10 Things You Should Know Before You Arrive at the Global Education Fair

8th August 2016

Are you ready for the fair? If not, don’t worry! Our helpful, practical guide will detail everything you need to do before arriving at Global Education Fair UK

If you haven’t yet registered, join us for free at one of our upcoming fairs, details available here.

I don’t know about you, but I worry about the practicalities before going to an event. What should I bring? When should I get there? Where’s the closest bar for afterwards? You know, the usual. Here are some tips to help you out.

1. Complete your registration!

Who likes queueing? Perverts and weirdos. And my Mum. That’s not a coincidence, I’m sure. Anyway, if you like queueing, then carry on, but if you don’t, then it’s probably best if you complete your registration (if you haven’t already). That way you can jump to the front of the line and avoid having to wait to fill in a form that you can complete right now in less than two minutes. Makes sense, right? Follow the link here to complete your registration!

2. How to get there

The address for the fair is 225 Edgware Road, London, W2 1JU. Also known as the Hilton Metropole Hotel if you’re not down with addresses. Edgware Road Underground station is just across the road from the hotel and is available via the Circle, District, Bakerloo and Hammersmith & City lines. Google Maps is your friend. Or Citymapper, that app is amazing. Uber if you’re running late? If you are still having difficulty, contact us via globaleducationfairs.co.uk, and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

3. What you should bring with you

Bring water. That’s an easy one. Bring water everywhere you go. That’s just advice for life. Except on a date. Or to a funeral. There’ll be water there, hopefully. Bring your keys, phone, money, travel card, ID. This is bread and butter stuff.

Most importantly, bring any documentation that you think you may need: passport, certificates, or evidence of predicted results, info on what you currently study, things like that. It really speeds along the process of travelling through the fair and it helps out our representatives no end!

Also, bring a bag. You’ll probably receive quite a few pieces of literature over the course of the day, prospectuses and the like, so bring a bag. A backpack or something would be best, not one of those tiny little ones though. You know the ones I mean.

4. What to wear?

Light jacket is de rigueur for these sorts of events. It can get very close and warm at points, so you’ll need ventilation, but there’s also the danger of bad weather or even worse, of close human contact. I’d recommend trousers, jeans something like that. Leave the shorts and skirts at home. I’d say t-shirt sounds like a good idea. Maybe a hoodie or jumper if need be. That’s another good reason to bring a bag.

5. Best times to go

No one wants to be the first one there, especially on a lazy Sunday, so very early morning is a good time to beat the rush. Things pick up towards early morning, but filter through as people wander off to lunch. If you’re clever, you may try the early lunch and work your way around the fair between 12 and 2.

6. How to efficiently travel around the fair

Be prepared. That’s easier said than done, of course, but it hardly takes a moment to skim the institution list and check off which are of most interest to you. Make a beeline towards those that appeal most, but be careful, the most popular booths can get especially busy, particularly during peak times.

If the fair does get too busy, just make sure to be aware of your surroundings and make way whenever anyone comes near. No one wants to be the guy causing a pile up because you’re playing Pokémon Go.

7. Prepare some questions

Don’t forget, this fair is about doing everything we can to help you make the right decision. But in order for the institutions to help you out, it’s best if you prepare a list of questions that you feel you need answering. Questions may include scholarship options, potential accommodation, general student support, frequently spoken languages or how courses may differ to your home country. These are just a taste. Remember that the representatives are there to help you, but first you have to help yourself.

8. Finance details

Another common question from potential students concerns finance. Education is something of an investment, especially in these trying times of rising costs. So much so that there isn’t enough space here to detail everything you need to know. Instead, read our article on the specifics of financing your study and educate yourself on how to get your finances in order.

9. Course choices

Where? When? How? The course you choose is one of the most important steps you’ll make in your career. Your life is like a running machine you see; you’re constantly moving forward. Choose wisely, and you’re allowed to continue. Otherwise, you may fall off and have to get back on. That’s not very much fun. Your choice will be decided by a myriad of factors: your interests, your family, your financial opportunity, your common sense, your bravery. Representatives at the fair can help a lot with these decisions. You just have to prepare yourself and understand the types of options you have before asking. Unfortunately, they will not be able to decide for you. Here’s an easy start, are you interested in undergraduate, postgraduate or language study?

10. Have fun!

No one expects you to sign the next portion of your life away on the spot. This fair is a chance to explore possibilities and dream of what may come next. The representatives will be on hand to give you information and help you apply if that is what’s required. There is also an option to apply via an agent, but for now, just imagine the possibilities and the potential you are fulfilling by taking this bold next step of your education.

If you haven’t yet registered, join us for free at one of our upcoming fairs, details available here.


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