Plan your 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. Before you book, please read through this section to decide which activities you would like to book.

To get the most out of your day we advise you to plan your day in advance.

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

1. Subject activities

Throughout the day, the University's academic schools will host activities about the subjects you can study at Bristol.

You can book up to three subjects to help you decide which course is right for you. Booking subjects allows you to visit their displays, where you can learn more about the courses, talk to staff and students, and pick up course leaflets.

Subject displays are open all day. You may also get the chance to explore the department.

Each subject will additionally host a talk. Places on these talks are limited and you must book them in advance.

2. Welcome talks

Our welcome talks give you the opportunity to find out about the non-academic aspects of university life. Places on these talks are limited and you must book them 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, Clifton 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. Other facilities and tours

Students' Union, Richmond building

The Students' Union (SU) will be open all day for visitors to look around. Talk to staff and students to find out more about Bristol SU in the Richmond building or at the open day exhibition.

Library and study spaces

Some libraries will be open for visitors during the open day. These are indicated on the campus map. The Senate House Study Centre will also be open all day for visitors to look around (access via the side entrance of Senate House).

Library Services staff will be available to answer questions about study space facilities, library services and support for students at these facilities or the open day exhibition. Find out more in the open day programme.

Careers centre, UBU lettings and sports centre

These three facilities are open throughout the day on Tyndall Avenue for visitors to look around. Staff will be available to talk to, either at the facility or at the open day exhibition. Find out more in the open day programme.

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 activities page.


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

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 BRIUNI15. This will reduce the cost of an Adult Explorer ticket from £14 to £7. For more information visit City Sightseeing Bristol.

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