Open days, events and visits

What happens at our Open Days

Find out what happens at our Open Days and plan your day.

Cancelled: our next Open Day

Recognising the rapidly evolving impact of Covid-19, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel the Undergraduate Open Day scheduled for 15 June this year.

Undergraduate Open Days in 2020

  • Saturday 26 September
  • Saturday 10 October

Here at the University of Edinburgh our priority is the health and wellbeing of our students, staff, and visitors.

Recognising the rapidly evolving impact of Covid-19, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel the Undergraduate Open Day scheduled for 15 June this year.

The two undergraduate Open Days scheduled for 26 September and 10 October 2020 are currently still planned to go ahead, and this webpage will be updated with the latest guidance. We are also working to develop an online alternative for prospective students thinking about starting University in 2021.

If you would like us to keep you up-to-date with news about online activities and resources, and future on campus events, please join our mailing list.

Please consult our Covid-19 webpages, which we are updating regularly, for detailed advice and support.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) updates

Open Day locations

The main Open Day activities take place across various campuses:

  • Central campus (Bristo Square/George Square)
  • Edinburgh College of Art (ECA)
  • King’s Building’s Campus
  • Little France Campus (Medical School)
  • Easter Bush Campus (Veterinary Medicine)
  • Pollock Halls (accommodation)

Detailed subject-specific information and maps will be available in the programme. A free Open Day shuttle bus service will operate between the Central Campus (Buccleuch Place), King’s Building’s Campus, Medical School and Pollock Halls.

Open Day activities

Subject and service talks

These talks provide an introduction to our subject areas and student services. Go along to as many or as few talks as you like to find out general information about areas that interest you. Talks will last 30 minutes unless otherwise stated in the programme.

Some talks may be very busy, especially during the morning. In almost all cases, guests are able to accompany prospective students in to talks. However, when space is limited we’ll make sure that students are prioritised and we ask for your co-operation with this. Most talks are repeated during the day, with talks in the afternoon typically a little quieter than those in the morning.

You don't need to book a place at any of our talks, except for Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, which you can book when making your initial Open Day booking.

Information desks

Information desks provide an opportunity to ask staff any questions you may have. There will be plenty of staff available to give you advice about subjects, as well as admissions, student finance, study abroad, careers, student welfare and much more.

Teaching showcase

Our Teaching Showcase is a series of sample lectures and taster sessions that will give you an insight in to what studying might be like here at Edinburgh. Whilst these sample lectures are presented by academics from a specific subject area, they are intended to be of general interest to a wide audience. Titles of these sample lectures are in the Open Day programme on page 8.

Tours of facilities (including accommodation)

You can view many of the excellent facilities you might be using as a student here, including a selection of our student accommodation, libraries and sports facilities.  Several subject areas also offer tours of their facilities. Details of all tours can be found in the programme.

As part of the Open Day you can do a self-guided tour of some of our catered and self-catered accommodation options. There will be a limited number of rooms available to view. 

Top tips

T​​​​op tips for Open Day

Plan your day in advance: from your journey to the Open Day to what you want to see and do whilst you’re here, take the time to make a plan for your visit. This will ensure you’re able to make the most of the activities on offer!

Prepare some questions: make a note of key questions in advance and bring them with you. With everything that goes on at an Open Day, it can be easy to forget what you originally wanted to ask!

Be brave, and ask them: this is your opportunity to find out about the University and courses directly from the people who know it best: our staff and current students.

Talk to our students: chat to our student ambassadors (wearing red) – they’re not only on hand to point you in the right direction, but also to share their (honest) experiences of the University and city.

Explore the city: this will be your home for the next few years, so if you have time, explore outside of the University campus to see if it will suit you. Visit the Meadows, wander down towards Grassmarket or step inside the National Museum of Scotland; all are within a few minutes’ walk of our central campus!

Make sure you see what YOU want to: don’t just follow your friends or parents to the things they want to see and talks they want to attend.

Enjoy yourself!

Get involved on social media 

Share your experience on the day using the hashtag #edopenday or connect with us on social media.