Information for Prospective Students


Planning your day

Please see the sections below for advice about how to plan your day.

Planning your visit

We recommend taking time to look through the subject talk timetables, to see which talks you would like to attend on the day. It is advisable to leave at least 20 minutes between activities, as the campus may be busy and activities may be taking place a short walk away from each other.

A programme including full details of all activities and events taking place at the Open Day can be viewed online here

You will also be able to pick up a hard copy of an event programme once you arrive on the day. The booklet will provide you with full details of all over activities taking place at the Open Day. There is an 'Open Day Planner' page at the back of the programme which you can use to assist with planning your day.

What time should I arrive?

Please note that there are no allocated entry times, but we recommend that you allow approximately three hours for your visit, and time this around the subject talk(s) that you have booked.

We recommend that visitors arrive approximately half an hour before the subject talk they are booked to attend. If your subject talk booking takes place any time after 3pm, it would be advisable to arrive one to two hours before this, to take advantage of the other activities on offer such as the general talks and the faculty and student services fairs. For full listing of Open Days events please see the programme here

Subject talks

Undergraduate departments at UCL will be offering at least one admissions talk about the degree programmes within that department on the day. These talks need to be booked as a part of your open day booking, and the time of this talk will help to determine your entry time for the day.

Are tickets required? Yes, but please note that guests of prospective students will not need to book tickets for the subject talks. Your booking includes one guest. Priority will be given to prospective students, but we will always try to allow guests entry as well, if space permits. Tickets need to be booked when booking on to the open day.

Who can I speak to if all the subject talks are fully booked? In the event that all sessions of your desired talks are fully booked, please contact the Open Day Team on openday@ucl.ac.uk and we will assist you with your booking.

Other subject-based activities

Different departments are offering a range of different activities across these events, including taster sessions, tours, and Q&A opportunities. Please refer to the subject talks you are interested in on the subject talks page of the website. You can also view a programme of events online (see below) and will also be able to pick up a programme on the day.

September Open Day Programme

Are tickets required? For some activities, tickets might be required on the day. If this is the case, full details including where to collect tickets are available in the programme you can view online or collect a hard copy on the day.

Faculty Fair

Each UCL undergraduate faculty will be represented at the Faculty Fair, which will be held in the South Cloisters (please note the Medical School Fair will be located in Macmillan Hall, Senate House). The Faculty Fair is a great opportunity to meet faculty and admissions staff and ask any questions you may have about entry requirements and making your application.

Are tickets required? No

Student Services Fair

UCL has various support services and departments that are there to help students get the most out of their time studying with us. A wide range of these will be represented at the Student Services Fair, taking place in the North Cloisters. Please visit the Student Services Fair to find out the answers to any questions you have about Student Support and Wellbeing including disability support, Study Abroad, Accommodation, Careers, Funding, Transforming UCL, Green UCL and more.

A full list of the support services and departments represented can be found in the event programme you will be able to pick up on the day. You can also view it here

Are tickets required? No

Accommodation tours

Tours will be taking place at a range of UCL's Halls of Residences and Student Houses. These will be self-guided tours, but current students will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. You are welcome to visit as many of the accommodation sites open as you would like during your day. Accommodation talks will also being delivered across the day, and there will also be a stand at the Student Services Fair where you can ask any accommodation related questions you may have.

For further information please see the Open Day programme here

Are tickets required? No, but visitor stickers are required for entry

General talks

A number of general subject talks will be taking place during the Open Day, including Accommodation, Applying to UCL, Student Funding, Students’ Union UCL, Careers and Alumni, Study Abroad and extracurricular opportunities at UCL: 'Economics from the Galaxy Far, Far Away...' These will also be listed in the event programme that you can pick up on the day or view online here.

Are tickets required? No

What else can I do on the day?

There is a wide range of activities for you to enjoy. You may like to wander around and get to know the campus for yourself, or feel free to visit some of the UCL Museums or Libraries listed on page 23 of the programme. A copy of the self-guided tour map can be found at the end of the Open Day booklet.

There will also be photo opportunities on the day – make sure you come to see the Jeremy Bentham Auto-icon in the Willkins Building and take a selfie or use some of the props to take a striking photo to remember your visit to the UCL Open Day!

A number of cafés, a BBQ stall, an ice-cream van, a pizza shop and a coffee van will be open on campus all day too!

Overnight Accommodation

Depending on the time of your first booked subject admissions talk, you may wish to travel to London the day before the Open Day and stay overnight nearby. For the September Open Day, it is possible to book to stay in UCL residences the night before the event - if you are interested in this option, please visit our UCL residences website for information on availability and costs.

There are also a number of hotel and B&B options available close to the university. We recommend booking a hotel situated along Euston Road, near Russell Square, or near Tottenham Court Road, as these are all close to UCL's Gower Street site.

Information for disabled visitors

We want to make sure that your UCL Open Day experience is as enjoyable as possible. Please make sure you complete the appropriate section on the booking form to allow us to make any suitable arrangements ahead of time to meet your requirements.

On the day, staff from Student Disability Services will be available at the Student Support and Wellbeing stand situated at the Student Services Fair in the North Cloisters. If you would like to speak confidentially to a Disability Adviser please visit their stand and a team member will be able to arrange for you to speak with them in a private room nearby. There will also be a British Sign Language Interpreter available.