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How useful are open days?

Im currently in year 12 and i am starting to narrow down some university options. I know that it is now "open day season" however i am unsure if i should actually go as most of the unis i am looking at are far away. I cant afford the train tickets and i feel bad asking my parent to drive all the way there and back.
Is it actually worth going?
Original post by Normax
Im currently in year 12 and i am starting to narrow down some university options. I know that it is now "open day season" however i am unsure if i should actually go as most of the unis i am looking at are far away. I cant afford the train tickets and i feel bad asking my parent to drive all the way there and back.
Is it actually worth going?

Hi,

I would really recommend you attend open days - even if it's only for the university that you are wanting as your firm and insurance choice. Seeing the pictures online and reading about them is one thing but being on the campus or in the lecture hall or the city where it is really will determine whether you can see yourself studying there and whether that course and university is for you - it will either make or break it.

Please speak to your parents if transport is an issue and raise this concern with them and take it from there as I'm sure they'll support you and only want what is best for you.

Also, please do drop the universities an email to explain your situation as they may be able to provide you with a virtual or online one. I know this goes against what I've said in the first paragraph but having a virtual or online one is better than not having anything at all.

Also, speak to your friends or anyone local to you who may be travelling to that university and see whether they would mind taking you with them and giving them some petrol money. Car sharing and going with a friend would be a great way to get to the university and get a feel for them and maybe try your local facebook group and ask if someone had room for you and one of your parents - if this is something you'd be comfortable with.

Hope this helps, Ella - Lancaster University Student Ambassador
Original post by Normax
Im currently in year 12 and i am starting to narrow down some university options. I know that it is now "open day season" however i am unsure if i should actually go as most of the unis i am looking at are far away. I cant afford the train tickets and i feel bad asking my parent to drive all the way there and back.
Is it actually worth going?
Hi @Normax,

It's great to hear that you are considering university. Which course are you looking to study?

I think attending an open day is a fantastic way to narrow down your university options. It gives you the opportunity to get a true glimpse into what life is like at each university and there will be lot's of current students there for you to speak to. Have a little look on each university website on their open day page as it will give you guidance on what you can expect during the day. At most open days you'll have the chance to:

Explore accommodation options
Chat with your chosen course tutors
Tour campus facilities
Attend subject talks
Chat with specialist teams
Get all your questions answered

I would speak to your parents about the benefits of attending these open days and hopefully they will be able to help out. As mentioned above, if you can't attend an open day, there may be other options for you to consider. I know here at UCLan we offer virtual experiences where you can explore campus through a 360 tour from your own home so it might be worth exploring this as an option.

I hope this helps and best wishes. 😊
Sarah
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Original post by UCLan Ambassador
Hi @Normax,
It's great to hear that you are considering university. Which course are you looking to study?
I think attending an open day is a fantastic way to narrow down your university options. It gives you the opportunity to get a true glimpse into what life is like at each university and there will be lot's of current students there for you to speak to. Have a little look on each university website on their open day page as it will give you guidance on what you can expect during the day. At most open days you'll have the chance to:
Explore accommodation options
Chat with your chosen course tutors
Tour campus facilities
Attend subject talks
Chat with specialist teams
Get all your questions answered
I would speak to your parents about the benefits of attending these open days and hopefully they will be able to help out. As mentioned above, if you can't attend an open day, there may be other options for you to consider. I know here at UCLan we offer virtual experiences where you can explore campus through a 360 tour from your own home so it might be worth exploring this as an option.
I hope this helps and best wishes. 😊
Sarah

Im looking at architecture or finance😁
Original post by Normax
Im currently in year 12 and i am starting to narrow down some university options. I know that it is now "open day season" however i am unsure if i should actually go as most of the unis i am looking at are far away. I cant afford the train tickets and i feel bad asking my parent to drive all the way there and back.
Is it actually worth going?

Hey 👋 open days are a great opportunity to get a real feel for the university, the campus, facilities and chat to academics and students but I totally understand that going to some open days just aren't feasible for travel! I would agree with advice below of visiting universities that are top of your list as you want to know that you'll feel comfortable there and can picture yourself studying there almost. But you may find as well universities will have virtual tours or virtual experiences online you can have a look at too, so you can still get an idea of campus, facilities, accommodation etc without having to physically visit in the first instance. I'd also say to take a look at universities social media, especially instagram as often there will be lots of insights into campus life there too, and again there may be campus tours or student tours to watch.

I know as well here at Bradford when you've received an offer to study, you'll get invited to an applicant experience day where you can come to campus, take part is course sessions and spend time with current students; again other universities may offer a similar experience too so if you didn't get to go to an open day or fully explore as much as you would've liked, it just gives another opportunity to get a feel for university, so I would encourage you to see what other 'experience' days are available too!

