Open Day FAQs

Here are a number of questions frequently asked by visitors planning to attend our open days.

Do I have to book to attend an open day?

Yes. All visitors should register for an open day in advance. The last of this year's open days will be held on Saturday 20 October 2018 (please note that after October the next open day will not be held until June 2019)

Will I receive confirmation of my booking?

Yes. Within 24 hours of registering for an open day you will receive a confirmation email giving additional programme information and travel advice. If you do not receive a confirmation email please ensure that you have entered all your details correctly. It might also be useful to check your ‘junk’ or ‘spam’ folders. All further communications regarding our open days will also be sent via email. Any questions about this please contact openday@contacts.bham.ac.uk or +44 (0)121 414 2242.

Do I need to check-in on the day?

All visitors are required to register their attendance on the day. All registered visitors will receive an email from us with your own personalised event ticket; this ticket will include a QR code which we will use to check you in on the day. When you receive your event ticket via email please print it off and bring it with you to the University of Birmingham open day; alternatively tickets can be shown on a mobile device. When you arrive on campus, please visit one of our check-in/information points and show your event ticket. On receipt of your check-in you will receive a University of Birmingham bag and printed programme. 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 when you have a spare few minutes.

If you haven’t received your QR code prior to open day, please arrive on campus as planned. You will need to visit one of our check-in/information points situated through campus where a student ambassador will be happy to check you in manually.

Can I cancel or change the date of my booking?

Yes. Amendments to your booking details, such as cancelling your registration or changing to an alternative day, can be made using this form. Please ensure you give your name and email address exactly as on your original booking. If you have any problems with this, please e-mail: openday@contacts.bham.ac.uk or telephone: +44 (0)121 414 2242

Will I receive a programme or other information before an open day?

All information is sent via email and you will not receive any communications through the post. In addition to an email confirming your registration you will receive an email with a link to download the online programme and a further email a few days before the open day. This will contain essential pre-arrival information regarding travel information and advice on making the most of your day. Your event ticket to check in on the day will also be emailed to you. Please refer to the above section; Do I need to check-in on the day?

When available, the programme will be available to view on www.birmingham.ac.uk/opendays.

Where can I get a programme?

On the day, printed programmes will be available from Check-In and Information points upon registration.

Can I bring family and friends?

Yes; everyone is welcome to attend. However, please note that many talks limit access to the applicant and one guest only.  Where guests are not permitted, there are many other alternative activities listed in the programme.

How do I get to the University of Birmingham?

The University is located in Edgbaston, south of the city centre. Whether you're travelling to the University by car or public transport, there are many ways of getting here.

Where can I park and how much is it?

We strongly recommend, where possible, for visitors to use public transport to reach the University. Parking on campus is currently very limited due to several major building projects that are taking place as part of our £600 million campus redevelopment so we cannot guarantee a parking space will be available.

For further information on travelling to the University please visit:

 - Open Day travel and parking information

Do I need to book to attend a talk?

No. All talks run on a first-come, first-seated basis.

However, if you are interested in studying Physics and Astronomy and would like a tour of the teaching laboratories, then you are able to reserve up to two places for tours taking place at 12.45pm, 1.30pm, 2.15pm and 3.00pm.  Please email physics-adms@bham.ac.uk specifying the time you would like to attend.  Any remaining places will be available on the day.

Can family and friends attend subject talks?

Please note that seating at subject talks is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Although parents and family are welcome to come to the Open Days, we cannot guarantee a place for them in subject talks. When there is a high demand for a particular talk, applicants will be given priority. In the event that parents and other guests are not able to attend a talk there are many other alternative activities listed in the programme.

How long do talks last?

Most talks are scheduled throughout the day in 45 minute intervals:

  • 09:45
  • 10:30
  • 11:15
  • 12:00
  • 12:45
  • 13:30
  • 14:15
  • 15:00

All talks last approximately 30 minutes which allows you 15 minutes to move between talks.

Can I attend more than one subject talk?

Yes. Many visitors will be interested in more than one subject and it is entirely up to you which talks you attend. Talks often take place more than once during the day so it is possible to do this. However, please check the programme beforehand to ensure you plan your day to allow this to happen. If it is not possible to attend talks for all the subjects you are interested in, staff and students will be available to answer questions throughout the day.

Can we see the student accommodation?

Yes. Accommodation tours run throughout the day (9.00am - 3.15pm) and allow you to view a selection of accommodation sites at the Vale Village (Maple Bank, Chamberlain and Mason). Visitors can either use the walking map at the back of the programme to reach accommodation (this takes approximately 15 – 20 minutes) or there is a specially provided free bus service.

We also have accommodation available to view at our Bournbrook and partner accommodation sites located at our Selly Oak Village which is in close proximity to the University (building Y18).  Viewing is available between 9.00am and 4.00pm.

Can I go on a campus tour?

Yes. Guided walking tours of the main campus take place throughout the day, lasting approximately 45 minutes.

We also offer step-free campus tours at 10.30am and 1.30pm departing from the Campus Tours Marquee in Chancellor's Court.

Do you have disabled access? 

We encourage students with disabilities to visit and study at the University and have implemented a programme of accessibility adaptations on campus. All new buildings and major conversions are being designed with accessibility in mind. A mobility map giving an overview of the Edgbaston campus showing the main access routes for wheelchair users is available on the day from all check-in/information points and the Aston Webb Reception (building R6).

We also offer step-free campus tours at 10.30am and 1.30pm departing from the Campus Tours Marquee in Chancellor's Court.

Disability and Learning Support Office

Where can I stay overnight?

You can book accommodation in the University’s own Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre, with the added benefit that hotel guests get free parking. You can book a room in our hotel online. This is the closest hotel in Birmingham to the University and the student accommodation – literally a five minute walk from each.

Alternatively, there is a wide selection of hotels in the city centre, many of which are listed on the visitbirmingham website.

What happens if I can’t attend an open day?

If you are unable to attend an open day there are other opportunities to visit the University. We run campus tours most Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the year and a place can be booked online.

We hope you have found the information you need, should you have any further queries please contact the Student Recruitment and Marketing team:

Student Recruitment and Marketing
Telephone: +44 (0)121 414 2242
Email: openday@contacts.bham.ac.uk