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Open Days

Our open days are a fantastic opportunity for you to get a feel for studying at AUB.

Course Leader for BA (Hons) Textiles leading a session on an Open Day

Spend a day with our creative community

Our Open Days are a fantastic opportunity for you to get a feel for studying with us, whether you attend an on-campus Open Day or watch a virtual talk from the comfort of your own home – we've got you covered.

Explore our Open Day Hub – a 24/7 Open Day available to you, when you want it. Find out more and register below.

At all of our events, you’ll have the chance to hear from our students and lecturers, ask all your burning questions and find out what life is like as an #AUBMAKER.

Open day dates

Open day type Date Book

Foundation and Undergraduate (on campus)

1 July 2023

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Foundation and Undergraduate (on campus)

23 September 2023

Opens 21 August

Foundation and Undergraduate (on campus)

7 October 2023

Opens 21 August

Foundation and Undergraduate (on campus)

4 November 2023

Opens 11 September

Foundation and Undergraduate (on campus)

2 December 2023

Opens 9 October

Open Day Hub

We know that not everyone can make it to an Open Day, so we've created a virtual hub that brings together all the information you need to know, whenever you need it.

In our Open Day Hub, you can watch live and recorded course talks, chat with current students, explore our 360 virtual campus and more. We've got everything you need to decide whether we're the university for you.

Campus tours

If you can't make an Open Day, pop along to one of our campus tours, which run on Fridays. These tours allow you to explore our creative campus and its general facilities with one of our student ambassadors, so that you can get a feel for the AUB vibe.

However, as Campus Tours run on teaching days, they won't allow you access into individual studios, halls of residence, or to speak to academic teams. To do this, book onto one of our Open Days, which'll offer you the complete experience of visiting AUB.

Campus Tour date Book

2 June 2023

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15 September 2023

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6 October 2023

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20 October 2023

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10 November 2023

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24 November 2023

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8 December 2023

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More information

Offer holder days

Once you've applied and received an offer, you'll get the chance to explore the campus on an offer holder day. These events are invite-only and give you an opportunity to meet prospective course teams, your future classmates and take part in group activities.

We also offer an online alternative if you can't make it to campus – you'll still get the chance to talk to staff and current students with others starting the course.

UCAS Events

We attend UCAS events throughout the year and we’d love to see you.

To find out where we’ll be and when, see our UCAS Events page. You can register for UCAS events online on the UCAS website.

Open day FAQs

Below are a number of questions frequently asked by visitors planning to attend our Open Days.

Yes, you do need to book to attend our online and on campus Open Days. Bookings can be made online using the links above in our ‘Open Day dates’ section.

The day starts at 09.00 and ends at 15.00. Breakfast and lunch options are available at various hospitality points across campus.

You don’t need to attend all day – you’re welcome to arrive and leave when you wish. We repeat the majority of course talks (at 09.50, 11.10 and 12.30) and informative talks throughout the day, allowing you to build the day around your requirements. We have many activities and tours to get involved with during the event so if you wish to make the most of these, we recommend arriving at 09.00 and staying for the length of the event.

Please note: a few specific courses only host one talk that isn’t repeated, this will be easily identifiable when you make a booking. Please make a note of this when booking and be aware if you choose one of these talks.

The day runs from 09.00-15.30, and there's lots to do. Our course talks are repeated three times (09.50, 11.10 and 12.30) throughout the day, you'll meet course leaders and have your questions answered, learn more about practical details such as entry requirements and funding options, chat with student ambassadors, tour the campus, check out our halls of residence, and maybe even try your hand at a creative activity or two.

Once you've booked on to an Open Day, make sure to check your emails for your ticket and further information. If you'd like to get ahead with planning, you can download the Open Day guide in advance.

You can cancel/amend via links in the booking confirmation email.

You're more than welcome to bring along extra family members and friends but for busier talks we may ask that only one student and one guest attend. There are lots of other activities and hospitality points across campus for additional guests to enjoy.

