Most universities offer various visit opportunities, before and after you submit your UCAS application. The main types are:
Presentations and Workshops: informative talks and practical sessions on student finance, writing personal statements, what it’s like to be a student etc. These events would generally be organised by a university directly with your School or College. They can be delivered at your institution, or your teacher may arrange this as part of a university visit which will give you the chance to experience the campus too.
Taster/Subject Specific Sessions: a chance to ‘dip your toe’ into a course and see how it feels before making any commitment. A popular example on UniTasterDays is ‘The mystery of Branding: Why pay £200 for a £2 pen?’. This is delivered by Nottingham Trent University and explores business and marketing. You never know, it may be the final deciding factor on choosing a particular study area, or the other side of the coin, convince you that a specific subject area is just not for you!
Campus Tours: a guided look at where you’ll study, socialise and live - and your chance to ask a current student for their take on life there.
Open Days: they are what they promise: ‘open’ for you to see a university as it is - the campus(es), accommodation, lecture theatres, leisure facilities, the lot. Universities can offer them all year around, but October is a really popular month for hosting open days, mainly because of the upcoming UCAS deadlines. We would recommend attending an open day for universities you are considering including in your application, not just to see the university, but also to get a feel for an area. Many students stay in the area which they went to university in after they graduate, so this choice should not be under-estimated.
Applicant Visit Days: Once you have been made an offer, either conditional or unconditional, you may be invited to an Applicant Visit Day if the university you have applied to runs them. Generally an invite only affair, including a chance to meet fellow applicants, as well as current students, find out more about the course you have applied to, and look at accommodation too.