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Open Day Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Find the answers to your Open Day questions here. If you can't find the answer to your particular question here, please email the Open Day team on visit@southampton.ac.uk and we will do our best to help.

General questions

Do I need to book to attend an Open Day?

Yes, you need to book as our Open Days are extremely popular. We welcome around 10,000 visitors each day, but spaces are limited to make sure you have the best possible experience.

Our next set of Open Days are on 6 and 7 July, 7 and 8 September, and 12 October 2019. Register your interest.

Are all subjects represented at your Open Days?

Yes, you will be able to attend talks and drop-ins for all of our subjects. Note that the following subjects are covered at Winchester School of Art (WSA), based at our Winchester Campus. If you are interested in these subjects, you need to book a WSA Open Day:

  • BA Fashion and Textile Design
  • BA Fashion Marketing/Management
  • BA Fine Art
  • BA Games Design and Art
  • BA Graphic Arts

Is there a separate Open Day for Medicine?

No, Medicine is included in our University Open Days. Please note that due to the popularity of the Medicine talks, these are for prospective students only, so you will not be able to bring your guests along to these talks.

Do I need to pre-book any talks or events?

No, you just need to register to attend the Open Day itself. All talks and events on the day are provided on a 'first come first served' basis. Please note that at some talks we may limit guests to one per prospective student. Our Medicine talks are for prospective students only, so you will not be able to bring your guests along to these talks.

When will I receive my Open Day programme?

As soon as each Open Day programme is available we will publish it on this website. When you book your place at an Open Day we will also email a PDF copy of the programme to you about two weeks before the event. Hard copies of the programme will also be available at the event. We do not post a hard copy to you.

Do I need to print out my Open Day programme?

No, you can pick up a printed version on arrival in Southampton either at Westquay, the train stations, or on one of our campuses.

When and where will the shuttle buses run?

Buses will run every 10 minutes from 08:00 to 18:00, leaving from the Westquay multi-storey car park and going to Highfield Campus, Southampton Boldrewood Innovation Campus, Avenue Campus, and National Oceanography Centre (Waterfront Campus). Shuttle buses will also go to our halls of residence (including Glen Eyre and Mayflower) between 08:00 and 18:00.

Where can I stay overnight?

We are unable to offer accommodation to our Open Day visitors.

A list of hotels and B&Bs in the area can found on the Discover Southampton website.

I have a subject-specific question that I would like to ask before I attend your Open Day. Who should I contact?

Please contact us on enquiries@southampton.ac.uk.

Can I park on campus for the Open Day?

We regret that aside from pre-booked disabled parking, there is no visitor parking at any of our campuses.

All other parking will be at the Westquay multi-storey car park in the city.

Shuttle buses will run from parking locations to our campuses.

Disabled parking can be pre-booked - please email visit@southampton.ac.uk.

When do I need to check in?

You can register your attendance by checking in at any time during the Open Day at the information fair on Highfield Campus, or at one of our designated check-in points at Avenue Campus, Boldrewood Innovation Campus and the National Oceanography Centre Southampton.

Booking questions

What should I do if I have a problem with the booking system?

If you have a problem with the booking system please telephone us on +44 (0)23 8059 5900 or email visit@southampton.ac.uk and we will do our best to help you. The hotline is staffed from 08:30 to 16:30, Monday to Friday.

Why haven't I received an email confirming my booking?

First, check your spam or junk mail folder. Your security settings may have stopped the email from coming through. If you need us to resend your confirmation, telephone us on +44 (0)23 8059 5900 or email visit@southampton.ac.uk. Our support desk is staffed from 08:30 to 16:30, Monday to Friday.

What should I do if I can no longer attend the Open Day I have booked?

Log back into your account, either from the link provided in your confirmation email or from the booking page. Click on My Events/Interviews and this will display a page of your booked events. Find the Open Day you are booked to attend and select 'Decline'.

How can I change the date of the Open Day I will attend?

Log back into your account, either from the link provided in your confirmation email or from the booking page.  Click on My Events/Interviews. This will display a page of your booked events. Find the Open Day you are booked to attend and select 'Decline'.

To choose a new date, search for 'Open Day' to find the Open Days that are still available for booking. Select a new date and click 'Register'. Complete the registration form.

You will receive a new confirmation within 30 minutes. Please remember to check junk/spam folders for this email if it does not deliver to your main inbox.

How can I change the number of guests I am bringing with me?

Log back into your account, either from the link provided in your confirmation email or from the booking page.  Click on My Events/Interviews and this will display a page of your booked events. Click 'Update' and then make your change on the update form.

Please note that although you will not receive another confirmation e-mail, your details will be updated on our database.

How can I amend my details from the ones I gave in my original registration form?

Log back into your account, either from the link provided in your confirmation email or from the booking page.  Click on My Events/Interviews and this will display a page of your booked events. Click 'Update' and then update your details on the form.

Please note that although you will not receive another confirmation e-mail, your details will be updated on our database.

When will I receive my Open Day ticket?

You will receive your ticket in your confirmation email when you book one of our Open Days. This ticket also covers any guests you are bringing with you.

If you haven't received your ticket before the Open Day, please pick up an Open Day programme on arrival either at one of our parking sites, Southampton Central or Airport Parkway train station, or when you arrive on campus. This will allow you free travel on our shuttle bus service. We can then register you at one of our check-in points when you arrive on campus.

I am a teacher/careers adviser. How do I make a booking for a group of students?

Please email visit@southampton.ac.uk to let us know what date you would like to attend and how many students you plan to bring. We will then send you a confirmation, timetable and further information about the day.

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