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Bangor has a cathedral, but it's nothing like a city - more of a small town. The main university building looks like an extension of Hogwarts, and you can see it from the town below. There are several other university buildings dotted around the town, and there is even one on Anglesey (the island next to North Wales) but that's for ocean sciences so there's a good reason for it being there.
Quality of the courses
In my experience (and people I've spoken to) the quality of teaching tends to be very good, but it does vary, the same as any other university. You never know what you're going to get. The course content is very good. Almost all the courses are flexible in the first year and you can often choose modules outside your own subject area. Many courses run extra curricular activities and get extra people in to talk about their careers in that field.
At Bangor University they make a lot of effort to help you get the experience you need to improve your career prospects. Student Volunteering Bangor has plenty of opportunities for students throughout the year, and there's also a really good Enterprising initiative that puts on events like markets for students to sell products, and they also put on enterprise competitions throughout the year. There are job fairs weekly workshops on things like writing a good CV and interview skills.
A new halls of residence site has been built recently which is very nice, though a little pricey. There are other sites dotted across town. There are also some really amazing private halls of residence, and plenty of student housing available.
There are a lot of pubs in Bangor and a very bad night club. Their old student union has been knocked down and they are building a new one, which means that there isn't really a student union venue at the moment. There is a place out of town called Hendre Hall which puts on various events playing a variety of music including indie, electro, 70s and welsh music. There are free buses to all the events organised by the Student Union. There is a nice bar on the main halls site which sells good food. Most of the night life in Bangor takes place in pubs or people's houses, so if you can't be without clubbing this might not be the best place.
Clubs and Societies
Perhaps because there isn't much else to do, there are plenty of really good clubs and societies at Bangor University. You can find them all on the Students Union website. From Organic Gardening to Zoology, and a few political and international societies as well as a very active Christian Union. If you like singing or play an instrument Bangor is well known for it's music department and has several choirs and music groups. There's loads of outdoor sports going on, so if you like climbing, hiking, surfing or other outdoorsy things, this place is perfect. It's also got a Welsh Student union, which is very active, but you won't feel left out here if you don't speak the language.
The university has several libraries. The one I've used most is the main library, which holds mostly arts books. There is an amazing old part to the building which houses very old books and feels like a library should. There is also a more modern area which has just been refurbished with massive screens for group work, and there are a lot of computers. The selection of books is very good. The science subjects library is also in a beautiful building which is a nice atmosphere to work in. For fiction books there's a really good public library in Bangor, which gets books from other libraries in the area if they don't have what you want.
There is a Morrisons very near the main university, Aldi and Lidl in town, and a Tesco a little further out. There are a few high street chains for clothes shopping and things like TK Maxx, Argos and Matalan a little out of town (but within walking distance) There's also a health food shop near the university. There is a cheap indian restaurant/take away and a few chinese restaurants. There are some great cafes in town and a couple near the university. The university has several of its own cafes in different buildings and they sell very reasonably priced lunch and snacks throughout the day. I'd say eating and shopping in Bangor is quite cheap compared with other places.
Apparently, Bangor has an award winning student support service. They do seem to do well in student satisfaction surveys. There's always someone to go and talk to whatever problem you might have, and everyone's very approachable. You're also given a personal tutor on your course when you arrive who you can contact with any problems academic or otherwise.
Bangor is a good place for mature students, and it even has a halls of residence especially for mature students or students who want to get away from the noise. They also have a really great Lifelong Learning centre where you can study part-time and short courses, a lot of them being fine art and language courses.
There is good public transport around Bangor, and there needs to be, because if you for example, want to go to the cinema, the nearest one is miles away so you have to get the train. The great thing is that you can get out to explore the area around Bangor, which is varied and beautiful. For going home at the end of term, the train station is very handy. A car makes life easier, but you really don't need one if you're living in Bangor because everyone walks everywhere anyway.
This university is fantastic and I spent three wonderful years here. I spent my first year in hall's of residence (all first year students are guaranteed a place in halls in their first year), and I spent my second and third year living in a house close to the university's College Road grounds.
Initially I was sceptical about Bangor, coming from Manchester I didn't think that I'd enjoy living and studying in a place that was so small and I thought that I might find the area boring, but I was very wrong...
I met like-minded people almost instantly and because the university is so small, you see the same faces over and over. This means that you settle in quickly and it's easier to cultivate friendships because you bump into familiar faces on nights out, in the supermarket and down at the university.
If you enjoy the great outdoors then you will love the location of this university, it is sandwiched between the mountains of Snowdonia and the sea - so it's great for water sports, hiking and climbing.
There are lot of pubs in Bangor, as well as two nightclubs. You will probably find that you and your friendship group get into a routine of visiting certain pubs and clubs on particular nights. Considering the city is so small, its amazing how many different musical tastes are catered for.
