Student and parents talking at an Open Day

Planning your Open Day/Afternoon

Essential information for students who are planning to attend one of our Open Days or Open Afternoons.

Open Days

Before you get here

  • Check our course listings to find out which department/campus you need to visit and the latest entry requirements for your course.
  • Print out the Open Day programme for your campus and choose the activities you'd like to go to. Open Day programmes will also be available on the day.
  • Plan your Open Day travel and parking arrangements. We have three main campuses in Bristol: Frenchay Campus, Glenside Campus and City Campus, as well as Bristol Zoo - look at the map and directions relevant to you.
  • You may also want to think about questions you would like answered, or make a note of the activities and talks you would like to attend.
  • Our Open Days are relaxed so feel free to dress casually. You'll probably be doing quite a bit of walking so wear comfy shoes and bring a brolly just in case.

When you arrive

  • There's lots to see and do on an Open Day, so arrive early if you can. Our sign-in points are open from 10:00 to 13:30. If you arrive after this time, just go straight to whichever talk interests you.
  • When you arrive, make your way to the sign-in areas. There will be signs, staff and student ambassadors (dressed in blue t-shirts) to help direct you.

Making the most of your day

  • We recommend that you prioritise the subject sessions you want to attend first then fit the general sessions and tours around them. You can attend sessions for more than one subject if you are undecided.
  • Not all of our academics will be available for the whole event, so plan to see them earlier on in the day if you can.
  • Remember to visit our student accommodation and get a real feel for what it’s like to live on campus.
  • There's a variety of social spaces, cafes, restaurants, and shops on our campuses so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to refuel and top up your water bottle. You'll also find complimentary tea and coffee in the Information and Advice Zone and Faculty areas. At Frenchay, City and Glenside Campuses, all Students' Union shops and bars will be open.

Open Afternoons

Before you get here

  • Plan your Open Afternoon travel an parking arrangements. We have three main campuses in Bristol: Frenchay Campus, Glenside Campus and City Campus, as well as Bristol Zoo - look at maps and directions relevant to you.
  • Our Open Afternoons are relaxed so fee free to dress casually. You'll probably be doing quite a bit of walking so wear comfy shoes and bring a brolly just in case.

When you arrive

  • When you arrive, make your way to the sign-in areas. There will be signs, staff and student ambassadors (dressed in blue t-shirts) to help direct you.

Making the most of your day

  • Remember to visit our student accommodation and get a real feel for what it’s like to live on campus.
  • There's a variety of social spaces, cafes, restaurants, and shops on our campuses so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to refuel and top up your water bottle. You'll also find complimentary tea and coffee in the Information and Advice Zone and Faculty areas. At Frenchay, City and Glenside Campuses, all Students' Union shops and bars will be open.

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