At university open days you can expect to talk to tutors, lecturers and previous students who will offer advice about specific courses, the surrounding area and general university life.
Open days give you an opportunity to walk around the campus and local area to give you a real feel for your potential new home.
If you are living at university try to view the accommodation, this will help you to make the decision between staying on campus and renting a student house nearby. Check out the facilities such as the launderette, campus shops and the library; investigate all the areas that will be essential in your day-to-day studying life. This is particularly useful, because you may not know what university student accommodation is like.
Write down a list of questions you may have about the course or the university in general. Ask current or previous students about the facilities at the university, ask lecturers how the course is taught and assessed and get information about bursaries and scholarships to better prepare yourself. Always remember, there is no such thing as a stupid question.
Attend the universities with the courses that interest you the most. If you haven’t found many universities that interest you at this stage, you can use university league tables as a guideline. If you know that you want to study a Film-making degree but are unsure of where to go, league tables can help you out here.
Once you have made your decision on where you are going to visit, you need to check when the next available open days are by viewing our Open Day Calendar and booking on a day that fits around you. Your place needs to be booked so that the university can expect you – unfortunately, you cannot just show up. If you can’t make the specific open day dates there is no need to worry; you can contact the university and ask if they offer private tours.
Open days are free and hosted by the universities themselves – some even provide refreshments! Universities really want you to study at their campus, so they don’t charge; however, that doesn’t mean that the entire day is free. Things to consider are the cost of travel to the campus, parking charges and buying lunch/dinner while out visiting.
There will be lecturers, staff members and previous and current students. Open days offer you a chance to talk to these significant people to voice any issues or concerns you may have.
Open days are a great day to spend with parents, close family or friends. Taking the most important people in your life, or those with the options you value most will be beneficial. It is also a good idea to take those with a different mindset to you, they may think of questions you would have otherwise forgotten to ask.
There is no pressure to accept or apply for a place at the university’s open day. You might find that you fall in love with the campus and want to apply right there and then, or that you can’t see yourself studying in the city and change your mind about your top choice. If you find yourself changing your mind late on throughout the application process, don’t panic as there is still the option of applying through University Clearing.
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