Bangor and North Wales
There are few university towns or cities that can rival Bangor's location. It is set in a region of outstanding natural beauty with the mountains (and the longest zip wire in Europe nearby), lakes and forests of Snowdonia National Park, as well as having North Wales' dramatic coastline on its doorstep. There are unparalleled opportunities for outdoor activities, attracting many students to North Wales.
The City of Bangor is compact in size and in a rural setting, leaving it free from many of the problems of the larger cities, however it still has a vibrant student life. Bangor is consistently ranked as one of the most economical places to study in the UK in various cost of living surveys.
Bangor is easily accessible; it is just over one hour's travelling distance from the M56 motorway, which joins with the M6. The M56 provides a direct link from Manchester to the A55 coast expressway, while the A5 is a scenic route through North Wales to Shropshire. Regular fast trains run between Bangor and London, Birmingham, Cardiff and Manchester. There is also an Anglesey-Cardiff air link, which runs Monday to Friday. North Wales has a rich cultural diversity. A significant proportion of the population in North Wales speak Welsh as their first language. There are several diverse cultural communities in North Wales, reflecting recent and past mobility from other countries.