Our top 10 tips for Open Days at Warwick
Our Virtual Open Days are packed full of lots of ways for you to get a feel for what life is like at Warwick, both academically and socially.
You can join as many sessions as you like depending on what interests you and what you want to know about being a student here. With everything from accommodation to careers, societies to subject-specific tasters, we hope the range of opportunities to speak to our staff and students will help you decide if Warwick is the place for you.
To help you make the most of our events, we’ve put together some of our top tips to get you started…
You can also read our guide on what to expect from our virtual events.
1. Book your place
With over 200 sessions across 3 days, we have lots of talks on offer for you to join. Take some time to explore the agenda, using the search bar and filters to narrow down the number of sessions.
If you already know what subject you want to do, make sure you check out the programme for that course and plan which talks and activities you’d like to attend.
Spaces are limited for a lot of sessions so remember to book anything that interests you in advance. To do this, all you need to do is click the little seat icon next to each session you’d like to attend. This will save you a virtual seat and be added to your ‘registered sessions’ on the agenda tab.
2. Get prepared
Before you join us, think about what’s important to you in a university. Do you think a campus or city university will suit you best? Do you want a course with a lot of structure or do you prefer self-study?
There will be lots of opportunities to ask staff and current students about the Warwick experience, and thinking about this in advance will help you make the most of your day. We recommend coming up with a couple of questions you can ask during your sessions to help get the answers you need.
3. Check your internet connection
As we have taken our Open Days online, you may need to do some checks and ensure your session doesn’t get disrupted by technical issues.
- Tell your family or people in your household when you will be busy with your chosen sessions to try and ensure they don’t take up too much download speed using streaming services, games consoles or other downloads.
- Read the tips on this page and take the Quick Tech Check to test your connection.
- Move closer to your router or plug your laptop into the internet directly.
- Turn off wifi on mobile devices.
4. Take your time
One of the biggest positives about moving online is that there’s no rushing from the one talk to the next. Lots of our sessions are repeated so you can spend time attending the sessions you want to, without worrying about missing your next talk, or turning up late.
5. Why Warwick?
A great starting point is to book yourself a spot on one of our daily ‘Why Warwick?’ talks. This session includes an introduction from our Vice Chancellor and presentations about the University from our staff and current students. It will give you an overview of what you could expect if you came to Warwick and what we can offer you as a student.
6. Join a virtual campus tour
Let our brilliant student ambassadors take you on a tour of our beautiful campus and show you their favourite spots. We can’t welcome you to our campus in person just yet, but hope this offers the next best thing!
7. Attend a variety of academic sessions
Learn more about your chosen course by joining sessions led by our academics (or feel free to drop in on a few if you’re undecided!) - these include taster lectures, presentations about what you can expect from the course and the opportunity to ask any questions you have.
We recommend going to a few different sessions e.g. an intro talk, a taster and a student Q&A to get a real feel for the subject.
8. Chat to our current students about life on campus
There are a whole range of student-led live chats where our current students are happy to answer any questions you have. In our Student Life drop ins you can find out more about what it’s like to live and study at Warwick from the people who know it best.
9. Check out the accommodation options available
We know that accommodation is a huge part of university life. Before you join the event, we recommend watching our fly-through accommodation videos so you can get a feel for what each residence is like and whether you can picture yourself living there.
Our staff and students will also be on hand in our daily ‘Living at Warwick’ sessions. In these sessions, they’ll tell you everything you need to know about living at Warwick and you’ll have plenty of chances to ask any questions you have.
10. Chat to key departments and services about the support they can offer
Our Online Open Days aren’t just subject and student life talks. From Finance and Careers to Study Abroad and the Library, we have representatives from a range of departments on hand to tell you a bit about what they do and answer any questions you might have.
You can also find out more about the fantastic wellbeing support we provide on campus for all students, by attending a presentation led by our student wellbeing and disability team.
Thinking about moving to the UK to study? Talk to people who have been in your position
If you live overseas, we have a dedicated, daily session all about adapting to life as an international student. You can chat to some of our current students about how they found the move to the UK and how they settled into their new home from home.
Book your place now
Whatever sessions you choose to attend, we hope you have a great day and find out everything you want to know about living and studying at Warwick.
If you can’t make any sessions, don’t worry as recordings will be available to view for 3 weeks after the event. If you have any questions or need any help, you can also contact our open day team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope to see you online very soon!