About the Open Day
  • About the Open Day
  • Why Ambleside?
  • How to get here
  • Things to do in the area
  • Other activities
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From testing your outdoor skills to getting stuck into a conservation study – they’re just some of the course sessions on offer at our open day - Sound good? Add in the delights of the beautiful Lake District right here on campus with demos, food and drink, and local businesses – and it will make for a great day.

Visiting us is the best way to absorb the awesome experience of our amazing Ambleside campus, nestled in a National Park and see first-hand what it’s like to live and learn with fellow conservation, outdoor and nature-lovers in this stunning part of the UK.

We’ll have loads going on to give you a feel for the campus, but should you fancy it, you’re only a stroll to the centre of Ambleside.

5 reasons why you should come to our open day

  • Experience your course– Try it out with interactive sessions and talks run by our academic staff and make sure it’s the right course for you
  • Enquire about your course direct with tutors - From applications and personal statements to placement and research opportunities, course assessments and even career prospects, speak directly to our tutors and get the answers you need
  • Explore the campus – See where you could be living and learning. Stroll around the campus and check out for yourself our great facilities, including a climbing wall, research centres and free outdoor skills training and equipment hire
  • Experience student life – Find out about all the clubs, career networking and placement opportunities we offer you as a student. Find out how you’ll utilise the mountains, rivers and lakes of an iconic landscape in your studies and the opportunities we give you to thoroughly enjoy and extensively explore the Lake District. Plus, our current students will be delighted to give you the honest low down on what it’s really like to be a student here
  •  Unearth the practical aspects of moving to university - Meet our accommodation, admissions and finance teams to find out about applying to university, the support we offer, figure out how to finance your studies and the options open to you for the best place to stay while studying with us

Plus, there’s complimentary refreshments for you and your guests.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to our friendly campus; a place where students study to achieve big things.

We hope you enjoy your day!

 

10 reasons to study in Ambleside

  1. Our campus is situated in the Lake District National Park - you can drive to Lake Windermere in five minutes!
  2. Our beautiful campus is compact, friendly and provides easy access to the great outdoors.
  3. We have invested over £13 million recently on our estate, including our new deluxe on-campus student accommodation.
  4. Our teaching staff have a great deal of practical experience and are actively involved in ‘world-leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’ research.*
  5. Many of our wide-ranging programmes offer placement opportunities and fascinating international field trips including The Gambia, USA, Spain, Iceland, Nepal.
  6. We are the largest provider of outdoor studies programmes in the UK.
  7. We provide excellent facilities such as an outdoor study centre, lakeside access and indoor climbing wall.
  8. We are proud to be partnered with the Cumbrian paramedic service to deliver our newest course in paramedic practice.
  9. We have produced award-winning graduates who now occupy some of the most senior positions in the forestry and woodland sector.
  10. 80% of our coastline is classified as being of international wildlife importance, making our conservation programmes an excellent choice.

*2014 Research Excellence Framework

 

How to get here

Driving

Ambleside is just north of Windermere, Cumbria. Postcode for sat navs is LA22 9BB.

  • From the North: Take the A591 which brings you directly onto Rydal Road. The campus is on your left hand side.
  • From the South: Take the A591 from Windermere which brings you onto Lake Road. At the start of the one-way system bear left onto Wansfell Road and then right onto the A593. Follow this road round through the town centre and at the traffic lights turn left onto Rydal Road. The campus entrance is on your right hand side.

Limited free parking is available on site or alternatively there is a pay and display car park just opposite the campus.

Train

Windermere is the nearest train station to our Ambleside campus. There is a regular bus service (555) to and from Windermere to Ambleside, which takes around twenty minutes. Taxis can be ordered from Windermere station.

On campus

The Buried Moon

While you're on campus, why not check out The Buried Moon, a three-part artwork exploring landscape and the cultural history of geology in the Lake District through a performance by Philip Stanier, Penny Newell and Gillian Lees, alongside a photographic exhibition and virtual reality experience by Wayne Burrows and animated by Adam York Gregory which allows viewers to drift below the surface, into the deep interior of the earth. 

Find out more


Around town

Thousands of tourists flock annually to this small Lake District town. There's a wealth of things to see and do in the heart of the iconic National Park. 

