We have two open days on next week! You may have already seen the open day programmes or will be handed them on the day, so I’m going to write about my open day experience along with a few recommendations.
During my open day I was determined to find the Criminology department and wasn’t so determined to follow the programme for the day. I would recommend searching out the Criminology department, but I wouldn’t recommend following your own programme. The campus may seem small at first, but it is easy to get lost and it can be hard to read a map if you don’t know which building your standing in front of! Maybe I’m just bad at reading signs…
The Introduction Talk is the place to be as everybody will start their day there and you may meet another Criminology student! The student life talk will let you know all the cool stuff to do on campus (studying is cool!), when not studying… Such as the Mountaineering Society ULMC, I had to mention them 😀 break dancing, martial arts, arts, creative writing, The Ripple, Contact Student Volunteers (volunteering is fun!) and about a million sports teams to make use of both of our gyms + swimming pools. That’s right, we have two gyms! And one of them is right by first year accommodation, aren’t you lucky 😉 If you should choose to come here of course 🙂
I would also recommend the student finance talk. I missed this and perhaps by consequence spent way too much money on things I shouldn’t have during my first year.
The campus tours will show you all the buildings around campus and hopefully the new gyms as well. I missed this to go on my own adventure to find the Criminology department, thinking that it was the only building I needed to know about. I was very wrong! Criminology students use almost ALL of the buildings on campus at some point, the other departments like to share their lecture theatres 😉 The campus tour is a must if you don’t want to spend the first two weeks of Uni getting lost (or distracted by a dinosaur) on your way to lectures and seminars. The bonus is in the variety of lecture theatres you’ll study in and parts of campus you’ll get to see.
Definitely go on the accommodation tour. The first year students live in Oadby student village, which allows them to meet new people by socializing in the canteen and bars at the three different halls; Beaumont, Stamford and John Foster (or JoFo for short).
I’m not entirely sure if the Criminology department will be open during the holidays, but the open days next week are on Thursday and Friday, so somebody might be around, just make sure to ask a member of staff on campus to call the reception first and find out. The department is located on New Walk, a nice wide path with lots of trees that starts on University Road (Campus location) and ends in the city centre.
Here’s a photo of Upper New Walk which I found off Google:
Specifically; this site which has some more photos of Leicester City. The Criminology Department is just behind those trees, opposite Salisbury Drive. Here’s a Google map location :
As you can see it’s at the edge of campus. If you don’t have time to visit the department on the open day you can always call them to arrange a visit on another day 🙂
It’s nice to be able to meet one of your lecturers before you come to study Criminology but please remember to call them first to arrange a visit, the open days are on Thursday 26th and Friday 27th next week. Ask them to show you where the resource room is because I didn’t even know it existed until earlier this year. It’s full of well, resources; DVD’s and books about crime and victims which you might not find in the library. Apart from the seminar room you’ll be spending a lot of time on campus and around student halls. Take this opportunity to chat to some fellow students and be sure you want to spend the next three years here. I have no regrets 🙂
Ask me that again when it’s Graduation time…