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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
Virtual open events
- Browse courses and get in touch by email or phone if you have any questions
- Hear from past students
- Discover uni support services to see what help the university offers throughout your degree
- Get to know your uni location and learn what you can do outside of your studies
- Research student clubs and groups
Prepare for a uni open day
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.
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.
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.
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.
Talk to our Student Housing team about househunting, finding flatmates, dealing with landlords and much more.
Careers and employment
Our graduate employment rates are among the UK's best, with 94% of our students in work and/or further study.
Additional support and disability advice
Advice and support for any student or applicant who shares a disability or additional learning need.
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.
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.
Sport in Portsmouth
From water sports to football and quidditch - few cities can compete with Portsmouth's sports opportunities.
Making friends at uni
Meet other students in freshers' week, at uni events, in your accommodation and on your course
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.
Charles Dalby: My four years at university transformed me
Charles’s time at university studying BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies with Psychology helped him learn how to advocate for himself and begin a career he feels passionate about.
7 March 2023
5 min read
Venus Haochun Chen: This university made me the person I want to be
Venus's BA (Hons) Fashion and Textiles degree led her to the Batsford Prize shortlist and a feature in Graduate Fashion Week's Talent of Tomorrow photoshoot.
23 October 2020
3 min read
Katie Purkis: I found the tutors so welcoming and understanding
Katie's BA (Hons) Illustration degree allowed her flourish and find her illustrative style after dealing with with loss during her A-levels.
28 October 2020
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.
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.
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Find an undergraduate or postgraduate degree course that suits you at Portsmouth.
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