Ranks 48 in the UK

Key Information Need (KIN) - Bangor University

Type of Institution

Higher Education Institution (HEI)

Main campus

Bangor, Wales

Admission intakes

September & January

International students


No. of students per staff


UKVI status

Student sponsor

UKVI compliance

Track record

Graduate route


About Bangor University

Situated between the mountain and the sea, Bangor University is surrounded by the scenic beauty of North Wales that adds a different dimension to student life. Founded in 1884, Bangor has the “Best UK University setting” according to ‘The Independent’.

The university is dedicated to academic excellence for more than 135 years and is one of the oldest and most prestigious degree awarding institutions in the UK. At 160+ buildings in14 academic departments with around 12,000 students and 650 teaching staff, Bangor offers more than 300 undergraduate and 100 postgraduate programmes across five colleges.

Bangor’s research has a major impact around the world according to the latest assessment of research quality, the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021. The REF recognised that more than 85% Bangor's research is either world-leading or internationally excellent, ahead of the average for UK universities.

Contact details

Address: Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 2DG, UK

Telephone: +44 1248351151

Email: admissions@bangor.ac.uk

Why choose to study at Bangor University

There are so many reasons to choose the University for your Higher Studies in the UK. The University offers highest quality teaching, excellent student support and a breath-taking location for international students. Find below the top reasons for choosing Bangor University –

Rankings & ratings

No. 48

in the UK

  • 48 in the UK & 401 in the World (Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2022)
  • 169 in the World for International Outlook (Times Higher Education World Ranking 2021)
  • 16 in the UK & 101 in the World (Times Higher Education World University Impact Rankings, 2021)
  • ‘Gold’ rated in the national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
  • Top in Wales for satisfaction levels of quality of teaching
  • Top10 in the UK for teaching satisfaction (Guardian University League Table 2020)
  • Top 20 for course satisfaction (Guardian University Guide 2021)
  • No. 1 UK University for Research in the field of Banking (RePEc August 2021)
  • 9 in the UK & 151 in the World for Agriculture & Forestry courses (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2021)
  • 38 in the UK & 301 in the World for Arts and Humanities courses ((Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject, 2021)
  • 57 in the UK & 401 in the World for Business and Economicscourses ((Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject, 2021)
  • 39 in the UK & 301 in the World for Educationcourses ((Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject, 2021)
  • 30 in the UK & 501 in the World for Medicinecourses (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2021)
  • 34 in the UK & 601 in the World for Biological Sciences courses (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2021)
  • 27 in the UK & 251 in the World for Environmental Sciencescourses (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2021)
  • 30 in the UK & 251 in the World for Physical Sciencescourses ((Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject, 2021)
  • 33 in the UK & 301 in the World for Economics courses ((Academic Ranking of World Universities – ShanghaiRanking by Subject, 2021)
  • 24 in the UK & 201 in the World for Psychology courses ((Academic Ranking of World Universities – ShanghaiRanking by Subject, 2021)
  • 51 in the UK & 401 in the World for Social Sciencescourses ((Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject, 2021)

Graduate prospects

Top 25 UK

University for Job Prospects

  • Top 25 UK University for Job Prospects (WhatUni 2020)
  • 93% of Bangor graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduation (DLHE Survey 2016/17

Facilities & resources

Top 40 UK

University for University Facilities

  • Top 40 UK University for University Facilities (WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2020)
  • £67m invested on campus redevelopment and a further £48m on a new Arts and Innovation Centre (Pontio)
  • The Institute of European Finance houses Europe's longest established and most comprehensive research library dedicated solely to banking and financial sector material within Bangor Business School
  • 4 libraries are open late, with most open 24 hours during exam periods
  • Extensive collection of books, journals and online databases, including a heritage collection
  • A £3.5 million seagoing research vessel and three smaller inshore vessels
  • A Natural History Museum with extensive invertebrate and vertebrate collections
  • The BioComposites Centre, Environment Centre for Wales, marine and freshwater aquaria, a research farm: Henfaes Research Centre
  • A number of social learning spaces and computer facilities across the university are available for students 24/7
  • Learning resources includes an MRI scanner, multimedia language centre, natural history museum, ocean-going research ship, science and engineering laboratories, Botanic gardens, moot court facility and Pontio Arts & Innovation Centre
  • Over 1,150 computers for student use - Some PC rooms are open 24 hours a day
  • A commercial Virtual Learning Environment named ‘Blackboard’ that allows learning materials available to students on-line
  • Pontiocentre offering an exciting and unique blend of Arts and Culture, Innovation, Education and Community

