Open Days

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Join us for our Virtual Open Days

The best way to know if UWE Bristol is for you is to visit. But right now, that's not possible. So while physical events can't happen, we're opening our doors digitally to all prospective UK and international students. From videocasts and live Q&As with subject leaders and university services to live chats with current students, we're 100% here for you.

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"UWE Bristol makes you more confident, more determined and more open."

Mercedes, BA(Hons) Drama and Creative Writing

Mercedes BA(Hons) Drama and Creative Writing

Everything you need to know about Open Days

A bus going to Frenchay Campus for an Open Day

Travelling to Open Days

Find out which campus you should visit – depending on your course of interest – and read practical information about how to get there.

Open Day travel and parking
An academic speaking to a prospective student at an Open Afternoon

Open Afternoons

Can’t make a full Open Day? We understand. That’s why Open Afternoons provide another opportunity to tour our campuses, explore accommodation and meet students and staff.

Open Afternoons
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Open Day programmes

Get prepared – view and download programmes with information on events happening throughout each Open Day.

Open Day programmes
Students walking around campus on an Open Day.

Why come to an Open Day

Meet staff and students to chat about courses, services and general university life. Explore facilities, accommodation and highlights of the city. Get the experience you need to make the right choice for you.

What to expect

Planning your Open Day

How do I get there?

We have three main campuses in Bristol: Frenchay Campus, Glenside Campus and City Campus, and we also run Open Day sessions at Bristol Zoo – there’s info on travel and directions to all on our Open Day travel pages.

What do I need to do before the day to prepare?

  • Check our course listings to find out which department and campus you need to visit – and the latest entry requirements for your course.
  • We'll give you a printed copy of the Open Day programme on the day. You can download a copy a week in advance to help you plan if you prefer.
  • Think about what tours and talks you want to attend. We recommend that you prioritise the subject sessions you want to attend first then fit the general sessions and tours and visits around those.
  • Remember to think about where you want to live and plan a visit. Whether it’s on campus at Frenchay and Glenside, or in our city centre accommodation, you’ll be able to drop in at a time to suit you during the day.

What questions should I ask at a university Open Day?

There’ll be academics, Student Ambassadors and professional staff present so you’ll find the answers to any questions you may have. Thinking about these in advance is a great idea as it depends on which course you're interested in and what you want from your university experience. Some things to think about might include:

  • what are selection panels looking for in your personal statement and UCAS application?
  • what are the common career paths for graduates from your course of interest?
  • which modules you will be able to study on your course?
  • how the course is assessed
  • what do students think about the different accommodation options?
  • what are the opportunities for placements and extra-curricular activities that compliment your course?
  • what societies you can join.

What should I wear?

Our Open Days are relaxed so wear whatever makes you feel good. You'll probably be doing quite a bit of walking so wear comfy shoes and bring an umbrella just in case.

When should I arrive?

There’s lots to see and do on an Open Day, so arrive early if you can. Our sign-in points are open from 09:30 to 13:30 on Frenchay Campus, Glenside Campus and City Campus.

Where can I get something to eat or drink on the day?

At Frenchay, City and Glenside Campuses, all Students' Union shops and bars will be open so please explore and tuck in.

There are lots of social spaces, cafes, restaurants, and shops across our campuses so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to refuel and top up your water bottle.

There’s also complimentary tea and coffee in the Information and Advice Zone and Faculty areas.

Where do I go when I arrive on campus?

When you arrive, make your way to the sign-in areas. There will be signs, staff and Student Ambassadors (dressed in blue t-shirts) to help direct you.

Where should I park?

Find out more about travel and parking information for your specific campus.

After an Open Day

Next steps

Find out more about the next steps in the process, after you've attended different Open Days and are making your university decisions in UCAS.

Offer Holder Days

Are you holding an offer to study at UWE Bristol? If so, you will be invited to one of our Offer Holder Days. Find out what to expect.