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Open Days

Making the most of Open Days

Let us help you plan your Open Day. Find out what you need to know before visiting campus.

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University Open Days can seem overwhelming, but at York St John University we want you to have fun and get the most out of your visit to us.

The most important part of an Open Day is making sure you get all the information you need so that you can make the best decision for your future.

Read on for our advice on making the most of your time on campus.

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Your Open Day schedule

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Your Open Day schedule

You've booked your place, and now you need to plan your day.

Our full event guide of talks and tours will be released 2 weeks before our Open Day. Whether you are visiting us for the whole day or you only have a couple of hours, you can still experience the range that York St John has to offer.

Here's what we recommend for your visit based on how long you'll be with us.

If you have 2 hours

If your visit time is limited, we have 2 suggested schedules for how to spend your time on campus.

Schedule 1 - If you want to explore our campus and experience the York St John community, try a little bit of everything:

  • Take a campus tour (45 minutes)
  • Hear from academics at a subject talk or drop-in (30 minutes)
  • Grab a coffee and chat to support teams at their drop-ins

Schedule 2 - If course information and accommodation is your priority:

  • Attend your subject talk (30 minutes)
  • Ask questions at a subject drop-in
  • Visit your preferred accommodation site

If you have 3 to 4 hours

If you are with us for half a day, you probably won't be able to experience every tour and session. We recommend getting an overview of each Open Day area with this schedule.

  • Attend a welcome talk for an introduction to York St John (30 minutes)
  • Take a campus tour (45 minutes)
  • Hear about your chosen course at a subject talk or drop-in (30 minutes)
  • Grab lunch at one of our campus food and drink locations
  • Visit 1 of our accommodation sites
  • Head back to campus and chat to support teams at their drop-in

Depending on your priorities, you could switch some of these suggestions. For example, if you're interested in exploring more of our accommodation sites, you could visit a second site instead of your subject talk. If you want more details from our academics, you could attend 2 subject talks instead of hearing from support teams.

If you have a full day

We're so glad you can spend the whole day with us! Our Open Days normally begin at around 9.00am and end at around 3.30pm. There is still lots to take in, so it's best to plan your day and figure out what you want to prioritise.

Here's what you can experience during a full Open Day:

  • Attend a welcome talk for an introduction to York St John
  • Attend 1 or 2 talks by our support teams, such as Student Funding, Accommodation, and Admissions
  • Take a campus tour
  • Hear about your course options in 1 or 2 subject talks or drop-ins
  • Have lunch and snack breaks on campus
  • Visit a couple of our accommodation sites
  • Chat with our support teams and ask questions in their drop-ins
  • At the end of the day, head into York to explore the city

Please note that for all of our Open Days, event details and timings may change at short notice due to unforeseen circumstances. We try to keep any altered sessions as close as possible to their advertised timings, to minimise inconvenience to our visitors.

Tips for your visit

You probably have an idea of the things you want to prioritise at your Open Day visit, but there are some tried and tested tips to make sure you get the most of your day.

Browse the carousel below to read our top tips.

Making the most of your visit

Book your place

You've read all of our tips and now you're prepared for your Open Day. We can't wait to see you soon!

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