Student experiences – open days

The best way to know if a university is for you is by visiting it. We've asked some current students about the open days they attended before settling with the university they are at now.

Click on the names below or scroll down to read the stories:

 

Jordan Lipman – Bournemouth University

Jordan Lipman
Jordan Lipman, 22

22-year-old Jordan from Surrey is currently studying Sociology at Bournemouth University. He only went to one open day, but that was enough for him to make a decision.

What was the open day at your university like?

Very good, I really enjoyed it.

What talks and/or tours did you attend?

I attended a tour of the whole campus.

Did you speak to staff? What questions did you ask them?

I spoke to a few and asked them about my course and what it entails.

Was there anything you discovered about the university which you might not have known if you didn’t attend an open day?

That there were 2 separate campuses.

What made you decide on your chosen university?

The beach!

For you, what do you think is the most important thing about going to an open day?

To really get a sense and feel of the place you could potentially be living in.

What advice do you give those thinking about attending an open day?

Enjoy it and ask loads of questions!

 

Zoe Stepkowski – Bournemouth University

Zoe
Zoe Stepkowski, 23

Zoe, 23, is currently studying an MA at the same university she visited as a prospective undergraduate student. We caught up with her to find out about her experience of visiting universities.

Where are you from? Tell us a bit about your background.

I am from Tonbridge in Kent. I went to school at an all girls grammar and moved to Tunbridge Wells Boys Grammar School for sixth form. I studied Psychology at A level and knew that I wanted to study it further at university.

What is your degree, and where are you studying?

My undergraduate was BSc Psychology and I am currently doing a master's in Forensic Investigative Psychology, both at Bournemouth University.

What was the open day at your university like?

I missed the original open day so went with my mum for a tour. It was good, we got to look around the university buildings and managed to have a look at the student accommodation.

How did you get there?

We drove down to Bournemouth from Kent.

What talks and/or tours did you attend?

We walked around the main building and looked into the Psychology rooms.

Did you speak to staff? What questions did you ask them?

We met some staff along the way who were really helpful. I asked questions about the rooms and staff.

Was there anything you discovered about the university which you might not have known if you didn’t attend an open day?

There were lots of posters around the department which showed the current research being done by staff and students. It was interesting to see who was in the department and their areas of speciality.

Did you attend any other open days? If yes, what were they like?

Yes, I attended open days at the University of Exeter and the University of Birmingham. At both we got a guided tour around the university campus, and at Birmingham we also got to see the different accommodation options. This was really good as it showed you the complete student experience.

What made you decide on your chosen university?

Bournemouth is a great town to be a student. It was a happy medium between the countryside of Exeter and the business of a big town like Birmingham.

Has your university lived up to what you saw on the open day?

Yes, I ended up living in the student accommodation block I saw on my visit.

For you, what do you think is the most important thing about going to an open day?

Seeing not only the university but the town and gaining an understanding of what living there will be like.

What advice do you give those thinking about attending an open day?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions, ask students about their experiences living away from home, ask them about the town and ask them about any worries you may have. 

 

Karim Bhaluani – University of Reading

Karim
Karim, 22

Karim Bhaluani, 22, is studying Classics and Ancient History MRes, at the University of Reading. Find out what he thinks about university open days:

Where are you from? Tell us a bit about your background.

Feltham, South West London. I went to secondary school and college in Surrey.

What was the open day at your university like?

The university open day was fun and interactive.

What talks and/or tours did you attend?

A lecture about my course and a tour of the on-campus accommodation.

Did you speak to staff? What questions did you ask them?

Yes, I asked the staff about the course structure as I wanted more details about the specific modules.

Was there anything you discovered about the uni which you might not have known if you didn’t attend an open day?

If you don’t go to an open day you don’t have the chance to talk to the staff or any other potential course mates.

What made you decide on your chosen university?

The friendliness of everyone on the open day and also the flexibility of my chosen course.

For you, what do you think is the most important thing about going to an open day?

Getting to know the details of the course and the staff. But also the general feel of the campus/accommodation and whether you think you will be comfortable there.

What advice do you give those thinking about attending an open day?

Don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you can!

 

Bradley Bown – Bournemouth University

Bradley Bown
Bradley, 23

23-year-old Bradley, a Games Programming student at Bournemouth University, discovered that an open day may show you that a course isn't the one for you.

Where are you from? Tell us a bit about your background.

I was born in London and moved to Plymouth at around four years old where I grew up and now have been travelling between Plymouth and Bournemouth for university since 2013.

What was the open day at your university like?

The day was interesting and gave me confidence in the course.

What talks and/or tours did you attend?

A tour around the labs used on my course and descriptions about the two different courses related to games degrees.

Was there anything you discovered about the uni which you might not have known if you didn’t attend an open day?

The sister course called Games Technology which is linked with my course.

Did you attend any other open days? If yes, what were they like?

I attended the open day at Plymouth University, the day was good and informative but the course wasn’t what I wanted.

What made you decide on your chosen university?

The combination of the perfect course and scholarship for my first year due to my grades.

For you, what do you think is the most important thing about going to an open day?

Being able to see and interact with the students and lecturers for the course.

What advice do you give those thinking about attending an open day?

Definitely go so you make sure the university and course are the right choice for you.