Bearing in mind the location of Bangor University, the cost of living is worth it. It’s much cheaper than the cost of living in a larger city. Public transport is good with a good train link. It has the longest high street in the country too.

By member535557 On 24th January 2019

Study in Bangor

Bangor is home to one university, Bangor University, which is situated in the centre of the city.

 

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Bangor University

Bangor University has been recognised as a world-leading research university as well as being awarded a gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework. There are three colleges that house fourteen academic schools that span the Arts, Humanities and Sciences.

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Bangor Student Life

The location and scenery of Bangor are some of the main reasons why students choose to study at Bangor University. It offers everything students need from a city, but with the added bonus of outdoor adventures right on your doorstep. 

Cost of Living

Accommodation

Student accommodation costs range from £103 - £241 per week; the average is £156 per week.

Compare the average elsewhere: Swansea: £145/week, Liverpool: £150/week, Cardiff: £157/week.

(prices are for all purpose-built student accommodation (both private and university-owned) over the last 12 months, as listed on StudentCrowd)

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member410916
10th July 2015

Brilliant night life…

Brilliant night life with many pubs and clubs to choose from which bring life and excitement every night. Brilliantly priced drinks and entry.

Djel96
20th July 2015

Bangors night life is great…

Bangors night life is great, being a student town there's always different night going on.

member635044
24th November 2018

Lots of pubs…

Lots of pubs, two clubs and several bars so good nightlife.

member410826
10th July 2015

Pubs are very cheap…

Pubs are very cheap and you can have a good night by just going to the pub

Public Transport

Getting around Bangor city itself is incredibly easy by foot. To travel outside of the city, there is a good train service, with Liverpool a 2-hour journey away. For more local journeys, Arriva Bus runs a regular service. 

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Shopping

Shops are OK, lots of good charity shops, an asda, lidl, aldi, morrisons and tesco. If you want more / bigger shops like Primark or Debenhams then Llandudno is only a short bus ride.

By member635044 On 24th November 2018

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The Great Outdoors

Snowdonia National Park is over 800 square miles worth of breathtaking mountains, lakes and rivers. Adventure lovers can make the most of all the walk, climb, kayak and canoe opportunities. For something a little more unusual, there’s Europe’s longest and fastest zip wires, the world’s first man-made surfing lagoon and even underground trampolines!

 

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Anglesey

Just across the bridge from Bangor is picturesque Anglesey. Known for its beautiful coastline and many beaches, hiking trails and cycling routes. It’s also where you can hop on to a ferry over to Ireland in two hours.

Llŷn Peninsula

Surf’s up! Llŷn Peninsula is the best place to go surfing nearby Bangor, just south-west of Snowdonia. It’s popular for surfers thanks to consistent waves and pristine beaches.

Top 10 Bangor Accommodation

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Llanddwyn 4.56 /5

Very nice building, right next to the post room and the laundrette. High up on one side (301-308 AND 401-408) have fantastic views from the kitchen, a...

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iQ Ty Willis House 4.48 /5

Ty Willis is by far the best student Accomodation in Bangor! Spacious rooms, very clean, great value for money and always plenty of social activities ...

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Alaw 4.35 /5

Central location, safe, clean & modern...

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Peris 4.11 /5

Amazing halls with lots of kitchen space. Lovely cleaning staff who do a great job. Maintainace team gets round to problems really fast...

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Gwynant 4.05 /5

I’ve lived on Ffriddoded Village for 3 years and this by far is my favourite building. It is for anyone who isn’t a fresher, meaning I had more likemi...

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Enlli 3.99 /5

for £120 a week, I feel as though a few things should be free at point of use; the laundrette for example and maybe the use of sports facilities such ...

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Glyder 3.9 /5

Have loved living in halls the rooms are nice, relatively large with good wifi...

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Borth 3.67 /5

Nice building cant give it a bad review for the people living in it...

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5th July 2021

Bangor has supermarkets,...

Bangor has supermarkets, pubs, restaurants and two night clubs for students. Apart from that there is not much to do in Bangor itself, however if you have a car you can easily visit Anglesey and Snowdonia etc. read more

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22nd June 2021

I love it here. There...

I love it here. There are loads of nooks and crannies and beautiful sights once you get looking. It's right next to Anglesey, Snowdonia and some pretty towns (Llandudno, Conwy) which are fun to explore with mates. There are two clubs; Academi isn't that great but throw good events sometimes, Cube has decent DJs in every Saturday if that's what you're into. There's a pretty good underground scene here too, especially at Rascals and The Menai. read more

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26th May 2021

Around university everything...

Around university everything easily accessible. read more

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member458167
18th May 2021

Economy seemingly not...

Economy seemingly not great. The outdoors areas are excellent. read more

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14th May 2021

Small city but easy links...

Small city but easy links to Chester, Ireland, and direct trains to London read more

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member1257755
13th May 2021

Nice city which isn’t...

