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University Open Days

Our University Open Days for undergraduate courses based in Southampton let you explore our beautiful campuses and excellent facilities, whilst learning about the subjects you are interested in and how they are taught. You can also see a selection of our University accommodation and speak directly with our students and staff.

We run separate Open Days at our Winchester School of Art Campus (WSA), the University of Southampton Malaysia and events and Open Days for postgraduate students.

Virtual Open Days

Our next Open Day will be taking place in September

Register your interest to be notified when bookings become available. We're currently reviewing our Autumn Open Days and will update you as soon as we have more information.

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Learn about Masters Open Days and Postgraduate visit afternoons.

Masters Open Days

Learn about our Masters Open Days and Postgraduate visit afternoons.

Download your Open Day programme here

Open Day programme

Our 2020 Open Day programme will be available closer to events, but you can take a look at our October 2019 programme for a better idea of what to expect.

What happens at an Open Day

Find out what to expect from an undergraduate Open Day at Southampton and find all of the key information below. For top tips to get the best out of your day watch our video below, read our student blog, or register for one of our webinars.

Virtual Open Day

At our Virtual Open Day you'll gain access to key information from the comfort of your own home.

Attend for a chance to:

  • Learn more about your subject of interest by attending a subject talk.
  • Chat live with academics and students and get your programme specific questions answered.
  • Ask questions about admissions and applying to Southampton.
  • See examples of our accommodation and find out how to apply for accommodation.
  • Find out how we can support you during your time at University.
  • Get a feel for student life at Southampton.

Undergraduate Open Day dates

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic our on-campus Open Days in July have been cancelled. Our Open Days on Sunday 6 September and Saturday 10 October are currently still scheduled to go ahead.

Bookings will be opening soon. In the meantime, sign up with our online form to receive our latest updates and to hear about our virtual visit opportunities.

Southampton UG Open Day dates for 2020:

  • Sunday 6 September
  • Saturday 10 October

Winchester School of Art (WSA) Open Day dates for 2020:

  • Saturday 10 October
  • Wednesday 28 October
  • Saturday 21 November

Travel, arrival and check-in

Our Open Days run from 10am until 4pm.

The best way to travel to our Open Day is by public transport. No matter how you decide to travel, once you book you will receive an email with specific instructions on how to get here. It is really important to read and follow these instructions, as there may be specific details tailored to you and your day.

Parking is available at Westquay multi-storey car park in the city centre.

A free Unilink shuttle service runs throughout the day from the train stations and Westquay, connecting you to our university campuses. National Express buses stop at Southampton Coach Station and Burgess Road, next to our Highfield Campus. Full details about travel will be sent to you once you book your Open Day place.

When you book your place you'll also be sent check-in information. You'll need it on your phone or printed for the day so our helpers can scan you in on the day.

For further general Open Day travel details, please see our 'Open Days' section on Getting to our campuses.

MySouthampton app

Use the Open Day app to plan your day. Search "MySouthampton" in your app store, and once downloaded select the Open Day profile. Build your schedule by selecting the activities you want to attend, and use the maps to find your way around.

Information fair

Stands at the information fair will include:

  • Subject stands - a chance to talk to subject representatives about the subject you're interested in
  • Sports and societies - get a taste of the wide range of sport clubs and societies available to join
  • Residences - speak to our team about the range of halls of residences we offer
  • Student support services - find out about the teams who will be on hand to offer support whenever needed

Tours and Accommodation

Join us on a campus tour with a current student to explore Highfield, our main campus. The tour takes approximately 30 minutes.

On a tour you will discover:

·         The Students' Union

·         A variety of catering facilities

·         Sports facilities, including the Jubilee Sports Centre

·         Learning and teaching facilities, including the Hartley Library

·         The Student Services Centre

Two of our largest halls of residences developments, Glen Eyre and Mayflower, will be open to give you the opportunity to take a self-guided tour.

Humanities subjects are based at Avenue Campus, a short walk from Highfield. You'll be able to tour this campus and it's facilities.

Some Engineering subjects are based at Boldrewood Innovation Campus. This campus is also a short walk from Highfield and tours will be available on Open Days.

Students interested in Ocean and Earth Science can take a free bus to the Waterfront Campus, home to the National Oceanography Centre. Here you'll be able to tour the facilities, including the aquarium, research vessels and marine science library, and speak to current students and staff.

General talks and drop-ins

We run a whole host of talks and lectures throughout the day.

These include talks on:

  • Fees and finance
  • Accommodation
  • Studying abroad
  • Writing your personal statement
  • The Students' Union
  • Sport and wellbeing

Our 2020 Open Day programme will be available closer to the events, but you can take a look at our October 2019 Open Day programme to get a better idea of what to expect.

Subject talks and events

These sessions provide you with the opportunity to gain greater insight about your subject of interest by talking to knowledgeable members of staff and current students.

Our Open Day activities take place across our University campuses, be sure to check the location and leave plenty of time to travel between campuses if necessary. Please note: Venues are on Highfield Campus unless otherwise stated.

Many of our subject events have limited space, so we may limit admitting one family member/friend per prospective student. We will of course look to accommodate everyone the best we can.

Download a copy of our 2019 Open Day Programme for more detailed information about our subject talks and events.

Top tips for Open Days

Make the most of your Open Day by being prepared. Watch our five top tips.

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