What to expect from university open days

Enjoy a great atmosphere, talk to and hear from university lecturers and support teams, take a tour with a student helper (look out for their red t-shirts) and don't forget your goody bag.

How to get the most out of open day

Be prepared. The university will email all registered open day attendees in advance. Checking your emails a day or so before will ensure you have the latest event programme, a map of the campus and even travel notifications.

Bring your mum, or dad, guardian, friend, teacher. It's more popular than ever to bring along a parent or friend to open day events and tours. They can act as a good sounding board when deciding on which university suits you best and there are plenty of activities and points of interest to make it an enjoyable day for all.


Talks by our leading academics are scheduled throughout the day, check the guide you receive in your goodie bag for times.

These short talks are subject-specific and give you a real insight into the courses available within the subject you want to study. If you miss any talks, don’t worry, you will also find our academics on the information stands around campus.

Open day is your chance to get as much information as possible, so we also run more general talks on funding and SAAS, the students’ association, studying abroad and how to apply to university.


Tours of the campus, accommodation and specialist facilities take place throughout the day. As well as familiarising yourself with the various buildings, this is also a good chance to experience the resources that will be available to you as a student here.

Check the open day guide in your goodie bag for tours and talk times.

Student advice

Meeting current students and hearing about and seeing examples of their work is a great way to experience more about the course or courses you are considering. Our student helpers can give you first-hand insight into what it is like to be a Glasgow Caledonian University student.

Something to eat

Open day is a very popular event and you may find that you have to wait at times for the next talk or tour. However, we have a number of refectories and cafes on campus to keep you going. Weather permitting, a BBQ on the main front concourse will also offer light refreshments and free water.

** Photographs. We love to capture the great atmosphere that Open Day brings. You may have your photograph taken or feature in video captured that may then be used for university promotion and advertising. Photographs and visitor data will not be passed onto any 3rd party.

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