Open days – whether general or post-application – are a great way to find out more about the university itself, the courses which appeal to you, student life and (of course) get a canvas bag full of free pens!
Just a short walk away from the train station, Newcastle University has the advantage of being located in the city centre, which was an essential factor in my decision to apply to Newcastle. Geordies are some of the friendliest people, so are willing to help with directions should you get lost. The city is a standout for all-round cultural and aesthetic greatness, with amenities such as St James’ Park football ground, Eldon Square shopping centre and the Quayside. Newcastle as a city can be appreciated and compelling during the short time spent visiting on an Open Day.
Open days are an ideal chance to explore the university including the main campus and the Students’ Union (SU). This can determine whether Newcastle is the uni for you, as was the case for myself. What I liked about Newcastle Uni from the open day was the compactness of the campus – the lecture theatres are just minutes away from the SU and Students’ Services.
Accommodation tours are a significant part of Open Days as they allow you to weigh up the pros and cons of the different halls where you will be residing in your first year of uni. The distance from campus, the sizes of rooms and cleanliness can be grasped from accommodation tours and you can also ask any burning questions to the kind students who have allowed a bunch of strangers to traipse through their flat!
Specific subject sessions are important for helping you decide what you want to study for the next few years. Open Days allow you to find more about what each course offers such as the modules, fieldtrips and the workload. There are often chances to interact with and interrogate current staff and students, by learning more about their experiences and why they chose Newcastle University.