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18,000 people to visit Bristol for University open days

Press release issued: 5 September 2019

Approximately 18,000 visitors have booked to attend the University of Bristol’s latest undergraduate open day on Saturday [7 September].

Both prospective students and their guests will get a taste of university life and the chance to learn about the wide range of degree courses on offer as well as scholarship and funding opportunities.

A selection of street food pop ups showcasing some of the city’s culinary offerings will be situated in the scenic Royal Fort Garden.

This year will see even more of Bristol’s restaurants and eateries represented and the University’s student groups will take centre stage among the food stalls.

All undergraduate schools and departments are taking part and will be hosting interactive demonstrations, tours, talks and displays offering future students a real insight into the University experience at Bristol.

General information sessions relating to aspects of university life, such as accommodation, student finance and study and work abroad opportunities complete the picture, along with tailored sessions for parents and carers, teachers, careers advisers and mature students.

Beacon House, the University’s flagship student study centre on Queen’s Road, will house displays from the Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Social Sciences and Law. Staff from Library Services will be at Beacon House to provide information about the study skills support available to all students.

Visitors will be able to view a selection of student residences in the city centre, Clifton and Stoke Bishop, with a free shuttle bus service running between the main University campus and Stoke Bishop throughout the day

The Bristol Veterinary School, based on the Langford Campus, will be open to visitors interested in veterinary nursing and veterinary science courses.

Roads into the city and around Clifton and the main campus will be much busier than usual on both days. Tyndall Avenue, Woodland Road and Priory Road will be closed to general traffic to allow the shuttle bus services to operate.

Alicia O’Grady, Director of External Relations at the University of Bristol, said: "We’re looking forward to welcoming open day visitors, both local and those from further afield, and hope they will enjoy their time exploring our fantastic city and campus.

"Open days are an ideal opportunity for prospective students and their guests to gain a real flavour of University life and city culture as well as seeing what the University can offer in terms of accommodation, prospects and pastoral support.” 

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Further information

In order to accommodate the number of people attending the event, the following roads will be closed from 00:01 on 7 September until 18:00 on 7 September: Woodland Road (north end), Priory Road and Tyndall Avenue. The University apologises for any disruption caused during the open day.

Please note that the M48 bridge is due to be closed over the weekend (this is not connected with the University Open Days, but may make a difference to some journeys).

Due to the University’s central location and limited city-centre parking, open day visitors are strongly advised to use public transport and the alternative services on offer.

Free shuttle buses will be in operation with services travelling between Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway stations. Free park-and-ride services from Bristol Parkway and Portway Park and Ride, will also be available: please note that this facility must be reserved in advance as part of an open day booking. 


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