Sightseeing and activities

  • Go Ape! at Grizedale Forest – treetop adventure including a 275m long zip wire!
  • Windermere Cruises – jump on a boat at Waterhead and explore the lake
  • Wray Castle – a National Trust property on the west coast of Windermere. A great place for a picnic by the lake
  • Loughrigg Fell – a walk from campus with views of Rydal Water and Grasmere and an opportunity to explore Rydal caves

Cafés and Restaurants

There are a great many eating places in Ambleside – below are just a few of our favourites.

  • Rattle Gill Café – vegetarian. Great chilli, salad and cakes!
  • The Apple Pie Bakery – tea room and takeaway. We recommend the Chelsea buns!
  • Dodds – lovely Italian food
  • Chesters by the River – vegetarian restaurant, a ten-minute drive away at Skelwith Bridge. You can also enjoy a pre- or post-dinner walk along the river to Elterwater.

Entertainment

It goes without saying that there are numerous outdoor pursuits in Ambleside and the surrounding area – climbing, walking, sailing, canoeing, mountain biking, open-water swimming, painting or photography – but when you want to put your feet up at the end of the day here are our recommendations.

  • Zefirellis - arthouse cinema in a converted church, jazz café and pizzeria
  • The Lily Bar – great cocktails!
  • The Golden Rule - traditional pub, popular with walkers, climbers, mountain bikers, artists and writers
  • Bar eS – Mexican bar. Craft beer and tasty tapas

Local Market Place

Discover what's on your doorstep in Ambleside. You're travelling far and wide, so we're bringing the city and local area to you!

Gretna Gateway Outlet Village logoLake District Calvert Trust LogoWoodland Trust logo

Booking & attendance

Do I have to book to attend an open day?

Yes, you will need to book a place on our open day. Please click on the Book Now button above.

Will I receive confirmation of my booking?

Once you've completed your booking, you'll receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite. We'll also send you a reminder email closer to the time.

Do I need to let you know of any changes to my booking?

Please do let us know if you can no longer make it to the open day. We can get you booked onto an alternative open day or a campus tour.

Can I bring guests with me?

Yes, we really encourage you to take advice from your parents, family and friends, who will be supporting and helping you throughout your applicant journey. We encourage you to bring them along, and get involved in the days too.

Where can I eat on the day?

Complimentary refreshments will be available throughout the open day, but if you fancy something more, grab a bite to eat in the Barn. Located in the middle of the campus, it's a welcoming space to gather with friends over a coffee or lunch.

What if I can't make the date?

Don’t worry, if you can't make it to one of our open days, you can book onto one of our Campus Tours, with an opportunity to learn more about UoC, speak to a student ambassador and have a really good look around.

Travel & access

Traveling by train

Windermere is the nearest train station to our Ambleside campus. There is a regular bus service (555) to and from Windermere to Ambleside, which takes around twenty minutes. Taxis can be ordered from Windermere station.

Traveling by car

Ambleside is just north of Windermere, Cumbria. The postcode for sat navs is LA22 9BB.

From the North: Take the A591 which brings you directly onto Rydal Road. The campus is on your left hand side.

From the South: Take the A591 from Windermere which brings you onto Lake Road. At the start of the one-way system bear left onto Wansfell Road and then right onto the A593. Follow this road round through the town centre and at the traffic lights turn left onto Rydal Road. The campus entrance is on your right hand side.

Parking

Limited free parking is available on site or alternatively there is a pay and display car park just opposite the campus – see campus map.

Support for visitors with disabilities

If you require any specific support during your visit, please speak to a member of staff during registration. Our campus map outlines our disabled parking spaces and accessible routes.

Talks & tours

Campus and accommodation tours

Our student ambassadors will be on hand throughout the day to take you on a tour of our beautiful Ambleside campus and our brand new student accommodation. It's the perfect chance to pick their brains about what it's really like being a student at the University of Cumbria!

There is usually an accommodation tour every hour and a campus tour every half hour.

Subject specific talks and interactive session

These are brilliant opportunities to delve deeper into our courses. Our passionate staff will introduce you to the subjects and the departments - you'll even be able to take part in a taster session!

Information fair

Information stands and talks for our academic and support services will be available throughout the day. Our staff will be on hand to provide information and answer your questions about:

  • Courses
  • Accommodation support
  • Student admissions 
  • Career and employability advice
  • Student finance and managing your money
  • Disability advice
  • Mental health and counselling support
  • Student parents support
  • Library and Student Services
  • Any other support you may require at university

When you study with the University of Cumbria, you will have access to advice about your course, academic skills development, your wellbeing, university life in general and your future career direction. Support is provided in a number of ways; it can be online, by phone or if you need it, in person.