University fairs – choosing the right university for you

Choosing the right university for you is a big decision. UCAS and UK University Search Fairs are a great way to explore your options.

UCAS and UK University Search Fairs provide an opportunity for you to ask questions and find out more about the universities you are interested in. With hundreds of universities under the one roof, you might even find out about a university you had not previously considered.

What is a UCAS or UK University Fair?

Usually held at an arena, university campus or football stadium, fairs allow you to speak and ask questions to university representatives.

During the fairs, there are opportunities to attend seminars on a variety of subjects, pick up prospectuses and get further information to help with your research.

UCAS and UK University Search fairs provide lots of information and sometimes it might feel like there is a lot to take in. Do some research before the fairs so you have an idea of what you want to ask, what you need to know, and what universities you would like to approach.

Questions to ask at a university fair

Asking questions of yourself and the universities at a university fair will help you make an informed decision. You’ll need to consider both the university and the course.

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Think about the university

  • Do you want to stay close to home, or venture out and live away?
  • Would you prefer a campus-based or city-based university?
  • What type of student support is available?
  • Are there any bursaries available?
  • What accommodation is available?
  • What universities offer the subject areas you are interested in?
  • What are the facilities like?
  • What do you look for in a personal statement?
  • Why should I choose your university over others?
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Think about the course

  • Do you offer the course I’m interested in studying?
  • What are the entry requirements? What grades or UCAS points will you need?
  • Are there placement opportunities?
  • What kind of assessments are on the course?
  • What career prospects are there?
  • Are there any travel opportunities?

Things to remember at a university fair

  • Note down any questions you want to ask – you might want to know more about a university’s industry links, what student support they offer, or maybe what their accommodation is like.
  • Remember to bring your registration pass – your school or college will help you register for this beforehand. You can download it onto your phone. But don’t worry if you do forget it on the day, you can manually register at the welcome desk.
  • Ask questions – whether you’re attending an in-person or a virtual fair, remember to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions but if you think of something later, it isn’t too late. Universities offer lots of ways of getting in touch, at Edge Hill you can contact us by WhatsApp, live chat, phone and email or in person at an open day.
  • Attend a seminar – seminars offer a chance to hear impartial information about specific subject areas at university, or more generic topics such as how to choose a university, choosing a course, applying for student finance, or writing a personal statement.
  • Speak to as many universities as you can – approach universities you have an interest in, even if you aren’t sure. This could be the deciding factor in the university you choose.

Virtual fairs

There are also virtual fairs, so you can explore your options from the comfort of your own home. They are also great if you live far from the university you are interested in, or you aren’t able to travel.

Like in-person UCAS and UK University Search Fairs, virtual fairs are a great opportunity to learn more about higher education and ask questions directly to the universities you are thinking about studying at.

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What happens at a virtual university fair?

Virtual fairs can include anything from online seminars and video virtual tours to chats with existing students and lectures from different universities.

Each organiser will offer a different approach – be sure to read any emails provided after registering. Popular organisers are UCAS and UK University Search.

You’ve got lots of organisations in one place so make the most of your time.

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Virtual university fair top tips

  • Like physical events, you get out what you put into them.
  • Speak to as many different universities as you can.
  • You don’t have to speak if you don’t want to, there’s lots of information you can take in at your own pace.
  • If you can’t think of anything to ask at the time, there’s always time to ask afterwards.
  • Following links to university websites, videos or 360 tours can give a good feel of what campuses are like.

Even if you don’t have questions, visiting a stand allows the university to send helpful information about subject areas you are interested in, events they may be hosting, or even application advice.

If you are at college or sixth form, speak to your teachers, tutors and careers team for further information.

The team here at Edge Hill University are attending every UCAS and UK University Search fair in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, plus two in Scotland between March and September.

We look forward to seeing you there.