Visiting allows you to meet staff and students, to have a look at the facilities and to satisfy yourself that the University of Edinburgh is the right choice for you.
Visiting the University is a really good way for you to find out more about what it will be like to study here, and how the University works.
There are a number of different visiting opportunities available to you.
These are held three times a year, in June and September/October.
Open Days provide an opportunity to meet staff and find out more about the degree programme you are interested in. You can also attend talks on a wide range of student-related topics including student finance, accommodation, careers, study abroad, and visit many of the University's facilities.
For information about University of Edinburgh Open Days, or to book a place:
I found Open Days to be very useful, although a little daunting. You can feel an almost invisible line surrounding the University, but you just need to cross this and have the courage to approach the staff - it's the best way to find the answers to all the questions you have.
Visits organised by your college
Some College tutors have close links with University staff in specific academic areas and organise yearly visits. Check with your tutor to find out more.
Your College may also mention the SWAP Study Skills day. This is a really valuable event which brings you onto the University campus to practice some university-level study skills such as taking notes in a lecture or participating in a seminar or tutorial. You will also meet former SWAP students who are now at university and who can tell you what it's actually like to make the transition.
Offer Holder Days
If you are offered a place by the University, you may be invited to attend an Offer Holder day.
These days typically take place between February and April and are more person centred than Open Day.
You will have the opportunity to spend more time with academic staff from your chosen subject area, tour the facilities you will use as an undergraduate, and attend lectures on student support.
This particular kind of visit is helpful if you are deciding between a few offers of admission from different institutions. It is also important if you have already decided that this is where you would like to study, as you are provided with an up close view of where you will be spending your time.
For a general overview of the main University campus, there are two options.
The student-led campus tour is organised by Student Recruitment and Admissions, and normally takes about one hour. Advance booking is required.
If you would rather investigate the campus at your own pace, there are two self-guided tour leaflets. There is one for the George Square Campus and surrounding area, and one for the King’s Buildings Campus.