Q: What is an Open Day?
A: This is when a university invites prospective students onto their campus to take a look around. Most Open Days will have organised sessions either related generally to university life or subject specific talks that you can attend. It’s a time when you can freely wander around the university, have a look at student accommodation, check out facilities (such as the library, cafes, students’ union), and get an overall feel for the place. You’ll also be able to meet staff and current students, and find out about extra-curricular activities you could get involved with.

Q: Who should I speak to at an Open Day?
A: You will have the opportunity to talk to your potential tutors face-to-face and ask them all about your chosen course. There will also be representatives from Admissions, Student Advice, Learning Development, and Careers and Employability to name just a few! You will be able to get advice on everything from the UCAS application process to funding and fees, information about extra support available to you whilst you are studying and the support available to help develop your employability skills to help you find employment after your studies. Plus, you will have a great opportunity to talk to current students because what better way to learn about the university than by speaking to the students who are already here?

Q: How do I book onto an Open Day?
A: We have a number of Open Days throughout the year. Booking can be made online and information plus a programme of the day will be sent to you in the post to allow you to plan your day accordingly, making sure you get the most out of your visit. Click here to be taken to our booking page.

Q: Where do I go when I first arrive?
A: When you first arrive, you will need to register with us and get all the information you will need for the day. Just head to the Robert Hardy Building, next to Reception, and our team will be there to help you. You can even pop back throughout the day if you are lost or have any questions.

Q: Am I able to bring someone with me?
A: Open Days are a great way for not only you to see the campus and our university but for your friends and family too – the more the merrier.

Q: I am travelling quite a distance – is there somewhere for me to stay overnight?
A: Longdales House is our very own boutique bed & breakfast, right here on campus for you and your guests to stay in overnight. Please click here to be taken to their website to view availability and booking procedures.

If they are fully booked, don’t worry, there are plenty of wonderful, low cost and welcoming hotels, guest houses and bed & breakfasts around the university. Please click here to be taken to the Visit Lincoln website to have a look at the many choices.

Q: Is this the right course for me?
A: At an Open Day you will have the opportunity to meet and talk to the tutors and academics, participate in workshops and experience a taster of your chosen course so you can make sure that it is the right one for you. Most programmes will be repeated throughout the day so if you can’t decide between one, two or even three courses, you’ll have the time to try them all.

Q: What facilities are on the campus?
A: We’re very proud of our campus. We’ve been here in the heart of uphill Lincoln for a very long time and, over the years, we have made many improvements to ensure it is a pleasant and comfortable place to study, work and live. We strive to provide our students with everything they might need right on their doorstep – whether it’s checking out a selection of books in our newly developed state-of-the-art library, grabbing a delicious latte or mocha from our Alice in Wonderland themed coffee shop, heading to the gym to catch a class, or just enjoying the beautiful surroundings – we guarantee that you and your guests will love our campus as much as we do.

For more information about our campus, please click here.

Q: What accommodation is available in or around the campus?
A: Moving away from home to begin your studies can seem rather scary – that’s why we aim to make your transition as smooth and hassle-free as possible. Our Accommodation Officer will be available throughout the day to help with any queries about living on campus and provide information if you are interested in living off campus. There will also be an opportunity to see a typical halls of residence room during a campus tour.

For more information about our Accommodation both on and off campus, please click here.

Q: What is the student life like in Lincoln?
A: Lincoln is a unique city and with visible history dating back to the Romans, it’s a fascinating one as well. It is also incredibly student friendly – with students making up a significant proportion of the population, you can be sure that when you arrive here, you’ll be in good company. But don’t just take our word for it – during the day you’ll have many opportunities to take a mini bus tour around the city so you can get a real feel for the place. Also make sure not to miss the Student’s Union session so you can find out more on Lincoln from a BGU student perspective.

For more information about life in Lincoln, please click here.

Q: What support is available at the University?
A: Our students are our top priority. We’ll offer you support from your first application right through to graduation and beyond. Throughout your Open Day you’ll be able to speak to our Student Advice team on a wide range of issues and queries including accessibility and disability services, financial support, careers and futures guidance, counselling and Chaplaincy support.

For more information about the support we offer, please click here.

Q: I’m worried about student finance and maintenance loans – is there someone I can talk to on the day?
A: When it comes to applying for student finance, information is everywhere, but we have found that it can be confusing and condradictory. That’s why at BGU, we try to give you all the information and support we can to help you through the process. Our Student Advice and Registry team will be available to answer your questions about student finance, including tuition fees, student loans and general living costs. The Registry team will also help you with general queries about courses and accommodation fees.

For more information about our Fees and Funding, please click here.

Further Information

Accessibility Needs

If you or anyone in your group have any accessibility needs regarding accessing or getting around our campus, please let our Admissions Team know before you arrive so we can make sure that you are fully looked after and get the most out of your day – enquiries@bishopg.ac.uk

How to get here?

Lincoln is in the heart of England in the East Midlands – easily accessible by road or rail.

By road:

  1. Join the A46 Lincoln by-pass and follow signs for Lincoln North.
  2. At the roundabout with the A15 head towards the city centre along Riseholme Road
  3. At the first roundabout, turn left taking the first exit into Longdales Road.
  4. The entrance to the visitors’ and the student car park is approximately 100 metres on the right.

By rail:

Lincoln is linked with the majority of major stations including Nottingham, Sheffield, London and Leeds. Once you arrive at the station you can find taxis right outside which will take you straight to the campus for around £4. This can also be the perfect time to explore so if you are ahead of time, walk the 20-30 minutes it takes to get to our campus making sure to pace yourself on Steep Hill.

Food and Drink

When you come along to one of our Open Days, you’ll be able to relax and unwind in one of our three catering outlets.

  • REFECTORY is our main food hub on campus. Inside you can choose to visit the Café Refectory, where you can enjoy a barista made coffee and choose from our tempting range of sandwiches, snacks and drinks. Or you can visit our Refectory Kitchen, where you’ll find all of our hot food offerings.
  • CURIOSITEA is our on-site coffee shop situated in the heart of campus and is inspired by the adventures of Alice in Wonderland. Our Barista trained staff will provide you with a range of specialty teas and coffees as well as some tempting snacks and home baked cakes.
  • THE BAR is a focal point for campus life. In the bar you will be able to purchase a selection of draught beers, lagers and cider as well a full range of bottled alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Our Pizza Station offers a range of pizzas and wraps with some tempting sides at various times throughout the day (also available to take away).

If you have any more questions which haven’t been answered in this section then please email our Admission Team who will be happy to help you – enquiries@bishopg.ac.uk

Look forward to seeing you and have a great Open Day.