Trust me, Open Days can be a stressful day. I know, I went to one once! Here are 5 things to bring with you to ensure you get the most out of the open day.

1. Plan plan plan!

There’s lots to see and do at Open Day and I’m sure you won’t want to miss out. Get savvy with your itinerary
 before arriving to make sure you know when and where things are happening. Some lectures and talks are repeated, so don’t worry if you lose your bearings inside the Main Building, there’s plenty of signage people about to help you get you on your way.

Our team of Student Ambassadors are on hand to point you in the right direction, they will know lots about Birmingham city centre (it’s addictive if you love shopping) if you are wondering where to grab a bite to eat or find out how to treat yourself at the Bullring!

2. Sensible shoes & water bottles 

Don’t worry, we’re not making you do any sporting activities (although we do boast over 25 sports clubs!). You’ll be amazed at how much walking you might be doing around campus so sensible shoes are a must – comfortable is key! There are several water stations dotted around campus and in the Main Building, so there is no excuse to not keep hydrated!

3. Questions

This is in my opinion, the most important thing you need to bring to open day: questions.

Prepare yourself a list of questions that you want to ask. What are the entry requirements? What sports and societies can I get involved with? How close is the Bullring? Don’t be afraid to ask both students and staff – if I didn’t speak to Esther, a second year Pharmacy student, I wouldn’t have discovered about the brilliant peer mentoring programme that she is part of, another reason which made me want to come to Aston to study.

I shared my experience with visitors to a recent Open Day, with Jord from the Digital Team.

Ask our Student Ambassadors about their Aston experience, they can provide the real scoop of life on campus! Here are some questions I asked when I visited:

  • What is the split between exams and coursework?
  • What student support services are there available at Aston?
  • What links does the university have with employers for both placement and post graduation?
  • What social events does the students’ union offer and how good is the social and nightlife in Birmingham? 

4. Yourself

Choosing a university is a decision that you have to make, so take some time to familiarise yourself with the campus and ask – is this for me? I remember walking around campus, turning to my mum and saying “Mum, this is where I belong” – yeah, a cheesy moment, I know, but I instantly fell in love with Aston and I’m sure you will too.

On the topic of parents, you don’t need to come with someone, but they can be really useful with asking questions and remembering details. You have nothing to worry about if you do come by yourself, you’ll soon discover the atmosphere at Aston is very relaxed and informal! University is about creating memories, so make sure you leave campus satisfied with all the information you receive.

5. Phone

How are you going to show your friends about your day at Aston if you don’t bring your phone? Take some pictures, they can be a great memory aid, use our Snapchat filters (yeah, we’re a cool university ?) and have a great time – use #AstonOpenDay on social media to let us know how your day has been!

I hope you found this blog helpful and that you enjoy your visit to Aston University. There’s lots of information available to you, from chatting to lecturers to how much a gym membership costs at the Doug Ellis Woodcock Sports Centre – ask as many questions as you can. Why not say hi to one of us from the Student Digital Team – at our next Open Day