What should you know about open days?
Hi, everyone! Today marks one week before Warwick’s two open days – 23rd and 24th June. It’s going to be a very very busy day no doubt as everyone comes to look at the campus, so here are a few top tips to help you through the day!
1. Make sure you look at the weather!
Looking at the early forecasts, weather may be subject to change. Look the day before and plan ahead – if it’s sunny, suncream, bottles of water and a hat will not go amiss, while rain will generally mean you’ll need to bring a light waterproof or umbrella. It’s neither too hot or cold here generally, so the temperature at least should be rather warm. The likelihood is you’ll be walking around campus, whether on a specific tour or on your own, and you will not always be able to (or want to) stay inside!
2. Think what you’re going to do for food
Food is essential, especially on an open day. If you’re planning on being here for a full day, make sure you’re thinking of what you’ll be doing for food on campus. We have our own grocery store (Rootes) here, as well as a myriad of cafes and restaurants so you’ll definitely have options, but some times may be busier than others depending on your schedule for the day. If you can’t bring food, or want somewhere else, Tesco is just a 5-10 minute walk from campus, as well as a Subway and a cafe in Cannon Park. Any Student Ambassador should be able to direct you there so you can fit it into your day if you’d rather not carry food around all day!
3. Make use of the Student Ambassadors
Short of just asking us how to get to Tesco, we’re here to answer your questions. Whether more practical (how do I get to _____?) to more experience based (what societies did you enjoy? favourite thing to do?), we’re happy to help in any way. Speaking to students was my favourite way of gauging how the university would suit me, and I’m sure many others find that the same too.
4. Leave plenty of time for everything
There’s so much for you to look at on an Open Day you’re likely to want to do everything. There are 5 accommodation blocks open, so you’ll want to have time to look at that. Exploring campus and finding your way to your department will be something that may be time-consuming if you aren’t completely aware of the way. Most places are a 15-minute walk maximum from central campus, but others like Gibbet Hill (Life Sciences) are a little longer. There are also shuttle buses running there – so if you prefer, that is available!
5. Visit other departments and drop in sessions
The likelihood is, you may have the extra time available to look around elsewhere. If you’ve come to Warwick with a degree in mind, it is a great place to start. You might be looking through the prospectus and find another degree you would be interested in – so pursue that too! Even if you haven’t booked onto the department specific tours, most places will be offering drop-in sessions for prospective students to attend so you could have the time to explore a new area that is of interest to you too.
I hope some of these tips are useful for you next week! Try and see the talks if you want an overview of Warwick, look out for the Student Ambassadors who are keen to answer any questions, but most of all keep an open mind – you never know what’s just around the corner that might take your fancy here!