University Open DaysWednesday, February 3, 2016 12:00 AM
Why go to university open days?
When you attend an open day you’re sure to get a gut-feeling about the university, the vibe of the place may be the perfect atmosphere for you and make choosing a university a pretty easy decision for you. Or something won’t feel quite right for you and you’ll be pleased you went and discovered how you felt about university environment before enrolling onto a 3 or 4 year course!
What to Expect
You’ll be able to visit the department of your subject and meet a selection of the lecturers and current students. Each department will offer subject talks from the course leader and you’ll discover, how the course is assessed, what the degree comprises of and detailing of the entry requirements.
An open day is also the chance to see what the halls of residence choices are like. You’ll be moving away from home, so checking out the accommodation is a must to make sure you have a comfortable place to call home in your new city.
Of course, university isn’t just about work and it’s important to have a balanced work and social life, to absolutely enjoy your university experience! After the talks and tours, take some time to explore what the city has to offer, maybe grab a bite of lunch in the city centre and decide if the university and the city fits the university lifestyle you desire!
Questions to Ask
We suggest that you prepare a list of key questions that are important to you and ask the same questions for each university open day you attend, that way you can compare the strong and weak points of each university to help with your decision making.
- Are the grades on the university website still as published?
- Can you still secure a place if you don’t quite meet the grades?
- What do they look for in applications and personal statements?
- How many hours per week are set for lectures, seminars and workshops?
- How does the subject at your university compare with the way it is taught at others?
- Does the course offer or arrange placements and work experience?
- What have previous students who studied this course gone on to do?
- What are the career guidance facilities offered?
- Do they run regular job fairs?
- Is a place in halls guaranteed if the application is submitted on time?
- Are there local estate agents approved by the University for Second and Third Year housing?
- Does every university accommodation have parking? If so, is there a fee?
- Is there a 24 hour reception or security?
- Are all the rooms the same size and price in each block?
- Do they provide halls with en-suite bathrooms?
Speaking to Current Students
- Ask course ambassadors how they have found the course so far – were there any modules they enjoyed in particular?
- Do they think the facilities offered by the university are well equipped for the course?
- Are some halls of residence better or worse than others?
- What is the social life like in the city?
- What’s your favourite thing about the university and the city?