as a student. From managing your finances to finding a graduate job, our services are there to help you make the most of your time at university.

Housing services

We guarantee accommodation to all new first year undergraduate students who make an application before the deadline and hold Bangor as their Firm Choice. Our halls were voted best in the UK for quality of accommodation at the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2018. We offer a variety of accommodation, the majority of which are en-suite rooms.

Library services

Bangor University Library is based at three main sites in Bangor all within walking distance of each other, and one site in Wrexham.We aim to provide an attractive study environment, with flexible spaces to suit all learning and research needs, including collaborative work areas, social learning spaces, postgraduate study areas, meeting rooms, and silent study spaces.

ICT services

Yes. IT Support is the first point of contact for both staff and students, allowing people to contact IT Services either by phone, email or in person.  IT Support provides advice and training, as well as resolving problems.

Medical services

Special provision for students include:

  • Student-only clinics each weekday. 
  • Student Health Nurse is available to deal with Family Planning, vaccinations, health checks etc.
  • Special medical examinations and certificates free of charge for University courses and illness during the term.

Student Life

Campus life

The vast majority of Bangor University’s teaching and research buildings, as well as student administration and support centres, are located within easy walking distance of both the university’s campus accommodation and the city centre, with all the amenities it offers. Within easy reach of your accommodation you will find supermarkets, high street shops, bars and cafes, hairdressers – everything you need. In addition, it’s a short walk to Bangor pier and amazing views of the sea and the mountains. 

Sports facilities

Bangor University’s main sports centre – “Canolfan Brailsford” – is located on campus. Recently refurbished to a high standard, the centre offers a large array of modern cardio equipment, weightlifting studios, indoor courts and pitches. Membership is free to students using campus accommodation. In addition, there is a satellite gym at our other accommodation site, and further outdoor facilities for football, rugby and athletics. Bangor also has a large municipal swimming pool to which the university has access.

Student clubs

The university has a very large number of clubs and societies covering a large array of activities and interests: music, arts, culture, sports, games, hobbies. All the Students’ Union clubs are completely free to join and if there isn’t a club for your favourite hobby or pastime, you are encouraged to start one!

Bangor, Wales, United Kingdom

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