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The best way to get a real sense of what it’ll be like to study at university is to attend an open day. Below are some pointers that can help you make the most of your day.
Find out which universities offer the courses you are interested in and make a note of their open day dates.
From subject talks to campus tours - everyone has different priorities from an open day. Tailor your day to suit your needs - making sure you allow enough time to do it all.
Open days are the perfect opportunity for you to ask questions about all aspects of university life. Noting these down beforehand will help to remind you to ask them on the day.
Having someone by your side at an open day can help you feel more supported. You can also bounce ideas off one another, or get a second opinion.
Be clear on how you are getting to the open day. Planning your travel to the event will help your day run more smoothly. Check out the open day travel information online.
Most universities will have a list of frequently asked questions for open days. From what to bring, to the cost of parking.
Find out more about your course by attending a subject-specific talk. Academics and students will also be on hand to answer any questions you might have.
Get practical information from admissions, accommodation and finance. Find out about application deadlines and the support available.
Ask students about life at university. They will be able to give you a more personal account.
It’s likely you’ll be taking in a lot of information. Take photos to help remind you of the day. They can act as a prompt when reviewing what you liked about the university.
There’s a world outside of the university to explore. This place could be your home for the next few years. It is important to picture yourself living there.
Going to university is more than just studying for a degree - it’s about the whole experience. Find out more about the university clubs and societies.
I fell in love with Oxford and the university as a whole when visiting on Open Day. Hannah Cooper, Graduate
I fell in love with Oxford and the university as a whole when visiting on Open Day.
Coming to an open day sealed Brookes as my first choice. The enthusiasm from the academic staff was particularly uplifting and encouraging. Gary Neal, Graduate
Coming to an open day sealed Brookes as my first choice. The enthusiasm from the academic staff was particularly uplifting and encouraging.