What to expect at a university open day

University open days – what to expect?

It can feel nerve-wracking when you start looking at university choices. From travel and leaving home, to the stress of the important upcoming life event. Are you attending a university open day soon? If so, read on to find out our top tips and guidance when attending an open day and the important considerations to be aware of in advance.


Preparing for a uni open day.

It is important to prepare for a university open day, to make sure you get all your questions answered and that you find out as much as possible. Consider taking a notebook and pen for any notes or comments you may have. Take a bag too as you may be given information, leaflet and booklets (and maybe even some goodies).

If you have any last minute questions about the day and need to know more, get in touch with the university directly and they can help you.


Travelling to an open day.

It is a good idea to experience the journey to the university open day from your home. You can then reflect on the time and cost associated with being a certain distance from home.

If you are attending alone, most university campuses have great transport links so you’ll be able to easily work out train/buses if you don’t have access to a car.


Ask lots of questions.

It is common for student ambassadors to guide you through university open days. Student ambassadors are current students who are the best people to talk to if you want honest reviews about the uni and area. This is your opportunity to ask questions about life as a student in the location and university.


University talk.

Typically the university will start the day with a welcome talk followed by events and locations you may want to visit throughout the day. Most universities will give talks to prospective students about their institution, facilities campuses and general information. These talks are important to attend and listen to carefully, notebooks at the ready!


Subject talk.

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Most universities will offer subject specific workshops and talks. These are usually attended by parents and supporters as well, so if you are visiting with company, they may wish to join you. These talks are essential to learn more information about the course and of course to ask any questions you have.


University student accommodation options.

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If you are planning on moving in to student accommodation when you start university, take a look at the local options whilst you are in the area. Some universities will arrange to show you accommodation options. These options may be university halls, that are close to campus. There are other options to consider – such as purpose build student accommodation (PBSA) and privately rented accommodation.

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Applicant Days.

Have you heard of Applicant Days? If not, you may be asking what is an applicant day? Applicant days are an essential step in your university journey. They are subject specific days which give you the opportunity to learn more about your chosen university and course. Read our pointers about applicant days.


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