It’s not all that long now until Universities all over the country begin to welcome prospective students to their campuses. The two open days for Warwick this summer are the 21 and 22 June, so be sure to make a note of these and come and see us for yourself!
I cannot emphasise enough how important it is to attend an Open Day. Even if you just go to one, it will give you an idea of University life in general and what studying at degree level is like. If you can, try to go to as many as possible so that you can compare them, although I appreciate it can be difficult depending on where you live and the distances your top choices may be from your home town. I happened to just choose Universities in the South, which meant that I was able to make day trips (I even went to Bristol and Bath on the same day- this involved a 5am start, mind!). I probably visited 6 universities, and all that I applied for in the end. I did not like one University in particular, although I had been sure from looking at the prospectus that I would apply there.
It’s also a really good opportunity to explore the local area- it could be your home for the next 3 years so make sure you like it! I loved Leamington Spa when I visited, and also I had the opportunity to visit cities such as Bristol, Bath, Canterbury and Exeter (all seemed great cities!)
Based on my experience, here are some tips for what you should do once you’re at Warwick’s open day. Also, remember there is a Park and Ride option for on the day, which is hassle free.
Visit your Department
The lecturers will be holding talks about the course content, structure, assessment and any information on trips/placements/years abroad, and at Life Sciences they talk about the Undergraduate Research Support Scheme, through which you carry out a research project over the Summer vacation. It is also great opportunity to see the facilities where you will be spending a lot of your time. Life Sciences is up at Gibbet Hill, a self-contained small campus, and is a short walk through Tocil Woods from main campus (this wood looks amazing in spring when it is full of bluebells). Here, there will be tours of the labs, amazing Interactive Computer Lab, the study areas and the café area. Lecturers and current students will be on hand to answer any questions.
Go on a campus tour
There will be guided group tours taking you around the campus, where you will be able to see all the facilities Warwick has to offer. The tour will include a visit to the library, Arts Centre and Student’s Union. This will help you get an idea of what campus life at Warwick is like, and allow you to see whether you would feel at home here. If you have any questions on the tour, do make sure to ask the tour guides, who will be very happy to answer them.
Both en-suite and shared accommodation blocks will be open for you to go and view, and students will be there to answer your questions. There are leaflets which include the prices and facilities of all Warwick’s on campus accommodation, but this information is also online. It is also good to think about the location of each of the accommodation blocks to where you will be spending most of your time e.g. your department, sports centre or library. Try and visit both types of accommodation if you can.
Try out a café and restaurant
It will be a busy day, with plenty of walking so make sure to eat and stay hydrated. There are so many places to eat on campus, from the cute Curiositea Café , the Dirty Duck pub, the Library café (which I actually remember going to with my parents), or just grab a sandwich and snacks from Rootes Grocery Store. If it’s a nice day, the Piazza is a great place to sit with a drink and snacks. Here, the Food Market is held on a Wednesday during term time, and there is a big TV screen where they show, for example, Eurovision and football matches.
If you have any questions please get in touch 🙂