Student support

Top 25 UK

University for Student Support

  • Top 25 UK University for Student Support (WhatUni 2020)
  • Top 30 UK University for Student Satisfaction (The Complete University Guide 2022)
  • Peer Guidestrained student volunteers who are on hand to help you settle into the academic and social life of Bangor University
  • National Student Survey levels show the satisfaction rating at Bangor is 91%, above both the Welsh (85%) and the national (86%) averages
  • 7th in the UK for student experience
  • £1m in scholarship available for international students
  • Free English language support for international students throughout the year
  • Free writing and skills workshops for students, for confidential writing, study skills, time management, and numeracy/statistics support
  • Dedicated team to handle international student concerns ranging from visa, accommodation, health, money matters, and employment
  • Student Wellbeing Service by professionally qualified counsellors, mental health professionals and information specialists that are experienced in helping students to deal with all kinds of practical and emotional issues such as study related matters, trauma, relationships, emotional regulation, mental health disability related issues, accessibility, harassment, inclusion etc.
  • Skills and Employability Serviceto provide a wide range of resources to help students achieve their graduate ambitions, developing personal skills and enhancing employability

Unique features

  • The Bangor Employability Award (BEA) incorporating a comprehensive ‘professional preparation’ course enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life
  • Bangor has one of the largest Peer Guiding schemes in the UK, which supports new students and ensures an easy transition to University life. The scheme has been shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Awards in the Outstanding Student Support Category
  • Bangor graduates can take advantage of a ‘for life’ account (TARGETconnect), offering a host of tools, resources and opportunities, with a ‘boost’ of additional support and resources for a whole three years after graduation.
  • Bangor University’s The Chartered Banker MBA is the only qualification in the world where you can simultaneously obtain an MBA together with the prestigious Chartered Banker status.


Top 15 in

the UK for Student Accommodation

  • £35 million investment in student accommodations - two accommodation villages, Ffriddoedd and St Mary's. Both are within walking distance of the main University buildings and the city centre
  • Top 15 in the UK for Student Accommodation (WhatUni 2020)
  • Guaranteed accommodation for new international students
  • Wi-fi, gym membership and Campus Life membership included in the price
  • Conveniently located within a 15 minute walk from the lecture halls and also the city centre
  • Student Villages include sports facilities, laundry, café, bar, shops and 24 hour security
  • Variety of room options available; En-suite, Studios, Townhouses, Standard, and Budget

Clubs & societies

  • More than 200 Students’ Union Clubs and Societies, covering a range of interests, activities and sports
  • All free to join and students can take advantage of the extra-curricular opportunities
  • Best in the UK for Clubs and Societies (WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2019)
  • 2nd in the UK for Sport and Societies (WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2020)
  • Whatever sport you’re interested in, there’s a club for it at Bangor. From traditional sports such as rugby, netball, football and tennis to outdoor activities like surfing, snowsports, canoeing and windsurfing. You can also try your hand at something different like underwater hockey, quidditch and ultimate Frisbee
  • Many of Bangor sports clubs compete in British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) events, with regular fixtures against other universities taking place

Location highlights

Bangor is No.

1 in the UK for Low Cost of Living

  • Bangor is one of the 6 cities of Wales and located in the north. Wales is one of the four countries that make up the UK (the other three being England, Northern Ireland and Scotland)
  • Bangor is No. 1 in the UK for Low Cost of Living (Totally Money 2019)
  • North Wales was named as the 4th best region in the world to visit by the travel guide Lonely Planet in 2016
  • Bangor is a city of students - it has more students than the city’s population
  • The first university of Britain was set up on the coast of the Vale of Glamorgan in South Wales
  • Until 1905 Bangor was the only city in Wales. Now there’s six of them, with Cardiff being the capital and Newport being the newest
  • Bangor is bilingual. Alongside English, you’ll hear the ancient Welsh language being spoken
  • Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle attended Bangor University. His credits include the film Slumdog Millionaire, which won eight Oscars, and being the brains behind the London 2012 Olympics’ opening ceremony
  • North Wales has the world’s fastest zip wire at Zip World Velocity, where you can travel over 100mph! Zip World is an exciting place to go for families who want some adventure and adrenaline on holiday
  • Anthony Hopkins, the spine-tingling Hannibal Lecter actor, was born in Wales in 1937
  • Microsoft offer a version of windows called ‘Welsh Windows’ recognizing Welsh as the most popular of the Celtic languages and its linguistic diversity
  • Dylan Thomas, the world renowned poet and writer of ‘Under the Milk Wood’, was born in Wales in 1914
  • The Welsh for Wales is Cymru, and the motto for the country is “Cymru am byth” which means Wales Forever
  • Wales is one of the four nations in the United Kingdom, but its flag doesn’t appear in the UK’s flag. Along with Bhutan and Malta, Wales is one of just three countries in the world that has a dragon on their national flag

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q Is Bangor University located in the UK? Which country would be issuer of my student visa?

A Bangor University is located in Wales which is one of the 4 countries of UK. Your student visa will be issued by the UK.

Q What is the percentage of international students at Bangor University?

Bangor University has around 12,000 students in total and out of these 23% are international students from 126 countries.

Q What is the living funds requirement for entry clearance visa application to study at Bangor University?

A Students and Child Students 16 or 17 year old living independently for course of 9 months or more duration need to maintain at least £1,023 X 9 = £9,207 consciously at least for 28 days (each student dependent requires to maintain £680 per month).

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