Dogs are also welcome to join you on campus, however, they won't be able to accompany you to the talks. Please ensure they're kept on a short lead and with the owner at all times.

Please email to make any access arrangements (e.g. blue badge parking, a sign language interpreter, audio loops or any other support or assistance). Together, with our Senior Disability Advisor, we'll provide advice and support for the day.

Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) is a single campus University based in Poole, Dorset (BH12 5HH).

We've put together a handy guide with directions on how to find us, including what buses to take and our nearest train station if you're taking public transport. It's worth noting that we're next door to Bournemouth University, so you might like to use our what3words code (what3words: ///claims.fetch.driver) to find our entrance.

South Western Railway travel offer

To help out with the ongoing cost-of-living situation, you can now get 34% discount on train fares if you travel with South Western Railway (SWR) to an AUB Open Day. For holders of a 16-25 Railcard, this discount is bumped up to 40%.

Please note: Discounted fares (indicated by asterisks) are limited and are subject to availability.

Terms and conditions

  • The Open Day SWR travel offer is only available for travel on SWR services. If travelling from or within a region of the country that isn't part of the SWR network, you may need to purchase separate tickets to the chosen destination.
  • The destination is restricted to travel to AUB campus only.
  • Origin of journey must be within the SWR network.
  • The offer can't be combined with any other promotional fare.
  • All fares are subject to availability
  • The offer is unique to AUB and can't be used for destinations other than those specified.
  • This offer can be withdrawn without notice.


  • I can't see an available fare Either tickets, which are subject to availability, may have sold out or, if you're a regular user of SWR and its booking tool you can clear your cookies and try again.
  • I can't see an available Open Day date – The Advance Purchase ticket window is generally available from 12 weeks in advance of the travel date. if you can't see an available date it's worth checking back from 12 weeks before the event.
  • Who's the offer available to? – Anyone who's travelling with the student.
  • Can I use a Railcard? – Only the 16-25 Railcard is currently valid with the offer.
  • Can I change or refund my ticket? – The promotion tickets are based on the Advance Purchase fare and are subject to the same conditions. They can be changed for a £10 admin fee but can't be cancelled. Unless due to an incident that'd mean you couldn't travel on the requested times, e.g. industrial action.

We have limited car parking on campus. Once this car park is full, we have an overflow car park around the corner, just a short five-minute walk to ensure we can accommodate all our visitors. Please always arrive at the main AUB entrance, as our security team will be on hand to help direct you on arrival.

Please email to reserve a parking space on campus.

Absolutely! We have a great group of student ambassadors representing various courses – they'll be pleased to have a chat with you on the day and share their experiences as AUB students.

Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) is a completely separate university to Bournemouth University (BU). That said, the AUB campus is located directly next to BU.

On arrival, you’ll see the BU campus first, and the AUB campus just behind this – please follow the AA signs and other road signs on arrival to direct you.

Yes, although capacities in some rooms can be limited, so entry is on a first-come-first-served basis. For particularly busy talks, we may limit entry to one student and one guest just to make sure as many people as possible can attend.

Our general Open Days cover our Foundation course and our BA (Hons) degree programmes. We have a specific Open Day for Masters and PhD/Research courses. All dates can be found here in the ‘Open Day dates’ section on this page.

We’ll give you a printed programme of the day on arrival when you come to the registration point.

We’ll send an email with the joining information the day before the event. Please check your junk/spam folder and if it can’t be found please contact us on

The Open Day Hub is for all our levels – Foundation, Undergraduate (BA) and Postgraduate (MA).

Dogs are welcome to join you on campus, however, they won't be able to accompany you to the talks. Please ensure they're kept on a short lead and with the owner at all times.

If we spot a dog, our Social Media team will likely come and ask your dog for an interview.

Eat, drink, shop, or just enjoy Bournemouth's famous expanse of beaches. Or explore the neighbouring towns of Poole and Christchurch, or even further beyond. There's so much to do.

Not sure where to begin? We've put together a little list of ideas.

What you can expect to see

Get in touch

If you have any questions about Open Days please call us on 01202 363368 or email

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