Going to university open days can really help you make a decision about where to study. Trust me I know, I visited eight open days before I went to university and it was definitely worth it! Here are a few tips to help you:

Before you go:

Some universities will request that you register to attend an open day and although not always necessary, it’s a good idea to do so. You’ll be sent information like where to check in, tour times, names of programme staff, etc. which will make your life that little bit easier when checking out the campus.

Study the campus map:
Aside from following open day instructions like ‘arrive at Central Reception…blah blah blah’ you should get a copy of the campus map. Universities are big places and you can get lost easily. It can help you get back to where you need to be, but also allow you to get a feel of the campus before arrival.

Research the location:
You won’t spend all your time on campus when you’re at uni, so make sure you take a look at things to do nearby, and how to get to them.

Prepare some questions:
If you know what you want to study then have a list of questions ready like, “what links do you have with industry?”, and “will we have the opportunity to specialise?”. There’s nothing wrong with asking questions and if you know what you want to do when you get your degree make sure your degree will get you there. If you don’t know what to study yet then that’s fine, ask, “what can I do with this degree, where can I work, how demanding is it?” and of course the most important question “how much money can I make with a degree in…?” (just joking, of course).

You might want to find out some specific details about the course, such as:

  • How will I be assessed?
  • What does the course cover?
  • How many hours will I be in lectures / seminars / labs / tutorials for?
  • Are there any additional costs with the course?
  • What is the size of the class?

On the day:

Take the tour:
If you want to see the campus then take the tour, you’ll get a quick viewing of all the buildings and usually get to talk to a student who actually studies at the university who will tell you what the campus and university is like without all that fancy prospectus marketing getting in the way.

Wander around:
Don’t just follow the crowd all day. Wandering around can help you get a feel of the campus and university and you might even find out some interesting facts while doing it.

Explore the SU:
SU’s or Students’ Unions will exist as long as universities exist. They’re there to hold the university to account and make important decisions on behalf of students. Plus, many Students’ Unions hold events, have shops, bars, cafes and run the sports and activities groups. If you ever get involved in anything at your university outside of your degree, most likely the SU has touched it.

Keep your parents in check:
Yes, they love you, yes you’re mummy’s little boy or daddy’s little angel but it’s not their decision! You need to pick your university, not anyone else. In many instances students have over-eager parents that take control (even if they don’t know it). You need to be the one asking the questions, taking the tour and making the decision – you can have them with you but remember it’s your degree.

Open days at Salford are held regularly throughout the year. Take a look at upcoming dates and find out how to book.