Top tips to plan your open day

Open days give you a unique insight into your future at university, so there's a lot to pack in to ensure you make the right choice. Here are a few of our tips to help you make the most of the open day.

Our top tips

Be prepared

Remember to plan your journey in advance and make sure you leave plenty of time to arrive before your first talk. 

There are a lot of activities to get through during an open day, so it’s best to plan an itinerary for the day so you arrive with an idea of what you want to do.

We’ve created a printable itinerary planner to help you plan your schedule in advance. Just print it off, fill in the talks and activities you want to attend and bring it with you.

And don't forget to bring your questions so you can leave with everything you need to know about studying at Nottingham.


Talk to our staff

We'll have lots of staff present at our open days, including academics and professional services staff. 

They'll be able to answer your questions about accommodation, finance and the Students' Union. Doing this will give you a great insight into what it's like at the University of Nottingham and higher education in general. 


Talk to our students 

Lots of our current undergraduate students will also be at our open days, delivering campus and accommodation tours.

Be sure to have an informal conversation with them to learn about their student experience and their stories about student life. 


Take a moment

At some point during the day, take a moment to stop, catch your breath and take in your surroundings. Reflect on how you feel and think about whether you can picture yourself living here.

Also, make sure you plan time for food and drinks stops throughout the day and make use of our 'quiet spaces' if you feel overwhelmed at any point.


Get to know our campuses

Our campuses are renowned for their wildlife and architecture, so be sure to join a campus tour or take a self-guided tour around the grounds. 

We have three beautiful campuses and we encourage you to explore all three if you have time. There will be a free hopper bus running every 15 minutes throughout the open day to take you between the campuses.


Find out where you’ll be living

Staying in halls of residence is a big part of university life in your first year, but everyone has different preferences for where they want to live. So we recommend visiting one or two of our halls to decide on what you prefer.


Visit the Information Fair

The Information Fair has representatives from across the university to answer your non-academic questions.

Whether you want to find out about student welfare, finance or sports and societies, you can ask our helpers at the fair.


Visit Nottingham City

As much as we love our campuses, you'll also be spending a lot of time in Nottingham City Centre as a student.

If you have time after the open day, take a trip to the Old Market Square in the city centre for some food, shopping or a cup of coffee at one of Nottingham's many independent businesses.

This is a good way to experience the wider area and get a feel for our exciting and diverse city.