One of the most important aspect of the whole university application process is attending the open days. Yes, a lot of people apply to universities on a whim but it is vital to at least get a feel of the university before applying and consequently committing to it.
University isn’t just about the study, but it is a priority, but also about the social aspect and if you don’t get a feel of the city and the social clubs the uni offers then you may possibly be compromising the next most important part of your university career.
While attending an open day (which I highly recommend) it is really important to ask questions, even if they seem like stupid ones. At the end of the day you are committing three (or more) years to this place. So ask questions about the course so like module options, any industry placement opportunities or even studying abroad.
On open days, university societies usually have displays and stands so have a look at those and find out what each society is about. University is a time to expand your horizons and explore new things and societies is a great way going about doing just that.
Accommodation is another important aspect, though I didn’t need check out university accommodation as I always planned to stay at home, so I applied to universities within commuting distance. But from my friends experiences of open days, it is important to check out the accommodation, ask about pricing, the catering arrangement if you’re planning to go in to catered accommodation.
Do not forget, university is a place where you’ll be investing three or more years of like and a lot of money but it is a chance to grow in to a responsible adult and really find yourself. For you to get the most out of your university career, it is vital that the university is right for you. The only way you’ll know if a university is right for you is if you attend an open day.