Undergraduate open day

Our next open day: 

Saturday 20 October 2018

“Behind the flashy websites and official rankings, there are real cities, each with their own character. Only by visiting them will you know whether a particular location is right for you.”

Harry, BA (Hons) Business Studies student and blogger

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Undergraduate open day dates

  • Saturday 20 October 2018
  • Saturday 10 November 2018

Your open day programme

To help you plan your day in advance we will send you a copy of the programme electronically one week before the event. 

A full printed version of the programme will also be available for you to collect from registration when you arrive at the open day. 

Arrival and registration

The undergraduate open day runs from 9.00am until 4.30pm.

On arrival to the campus, please collect your goody bag and register your attendance with a member of the registration team in the Roland Levinsky building. The registration team will talk you through the programme for the day and answer any questions you may have. We strongly advise that you check the times of the talks and subject sessions that you are interested in, as some sessions are only run once.

To make sure that our visitors have the best possible experience of the University of Plymouth, we negotiate a number of travel and accommodation deals with Great Western Railway and local hotels.

Great Western Railway offer

The offer is a 20% reduction in our Advance Purchase fares which are available on most GWR mid and long distance GWR routes to your local station. The same discount can be obtained for any other passengers that are booked at the same time, and the discount is combinable with a 16–25 Railcard discount*.

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Parking is available in the city centre close to campus, but traffic can become busy during events. There are various park and ride locations on the outskirts of the city that can be used as an alternative to the central car parks.

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Hotel accommodation offers

The New Continental Hotel – Millbay Rd, Plymouth, PL1 3LD

Situated in the heart of Britain’s Ocean City and easily accessible; we offer an unbeatable location and the warmest of family welcomes. Surrounded by iconic architectural, cultural landmarks and Plymouth’s sensational attractions and events; this Grade II listed, Victorian hotel is the perfect place to explore Plymouth, plus ample on-site parking makes us the premier destination for convenience and service. The New Continental Hotel not only offers 99 bedrooms and ample city centre parking, but also a leisure complex, restaurant, elegant functions rooms, meeting spaces and conference facilities as well as a bar and super fast, enterprise-grade Wi-Fi throughout.

  • Double or twin room B&B: £80.00
  • Single room B&B: £68.00

Copthorne Hotel – Armada Way, Plymouth PL1 1AR

Go onto www.millenniumhotels.com and sign up for a MyMillennium loyalty account or log into your existing loyalty account to receive 10% off the best available rate at Copthorne Hotel Plymouth when booking directly. Book a room only flexible or advance purchase rate directly on the website and quote ‘University of Plymouth’ on check in to receive complimentary breakfast. Please note that this discount is not available if you book via a third party website, and if you book a breakfast inclusive rate no refunds will be issued.

Crowne Plaza – Armada Way, Plymouth PL1 2HJ

15% discount on our Best Flexible rate of the day which includes breakfast.

Open day top tips

Find out more information from those who have attended our open days and follow our top tips for making the most out of your visit.
Our top tips

Making the most of your open day

Everything you need to know about our open days. Explore our campus, facilities, and bustling city of Plymouth where you could be living, studying and socialising.

Student blogs

Our #MyLifeWithPlym student blogs give you an insight into what it is really like to be a student with the University of Plymouth.
Meet our bloggers

Prepare for your visit

  • ~ Decide how you will be travelling to the University
  • ~ Plan your route to the University / parking facilities around the city
  • < Check for open day updates on the web
  • | Decide which talks and tours you would like to attend
  • ' Make a note of what you would like to see and do
  • Ç Make a note of questions you have and who you would like to speak to

Things to do during your stay in Plymouth

From must-see attractions such as the historic Barbican, top places to eat, plan ahead and discover the best ways to make the most of your visit to Plymouth.

Explore Plymouth 

Visitor feedback

Our open days have been rated 4.5 out of 5 stars. These ratings derive from visitor feedback surveys**.

“All of the staff and students that I spoke to were so enthusiastic about the University and about the course that they were taking. They were all happy to speak to me and help if I had a question or needed directions.”
Open day attendee

“Everyone was very welcoming and was lovely. I didn't feel like I was burdening anyone if I was lost and everyone was happy to help! Would just like to say thank you for making my day worth it and making me feel comfortable in an environment that was new to me!”
Open day attendee

Open day survey competition

Following our undergraduate open days we send out surveys to all students and their guests to gain valuable feedback on the events. To say thank you for taking the time to complete the surveys we enter all participants into a prize draw to win either a £50 Amazon voucher for students or a £50 Waterstones voucher for parents (one per student and parent).

Recent winners
  • Student winner – Joshua Roberts (attended the June open day)
  • Guest winner – Kevin Green (attended the June open day)

*GWR train offer terms and Conditions

  • The Open Days GWR travel offer is only available for travel on GWR services only. If travelling from or within a region of the country that is not part of the GWR network you may need to purchase separate tickets to the chosen destination.
  • The destination must be relevant to the University you have received the link from, i.e. Plymouth for the University of Plymouth, etc. 
  • Origin of journey must be within the GWR network, but please note that Advance Purchase tickets are not available for short distance journeys.
  • The scheme is only available for use with Advance Purchase tickets. These set times and dates of travel and are non-exchangeable and non-refundable.
  • The Open Days GWR travel offer is available for the dates provided by each university and the week that the event takes place, running Saturday to the next Sunday. So stay for more than a day to get a feel for the local scene.
  • The scheme is combinable with the 16–25 Railcard. Simply tick the box on the page by “Passengers” and select from the drop down box.
  • The booking link URL is unique to the University of Plymouth and cannot be used for destinations other than specified.
If you have any questions or queries regarding this offer, then please email studentrecruitment@plymouth.ac.uk.

GWR train offer FAQs

What is an ‘Advanced Purchase Ticket’?
‘Advance Purchase’ refers to a ticket that can be purchased up to 18:00hrs (6pm) the day before travel, subject to availability. Once purchased, it is non-flexible (ie. unable to change times or dates travel) and non-refundable.

I cannot see the discounted fare.
‘Advance Purchase’ for the student fare are denoted by a small cross against the ticket price. If there is no red cross shown, then the ‘Advance purchase fare for that day may have sold out. Once the discounted fare has been chosen an asterisk ‘*’ will be displayed underneath the fares section.

The link to the booking page does not work. Where can I get assistance?
You may need to update your internet browser, we advise using Google Chrome or Firefox. There may be a need to clear your ‘cookies’

I cannot see the promotional fare.
Travel is only available on GWR routes, check the entirety of the journey is on GWR. Please also check the booking horizon. Sales open for Advance Purchase 12 weeks before travel.

I still cannot see or book the student discount fare.
Please call the GWR call centre for advice on 0345 700 0125, options 2, then 2 again.

**Star ratings come from our open day survey, where open day attendees were asked “Please rate your overall University of Plymouth open day experience out of 5 stars (1 star being terrible and 5 stars being excellent)” (question 51). The survey was sent to all attendees from the open day. For further information please contact the market intelligence team at marketintelligence@plymouth.ac.uk.

Event photography and video
Please be aware that some of the University of Plymouth's public events may be attended by University photographers and videographers, for capturing content to be used in University online and offline marketing and promotional materials, for example webpages, brochures or leaflets. If for whatever reason, you or a member of your group, do not wish to be photographed, please make yourself known to staff working at the event on arrival or to the photographer.