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Open days

University and college open days are the best way for you to get a feel for the providers you are interested in. By visiting Higher Education providers, you can make an informed decision about where to apply and, ultimately, which one to attend. Open days usually take place at the beginning of summer and during autumn; each Higher Education provider advertises their own open days.

It is important that you make the most out of an open day.


Things to do

Attend subject talks: These are very important. Attending subject talks will give you the best idea of what studying that course will be like. It may help you to decide whether it is definitely the right course for you. Some universities also offer subject focus days for Year 12 students. Courses vary between each institution, so it is important that you are happy with the course at each Higher Education provider before applying.

Attend other optional talks: Universities and colleges will often put on talks on subjects such as student finance, student life, student support and extracurricular opportunities. These can help you to get a feel of what studying at that institution would be like.

Visit the facilities: It is a good idea to look at facilities such as laboratories (if you’re studying a scientific course), sporting facilities and the Students’ Union (an organisation run by students which represents and supports them) to allow you to see if you can pursue any extracurricular interests you may have.

View accommodation: If you are planning to move away from home to study, it is important that you know where they could end up living. Although it is unlikely that you will see the exact accommodation you will end up in, it is useful to know what the institution can offer so that you can make an informed choice about where you will live. Some key accommodation questions to ask could be:

  • Are students guaranteed accommodation in their first year?
  • What type of accommodation is available and what does it cost?
  • What help and support is available to students after their first year?

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