How to make the most of a UCAS exhibition

01 March 2019

UCAS higher education exhibitions are a great opportunity to find out about universities from across the UK, all in one place.

Exhibitions are now underway across the country for students looking to start an undergraduate degree course in September 2020 with hundreds of higher education providers in attendance ready to help you start thinking about your next steps.

Leeds Arts University attend many of these events alongside other specialist arts institutions and other universities offering arts degrees so it’s a great way to get lots of information out of one day. See which events Leeds Arts University will be attending here.


With so many visitors and exhibitors all in one place it can feel a little overwhelming, but our top tips should help you get the most from the event.

1. Do your research

The UCAS website has downloadable event guides for each of the exhibitions, including a plan of the university stands and the seminar programme to help you organise your time.

2. Be prepared

Draw up a shortlist of universities that offer the arts degree courses that you’re interested in, have a think about what you want to know and prepare a list of questions to ask. Some UCAS exhibition guides even have a handy notes page to help you create your shortlist and organise any information you gather.

3. Be selective

With around 300 exhibitors at each UCAS event you won’t have time to visit everyone. Visit the stands for your shortlisted universities first to make sure you have time to get the answers you need. You can always pick up a prospectus to read through at home if you don’t have time to talk to everyone.

4. Ask lots of questions

The exhibitors are there to help you find out more about their courses, campuses and the locations of their universities so if you want to know something, just ask! Most universities will come with student representatives so it’s a great way to get their perspective on student life. Just make sure you have some way of recording their answers so you don’t forget it all when you get home!

5. Attend a seminar

Many of the UCAS events have a programme of seminars which are free for you to attend. You can get helpful advice about choosing a course and applying to university, student finance and student life.

6. Find out more

You might not have time to ask all your questions, or you may think of more after you’ve left. Make sure you keep your UCAS event ticket handy, the exhibitors can scan it so they can email you more information about their courses and any upcoming open days.

After the exhibition spend some time finding out more about the universities you liked. The university websites will have a wealth of information; you can email or call if you have further questions; or even chat to a student to find out more. You can chat to students at Leeds Arts University here.

To find a UCAS exhibition near you visit the website here.