How to get the most out of a university open day

Why should you go to an open day when there is so much information online? Is it worth spending days wandering around various, not dissimilar, university campuses when you know what you want to study already?

Well, when you put it like that it doesn’t sound like too much fun. But think of it like this: an open day offers much more than a prospectus, it’s an extraordinary opportunity to get to know a university in three dimensions, to visit the university’s facilities and soak up the atmosphere. It’s not all about picking up free pens or taking advantage of the on-site catering, but that’s something you can look forward to as well!

Take on board these tips to make the most of any open days you’re planning to attend.

Plan your day

For most big open days, you can often find the programme online in advance (see the London Met Request a call or postgraduate open days pages). You can use this to plan your day in advance, to make sure you don’t miss anything important. Make sure you also take a look at our Call us in relation to open days.

Talk to academics

The teaching staff will give you all the answers you need about the course you’re interested in. They will introduce you to the module content, tell you about the careers of other graduates and advise on your options after the course. Make sure you read in detail about the contact you want to study before you attend the open day, so you can ask specific questions. 

Take care of the admin

Some students have questions about student finance or worries about combining their personal life or family obligations with university study. An open day is the perfect time to get help. Look out for exhibition areas where you can talk to staff about funding, accommodation and other student services. At London Met we’re here to jump the obstacles with you. If you come away and you still have a question, make sure you contact us afterwards and we’ll do our best to help.

Get insider knowledge from current students

At London Met, our students play a big role in our open events. They’ll be welcoming and guiding you throughout the day. They can give you the best information about life at London Met. Don’t be shy, they won’t mind being asked about their experience and will be able to give you some great pointers - all you have to do is ask.

Make sure you see the facilities you’ll use

An open day gives you the opportunity to discover university campuses first hand. See yourself working in the labs, studying in the library or sharing your experiences with other students in social spaces. The programme for an open day can be jam packed, so make sure you prioritise events and tours specific to your area of study. If you miss anything you can always come back for a campus tour. We also provide application workshops for those who find the application process daunting and funding workshops to help navigate the funding process too.

Don’t be afraid to ask

From academics to alumni, from current students to technicians, during one of our open days you’re going to have the chance to speak with many different people. Ask them whatever you need to know or whatever you need to imagine your life at university and beyond. We understand this is a very big step in your life and every question is a good one.

Find out more about our open days

We run undergraduate and postgraduate open events throughout the whole year. Check now to find an event on a date that that will suit you. We look forward to seeing you there!

Every year, London Metropolitan University helps hundreds of students find places on full-time undergraduate degrees. You can start a course at London Met in September, but many are also available to start in January. Take a look at Live chat or Send us a message our course enquiries team for more information.

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Written by Miguel Ferrer Gil. Miguel is a marketing officer at the University and Fine Art graduate from London Met. At the time of writing he was an intern in the marketing department as part of the University's graduate internship programme.

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What's it like at a London Met open day?

This short film taken at one of our undergraduate open days captures the mood and feedback from visitors.