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Going to an Open Day is a big step in the right direction when you’re deciding on which university to attend. It’s a great opportunity to get a real feel for what it’s like at the university, see what the campus, facilities and accommodation are like, along with the opportunity to get involved with subject specific talks and meet your academics.

We know big steps can be scary, but try not to worry! We’re here to answer some of the most common questions about Open Days and hopefully set your mind at ease. A lot of people may feel nervous about attending an Open Day, whether you’re concerned about getting lost on campus, or unsure how to approach the day (Should you come prepared with questions? What do you wear? What talks do you go to?). It can feel a little overwhelming at first but Open Days are a way to find out everything you need to know – and they’re good fun!

Will I get lost?

Coming to a new place for the first time can be a bit daunting but universities want you to be able to find your way around! It’s our responsibility to do everything within our power to make sure you don’t experience any stress when it comes to finding your way. We send out an email with travel instructions before your visit, which will indicate how to get to our Guildhall campus, and we’ll provide you with a campus map when you’re here so you’re able to find your way from one talk to another. Not to mention, once you’re on campus, the Guildhall will be clearly sign posted and there will be student ambassadors and staff on-hand to help.

Do I come prepared with questions?

Coming prepared to an Open Day with questions is great, but don’t worry if you don’t have any just yet. An Open Day is the perfect opportunity to find out more about the university and your course. So, whether you’ve had the question prepared for weeks or you’re touring the campus and one pops into your mind – we’re happy to help. It’s exactly why we’re there, so just ask a member of staff or one of our current students. Don’t worry if you’re not a fan of talking in front of big groups either, there will be plenty of opportunities to talk to academic staff and current students one-on-one throughout the day.

What do I wear to an Open Day?

An Open Event is casual so just wear your usual day-to-day clothes. We would always recommend wearing suitable shoes for walking so that you’re comfortable throughout the day (tours, and all). Make sure to take a look at the weather too and bring a coat or umbrella if necessary.

How do I prepare? What talks do I attend?

Our Open Day guide will outline all of the talks available, from subject specific to more general talks on student life. Throughout the day you will find out about your subject and the campus, and more general topics such as careers and employability, finance and funding, and your Students’ Union, to name a few. It’s completely up to you on what you attend, but we’ve organised the day so you can attend as much as possible specific to your course, along with the talks that interest you the most in the afternoon.

I want to come to an Open Day but the travel costs are too expensive…

It’s no secret that when you’re looking into your options for university and you want to attend Open Days at a couple of institutions, it can be costly. We don’t want financial barriers to get in the way of anyone attending a University Centre Shrewsbury Open Day, so we do offer a travel bursary to support eligible individuals visiting our campuses. The bursary is to cover travel costs for up to two people totalling a maximum of £100. More information can be found on our Visit Us Travel Bursary webpage

My parents can’t make the Open Day, and I don’t want to go alone…

While a lot of students attend an Open Day with a parent, there’s plenty who attend alone too. Open Days have a great atmosphere and it’s a really exciting time for those visiting, but also for our staff and current students. There’s plenty to do and keep you busy, and you’re likely to meet people along the way, too. If you really don’t want to attend alone, we would encourage bringing a friend (perhaps someone in your school or college is coming too!), or a sibling, but very often you wouldn’t be the only person attending alone.

Alternatives to Open Days

We would always recommend coming along to an Open Day but sometimes the dates just aren’t manageable. If you can’t attend any of our Open Days, we do hold campus tours throughout the year. Campus tours are designed to give you the opportunity to explore the general student facilities and a chance to see our student accommodation.

 

Hopefully we have answered most of your questions about attending an Open Day but if we have missed anything, do feel free to contact us at enquiries@ucshrewsbury.ac.uk and we will do our best to help any way we can! You can book a place at one of our upcoming Open Days here.

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