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Frequently Asked Questions

Bookings and before you arrive:

  • When is your next Open Day?
    Our next Open Day dates will be announced soon. They are likely to be June 2020 and October 2020. You can register your interest via our online form. We will then let you know when dates are announced and bookings open.
  • Do I have to book to attend one of the Open Days?
    Yes! All of our Open Days require booking in advance due to their popularity, and you should also pre-book any specific talks and sessions you wish to attend throughout the day. Our Open Days attract over 12,000 bookings and so all academic sessions require you to pre-book due to capacity in the room.
  • Can I bring family and friends?
    Yes, everyone is welcome to attend our open days! However, please note that many talks limit access to the applicant and one guest only due to space in our lecture rooms. Where additional guests are not permitted, there are many other alternative activities listed in the programme which they may want to take part in or they can grab a coffee at one of our numerous cafés and restaurants.
  • I can no longer attend the Open Day. What are my options regarding visiting Warwick?
    Please cancel your place on the Open Day by clicking on the link in your confirmation email called 'View my booking'. Alternatively you can let us know by emailing opendays at warwick dot ac dot uk or by calling us on +44 (0)24 7652 3648. We run a number of different events throughout the year offering you opportunities to visit campus. See ways to visit campus.
  • I would like to amend my booking, how do I do this?
    You will find a link in your booking confirmation email called 'View my booking' - click here to amend, cancel or view your booking (this includes booking extra sessions). If you would just like to adjust the number of guests, please email us at opendays at warwick dot ac dot uk. If you experience any problems, let us know by email or by calling us on +44 (0)24 7652 3648.
  • The session(s) I want to attend are fully booked. What shall I do?
    If there is a session you would like to attend but do not have a booking for, you can wait in the unbooked queue on the day to be seated if there is space. We always try to prioritise prospective students whenever allocating spare seats, therefore family members and guests may be asked to wait to see if there is space. Many departments also hold drop-in sessions on the day, including tours, demonstrations and Q&A sessions. You don't need to book in advance for any of these sessions, but some may require you to sign up for a time slot on the day itself. There's also the opportunity to attend on another date instead.
  • I am a teacher and would like to bring my students to your Open Day. Where do I make a group booking?
    Please ask all of your students to register individually for the Open Day so that they can pre-book sessions. Additionally, please email opendays at warwick dot ac dot uk with details of your school so that we can give you information about coach parking. You can also call us on +44 (0)24 7652 3648.
  • How accessible is your campus?
    See our guidance on accessibility here.
  • How do I get to the University of Warwick?
    The University is located in the heart of England, 3 miles (5 kilometres) from the centre of Coventry, on the border with Warwickshire. Whether you're travelling to the University by car or public transport, there are many ways of travelling here. See our advice on how to get to campus.
  • Where can I park on campus?
    Parking (including parking for blue badge holders), is available on campus during our October Open Days. Once you register your place, you will receive some arrival instructions via email. Please also be aware that routes around the University can be very busy with traffic on Open Day so do allow sufficient time for your journey.
  • Where do I get the free shuttlebus from?
    If you are travelling via train to Coventry or Warwick Parkway train stations, we are offering a free Shuttlebus to and from campus throughout the day. Look out for our Student Ambassadors in yellow t-shirts who will be at the stations until 12 noon, to help direct you to the bus.
    They will run regularly from 8:30am until 5:00pm. The journey between campus and both stations is around 25 minutes so please do leave enough time to travel and register at one of our Information Points.
  • Is there anywhere I can stay overnight?
    To help you get a feel for campus life and for your convenience when visiting, you may want to stay over at one of our on-site hotels - Scarman, Radcliffe and Arden.
    They all offer high-quality, hotel styled bedrooms, free parking and a full breakfast the next morning. You’ll also have access to our new multi-million pound Sports and Wellness Hub, where you can enjoy the gym and swimming facilities at no extra cost.
    Open Day Visitors can also benefit from a range of discounted rates. For more information and to book your stay, visit: Bed and Breakfast website and quote ‘OpenDayJune20’ when booking.

On The Day:

  • Do I need to check in on the day?
    All visitors are required to register their attendance on the day at one of our Information Points around campus. All registered visitors will receive an email from us with your own personalised event ticket. This will include a barcode which we will use to check you in – please print this off and bring it with you or have it ready on a mobile device.
    When you arrive on campus, please visit one of our information points and show your event ticket. On receipt of your check-in you will receive a printed programme for the day and a campus map. If you need to rush off to your first event/activity when you arrive at the open day, don’t worry - you can check in at any time when you have a spare few minutes.
    If you haven’t received your QR code prior to your visit, please arrive on campus as planned. You will need to visit one of our information points situated through campus where a student ambassador dressed in yellow will be happy to check you in manually.
  • How long are the student life and academic sessions?
    The length of sessions vary depending on the department - please check the Open Day timetable when bookings open for more information.
  • What time does the Open Day start and finish?
    Your day will start and end at different times depending on which sessions you wish to attend. Campus tours and the Information Fair will be running from 9:30am-4:30pm and a selection of our accommodation blocks will be open from 10am until 5pm. As a guide, talks and sessions start at around 10.00am and finish at approx 5pm.
  • How do I find my way around?
    We will have lots of signage around campus to help you find your way around so please don't worry about getting lost! We also have a special version of our campus map (PDF) that you can pick up at one of our Information Points when you check in, as well as an online interactive campus map to help you find where everything is. You can also always ask one of our friendly members of staff who will be happy to direct you.
  • Can I go on a campus tour?
    Campus tours depart regularly from our campus tours tent and last for approximately 45 minutes – there’s no need to book. Tours cover all of the main features of campus, however, they do not enter individual departments or accommodation blocks (see below). The last tours will start at 4.30pm.
  • Can I view student accommodation on the day?
    A selection of different accommodation blocks are open on the day, representing the range we have for first-year students. You do not need to book to view them in advance, you can simply turn up on the day. You will be able to see exactly which blocks are open in the open day guide (you will receive a hard copy of this on the day). As there’s a lot to see, we recommend picking a selection so you can to see what style you prefer most e.g. one ensuite, one mixed bathroom, one flat and one corridor style residence
  • Will I get the chance to speak to current students?
    Yes! Our Student Ambassadors, dressed in yellow and red polo shirts, will be on hand all over campus. They will be more than happy to talk to you and answer any questions you have about Warwick. Additionally, department drop-ins may feature current students from a course you wish to study.
  • Can I talk to some lecturers in my prospective department about the course?
    Yes! We would encourage you to talk to academics in departmental drop-in sessions.
  • Where can I eat on campus?
    There are plenty of food outlets on campus run by the Students' Union and by the University itself. Food ranges from cold sandwiches and baguettes to three-course cuisine. You’ll find a list of where is open in your Open Day Guide.
  • Is there anywhere that I can store luggage?
    Unfortunately, we are unable to guarantee a secure facility in which to store luggage. We recommend that visitors do not bring large luggage where possible.
  • What happens if I have a problem on the day?
    We have a team of around 300 trained staff and students working on the day, in addition to the University's own Campus Security team. For all issues, including emergencies, please speak to one of our Open Day staff or Student Ambassadors in the first instance.
  • Can I bring my dog?
    Four-legged friends are welcome on our campus but are not allowed in buildings or rooms, except for assistance dogs. There are also several dog pens on campus, the most central for the Open Day being behind the Library building, outside the University House rear entrance and opposite the Bluebell 2 residence.
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