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    I've Just booked my Open Day at Cardiff Metropolitan University! EEK! AND my Open day at University of Lincoln! AARGH!

    Cardiff Met is 26th November and Lincoln is 29th October Anyone else booked on these open days?

    Also, any advice on what to bring? Thanks

    I wouldn't worry about bring too much stuff because they'll usually give you a bag of free things (like a notebook, pen and program for the bag) to encourage you to go there. I'd recommend taking a little bit of paper and a pen incase they don't give you any and you want to write anything down (but don't take a huge, heavy notebook!), a drink and maybe a little snack. You'll probably spend a lot of the day walking around and you don't want to get tired having to carry loads of stuff and there might be a long queue for drinks/food. I liked taking pictures on open days so if your phone doesn't have a good camera it might be nice to bring something else along with you.

    If you won't be driving there then I also recommend buying train tickets online now to save yourself a bit of money.

    I hope you enjoy your open days!

    Open days are super important! It looks like Firefly13 gave some really good tips for getting the most out of your open days. The 3 most important areas to make sure you cover when you're at the open day are:

    The course you want to study - (Obviously very important) Make sure you are happy with the learning environment you will be in. Big lecture theatres or small seminar rooms? 4 hours a week or 40? Do you think the University is well equipped for your subject? If you're walking into the computer science department and you see PC's circa 2007 then alarm bells should be ringing etc.

    Accommodation - It's really important to look at multiple accommodation buildings. Most Universities will have several halls of residency but will only show you the best ones they have to offer. En-suites, new kitchen and all the bells and whistles to go with it. You might not end up living in that particular building and end up severely disappointed to realise you're now in a block of halls that has 1 shared bathroom between a floor of 10 people and the brickwork is crumbling like a curly-wurly.

    The environment - Don't limit yourself to only the campus on your open day. Take an hour to go and explore the town see whats available. Make sure you're happy with it and that it suits your needs. It's easy to brush it off as 'it'll do' but remember you're living here for the next few years and you need to be comfortable with whats around. Supermarkets, Nightclubs, Pubs, Gyms, Retail stores, Takeaways etc - which are important to you? Do you want quiet and relaxed or lively and buzzing? If you plan to take a car to Uni you should ABSOLUTELY drive yourself to the open day - get a feel for the journey between home and campus. Also take some time to drive round the local town and see what the traffic is like and take note of the parking restrictions in key areas around town and campus that you might inhabit.

    In terms of what you should take for the Open Day I think firefly pretty much has you covered. Don't take too much as you will inevitably leave with more than you came with. Do take pictures to show to your family - 2nd opinions are worth it. We recommend preparing a comprehensive checklist of things you want to look at or find out about whilst there - the last thing you want to do is forget to find out about something crucial, especially if you're travelling far.

    If you were interested we have an upcoming open day on October 1st for January and September 2017. http://www.buckingham.ac.uk/admissions/open-days/

    Hopefully you found this helpful and best of luck at your open days!

    University of Buckingham Team
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