Student and parents talking at an Open Day

How to plan an Open Day

Open Days are your chance to get stuck in and explore what university will be like.

Come along to an Open Day at UWE Bristol for the full experience – from exploring your department and attending course information sessions, to taking tours and visiting our facilities to chatting with our academics.

What do I need to do before the day to prepare?

  • Check our course listings to find out which department/campus you need to visit and the latest entry requirements for your course.
  • We will give you a printed copy of the Open Day programme on the day. You can download a copy a week in advance to help you plan your day.
  • Think about what tours and talks you want to attend. We recommend that you prioritise the subject sessions you want to attend first then fit the general sessions and tours/visits around them.
  • Remember to think about where you want to live and plan a visit. Whether it’s on campus at Frenchay and Glenside, or in our city centre accommodation, you’ll be able to drop in at a time to suit you during the day.

What questions should I ask at a university Open Day?

There will be academics, student ambassadors and professional staff present so you will be able to find the answers to any questions you may have, so thinking about these in advance is a great idea. It depends on which course you're interested in and what you want from your university experience, but some topics could include:

  • what the university is looking for in your personal statement and UCAS application, if you are still in the process of completing one
  • common career paths for graduates from your course of interest
  • the variety of modules you will be able to study on your course
  • how the course is assessed
  • what different accommodation options are available
  • opportunities for placements and extra-curricular activities that compliment your course
  • what societies you can join.

What should I wear?

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 an umbrella just in case.

When should I 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 09:30 to 13:30 on Frenchay Campus, Glenside Campus, and City Campus.

How do I get there?

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.

Where should I park?

Find out more about travel and parking information for your specific campus.

Where do I go when I arrive on campus?

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.

Where can I get something to eat/drink on the day?

  • 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 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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