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What to do at an Open Day | Your Open Day Checklist

What to do at an Open Day | Your Open Day Checklist

by Caroline Hardaker

There’s no better way to get a feel for a university than spending some time on campus. From attending engaging subject talks to going on an accommodation tour – coming to an Open Day is the only way to truly know if a university is right for you.

It can be hard to know how to make the most of university open days. Fortunately, We’ve pulled together a list of the most important things to do before you attend and while you’re at the event. So grab a note pad and pen, and dive in to your Undergraduate Open Day checklist…

What is an Open Day?

An Open Day is usually a one day event wherein universities invite you to take a look around their campus, attend informational talks and lectures, and explore the areas of study you're interested in.

There are a range of Open Day benefits, but more than anything they're a great opportunity for students to get a feel for their prospective university, and see if they can imagine themselves studying there. 

Planning a University Open Day 

Many prospective students make the mistake of not preparing for Open Days. Take time to digest the latest Open Day Programme, and plan out a schedule for the day. If you’ve booked a place you will be sent a programme by email as soon as it’s ready.

Open Days are organised so visitors and their families and friends will be able to attend as many different activities as possible. There might still be the need to prioritise some activities over others, so choose the ones that you have the most questions about.

If there’s still too much to do in one day, we offer two Open Days over consecutive days in the summer, so you could stay in the city overnight and attend the second day too.

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What questions to ask

Before you attend, write down a list of questions to ask at university Open Days.

This could be anything, from how many lectures there are per week for a particular course and how your courses are assessed, to what gigs and parties happen in the Students’ Union each month. If you’re attending lots of Open Days you can ask these questions multiple times and compare the answers to see which university overall wins you over.

Asking questions means that you also get the opportunity to meet academic staff and staff from student services…

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Meet the experts

Subject experts will be running talks throughout the day. The format of the talk will depend on the subject, but you might get a chance to experience a mock lecture and hear current students talk about what they think of the course. These are great ways to make the most of a university Open Day.

There’s also a chance to speak to staff from careers, finance, admissions, and more throughout the Open Day. Staff are at the Open Day to give you the best idea of how studying here will work, and to reassure you that any worries or questions you have are shared by most new students, too.

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Go on an accommodation tour

First year students are guaranteed accommodation at Newcastle University, but how do you know which accommodation type to choose?

Student residences can range from traditional student villages to ultra-modern sky-rise apartments. But how many students share a flat? How far is each residence from campus? And what is a washbasin room, exactly? Making these decisions is made a lot easier by going on an accommodation tour and seeing the flats, apartments, and rooms for yourself.

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Explore campus

This is your chance to see up close all the epic buildings and facilities that you’d only seen before in photographs. From our stunning botanical quadrangle and stately Students’ Union to our subject-specific buildings and research centres – there’s a lot to see.

Grab a bite to eat from one of the multiple cafés, restaurants, or food stalls on campus, or spend a quick half an hour browsing the collections at our on-site natural history museum and art gallery.

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See the city

Visiting an Open Day is the perfect opportunity to find out more about the city or town you’ll be living in.

From shops, farmers markets, and cinemas to restaurants, parks, and sports stadiums – find out what the city has or does to spark your imagination. Larger cities often host festivals or events, so why not find out what’s going on and attend one while you’re visiting? Stay overnight and experience music at Sage Gateshead, or see a play at our on-site theatre.

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See our calendar to find out about upcoming events both on our Newcastle campus and further afield

Keen to come along to our next Open Day?

Book your Open Day visit or request our prospectus now.