The University of Southampton has 10,000 visitors on every open day that they hold. Therefore, it’s vital that you book your place. Your ticket will be emailed to you a week before the event. Bring it along with you to ensure that you receive free travel on the shuttle buses (as there is no parking on campus) and to register when you arrive.
The medicine subject talk will run twice a day and only prospective students will be allowed to attend. Sorry guests, you’ll have to wait outside. This will be a useful talk as each of their Bachelor of Medicine programmes receives 5,500 applications every year. If you end up missing the talk, you can watch it on the university’s Facebook page. There will also be a medicine drop-in where you can chat to staff about the admissions procedure; which will include sitting the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT).
Information stands on every aspect of university life will be present on the open day. You can talk to current students and find out exactly what it’s like to live and study at Southampton. Talks on accommodation, finance, student life and tips for your personal statement will also go on throughout the day. There will be 30 minute tours of the Highfield Campus along with a tour of the Hartley Library. Other facilities such as Southampton’s Sports Centre can be viewed without a tour guide.
A couple of halls of residence will be open for you to look at. These will be located at Glen Eyre and Wessex Lane and it will take 15 minutes to travel to each one. When you get hungry, check out the huge range of restaurants and cafes that Southampton University has. These will be open all day.
Southampton provides a lot of alternatives. These include campus tours and independent visits which can be arranged at any time throughout the year. Medical students also get an extra privilege. If you receive an offer for a medicine programme, you will be invited to the university before you make your decision on whether to accept.