Open Days are a brilliant source for applicants to use as an aid in making the difficult choice of which university to apply for. One of the key reasons to visit a university on an Open Day is to get a feel of the environment of the campus, as it gives you a visual idea of what to expect during your time there. Remember, this is a place you will be spending at least three years of your life so it is crucial for you to be happy with your surroundings.
When thinking about visiting an open day, some key factors you might like to think about could be:
- Am I looking for a campus or city based university?
- What are the staff and students like?
- What is my course like?
- What accommodation options are offered?
Open Days allow you to answer all of these questions, as you are able to explore these elements in one event. Course talks are held by lecturers alongside students on the course, and will give you a great taste of what to expect in your studies. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have, whether that is specifically about the course, life at university, or life in the city.
Campus tours are delivered by students from the university, and will be able to showcase the buildings on campus, as well as give information about the student experience. Accommodation tours let you visit halls of residence first hand; allowing you to get a sense of the environment you will be living in during your studies.
There is so much to do at an Open Day event so it is best to be available for the entire duration of the day, but most will allow some flexibility by offering a few sessions throughout the event should you only be available for part of the day. If you are able to come along and are thinking of trying to fit in as much as you can then a few key activities would be:
- Course talks and facility tours
- Campus tours
- Accommodation tours
- Introductory talks (Student Finance/UCAS/University Life)
Understandably, it can be difficult to find time to visit Open Days; however they are wonderfully useful events. Forums, university websites and tariff tables are great resources, however being able to physically attend the campus will really help with your decision making.
If you would like to book on to one of our Open Days, you can do so using the link below to fill out a booking form:
You can also check out our Virtual Open Day website if you are unable to visit our Open Day dates. The site gives information about the halls of residence, the buildings on campus, as well as advice on fees and funding and living in Leicester:
You can also check out our Open Days video which gives you a great idea of what to expect when you come along to visit us!