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Merchant Venturers Building

Undergraduate open days and campus tours

The University provides a number of open days for prospective students wishing to visit. You will get the chance to meet academic staff, tour the facilities and the University as a whole, and see a range of presentations and exhibitions of what we do.

Should you be unable to attend one of the University-wide open days, tours for prospective students are also offered throughout the year, which are led by current students and organised centrally.

Alternatively if you cannot make one of those dates you are welcome to take a self-guided walking tour or you may wish to contact the Faculty Office to arrange a tour of the Faculty of Engineering.

We regret we cannot accommodate visitors directly to our Department without prior appointments, and since all our academic staff are also active researchers, we cannot guarantee a chance to meet a staff member outside scheduled hours.

Visit days

You will be invited along to a visit day if you have applied to study with us, and we think you have the potential to do well on one of our courses. Visit days are held between October and March, and generally take place every Wednesday during this period. Applicants are invited to meet both staff and current students on the course, as well as to have a look round the department. Parents are welcome to attend.

N.B. Occasionally the 'visit day' may be referred to as a 'UCAS day', 'interview day' or 'admission day'.

If you are applying with a BTEC or Access qualification, you will need to take a maths test as part of the visit day.   Please see the Maths Test FAQs (PDF, 209kB) and CS Maths Test Guidance (PDF, 222kB) for more information.

F.A.Q. about the visit day

Is it essential that I attend a visit day?

Yes, you are expected to attend a visit day.

What is the programme of events for the day?

Visit Day Schedule (PDF, 308kB)

Computer Science and Innovation applicants, please click here.

What will the group discussion be like, and how should I prepare?

You will meet with our academic staff who will discuss your application. They will want to find out about your:

It is also an opportunity for you to ask questions, and find out more about the course, Department, University and city.

What happens after the visit day?

The member of academic staff who you met for the discussion will feed information back to our admissions team, who are responsible for making decisions on offers. UCAS will let you know as soon as we've made a decision; you can also check the progress of your application in track.

What time does the visit day start and finish?

The visit day will commence at 12.15pm, but there are demonstrations running from 11.30 onwards.  The visit day will finish at 16.00.

Is lunch provided?

Yes, we provide a selection of sandwiches at 13.15 along with hot and cold beverages.  Please let us know in advance if you have any special dietary requirements as we are happy to cater for all.

I'm applying for Comupter Science with Innovation - where can I find more information?

More information about the Innovation course can be found here.  You can find out more about the Computer Science with Innovation visit days by clicking here.

How do I get to the university?

There is a free coach from Temple Meads Station to the Merchant Venturers Building which leaves at 11.30 to arrive in time for registration.  The coach will pick up from outside of the department at 16.00, to make the return journey to Temple Meads - it is a twenty minute journey to the station (although this can vary).

If you miss the coach, you can catch the number 8 or 9 bus which runs to the precinct every ten minutes during the day.

The university maintains a Maps and Guidessection that gives directions for all forms of transport - including aprecinct map (Merchant Venturers is Building number 25).

I'm travelling by car, which is the closest car park to the department?

The closest car park to the department is located at Trenchard Street.

I need to stay overnight, which areas do you recommend I book accommodation in?

The maps and guides sectionhas information about convenient accommodation for your visit.

How can I find out more about student accommodation?

Please visit the Accommodation Office website for information about student halls.

If you would like to visit a hall of residence you must contact the residences in advance.  Contact details for each hall of residence are available on the Accommodation Office website.

How many people can accompany me to the admissions days?

Due to limited space we prefer you to bring a maximum of one guest, however we are happy to make an exception where necessary.

Does the University offer a travel bursary for applicants from low income households?

Yes, there are a limited number of travel bursaries available for UK 'Home' applicants in financial need attending an interview or departmental open day. To apply please contact the Student Funding office (0117) 3317972 or email

Is there a dress code?

There is no dress code for the visit day. The department has a friendly and relaxed environment, and formal or business dress is not required.

 If you have a question about the course you have applied for, please visit the online prospectus.

If you cannot find the answer to your question, please contact or +44 (0)117 928 8150 - the Admissions team will be very happy to help.