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What to expect at an Open Day

Our Open Days give you the chance to find out about the subject you are interested in studying and how it is taught at Southampton.

Explore our beautiful campuses and experience what your life would be like here as a student.

On the day we offer a free bus into the centre of Southampton so you can discover the attractive and student-friendly city, which offers a huge variety of shops, restaurants and attractions.

What happens at an Open Day?

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 though you can also come by car. 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 West Quay multi-storey car park in the city centre at a reduced rate.

A free Unilink shuttle service runs throughout the day from the train stations and car park, connecting you to all university campuses. National Express buses stop at 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 when you arrive. You can also check-in on the day using the MySouthampton app.

Information fair

Stands at the information fair will include:

  • Subject stands - a chance to talk to academics about the subject you're interested in
  • Sports and societies - get a taste of the wide range of 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

Campus tours

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

On a tour you will discover:

  • The Students' Union
  • The variety of catering facilities
  • Sports facilities, including the Jubilee Sports Centre
  • Learning and teaching facilities, including the Hartley Library
  • The student services centre

Some of our halls of residences (Glen Eyre and Mayflower) will be open, giving 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.

Subject talks and events

A number of subjects give talks during Open Day, which are given by academics teaching the subject and which include Q & A sessions.

You'll also have the opportunity to look around the facilities and talk to current students and staff. There may even be the chance to get involved in some hands-on demonstrations.


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
  • Preparing for University
  • The Students' Union
  • Sport and wellbeing

All talks and drop-ins will be detailed in the Open Day programme, sent to you before the day. You'll also be able to pick up a printed copy on the day.

Download a sample programme

Food and drink

You'll have a busy day so make sure you stop for a drink and a bite to eat at one of our many restaurants and cafes. There are several options at Highfield Campus and each of our other campuses also has it's own cafe.

Open Day visitors checking and being welcomed
Receive a warm welcome
Open day visitor talking to current student
Talk with current students to find out more about the courses
Find out about the clubs and societies available on campus
Find out about the clubs and societies available on campus
Take a tour and get a feel for the campus from current students
Take a tour and get a feel for the campus from current students
Course demonstration
Take part in demonstrations
Family looking at accommodation leafelt
Talk with support services such as the careers, employability service and accommodation
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