This is your chance to picture yourself living and studying here. So we’ve brought together a whole host of activities to help you do just that. Here are a few top tips for getting the most from your day. Don’t leave campus without doing a few.
Ask us that nagging question
Ask us anything about university life. Just head to the Information Zone in the Student Union building. Staff from the admissions, student finance and accommodation teams will be on hand to answer your questions throughout the day. We’re talking about your whole life here. So there are no silly questions, just friendly people with lots of information and experience.
Talk to the people who know
The best way to find out what it’s like to study here is to talk to someone who’s doing it. We have 400 student volunteers on hand for every Open Day. They can’t wait to meet you and tell you all about UEA life.
Meet people who are changing the world
82% of our research was rated world leading or internationally excellent (in the latest Research Excellence Framework 2014). You’ll have the chance to meet the academics behind this research. And you’ll get a taste of what it’s like to study with them. Our academics love to talk to students, so don’t be shy. Just say hi and ask them anything. Yes they are world-leading experts, but you might be too one day.
You’ve got a big future ahead of you. Talk to the team at CareerCentral about where your UEA degree could take you. They’ll explain all the different support that’s on offer to help you graduate career-ready. This includes all sorts of exciting stuff like internship opportunities, CV clinics, networking events and industry links.
Give us the taste test
As a UEA student for the day, you must try the food. Pop into the on-campus restaurants, cafes and bars. Try the veggie wraps and salads at Mustard café in the Enterprise Centre, treat yourself to the homemade cakes at Modern Life Café in the Sainsbury’s Centre, and sample the smoothies at Ziggy’s. Sample the menu, soak up the atmosphere, and take the chance to meet some new people. There’ll also be street food in the square, and, if the sun shines, a BBQ.
Listen to live music in The Square. See the celebrated international art collection at The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. Discover the facilities at the Sportspark, one of the biggest sports centres of any UK university. Peek behind closed doors in the halls of residence. Tours of the campus happen throughout the day, or you can just grab a map and take a wander.
Take a break
It’s going to be a full day, so make sure you relax when you get the chance. There are lots of places to stop for delicious food and drink, and there is free wifi across the campus courtesy of The Cloud. Just select 'The Cloud' when connecting to wifi on your device and follow the instructions on your screen.
Live like a local
UEA is a stone’s throw from the city of Norwich. Explore the city now, and you’ll feel like a local from your first day. This is a place steeped in rich cultural history. It’s also a thriving centre for music, theatre and the arts.
You can explore on your own, or take a bus tour led by a student right from campus.
- Make time for a subject talk — you’ll see your subject come to life and get that ‘Yes! This is what I want to study…’ feeling. You can’t get it any other way
- Plan your day — take a list of key talks and tours but also give yourself time to get a feel for the place. The campus has a life of its own, you should explore it a little bit
- Talk to people — nobody can give you a better idea of life at UEA than the students – and there will be tonnes of volunteers who can share stories, give advice, and listen to you.
- The study of science is about testing the boundaries of discovery. During our Open Days we get started on that straight away. We might do some explosions too
- History students here spend their time challenging perceptions of historical events. My talk will be a field guide for questioning evidence and digging deeper for the truth
- We will talk about the political perspectives that matter today. How we got where we are, and where we’re heading. You know, the small stuff!
- The study of medicine is practical at UEA. That’s why our Open Day demonstrations include some hands-on clinical practice.