Which uni's did you go to for an open day? Did you apply to that uni after attending the open day?
I went to City, Goldsmiths, Westminster, London Metropolitan. Weren't too impressed by Westminster and London Metropolitan but I needed to use them to fill up my 6 choices. City were really good because I could speak to the lecturers and get a decent tour! They also weren't partronising like London Metropolitan who made comments such as: "Do you think you can get 2 D's at A-level?" and "We hope to see you in a year making websites." (I already have years of experience in making websites!). I also wasn't very impressed with Westminster using old computers with a seriously outdated version of Windows.
I went to Luton, UWE, Salford, and Staffordshire. Out of the 4, I put UWE and Salford on my application form.
Went to open days at Southampton, York, KCL and Exeter before applying. Decided not to apply to KCL as I don't like the idea of living in Central London. Didn't really like Southampton but applied anyway, regret it now though. Loved both York and Exeter though.
Mine: Salford, MMU and Bolton.
I decided if I didn't get in either MMU or Salford I would not bother with Bolton. It probably would have been a waste of my time.
I went to Southampton Institute about 3 times and Bournemouth.
Applied to both of them. Was going to go to a Portsmouth open day but was too late and lazy.
Went to open days at Cardiff, Exeter, Nottingham, York, Reading and Sheffield. Applied to Cardiff, Exeter and Sheffield out of the ones I visited. Mainly because I hated Nottingham, thought York was too campusy, and Reading is too close to home
Iv only been to Edinburgh. I will visit the universities when i actually have to make a decision.
I visited open days for glasgow, strathclyde and sussex. I wasn't particularly impressed with strathclyde but I applied anyway to fill up my 6 choices and now regret it. I applied for glasgow and sussex also.
If it's a choice to fill up the 6 choices, it can be random, and don't need to accept it. For me, I didn't regret it, as it was random.
I went to an open day at Nottingham and loved it. I visited Royal Holloway in the summer on their clearing open day because it happened to fall when I happened to be down there, and I didn't click with it at all- I was glad I went or I definitely would have applied. I visited Oxford for an informal tour the day before I went to RH and thought it was fantastic (oh well!!)... I visited Durham for a day (not an open day), had a lovely lunch and looked around a couple of colleges I was considering. In the end I applied to a college I haven't looked around at all, lol. I visited Sheffield off my own back and didn't see a great deal of the university, but thought the city was way above my expectations. I visited Loughborough and thought it was very pleasant. So, that was 2 real open days and 4 non-official ones... and I never visited Cardiff at all.
I'm visiting Loughborough for an official open day in Feb, Sheffield in March and probably Cardiff in March... I think it will be important to have met the people who might be teaching me before I make a final decision.
I visited Sheffield and really liked it. Manchester and Birmingham were good too. I visited Nottingham and hated it so didn't apply. If we went to general open days before we sent off our ucas is it still worth going to the open days that the Uni tells you about when they accept you? I might visit Sheffield again, but i'm not sure whether it will be a waste of time...
Most people visit open days before applying through UCAS. No point attending open days after you apply - maybe after attending, you may not like it, and hence wasted a choice.