Going to a university open day? Wise move - visiting some of your potential choices is the best way to make a decision. Check out our handy tips for getting the most out of attending open days:
Come prepared - Expect a pretty hectic day, including tours and fun activities, so smart dress really isn't necessary. When selecting your open day outfit think Top Shop rather than top hat and wear whatever makes you feel comfortable. Your feet will thank you!
Bring your mum - Plenty of people attend open days on their own, but if you want to come with a parent or friend for support, that's no problem. It can be helpful to have someone you trust offer a second opinion, and you can even send your open day buddy to view the student accommodation while you're 'looking' at the cafes!
See for yourself – By now you have probably read through loads of university websites and each one has told you about their amazing facilities, so now is the time to come and judge for yourself. Get acquainted with some of the places you could be spending the next three years. Are there specialist labs or workshops you'll be using? What about the library or computer rooms? Could you see yourself chilling out in the bar or working out in the gym? Take a few photos during the day to remind yourself of what each university offers.
Ask the right questions - Amongst the hundreds of guests sharing their open day experiences, you'll also notice plenty of friendly staff and helpful students around who will be eager to help you out. Make the most of your chances to ask questions face to face. What do you REALLY want to know about a course? Do you have questions about settling in to university life? Are you clued up on how to make a UCAS application? What about quizzing the students' union on everything from politics to parties? Having all of your questions answered will give you the reassurance that you need to make an informed choice.
Pre-book a place – You can turn up to an open day unannounced if you want – universities are friendly places so we wont turn you away – but it's much better to pre-book as then you'll receive information prior to the event which will help you avoid the ultimate open day fail; finding out you missed a really great session as you didn't know it was on.
What next? If you'd like to put Middlesex on your open day list then thanks - we can't wait to welcome you! Book yourself onto our next open day.
HOLD ON! You can't make it to an open day? Many universities offer regular smaller scale campus tours or virtual tours. Alongside the traditional university website and prospectus you might also be able to build up a picture of what your favourite universities are like through their Facebook or Twitter accounts, or by checking out their students' union website.