Getting the Most out of University Open Days

Attending open days can help you decide which uni to go to.  But only if you make the most of them.  You need to make use of the day by finding out all about the course and the place.  After all, you’ll spend 3 years there and invest a lot of money in getting a degree. 

But don’t take our word for it.  We spoke to 2 students, George and Amiee.  They have some handy hints on gearing up for and tackling the open day. 

Amiee’s Advice is ‘Do your homework before you attend the Open Day’.  It’s a bit of a waste to get there and not know what you want to know. 

Amiee’s Homework To Do List:

  • Check out the courses that you are interested in. 
  • Visit the University Website and print off a campus map – get a feel for the layout. 
  • Look at the distances between the University and the town/city. 
  • Plan out your day – make travel arrangements early. 
  • Think about the questions you would like to ask – make a note of them. 

On the day itself, you then need to find out all you can.  George tells us what you need to do when you get there. 

George’s top tips:

  • Go to as many department talks/visits as you can fit in. 
  • Find out as much as you can about the course –
  • How is it taught?
  • What are the modules?
  • How will you be assessed?
  • How many taught lectures are there every week?
  • Go on a campus tour – it will help you find out what facilities are available on campus. 
  • Check out the student accommodation. 
  • Visit the Students Union and other facilities e.g. Sports Centre – see what clubs you could join. 
  • Visit the nearest town/city – consider where you may look for a part time job.  Remember this is where you could potentially be living for the next 3-4 years!
  • If you can’t get to see everything on the Open Day, plan another visit.  You don’t need to wait for another Open Day.  Go ahead and make your own arrangements.

So make it a worthwhile visit.  Plan before you go and get the most info while you’re there.  You can then use what you found out to help you decide.  Good luck!  

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