About the Open Day
  • About the Open Day
  • Why Carlisle?
  • How to get here
  • Things to do in the area
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Our Open Day will provide you with a really good opportunity to see what our university has to offer - meeting tutors, walking around the inspiring campus, visiting our student accommodation, enjoying the practical activities we have prepared for you, and taking a stroll into the vibrant city centre.

We know choosing to come to university is a big decision and one that represents a significant investment for you, in time as well as financially. So, whilst you are on campus please do take the opportunity to talk to our passionate staff and student ambassadors: they will be delighted to give you their perspective on life as a student at the University of Cumbria in Carlisle.

Complimentary refreshments will also be provided for you and your guests on the day.

We hope you have a great day with us!

10 reasons to study at Brampton Road, Carlisle

  1. Brampton Road is a dedicated arts campus set in its own leafy grounds, perfect for inspiring your creativity!
  2. We have a fantastic heritage of nearly 200 years of Art and Design education as part of or legacy institutions
  3. We provide excellent facilities including studios, edit suites, IT labs, drones, and specialist equipment for individual courses
  4. We host regular performances throughout the year in the on-site Stanwix and Studio theatres
  5. We have outstanding links to industry including visiting directors, choreographers, artists, designers and film makers
  6. Our teaching staff have a great deal of practical experience and are actively involved in ‘world-leading’ and ‘internationally excellent’ research*
  7. Recent talks and Q&A sessions included Michal Makarewicz, Directing Animator, from Pixar and James Phelps – ‘Fred Weasley’ from Harry Potter
  8. Our public exhibition space, the Vallum Gallery, hosts exhibitions throughout the year including the highly anticipated end-of-year student exhibition
  9. You could join our award-winning graduates including a Turner Prize winner, Oscar winner our many successes at Drama Festivals, the Royal Television Society and design competitions with the Folio Society and Penguin Books
  10. Our London and Manchester Showcases give students the opportunity to seek agency representation and meet casting directors

* 2014 Research Excellence Framework

How to get here

Driving

The postcode for satnavs is CA3 9BJ.

Leave the M6 at junction 44 and join the A689 signposted Hexham. At the next roundabout take the last exit (B264) and follow the road into town (Brampton Road). Continue for two miles until housing gives way to railed parkland. The main entrance is on the right. 

Parking

Free parking is available on campus. Our friendly staff will be on hand to direct you to our car parks.

Rail

Carlisle is on the main west coast rail line from London to Glasgow and also has a direct, cross-country connection to Newcastle. Carlisle railway station is about a 25 minute walk from campus. Taxis are readily available outside the railway station.

Walking directions from the train station

Head left towards English St, crossing the road north into Scotch St (town centre). Walk ten minutes down Scotch St towards Civic Centre building. Take steps down towards Hardwicke Circus underpass. Continue north, past the fountain feature. At the top of the stairs, turn right and right again, travelling towards Eden Bridge.  Pass the Chinese Gardens, walking straight onto Brampton Road.

Walk ten minutes until you reach a set of traffic lights. The campus is on your left.

Bus

Bus 76 from the Market Hall in the town centre is the most frequent bus service and stops on Stanwix Bank/Scotland Road about 400m from campus. The Stagecoach 179 stops on Brampton Road.

Cafés and restaurants

If you fancy a coffee or a bite to eat off campus, there are lots of restaurants and cafés located a short stroll into the city centre. Here’s a sample of a few you might like to try:

  • Foxborough BBQ restaurant – just round the corner from the Fusehill St campus – meat lover’s paradise and an amazing brunch!
  • Alexandros Greek Restaurant and Deli – light lunches, evening meals or a full-blown meze if you prefer.  Lots of vegetarian options too
  • Thin White Duke – great for a daytime or early evening bite to eat. Popular with our students
  • Old Bank City Pub & Chophouse – good old English classics with a twist and locally-sourced produce
  • Dutch Uncle – great for lunch or evening meals - serving a variety of cocktails and Cumbrian tapas
  • Foxes Café Lounge – located near the cathedral and castle with a laid back arty vibe, popular with our students, also a public art gallery with open mic events
  • John Watt & Son – sample a slice of local history at Carlisle’s oldest traditional coffee shop
  • The Old Engine House – quirky coffee shop just off the main shopping street
  • Stanwix Tandoori – Indian cuisine you have to try – just round the corner from our Brampton Road campus

Entertainment

Carlisle is a vibrant city, with much to see and do, whether it’s history, shopping, sport, eating or outdoor festivals.

  • Carlisle Castle, Carlisle Cathedral and Tullie House Museum – all located in the historical quarter of the city. Carlisle Castle has been the most besieged castle in the country and was once home to Mary Queen of Scots who was kept prisoner here
  • Shopping, eating and drinking! Carlisle has a lovely pedestrianised city centre with a main shopping street and undercover shopping centre. You can find so many places to eat and drink, you will be spoiled for choice 
  • Carlisle is host to a number of outdoor festivals and events at the beautiful Bitts Park, Carlisle United football ground and the racecourse. There are lots of famous music artists and bands hosting gigs here and often our students get the opportunity to work on some of these festivals!
  • The Sands Centre – large sports complex with a fantastic sports package deal for our students.  It is located a short walk from Brampton Road campus and is also the main entertainment venue for Carlisle, hosting a multitude of music, performance, theatre and comedy acts
  • Carlisle Fire Show – The biggest and best bonfire and fireworks display in the North!  Not to be missed!

Things to do nearby

  • Carlisle is the City of the Lakes.  A 25 minute drive takes you into the northern lake district where you can find the best walks, lakes and attractions
  • Hadrian’s Wall – spanning almost 80 miles coast to coast, Hadrian's Wall is one of the North’s finest Roman attractions with various museums and forts to explore

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 so they can get involved in the day 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 Works dining area - a lively space for students to socialise and recharge that creative energy. The homemade cakes are a must!

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

Carlisle is on the main west coast rail line from London to Glasgow and also has a direct, cross-country connection to Newcastle. Carlisle railway station is about a 25- minute walk from campus. Taxis are readily available outside the railway station.

Walking directions from the train station

Head left towards English St, crossing the road north into Scotch St (town centre). Walk ten minutes down Scotch St towards Civic Centre building. Take steps down towards Hardwicke Circus underpass. Continue north, past fountain feature. At the top of the stairs, turn right and right again, travelling to-wards Eden Bridge.  Pass the Chinese Gardens, walking straight onto Brampton Road.

Walk ten minutes until you reach a set of traffic lights. The campus is on your left.

Traveling by car

The postcode for sat navs is CA3 9BJ.

Leave the M6 at junction 44 and join the A689 signposted Hexham. At the next roundabout take the last exit (B264) and follow the road into town (Brampton Road). Continue for two miles until housing gives way to railed parkland. The main entrance is on the right. 

Free parking is available on campus. Our friendly staff will be on hand to direct you to our car parks.

Travelling by bus

Bus 76 from the Market Hall in the town centre is the most frequent bus service and stops on Stanwix Bank/Scotland Road about 400m from campus. The Stagecoach 179 stops on Brampton Road

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 Brampton Road campus and our 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 sessions

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.