Making the most of your open day or event

Open events are the perfect chance to have a good look around campus, ask plenty of questions and generally find out all about student life. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your open day or event at NTU.

Five ways to make the most of uni open days

  • 1. Make sure you know where you're going

    Some universities have more than one campus. Before you set off, make sure you check which one you should be heading to. Trust us, a spot of preparation will save you from ranting parents, being late for talks and a whole lot of stress!

  • 2. Wear the right shoes

    Make sure you're dressed to pound the pavements for Campus and city tours - comfortable shoes are an excellent idea. Although it might sound obvious, heavy rain (especially on our rural Brackenhurst Campus) could give you soggy feet for the rest of the day.

  • 3. Plan your day around your subject talk

    A huge part of uni life is what happens outside lectures - but what you'll be studying is the most important part.

    So, we suggest you prioritise your subject talk above every talk, tour and event on offer. There's likely to be plenty of staff and students around to discuss everything else and answer any questions you have.

  • 4. Do the talking

    If you come to an open day with a relative or your friends, it can be tempting to let them take the lead.

    But it's important that you find out everything you need to know about the university - you'll be the one studying there for the next few years.

    Channel your inner extrovert and get asking the questions that you want answering.

  • 5. And finally, make sure you explore the area

    Student life at a campus-based uni is very different to a city-based uni. And life in a small town is very different to the bright lights of the city.

    You might not know what will suit you best yet - so make sure you get a feel for the local area. The uni that just feels 'right' could surprise you!

What to bring with you

Open events can be really good fun, as well as giving you the information you need to make the right choice. Make sure you've packed everything you need to bring in advance, so you can relax and enjoy your day!

We'd suggest that you bring:

  • a pen and paper to take notes
  • a bag (you may also be given one to carry any freebies you collect)
  • the programme or schedule, if you have one
  • any maps that you’ve been sent
  • any tickets you have for express registration, car parking etc.
  • a camera or your phone to take pictures (so you can remember NTU once you’ve visited all the unis you’re interested in)
  • change (in case you need it for a parking meter or public transport)
  • a list of questions you’ve prepared in advance for staff and current students - to make sure you get all your questions answered and don’t forget anything
  • an umbrella!

Your day in ten steps

Once you've arrived and got your bearings, it's time to make the most of the event!

  • Registration and orientation

    1. If there's a programme, check for any changes or additions to it that might interest you. If you don't have a copy already, pick one up now.

    2. Check in on arrival if you can fit it in. If you arrive at a time when you should be in a session then go to that first and check in later.

    3. Where do you need to be for each of your sessions? Look out for signs and Student Ambassadors – current students that help out on the day. You can ask them for directions, ask questions about the day, the subject you’re interested in and their experience of NTU. They usually wear red t-shirts so they’re easy to spot.

    4. Make sure you pick up one of our free goody bags, and find out where the free drinks are. Don’t miss out!

  • Sessions, workshops and talks

    5. What general sessions do you want to go to?

    6. Find out about the general talks. You probably won't be able to go to more than two or three. If you go with family, you might want to split up, attend different talks and compare notes later.

    7. Before the end of the open day or event, check that you’ve had all your questions answered. If not, take advantage of who’s available to chat to you then. Remember that’s why the academics and other staff are there – to help you get answers to all your questions!

  • Take a tour

    8. We run campus tours at some of our open days. This is a must-do if it's available!

    9. If you’re going to be living away from home, go and have a look at our accommodation. You don’t need to book – just pop in at any time during the day.

    10. If you have time, have a look around Nottingham. You could be living here for three to four years. If you have an open day or event guide, check it for information about our self-guided tour! Also see our guide to Nottingham for information about nightlife, food, shopping, sports, culture and more.

What's next

Haven't booked your place at an NTU open day or event yet?

Find out more about the open days and events that apply to you through our course pages and book a place.

Making the most of your open day or event

Published on 20 September 2017

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