What is university like?

Wondering what it’s really like to study at university? From taster days to student experiences and sample lectures, find out how you can get a flavour of university life – and if it’s the right next step for you.

Student experiences

Where best to hear about what university is really like, than from students themselves?

  • In our Open Mic series, students talk about what it’s like to study different subjects.
  • For more advice on not just the student experience, but also on things like your application, personal statement, and careers advice, our Hub Lives are a great way to hear from students currently at university to give you an idea of what it could be like for you, too.
  • Want your questions answered? Chat to current students live through Unibuddy to find out what life at university is like for them and how they’re finding their course.

University taster courses

Most taster courses include lectures, discussions, and tutorial sessions. These give you the chance to meet departmental staff and get hands-on experience of the facilities. This can provide you with important insight into how the university or college works. 

Taster courses vary in length: some are one-day courses only, whereas others are held over a weekend, or sometimes over a whole week. You'll often have the opportunity to stay overnight on campus, and to meet lecturers and undergraduate students – while finding out what the course really involves.

Taster courses also allow you to find out about the other side of student life, such as the sports, music, drama and cultural activities, and meet other people who share your interests.

Take a look at your local universities to see if they offer any taster courses.

Researching universities and colleges

Shortlist universities and colleges and find out what they have to offer, from student life to city guides and facilities.

Check out unis and colleges

Open days and events

Open days and events are the best way to find out what a university is like and find out more about courses you may be interested in. Visiting campuses or attending UCAS events is a great way to narrow down your shortlist, and work out if you can see yourself at a university or college studying a particular subject.