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Bangor is known among the tourists for its beautiful coastline, and among the students for it’s cheap living costs. It is set in spectular surroundings with many attractions nearby.
Being one of the UK’s smallest cities makes Bangor the perfect place to hide away and study for those that want to minimise the craziness of their student years as much as possible. This pint-sized place is perched on the north-west coast of Wales, right next to the majestic Snowdonia National Park.
Bangor University isn’t a self-contained campus, instead the buildings are spread through the town, giving you a chance to look around as you head between lectures. You’ll probably walk past the cathedral that gives Bangor its city status and it’s worth having a look inside. Although, like Bangor itself, it’s not particularly big, it’s got a lot of character.
The music scene here is pretty good, particularly if you’re into classical music. Admittedly it’s hard to find many clubs, but that’s only because they’re hugely outnumbered by pubs instead. The town centre has enough shops to take care of all your essentials, with a good mix of chain and local shops. For anything else you need, the St David’s Retail Park is on the outskirts of Bangor. There’s also a big emphasis on sports, particularly outdoor ones, and there are several outdoors pursuits centres and boating clubs in the area. In and around Bangor you’ll find swimming pools, courts and pitches, and a couple of dry-ski slopes,
Bangor also has a Victorian pier that stretches across the Menai Straits. We are reliably informed that the cafe at the end of it does a very good tea and scones. Your nearest cinema is half an hour up the road at Llandudno Junction, and if you go the other way towards Anglesey you’ll find some good sand and surf at Llanddona and Benlecch Beach.
- City break: For large-scale shopping and entertainment, Chester is just over 1hr away by road, and Liverpool can be reached in 90min.
- Snowdonia: You’d be crazy if you didn’t try some outdoor sports … or perhaps crazy if you did! The combinations of mountains and coast make the area a haven for rock climbers, sailors, paragliders and surfers. There’s some nice walks too for those of us without a deathwish.
- Ireland: The ferry to Dublin leaves from just up the road in Holyhead.
Good to know
- Car?: Don’t bother, it’s that small you won’t need one.
- Bus: The local service is run by Arriva. See their website for times and routes.
- Train: Liverpool is just over 2hrs away by train.
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Bangors night life is great, being a student town there's always different night going on. Eating out isn't the greatest but that's fine for students, less money for us to spend! Shopping is good although the there is no primark or cheaper stores.
Not many places to go on a night out. The Harp and The Black Bull Inn are both worth a visit for cheap drinks. SOS at Academi is worth buying a ticket for as drinks are very cheap. Avoid Peep on a Saturday as it's locals night. Cost of living is generally cheap. Can get to most places in North Wales for less than £20 return.
Brilliant night life with many pubs and clubs to choose from which bring life and excitement every night. Brilliantly priced drinks and entry. Good cheap accommodation which is in never far from the main university. No real need for public transport but they offer regular bus services and a train station in central Bangor. Lots of varied restaurants from Thai to Chinese and homemade pub grub at reasonable prices.
Despite the nightlife being restricted to only two nightclubs, Bangor is a lively little student city and the cost of living and nights out is very reasonable in comparison to bigger cities like Manchester, York and London. Everything is within walking distance so there's no need to splash out on expensive bus passes!
Everything is on your doorstep! Able to walk around everywhere if you want to. Train station quite central, and the bus station in the centre of the high street. Loads of local shops a long with some larger national stores
Not many clubs so if you like clubbing this is not the best place although the two main clubs are very good. Lots of shops both independent and chain, loads of pubs and activities nearby. Public transport is very decent and helpful if you don't know where to go ( welsh names are hard ! )
There's currently only 2 night clubs in Bangor, however plenty of pubs, it is the only fault I can find with Bangor as I come from a large city. The high street is a little basic but still has everything you will need, it has new look, peacocks, Costa, and it's just opened a pandora too. Quite a few takeaways, and quite a few little gems when it comes to restaurants and cafes, however blue sky is a bit pricey, but worth a fancy lunch!
Quiet town to live in but still enough to do. Very easy to get to the nearest main town (Chester) and to attractions such as cinemas (Llandudno Junction), beaches (Angelsey/Colwyn Bay), or places to go out for the day (Llandudno). Have always felt very safe living here. Everything is within walking distance, and if you live in Upper Bangor you can get to shops and lecture halls within 5-10 minutes - very convenient.
Bangor is in North Wales; te best part of the most beautiful country in the UK. If you're not from Wales or the UK, don't ne put off thinking that you'll not fit in with the Welsh culture and that everyone speaks Welsh... No one speaks the language, and he few that do are also blessed with the English language. The 'city' is small and compact but had everything g you need and world class facilities. Has great shopping locations, sports, entertainment and leisure attractions. Is also situ stated near to Isle of Angelsea, a must see island full of amazing things to see and do. The city is located right on the coast so get fresh sea air and a great country-side/ urban atmosphere. This is a student dominated city so you are never left feeling lonely or isolated!
Everywhere you could possibly want to go is within walking distance so you dont need public transport unless you do marine science, the cost of living is generally pretty low.
The night clubs are not great. The weather is generally pretty rubbish, there is decent selection of shops for retail therapy. There are lots of hills, but you do get used to them.
Never far away from university buildings or your friends' houses. Rarely have to use public transport but the train and bus services are frequent. There is a very good atmosphere as half the population are students and there is a community feel among them. Very friendly and welcoming, small city in which you can never get lost.
Only 3 night clubs, although it means you will never party at an empty club. It's so windy here!