There are hundreds of universities to choose from in the UK, so how do you know if you’ve made the right choice? Visit an open day to put your choices to the test with our 5 must-dos before applying.
Quiz the experts
Nobody knows a course better than the person who teaches it. At an open day, you can quiz tutors and decide whether their course is right for you. You can find info on loads of other courses too, who knows, you might discover something brand new.
Attend their talks
Most unis plan helpful talks throughout the day so it’s easy for you to get the info you need. These talks are perfect for answering your burning questions, and giving you info on things you may not have even thought about. From fees and finance to student life and societies, talks are varied and take place throughout the day so you can plan your visit.
To make it easier for our visitors, we created an app that allows you to build your own schedule and notifies you if you have any clashes! Search for ‘About UoB’ in the app store or google play, or click here to download.
See it to believe it
You’re not just choosing a university, you’re choosing a campus, a city and a lifestyle. Give yourself time to discover everything the university and city have to offer for you, don’t just believe the rumours. Head into the city for a bite to eat and chat to the Students’ Union about sports, societies and social life.
You’ll have a chance to see some world-leading technology and teaching spaces on an open day and it can be great to see where you’ll study. Check out our virtual experience to see some of our great facilities.
The more the merrier
Don’t go it alone – take a friend or someone from the family. It’s always a clever idea to talk things through with someone after an open day, especially if it’s your first one.
We have a parents’ and carers’ lounge at our Open Day where they can attend talks designed just for them, and you can get a break.
Plan your personal statement
Your personal statement is an essential part of your application and it’s important that you get it right. You’ve got to find a balance between showing genuine interest in the subject and expressing your own individuality.
At an open day you’ll be able to get insider tips on what to include in your statement so be sure to chat to the tutors about it. We run personal statement writing workshops at our open days to give you an edge, why not check out our programme.
Finally, don’t be afraid to ask questions! Remember you’ve got to spend around three years of your life at the uni you choose; visit an open day to make sure it’s right for you. Find out when our next open day takes place.