Why attend an Offer Holder Day?
It can be nerve-wracking trying to make the decision based on just one Open Day, which is why we also hold Offer Holder Days. We run several throughout the year, so keep an eye out for these here! You can get a real feel for the campus and area if you come to our Open Day. We’ll show you around, take you to subject specific departments for you to get a feel for the place you’ll be studying. As soon as I came onto the campus, I knew this was the place I wanted to go to.
So what happens at one of our Offer Holder Days? You’ll get a taster lecture for the subject you’re interested in (for example, I had an Equine Science lecture) as well as tours of the departments. Some of the people in your taster lecture may be your future course mates so it’s a good chance to get to know people, so you’ll have familiar faces come September. As well as potential course mates, you’ll meet some of the lecturers from your chosen department, so can ask them any questions you may have about the course or any useful things that may come in handy for September.
You’ll also get another tour of the accommodation and facilities on site. Where you’re going to live is massively important for most students and there is no shortage of choices at Reaseheath. The accommodation is one of the reasons we really recommend attending our Open Day; you get an in depth tour of all the options of places to live (you physically go into all of the halls and houses and see the rooms for yourself!) There will also be talks from the Student Services team to give you a rundown of what living on site is like, usually you’ll get a rough estimate on the pricing for accommodation for the coming academic year. You’ll also get another info pack with more information on the university, your chosen degree and more insight into the student life, such as the socials we run in our on-site student bar and the societies we run.
We have Platt and Chetwood, which are both halls of residence; all rooms are en-suite and you share a kitchen with the people who live on your corridor (8/9 people). The Town Houses are our newest accommodation, which opened this year. There are again 8 people per house, with a shared kitchen, lounge and downstairs bathroom. Upstairs the bedrooms have 3/4 beds, with two bedrooms to one bathroom.
One of the things I found the most helpful at the Offer Holder Day was meeting the current students. Here at UCR it’s us (the students!) who do your accommodation and campus tours, as well as sitting in on taster lectures to answer questions and give you our insight into what the course is really like from a students point of view. You’ll see most of us in blue t-shirts; we’re student ambassadors and we’re they’re to answer any questions and show you the ropes to get a feel for the campus. There’s no such thing as a silly question, so feel free to ask away as we show you around.
Hopefully I will meet you soon, but in the meantime check out the video below for an insight into the day!