To be honest I didn’t visit (any) University before enrolling. I just applied and hoped for the best.
I’m not sure if it was the best thing you could do so if you have an opportunity to attend a University Open Day I would strongly recommend you do that. At least you know what you are getting and what can you expect. They say that ‘curiosity killed the cat’ but I don’t think it’s the case.
However, as University of Bradford has a lot of international students it might be quite difficult for some of them to visit the University in advance. So if you don’t have a chance to do so, simply write some emails with questions you would be asking if you were there. Maybe you can look for some blogs where students share their experiences or look into the students’ newspaper and see what current students do and say.
Personally, I should have visited the University before and got answers for all my questions and seen how it is to be there. I guess then I wouldn’t be so scared on my way to the University in September, just before starting my studies.
However, the most important thing is to do your own research. Google some information on the Internet about universities you might be interested into. Some people are very spontaneous and say: “Ok, that one seems nice, I will go there”. But in case of choosing university and so your future career I would recommend to read around and see what is out there.
Finally, if you don’t have a chance to attend a University Open Day, remember to check opinions about the uni on the internet, its facilities and general ranking of degree, including its future career opportunities.
Good luck to all of you!