Open afternoons

If you couldn't attend one of our June or September open days, our open afternoons are the perfect way to explore campus and discover more about student life at the University of Bristol.

An open afternoon will give you the chance to:

  • attend talks to hear more about what makes Bristol a special place to study;
  • visit our exhibition, where you can gather information and meet staff from select schools and departments, accommodation, admissions and student funding;
  • get a feel for the campus on a self-guided tour, including student accommodation; 
  • chat to current students and hear, first hand, about their experiences.

Book your place

Booking is now open for our 2019 open afternoons taking place Wednesday 23 October and Wednesday 6 November from 2:30 pm to 6 pm.

Book your place

Information talks

You will need to book on to information talks when you register. All talks last 30 minutes, unless otherwise noted. 

Information talkTimeLocation
Welcome to Bristol 2.45pm, 3.35pm, 4.25pm, 5.15pm  Reception Room, Wills Memorial Building
Living in Bristol: your university accommodation 3.45pm, 4.30pm 3.32, Wills Memorial Building
Funding your studies at Bristol 4pm, 5.30pm G25, Wills Memorial Building
Returning to education as a mature student
(45 mins)
3.45pm 1.11 Old Council Chamber, Wills Memorial Building
Careers Service: Helping you to get where you want to be when you graduate 2.45pm, 5pm 1.11 Old Council Chamber, Wills Memorial Building
A guide to admissions at Bristol 4pm, 5pm 3.31 Coutts, Wills Memorial Building

Subject activities

You will need to book on to subject talks when you register. You can also speak to staff from select departments in the exhibition. 

Studying Law at Bristol
(45 minutes)
2.45pm 3.31 Coutts, Wills Memorial Building

Introduction to Earth Sciences at Bristol
(Talk followed by 45 minute tour of department)

3pm G25, Wills Memorial Building

Music at Bristol
(Talk followed by 45 minute tour of department)

4.45pm G25, Wills Memorial Building
Studying Education at Bristol 4.30pm 3.30, Wills Memorial Building
Studying Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Bristol 3.15pm, 5.30pm 3.30, Wills Memorial Building

Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and Engineering Maths tours*
(30 minutes)
*23 October only

3pm, 4pm Depart from stand in Exhibition

Civil, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering tours of Queen's Building*
(45 minutes)
*23 October only

2.45pm, 3.45pm, 4.45pm Depart from stand in Exhibition
Physics tours
(every 30 minutes)
2.45pm, 3.15pm, 3.45pm, 4.15pm Depart from stand in Exhibition
Theatre tours
(30 minutes)
3pm, 4 pm Depart from stand in Exhibition


This is your one-stop shop for information about the various courses you can study at Bristol. You will also be able to chat to staff to find out more about the support we offer our students. 

Please note that some student services and subjects will not be present at both open afternoons. Check which date(s) your subject of interest will be available:

Self-guided campus tours

Narrated by current Bristol students, our campus tour app takes you on a tour of our main campus, taking in highlights including the Students' Union, Wills Memorial Building and some of our residences in Clifton Village. Download the app for free on Google Play or the App Store.

Student accommodation

At the open afternoon you can find out more about student accommodation by:

  • attending an accommodation information talk
  • speaking with staff from our Accommodation Office at the exhibition
  • visiting our residences in Clifton or the city centre (last entry 5pm). 

You can also find out more about accommodation for new undergraduates prior to the open afternoon.

Veterinary Nursing activities at Langford

Those interested in Veterinary Nursing can visit the Bristol Veterinary School at Langford for a talk and tour of our clinical facilities. You don't need to book in advance for these activities. 

Vet Nursing itinerary
2pm - Registration and tour booking at Source cafe, Langford campus
2.30pm - Veterinary Nursing talk in Seminar Room 4, Pearson Building
3.15pm - Tour leaves from Seminar Room 4, Pearson Building after the talk

Langford travel
By bus: Catch the 1.15pm U2 bus from the main campus (bus stop on the top of Park Street) to Langford campus. Return to the main campus on the U2 bus that leaves Langford at 4.10pm. The bus takes approximately 40 minutes and is free when you show your booking confirmation email. 

By car: Parking is available at Langford for those who choose to drive. The address is: Bristol Veterinary School, Langford House, Langford, Bristol BS40 5DU.

Open afternoons 2019

Book your place now for one of our open afternoons taking place: 

Wednesday 23 October
Wednesday 6 November

Book your place

Download your programme

Download the Open afternoon 2019 programme (PDF, 979kB) for a handy guide to the day.

Open afternoons are intended to give a general introduction to the University. Although select faculty representatives will be available for you to talk to, you will not be able to visit academic departments in person. The opportunity to visit department facilities is at applicant interviews or offer-holder visit days.

Disabled access

The University has teamed up with AccessAble to provide you with detailed information about the accessibility of our facilities.


If you have any questions about our open afternoon, please contact the Recruitment Events team:

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