Open day top tips

Undergraduate open days

Open days are the best way to get a real feel for an institution and its location, students and the facilities available. It's also the best time to meet academics and ask questions about the subjects you're interested in.

Find out more about our undergraduate open days.

Here are some of our recent visitors sharing their experience and top tips for making the most out of your open day. 

"Going to an open day really settled me and made me feel at home – I’m really glad I went."

Current student, Hannah Reek, BSc (Hons) Business Management.

BSc (Hons) Business Management student Hannah Reek tells us about her own experience of an open day at Plymouth University.

What did you get out of your open day with Plymouth University?

The open day was such a helpful experience and showed me what university would be like. It was great to see where I could be living and studying for the next three years and I got an understanding of the course before making my final decision. Going to an open day really settled me and made me feel at home – I’m really glad I went.

What do you think are the most important things to do at an open day?

I recommend going to welcome and subject talks where you will learn about the University, what you will study, and find out what is expected of you. Plymouth is also a great city and you can take tours and learn about where you are going to live, who you’re going to live with and just get to know the area in general. It was nice to go down to the Hoe and Barbican and see some of the sights too. 

Another really useful tip is to go and speak to the Student Funding Unit – they helped me learn about how I could set budgets and stick to them. Finally, don’t miss out on the campus tours, these will help you get your bearings and find where your lecture theatres and other facilities are. The tours are a good opportunity to ask questions and the student ambassadors taking the tours are really helpful and friendly.

Did you learn anything or take anything away with you that you hadn't expected?

I didn’t expect the campus to be so central and to have everything I needed within such close walking distance. It was nice to know I could get from one place to another in a matter of minutes and that I wouldn’t need to have a car.

What were your highlights from the day?

All the students and staff at the open day were so friendly and helpful, I got loads of advice about jobs, accommodation and the different directions my degree could take me. This really helped to show my Dad that I would be in safe hands and able to look after myself. The food was really good too. Having food and drink available all day was great for me as it was a long day; we walked around a lot, taking in all the information and exploring the campus.

Did you bring any guests? If yes, what did they think of the day?

I brought my Dad with me on the open day. None of my family have been to university before so it was all a new experience. He came around with me, asked questions and checked out the university and city. He loved that it was so close to the sea and how modern the accommodation and facilities were. The university staff spoke to him as well as me, and because of this my Dad felt a lot more at ease about where I was going and that I would be looked after.

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