Nice city which isn’t too big, not a huge variety when it comes to nightlife but it’s still a good night. read more

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member457470
7th May 2021

Cost of living is decent,...

Cost of living is decent, only stayed at some student accommodation. Loads of shops about. Cant say much for night life and eating out because everything’s been closed here in Wales. (Covid) read more

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7th May 2021

nightlife is a bit dead...

nightlife is a bit dead but the scenery makes up for it read more

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member457161
29th April 2021

In all fairness, I don't...

In all fairness, I don't go out much so I can't really judge the town. But I must say they have terrible takeaways and needs a waterstones. But the local forests and walks are beautiful, if you have a dog it is the perfect place for a lovely walk. The pier is lovely too. read more

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member456413
16th April 2021

Most places closed during...

Most places closed during the pandemic. Everything easily accessible, however big hills to walk up and down. Town centre rather tired and many shops have moved elsewhere. read more

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katiemayball
5th November 2020

Cost of living here is...

Cost of living here is really quite low nothing is majorly expensive. Eating out can be good for certain places but generally you need to go to Menai Bridge, but its still really close! Nights out can be limited but still really decent. Shopping is limited a train to Chester is better! But you still do have pretty much everything you need, clothing shops are just a bit limited. Public transport is cheap and really good always on time, although I used my car, when we did use the bus/train it was reliable. read more

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13th August 2020

Bangor itself is not...

Bangor itself is not the best city in the world. That's just being honest. I still had an amazing time. I'd say Bangor is more appropriate for the pub-goer rather than the club-goer. Although North Wales offers amazing live music, you just have to do a little digging & be willing for an adventure. read more

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member1350395
12th August 2020

Central location, student...

Central location, student focused, beautiful surroundings read more

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member1342016
7th September 2019

£4.50 all day pass in...

£4.50 all day pass in the north of Wales very good value for money. 5+ supermarkets within a mile of each other and enough pubs and nightclubs to go around read more

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member535557
24th January 2019

Bearing in mind the location...

Bearing in mind the location of Bangor University, the cost of living is worth it. Its much cheaper than the cost of living in a larger city. Public transport is good with a good train link. It has the longest high street in the country too. read more

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member635044
24th November 2018

Lots of pubs, two clubs...

Lots of pubs, two clubs and several bars so good nightlife. Shops are OK, lots of good charity shops, an asda, lidl, aldi, morrisons and tesco. If you want more / bigger shops like Primark or Debenhams then Llandudno is only a short bus ride. Public transport is great, very good bus services to lots of different places. Reasonable train service, direct trains to Chester, Llandudno Junction and Holyhead. Very good and cheap student accommodation available. Great location, close to the sea and snowdonia national Park. read more

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Djel96
20th July 2015

Bangors night life is...

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. read more

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member810998
10th July 2015

Small city easy to walk...

Small city easy to walk around, accessible read more

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member1210995
10th July 2015

Not many places to go...

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. read more

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member410986
10th July 2015

Train services a let...

Train services a let down, great bus services read more

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member410916
10th July 2015

Brilliant night life...

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. read more

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member1210898
10th July 2015

Everything you need is...

Everything you need is within a half hour walk and easy to find. read more

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member510883
10th July 2015

May have to travel further...

May have to travel further for shopping but with the internet makes it easier! Nights out are good but can be a long walk uphill at the end of a night! read more

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member1210858
10th July 2015

Bangor is a beautiful...

Bangor is a beautiful place and so cheap too read more

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member410826
10th July 2015

Missing a few big brands...

Missing a few big brands such as primark, could do with an extra couple of clubs opening. Pubs are very cheap and you can have a good night by just going to the pub read more

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10th July 2015

You can walk everywhere...

You can walk everywhere but there isn't much to do in Bangor after the first 3 months read more

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member910787
10th July 2015

A very beautiful area...

A very beautiful area to live in read more

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member410779
10th July 2015

Despite the nightlife...

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! read more

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10th July 2015

Everything is on your...

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 read more

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member710776
10th July 2015

Not many clubs so if...

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 ! ) read more

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member610764
10th July 2015

There's currently only...

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! read more

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member810753
10th July 2015

Not many places to eat...

Not many places to eat out but loads of take away the town is small but you can get trains to loads of places for better shopping read more

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member112130
21st April 2015

Quiet town to live in...

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. read more

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21st April 2015

Bangor... 2nd longest...

Bangor... 2nd longest high street in the UK... Pound shops, charity shops and rubbish.. Avoid bangor at all costs. read more

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28th March 2015

Bangor is in North Wales;...

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! read more

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member45276
26th March 2015

Amazing views, lovely...

Amazing views, lovely people, beach, mountains, everything is in walking distance read more

Cons?
too many hills and not enough close shops

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member92002
18th March 2015

Everywhere you could...

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. read more

Cons?
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.

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member51889
8th March 2015

Never far away from university...

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. read more

Cons?
Only 3 night clubs, although it means you will never party at an empty club. It's so windy here!

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