The university has been operating for over 125 years and it has a great reputation for psychology and marine biology, but there are a number of subjects on offer. Personally I studied for a BA in English with Journalism and I really enjoyed the course. There was a lot of flexibility and I was able to choose modules that appealed to my interests. I felt like the course leaders really cared and that I wasn't just a number. I also found that the seminar groups were a great size, small enough to ask your lecturers questions and to get to know your peers, but big enough for a stimulating discussion to develop.
The cost of living in Bangor is a lot less than it is in other university towns and cities and you can walk around it easily (so a car isn't required). There are also plenty of shops, so you should be able to find a part-time job if you want one.
If you like the sound of a course that is on offer at The University of Wales, Bangor, then go and check it out for yourself... This is a fantastic university - it is friendly, close-knit and I made friends that I will have for life.
Consider your options very carefully before taking a JOINT HONOURS course at Bangor. Especially external combinations i.e. with the two subjects being in different schools. I have found that there is a complete lack of organisation with joint honours courses because there is no joint honours co ordinator. Although there is a central database that schedules lectures so that they don't clash, the same can not be said for seminars and workshops. I have had lectures in one subject which have clashed with a seminar in another. This has meant I have to pick and choose what to go to. This is not good if you want to attend the lecture in one subject about the upcoming exam; and you also want to attend the seminar about the coursework due soon. Similarly, neither school appears to know what goes on in the other school regarding the other subject. I was told by subject X that I needed to write my dissertation for subject Y and in subject Y I was told I should be writing it with subject X, cue several meetings with department heads etc and a module change to incorporate a dissertation. In this situation you need understanding lecturers who are willing to put on extra seminars to compensate for having to miss because of clashes etc. However, I have found the social science department to be exemplary in this matter.
I you don't have a car then North Wales is pretty boring in general. The buses suck so you can't get anywhere interesting.
As for Bangor itself, well apart from loads of pubs and a couple of rubbish clubs, there is nothing here to do at night. The scenery is nice on a clear day from on top of a hill.
Plus the Student Union bars (Time, Main bar, Jocks) are well expensive. Its often cheaper to drink elsewhere. The nights they put on at Time and Mainbar every week are generally pants. They are too middle of the road and the bouncers are c**ts. There is the occasional good night like Racubah or Badaboom, but they only come round once a month.
Anyway, don't come here if you can't drive or don't like doing outside activities. Also don't come here if you don't like being ripped off by private companies that own half the union.
MMM.. Bangor, Dont go here if you are looking for the attractions of bright neon lights of city bars and swish super mega multi-cine entertainment malls with pseudo marble effect flooring and day glow lettering shop advertising. Bangor isnt Milton Keynes or anything like such 'modern' cities. It is... a wonderful place to study, enjoy life, meet people and escape into the countryside (if thats your pleasing). Very small city where the student population is a very significant part of the population. You also get fit living in Bangor, since every walk to just about anywhere means walking down hill and consequently.. uphill to return! Menai Straits are a nice walk away on warm day. Though, be warned, there are not toooo many of those during the autumn and winter months in North Wales! The university is imposing and yet has a good sense of community. Strong reputation in Marine sciences, its own research vessel... if your studying in that area. Good mountain walking on the door step (depends on the size of your doorstep of course). Small night clubs, lots of pubs, good life. Very nice place to be. But thats just my opinion... and that of my friends.
Where do I start? Bangor Uni's great! Meeting people and settling in is not a problem here, as you get to know lots of people really quickly. There's a peer guide system here too, where 2nd and 3rd years (if they're needed!) look after freshers - in a way, they are ready-made friends for you. After a while, you realise that everyone knows everyone else, and getting to lectures can sometimes take aaaaaaages, as you keep bumping into people you know. Most of the lecturers are really friendly and are actually interested in teaching you, not just interested in their own research. They're genuinely interested in your welfare too. All the staff do their best to be friendly and helpful. OK, so the nightlife's not like London or Leeds, but Bangor is also smaller. I'm a student anyway, so I couldn't afford loads of nights out in London! There are 2 nightclubs, which are usually cheap to get in - and the best night at the SU is free! There are loads of pubs - the ones in Upper Bangor are more studenty. There's just enough going on for you not to get bored. There are tons of clubs and societies to join or try out too. The accommodation's not far from the Uni at all - but you will get very fit going to lectures, as Bangor's full of hills (a no-no for high heels!). I used to love waking up to see snowy mountains out of the kitchen window... :-) If anyone's considering coming to Bangor to study German, DO IT! I've never regretted it. They're a fab department!
Ok, so the title has nothing to do with what I am going to write!! I am listening to S Twain song 'From This Moment' Good Song! Bangor has a few good clubs and bars for students and others! We have the Octogan, were Alice DeeJee has been and the Students Union, but is cost £10 to get in (not worth it). The Hoggs Head is the best pub Bangor has as the others are too small!!! Shopping is not a Trafford Centre, but its ok!!