HE Experiences

Welcome to the HE experiences section for students. We hope this will be useful in helping you to find the right university and course for you.

Open Days

This is when a university opens its doors so you can visit, allowing you to meet staff and current university students. This first-hand experience can be useful when choosing which universities to apply for.

Use the following links to search for events:
UCAS - Events and Open Days
Unitaster Search Tool

Open Day Advice - University of Hull
(approx. 3 minutes long)

Virtual Tours

These are designed for you to get a feel for the environment that you will be studying in.
They are commonly presented via a 360 degree tour or by following a student around the campus.
Many universities are switching to this format in the current climate.

An explanation of how virtual tours work and where you can find these can be found under the UCAS section of our website.

You can also find a list of virtual tours here: UCAS - Virtual tours

University of Bath- Undergraduate campus tour
(approx. 4 minutes long)

University of Bath- Undergraduate campus tour

360° tour of UWE Bristol - Frenchay and Glenside Campuses
(2 minutes long)

Taster Days and Workshops

These are very similar to open days, however they often focus on a specific course, subject or department, rather than presenting an overview of the entire university experience.

Use our UniTasterDays search function to find taster days and workshops.


These are a chance to get a bite-sized student experience (usually between 3 and 5 days). You will often stay in university halls, attend lectures, meet university students and go to organised social events.

Use our UniTasterDays search function to find suitable residentials.

University of Bath Year 12 Science Summer School

(approx. 4 minutes long)

York Experience Summer School
(approx. 3 minutes long)

HE Fairs

These are large events where you can speak to hundreds of university providers in one place. You will be able to ask specific questions and compare courses.

Click the links below to see what is on offer:
UCAS Exhibitions
UCAS - Create Your Future Event
UK University Search - 2020 Fairs
What Next? - University Exhibitors

UCAS Fairs: Top Tips
(approx. 6.5 minutes)

Top tips at a UCAS Exhibition
(approx. 1.5 minutes long)

Higher Education - Online Workshops and Courses

Higher Education institutions have developed online resources and courses to support you in personal statement writing, money management, how to choose a course and interview skills, plus subject specific courses.

Visit our UniTasterDays site to search for workshops and courses.


Uni Buddy image

Unibuddy is a platform to allow prospective students to communicate with student ambassadors from the universities that they are interested in.

There are over 40 UK universities and additional international universities who have signed up: Unibuddy partners

Each University will host Unibuddy on their website. You will get to choose from several ambassadors who have profiles including; the course they study, where they are from and a bio.

Here is a video we have made showing you how to find students via UCAS:

Uni Buddy
(approx. 3.5 minutes long)

Universities also have their own 'Ask a Student' page.
Here is an example of the University Centre Weston’s page:
UCW - Ask a student