Don’t get me wrong, nowadays university websites have everything: from the most obscure photographs to detailed descriptions and virtual tours – it may even have you thinking
‘Do I need to attend an open day?’
Well, our answer is
‘How can you get a feel for it otherwise? After all you wouldn’t let your mum and dad buy you a car (you wish) without viewing it; so why do the same for a university? Yes, of course you do!’
However, it is important you are prepared so that you can make the most of the day. After all, there's often a lot to see and do.
We asked fellow student and open day officianado, Eleanor Barraclough, for her top five essential you should remember when going on open days:
You don’t want to be visiting 50 different universities here, there and everywhere. It’s important to research which universities offer the course you are interested in and then narrow them down from there.
Think about what’s important to you: the course, the facilities or the accommodation? Don’t choose a university just on the nightlife!
Start your uni research here.
2. Book Them Early
Visit our handy page
to find out when open days for your shortlisted universities are. Make sure you double-check as some universities have different dates for different courses. Then make sure you book onto the date early; the top universities tend to get fully booked very quickly. Don’t miss your chance! here
3. Plan Travel
Everyone knows travel can be a right pain, so plan it early – the earlier you book the cheaper it is! Make sure your transport is appropriate too; don’t book a 10 hour bus journey (cheapest isn’t always the best).
4. Be Prepared
I know it sounds old school but make sure you take the classic pen and paper combo. Open days are the best time to speak to tutors and current students so it’s important to take some notes so you don’t forget. It also gives you a great opportunity to prepare some questions to ask when you get there. I also recommend a camera for all those accommodation pics and a phone charger (if you’re phone is like mine, it won’t last 2 minutes).
5. Dress Code
Remember, it isn’t London Fashion Week. The important thing is to make sure you are comfortable. You will probably end up doing a lot of walking around, so girls don’t turn up in 6-inch stilettos you can’t walk in! The classic jeans and tee combo will do fine, especially if you are travelling a long distance to get there.
Remember, universities may keep a record of who has and hasn’t attended an open day, so if you really want a place you really should attend.
Finally, the ultimate decision is yours. Don’t let pushy parents sway it or go somewhere just because your best friend is. After all, you are the one that has to live there for the next 3 years, so you need to be happy.
Next Steps: Search For University Open Days Here