Frequently asked questions

Can I bring family or friends?

Yes, you are more than welcome to bring parents, family and/or friends with you to the Open Day. When you book online you will be asked how many guests you would like to bring - please do complete this as it helps with our planning. 

Can I change the number of places I've booked?

There is unfortunately not a way that you can amend the number of guests that you added when you made the original booking. The only way of amending your booking is by cancelling and rebooking your ticket. If you have created an account with eventbrite when registering, you should be able to log in. From here you should be able to cancel your order. You can reorder through our bookings page. Our Open day has an unlimited allocation of tickets, so don't fear losing your place by cancelling your order. Alternatively, please email opendays@aston.ac.uk with your new details.

What time does the Open Day start and finish?

The Open Day takes place between the hours of 9.00am and 3.00pm. We have a series of introduction and general sessions during the day, with subject sessions beginning at 9.30am, and the last talk finishing at 2.00pm. 

Do I have to attend the whole Open Day?

No, you can attend just for part of the Open Day. Feel free to plan your day around the activities you wish to partake in. 

Do I have to book to attend any of the talks?

No, you do not need to book in advance to attend any of the talks, and the selection of talks at the booking stage is intended to serve as a reminder rather than to guarantee a place. Some will be busier than others and many are repeated during the day.  Please check the Open Day programme for details when the talks are available. The Open Day programme will be available around two weeks before the Open Day.

How long do the talks last?

The subject sessions last approximately 45minutes and will take the form of a sample lecture, with time for a course overview and Q&A. General information sessions are shorter than this (approximately 30minutes), so please refer to the Open Day programme for further details. 

Do I have to book tickets for the campus tours?

No - guided tours depart from the Student Life Marquee every few minutes throughout the day.

We encourage visitors to take part in guided campus tours where possible, as this will ensure that you don't miss anything and you will also be able to ask our student ambassadors any questions you may have.

If you'd like a guided campus and/or accommodation tour delivered by an Aston student ambassador, we have tours running on a frequent basis throughout the day from 09.00am to 2.30pm. These depart from the Student Life Marquee and last approximately 30-40 minutes. No booking is required.

If you prefer to take a self-guided tour of campus, a map is available for reference in the Open Day programme guide.
Do the campus tours include a visit to the accommodation?

No - you will have the option to take a campus-only tour, or one which includes accommodation so just let us know which you prefer when joining the tour. Visitors taking self-guided tours are also able to view the student residences as we have a small number of open showflats available, with students on hand to answer any queries.

Where can I park?

Unfortunately we do not have parking available on campus as space is limited. However, pay and display parking is available very close to campus at Millennium Point (B4 7SA). Please see our maps & directions page for more details.

Is the University close to the train station?

The University is a 10-15 minute walk, or five minute taxi ride, from all three central mainline Birmingham train stations – Birmingham New Street, Birmingham Snow Hill and Birmingham Moor Street. Please see our maps & directions page for more details.

Will I need to register on arrival at the Open Day?

When you arrive onto campus you will need to visit the Main Building Reception to register. Registration is quick and easy and involves scanning your unique bar code. Please ensure you print your ticket or bring it on a mobile device. If you are unable to bring your bar code we should still be able to locate your booking but this may delay the process so we encourage all visitors to bring their ticket with them. 

Open Day Programme

The Open Day Programme will be available on the website around 2 weeks before the event. Physical copies will also be available on the day.

Where to eat on campus

There is a fantastic range of outlets open during open day for you to go to and enjoy and they include:

Tierra Food Court (9am - 3pm)
Here you can sit back and relax and indulge in our hot food menus throughout the day including Breakfast Baps & a delicious choice for lunch at the East Grill & Street Food Counter and also our Chicken Joes Counter which serves a selection of Chicken & Burgers. Also, in Tierra you can pick up your favourite Costa Coffee drinks at the Coffee Bar.

View our Open Day Menu.

Eros Coffee Bar (8:30am - 3pm)
The brand new Vegan/Vegetarian pit stop right here on campus and is the perfect place to grab and go while on the move. A choice of Sandwiches, Snacks, Soft Drinks and Fairtrade Coffee all available.

Cafe Libro (10am - 3pm)
Based in the University Library, Cafe Libro is the ideal spot to grab a choice of Sandwiches, Paninis and a fantastic range of sweet treats and cakes. Libro also proudly serves Starbucks.