Here at Warwick we host two types of Open Days, one is subject specific (aka Offer Holder Open Days) and the other is general. Subject specific days tend to be after you have received an offer, the department may put on some sample lectures as well.
What can you do on an Open Day? Warwick Open Days get very busy so you need to book talks in advance, these are subject, finance, accommodation and much more. The first talk I went to was an introduction to the university itself and what separated it from the rest. For me the Warwick Accommodation scheme really suited me as I wouldn't need to pay a deposit or buy insurance for 2nd and 3rd year properties.
Accommodation: There may be some accomodation open to view, this is most commonly Rootes, Arthur Vick and Jack Martin. Arthur Vick and Jack Martin are both ensuites and have a similar layout to most ensuite rooms.
Travelling to the Campus. Campus car parks tend to get very full so instead of parking on the campus itself visitors are encouraged to use the park and ride service provided. This prevents campus from being saturated with cars and makes your day less stressful. Warwick provide regular buses to and from the campus.
Tours. There are regular tours of the Campus from a marquee erected on the piazza. They are led by campus ambassadors in the yellow shirts. These are students so the perfect people to ask your lifestyle questions to! The tours themselves start from the centre of campus every 10-15 minutes and last ~45 minutes. They highlight the main aspects of campus but do not however enter departments or go into the sports centre. But the sports centre staff are usually happy to let you in and show you around including the gym.
From the Warwick website:
Our Open Days are taking place on:
- Friday 23 June 2017
- Saturday 24 June 2017
- Saturday 23 September 2017- campus should be quiet as term is yet to start
- Saturday 21 October 2017
The Open Day is the perfect opportunity to visit our campus and experience what it is like to be a student at Warwick. All services and academic departments are open so you will have the opportunity to experience all that Warwick has to offer.
When I visited Warwick it was a lovely and sunny day but I was mostly impressed that it lived up to my expectations. I had applied to universities based on ranks and reputation (not the best tactic) so when I visited a lot of them I was disappointed. Your application is personal to you so I would base your decision on what you want. Most importantly make sure the course is right for you!