I hope that helps, and I hope you have a wonderful university experience when the time comes - it's an exciting new chapter! 🙂

Jennie
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Original post by Normax
Im currently in year 12 and i am starting to narrow down some university options. I know that it is now "open day season" however i am unsure if i should actually go as most of the unis i am looking at are far away. I cant afford the train tickets and i feel bad asking my parent to drive all the way there and back.
Is it actually worth going?

Good afternoon @Normax

Firstly just to say that’s great you’re being so organised and looking at university options now! What are you thinking of studying?

This is a really valid question; I had the same query myself. I am a second-year student studying Theatre and Performance Practice at the University of Salford.

I would recommend attending, where possible, the open days for your top choices for university. Most university open days give you the chance to do the following in one day:

1. Meet academic staff and find out more about your chosen course.
2. Meet fellow students and get an insight into student life at that particular university
3. Speak to other departments e.g., student support.
4. Have a campus/facilities tour
5. Explore the accommodation options.

Last but not least, an open day is a fantastic opportunity to see if the university is the right place for you and most importantly if you are moving away from home that you will feel at home there. If you have time, it is always worth exploring the surrounding area/city too.

I know it can be expensive to attend Open days, but some universities like mine (the University of Salford) offer travel bursaries to help towards the cost of attending an open day.

It is worth discussing the benefits of attending an open day with your parents to see if they can take you to one or two or help with the cost of train tickets. Or perhaps check if any of your friends are attending the same open days, perhaps you can lift share?

If you can’t attend all the open days you’d wish to, do not worry, as many universities like mine offer the chance of a virtual tour. Many universities have alternative options so don’t be afraid to get in touch with them as they are usually very happy to help.

I hope that helps. Feel free to reply with any questions.

Lucy 😊
(University of Salford Student Rep)
Original post by Normax
Im currently in year 12 and i am starting to narrow down some university options. I know that it is now "open day season" however i am unsure if i should actually go as most of the unis i am looking at are far away. I cant afford the train tickets and i feel bad asking my parent to drive all the way there and back.
Is it actually worth going?

Hi @Normax!

I completely understand why you're unsure whether or not attend tons of university open days - especially with the cost of train tickets these days! 😅 However if you are able to, I would recommend checking out one or two, especially those held by the universities you hope to make your firm/insurance choice in the future.

Open days are a great opportunity to check out the 'vibe' of a university campus, and explore the area you might be spending the next few years in. Pictures and virtual open days are good for an initial idea of what the campus is like, but seeing it in person can sometimes really cement whether or not the environment is right for you. It's also a good chance to meet some of the staff/faculty members who might be teaching you in the future, and see the specific course-related facilities on offer.

In terms of transport options, I have to echo what Ella said above. Car sharing with friends is a great option to cut costs and prevent any nerves you might have about being in a new environment. 🙃

Hope you get the chance to attend some open days soon!
Eve (Kingston Rep).
Original post by Normax
Im currently in year 12 and i am starting to narrow down some university options. I know that it is now "open day season" however i am unsure if i should actually go as most of the unis i am looking at are far away. I cant afford the train tickets and i feel bad asking my parent to drive all the way there and back.
Is it actually worth going?

Hey, Coventry University Student Ambassador here! 👋

It's great to hear you're looking into open days now! I highly recommend it, especially since you'll be able to speak to potential lecturers, ambassadors like us, and actually get a feel of campus life and all the facilities universities have to offer. I definitely understand your concern with transport, and you should try to start a conversation with your parents to discuss alternatives, but I can assure you it's worth the trip. You'll be studying there for at least three years so you need to engage with the city, campus, and potential accommodation!

I noticed you're interested in architecture or finance, both very prospective career paths! If you attend the Coventry University Open Day, you'll have the chance to tour our Simulation Centre, where you'll have access to Building Information Modelling technology and walk through your architecture project interactively. You can also view our study areas and architectural studios in the Delia Derbyshire building, which includes immersive studios, hyperstudio workshops, collaboration spaces, and access to our Mac and PC labs.


If you join us for the finance and investment course, you can see our fantastic trading floor that features dual-screen Bloomberg terminals, check out the Sigma Centre to meet our maths support team, and visit the Talent Team, who support and guide you through your placement and graduate process.

We'd love to see you at our upcoming open days!

Dorna | Coventry University Student Ambassador
Original post by Normax
Im looking at architecture or finance😁
Hi @Normax,

Architecture and finance are two great courses to be looking at. 😊

I think attending an Open Day will really help you decide not only which university is right for you but which course. During the day you will have the chance to attending subject stands and chat with course tutors to learn more about the modules and how each course will be taught. You will also have the opportunity to attend a subject talk which can lead onto a tour of that university's facilities.

Whichever course you choose, I wish you all the best.

Sarah 😊

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