University open days are the best way to find out more about a university and going along to an open day could help you decide which university or universities you want to apply to.
If you’re having trouble choosing between two or more universities it could help you weigh up the pros and cons and pick which one is right for you.
It’s very easy to be sucked in by glossy brochures and good league table scores, but just because other students have voted it to be a good university, it doesn’t mean that it’s the right university for you.
At a university open day you’ll have the chance to have a proper look at the academic and leisure facilities, accommodation, and other areas of the university.
It’s also your opportunity to ask academic staff and current students questions about the Biology course and university life in general.
Here’s more about university open days and some questions you might like to ask about studying Biology at university.
Each university is different and they’ll have their own way of doing things, but essentially most open days are the same.
They’re usually pretty informal, so don’t worry that you need to wear a suit or get dressed up!
You’ll probably start the day with a registration and welcome, either by someone from the Biology department, or another senior member of faculty.
You’ll then spend the day having things such as campus tours, accommodation tours, department visits, and sample lectures.
At every stage there will be time to ask questions and get more in depth answers than you might have found in the prospectus or on the website.
Some universities split their open days into two events. You’ll have one general open day where you can explore the campus and then if you’re made an offer of a place then you’ll be invited to a departmental visit day so you can have a closer look at the course and what it has to offer you.
You’ll also be able to take your parent(s) and/or a friend with you if you’d like some support or another opinion on the university.
Sometimes it’s helpful to take someone else as they may remember things you forget and they might be able to ask useful questions that you haven’t thought of.
It’s also a good idea to set aside time to explore the local area, particularly if you’re moving far away from where you live.
Check that the local area has all the amenities that you’d want and research some of the private landlords and common places for students to live if you’re not going to be in university accommodation.
As we said above, the university open day is your chance to ask any questions you might have to academic staff and current students.
You’ll probably have your own questions you want to ask and you’ll also find that you come up with some new ones on the day.
However, here are some university open day questions to ask about studying Biology, to give you an idea of what previous applicants have asked: