5 Things You Need To Remember To Ask About On a University Open Day
It’s June tomorrow (yes, already 😅), which means open day season is upon is once again.
We know that when all your efforts have gone into writing a personal statement, choosing a degree, and getting your head around all the new university lingo, you can get a little wrapped up in the academics of it all. But don’t forget that you’re going to be spending the next 3-4 years of your life in this place.
So when attending a university open day, try to take your head out of the prospectus and have a good look at what your next 3-4 years could look like with a little help from the following questions.
“Can I see the Lab/Studio/Lecture Hall?”
When organising your open day schedule, make sure that you factor in some time to go have a look around some lecture halls. It’s important to see the student union, bar and gym but remember that you are there to gain an education. Make sure that your learning areas are up to scratch so that you actually are going to enjoy learning in them. Think about the leg room situation, the amount of seats, and whether the air con is functioning!
“How are the transport links around here?”
Whether you are on a campus wanting to get to the city or in the city needing to get to the campus, you’ll need sufficient transport links. Finding out the bus and train timetable, as well as the fare, is going to be very important for your everyday life. It’s also worth enquiring as to whether the university itself provides any transport; they often do and more often than not it’s free.
3. Student Housing.
“How is the renting situation in this place?”
In the vast majority of cases, you are only in halls for one year. After that, it’s up to you and your flatmates to find a habitable home for the next 2-3 years. Renting to students is a lucrative business for landlords so you need to make sure that students in your area are treated fairly, sooner rather than later. Find out where the student hot spots are, how far away they, and then go have a look around if you have time. Better to see what they’re like now than in a year’s time when it’s too late.
“Is it easy for students to get job around here?”
Generally speaking, student finance rarely covers all of your spending habits. It’s also never a bad idea to have some work experience on your CV before you graduate. So in case you end up needing a job, it’s a good idea to enquire about the possibility of you being able to secure one first. Ask current students how they’ve found jobs if they have any, and be sure to pay the careers service a visit to see how they’ll be able to help you.
“Do you have any societies which can help me on my way to being a… [insert career of choice here]?”
If you are heading to university with a career aspiration in mind, then ask if there is a society that can cultivate that aspiration alongside your degree. Campus radio, magazines, and student union rep positions offer the opportunity to gain practical work experience. You should enquire about all the societies available or consider setting one up yourself!