What to do at the Open Day
As I’m writing this from home in London, it is so sunny and warm, so let’s hope it is like this for tomorrow’s and Saturday’s Open Day!
I cannot emphasise enough how useful it is to go to Open Days if you can- I attended one at a university that I was very sure I would apply to but left knowing that I could not see myself there.
Based on my experience, here are some tips for what you should do once you’re at the Open Day. Also, remember if you are coming by car, there is a Park and Ride facility which is hassle free.
The lecturers will be holding talks about the course content, structure, assessment and any information on trips/placements/years abroad. There will also be information on the Undergraduate Research Support Scheme, through which you can carry out a research project over the Summer vacation. It is also a 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, that is a short walk through Tocil Woods (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 you may have.
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. 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.
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 quaint Curiositea Café on the Piazza, the Dirty Duck pub, the Library café, 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.
These are the local towns to campus and are where students go for days and night out. They are both great for shopping sprees, meals out and nightclubs. They are also where students tend to live after first year. You can get a bus/taxi from main campus.
If you have any questions, please feel free to leave me a comment. If you do go, I hope you have a good day 🙂