What is an open day?

Every year, all universities appoint certain days as open days, when visitors are welcome. These open days are usually very well organised: universities are, after all, keen to attract as many good students as possible, and like to present themselves in the best possible light. An open day might provide:

  • guided tours of the campus;
  • guided tours of the university's accommodation facilities (halls of residence);
  • guided tours of the faculty, school or department for your chosen course, with scheduled talks by a senior member of staff, and perhaps a sample lecture;
  • the opportunity to explore other courses, if you have not yet finally decided on one;
  • guided tours of the sports facilities;
  • informal visits to dining facilities, bars, the students' union etc;
  • talks by students on campus life;
  • talks on student finance (the costs of university life, student grants and loans, bursaries and scholarships);
  • the opportunity to talk to careers advisers.

Your tour guides are likely to be students already at the university. This provides the chance to ask them questions about life as a student, and to gauge how much they are enjoying the experience.

Most important of all: you will get a feel for the place. This may sound a bit vague, but instinct will play a key role in your decision-making.

And if you have attended an open day at the university that subsequently accepts you, the place will be familiar to you on that daunting first day when you arrive as a new student.

Comments on this article

Cole Ditzler 14 September, 2009

Please send me a list of participating schools and dates of open days.

Gabrielle Hillary 17 April, 2010

Please send me dates for open days -Thank you

Sophie Barnes 27 September, 2011

Could you please send a list of open days
Many thanks

andrew 30 September, 2011

please send list of open days. thanks

andrew 30 September, 2011

please send list of open days. thanks

Saaima 20 March, 2012

I'd like a list of uni open days :) thanks

Esiri 2 October, 2012

Send me the date of cambridge open days.Many 10x

jennifer Bourne 7 May, 2013


James Hale 2 July, 2013

please can you send me a list of uni open days. many thanks.

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