Plan your day

Staff with visitors to the Vet School's anatomy displays at the University's open day

Our open days offer you the perfect opportunity to find out all you need to know about the University of Bristol.

To attend an open day you will need to book a place using our online booking form. The open day on Saturday 13 September is now fully booked and we are no longer accepting bookings.

All open days start at 9.30 am and run until 4 pm.

Before you book, please read through this section to plan your day and decide which talks you would like to book.

Please allow at least 15 minutes to transfer between activities in the main University campus, and at least 20 minutes to get to the open day exhibition and Students' Union.

To get the most out of your day we advise you to plan your day in advance: our day planner (PDF, 64kB) will help you do that.

1. Subject talks and displays

Throughout the day, the University's academic schools will host talks on the subjects you can study at Bristol. Some will include information on course content and entry requirements, others will be taster lectures.

You can book up to three subject talks to help you decide which course is right for you. Places are limited and you must book in advance.

In addition to the subject talks, you can visit displays where you can meet staff and pick up course leaflets. Access to all subject displays is included in your open day booking.

2. Welcome talks

Our welcome talks give you the opportunity to find out about the non-academic aspects of university life. These talks must be booked in advance.

3. Exhibition

As part of the open day, you will have the chance to look around our exhibition. This is a one-stop-shop where you can pick up information about courses; find out about student support services; talk to staff about applying for a place at the University; and speak to funding advisers and accommodation staff.

4. Visits to accommodation

You can find out what living in halls is like by visiting some of our residences at Stoke Bishop and in the city centre. Travel times and shuttle bus information is on our visits to accommodation page.

You can also speak to accommodation staff at our exhibition.

5. Tours

Senate House Study Centre

The study centre will be open all day (entry via the side entrance of Senate House). IT Services staff will be available to answer questions about IT facilities, services and support for students including:

  • wireless and residential networks, open access computers and printing;
  • the University Portal and mobile access;
  • IT training, the IT Service Desk and the Student Laptop and Mobile Clinic.

The Student Laptop and Mobile Clinic will be open in the Study Centre to help you connect to our free Wi-Fi.

Sports Centre

The Centre for Sport Exercise and Health on Tyndall Avenue will be open all day for visitors to look around. Staff will be available to talk to at the information desk between 9.30 am and 4 pm.

Walking tour

Follow our self-guided audio walking tour to find out about the University's history and get an idea of where our facilities are within the city.

Academic school/department tours

Some of our academic schools/departments run tours of their facilities. These will be listed on our subject talks and displays page.

6. And finally...

The Universities of Bath and Bristol share the same Open Day date on Saturday 13 September 2014.  We know that some prospective students will be looking to visit both universities on that day.

Although Bath and Bristol are not far apart, we do expect traffic to be busier than normal and therefore recommend using public transport if possible when travelling between the two cities.
There is a regular train service connecting Bath Spa and Bristol Temple Meads.  We would recommend that you use the Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington service as these trains are faster, more direct and have more coaches.  Please visit the first great western website for further information.
There are also bus shuttle services from both stations to the local university.

If you have booked to attend both universities, we recommend you allow plenty of time in between in case you experience any travel delays.

Programme changes and new activities

Support for disabled visitors

Please see our information for disabled visitors.

Schools and colleges

If you're thinking of bringing a school group, booking arrangements are slightly different. Please refer to our information for schools and colleges.


To get the most out of the day, download our open day factsheet (PDF, 104kB).


Please note that for security reasons, we are unable to store luggage at any of the University buildings during the day.

City sightseeing Bristol 

The best way to get a taste of Bristol is by open top bus. We’ve teamed up with City Sightseeing Bristol to offer a special deal to all visitors on the open day. Either show your open day booking letter to the driver or book online using promocode BRIUNI14. This will reduce the cost of an Adult Explorer ticket from £13 to £5. For more information visit: City Sightseeing Bristol.