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Exploring your future uni

And what to do when you can't visit in person

When you're choosing a course and university, open days give you the chance to explore campus accommodation and facilities, speak to current students and teachers and get an idea of student life.

But what happens if you can't get to an open day? Can you get the information you need without visiting campus?

What is an open day? 

University open days are events where future students can visit universities in person to learn more about the uni and their courses. 

Open days are a great way to find out more about your university and your degree options. You'll meet current students, speak to uni services and hear about life at university as you take a look around the campus or city in your own time. 

Lots of universities offer virtual open days, or virtual experiences, in case you can't visit them in person so you can get to know the uni even if you can't attend an open day.

Are uni open days worth it? 

Nothing quite compares to walking through a university and exploring the city in your own time. 

Attending an Open Day helps give you a true feel for your future home. You'll leave the city having met staff who could teach you during your studies, and having spoken to students already studying at the uni.

As well as speaking to people about your course you'll be able to meet student services, ask questions about the support you get at uni, and find out more about how to apply for your degree. 

What open events are there?

In-person open days 

  • Discover course options and hear from lecturers and staff
  • Speak to current students about their studies, course, and life at uni 
  • Meet our support services — speak to academic, accommodation, careers and student finance support
  • Experience the city first hand
  • Meet student clubs and groups

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Virtual open events

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Prepare for a uni open day

Get ready for your Open Day

Discover everything you can do at an Open Day in Portsmouth and find out how to get the most out of your trip. 

Read our guide

If you can't attend a uni Open Day

If you can't attend a university Open Day, there are still plenty of ways to find out about your course and university options.

Search for online events

Many universities have virtual open days or online experiences so you can find out more about them if you can't attend an open day.

What are virtual open days like ?

Virtual opens days are can include live webinars, video tours, and live talks on courses and university services.

Depending on the kind of virtual open day, you may need to sign up in advance and come back at a specific time, or you may be able to access the whole experience online at any time. 

Every university is different, so check out what each uni has on offer. 

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Put yourself in Portsmouth

Wherever you are in the world, you can put yourself in Portsmouth with our virtual experience.

Explore a day in the life of a Portsmouth student, tour our accommodation, discover our island city, and experience your subject area online at any time.

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Research the university

After you've researched your course or chosen a subject area, you'll still want to find out more about your university support, location, and clubs.

University support services

Meeting the support services who will be there for you throughout your studies can help make the transition to higher education less daunting.

At an Open Day you'll usually have the chance to speak to housing teams, student finance advisors, and wellbeing support — and most universities have lots of information about their guidance services on their websites too.

Support services at Portsmouth
Learning and academic support

Everyone needs a little help with their studies from time to time. Find out what learning and academic support you get when you study here.

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Finance and money support

We'll give you advice and guidance on money-related issues — speak to us about how to fund your studies, how to manage your money, or how to apply for Student Finance.

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Housing support

Talk to our Student Housing team about househunting, finding flatmates, dealing with landlords and much more.

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Careers and employment

Our graduate employment rates are among the UK's best, with 94% of our students in work and/or further study. 

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Additional support and disability advice

Advice and support for any student or applicant who shares a disability or additional learning need.

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Guidance and support

Find out about the guidance and support you'll get if you need a helping hand with academic life – or life in general – when you study with us at Portsmouth.

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Clubs and groups

University is about more than just your degree; it's also about making memories. From making friends and joining student groups to competing in BUCS as part of a sport team, there are plenty of activities to get involved in outside of your studies.

Societies and student union

How to get involved in your Union including the clubs and societies you can join.

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Sport in Portsmouth

From water sports to football and quidditch - few cities can compete with Portsmouth's sports opportunities.

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Making friends at uni

Meet other students in freshers' week, at uni events, in your accommodation and on your course

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Speak to students

Open days aren't the only place you can meet alumni and current students.

Many universities share interviews with their students in blogs or videos on their websites and social media. You can also hear from students on online forums, personal blogs and student YouTube channels.

Student blogs

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Use The Student Room

The Student Room is an online community for all students from GCSEs to University. As an online forum, you can browse threads started by students at universities you're researching, and start your own threads to get answers to questions you can't find the answer to elsewhere.

Join the University of Portsmouth forum on The Student Room or explore our University of Portsmouth Guide to get real opinions from current students. 

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Discover the city

A big benefit of visiting a university in person is exploring the city or town you'll live in while you study. When you can't attend an open day, you'll need to use other methods to get to to know your future home. 

Arrange a tour

Some universities will arrange a tour to give you a feel for the campus and the city, even if you're visiting on a non-Open Day.

You can contact us to arrange a tour or a self-guided look around Portsmouth to focus on the parts of the city you're most interested in. 

Look around online

If you can't visit the city in person, you can still find out about the area online with virtual tours, online maps and tourism sites.

Explore your chosen city on Google Maps street view to take a look around without needing to visit, and take a look at your university's website to get an idea of what students enjoy doing in the area.

If you're going to university far from your home, make sure to find out what transport links will keep you connected to your family and friends, too. 

Stay in touch

When you can't attend an open day it might feel hard to connect with a university, but social media can help. 

Following the universities you're interested in on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram will help you get an idea of their friendliness, accomplishments and research — and have the chance to see the city or campus. You can even comment on their posts and stories to join their community before you arrive.

Speak to us

Speak to our admissions team on +44(0)23 9284 5566 or message us.

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