​​A parent's guide​ to open days

​Open days are a great way to see the university for yourself and get the answer to your all-important questions. Get the most out of your day with us and follow these top tips.​

Know the dates in advance

Open days typically run between June and July, and September and October – which means some dates will likely clash with other universities. Encourage your son or daughter to make a note of all the open days they want to visit well in advance, so they can be factored into your calendar.

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​Plan the journey

You may well find that open day visits require travelling to new towns and cities, so planning your journey in advance is crucial. Most universities will provide you with detailed directions, not only to the campus, but to the relevant car park. If you are travelling by coach or train, you’ll find university staff on hand in train stations and coach stations to point you in the right direction.

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​Consult your open day guide

In the weeks preceding the open day, universities will send you open day guides – these will arrive electronically or in the post, and will contain the details of all the talks and tours taking place. Take a look at the different talks and tours which will be taking place at the open day, prior to arriving. Many parents find our talks on student finance and funding extremely useful.​

​Ask lots of questions

As a parent, the kind of questions you ask will help your son or daughter when they come to make their final decision. We recommend preparing some questions before you attend the open day.

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