Visiting Keele Frequently Asked Questions

Please see below for answers to questions that visitors often ask us when planning their visit to Keele

Before making their final shortlist of institutions, prospective students are encouraged to attend one of our open days. Applicant visit days are intended for those who have applied to study at Keele.

Although by necessity the programmes for the two types of events are similar in content (for visitors who can only make one visit), we do encourage you to return for an applicant visit day even if you have attended an open day. The applicant visit day will provide the opportunity to get more detailed information on your chosen academic subject(s).

Yes, you will need to book a place as there are capacities on some of our activities. We’ll be in touch the week before the event with a programme and more details on how to book onto sessions.

Full programme details are made available online prior to each event. To ensure that you get a copy of the programme emailed to you in advance of the day, please book your place online. You will also be able to collect a hard copy programme on the day.

Yes, all activity on an open day or applicant visit day takes place at Keele's main campus.

On arrival onto campus, follow the signage for parking or the directions of our parking team, who will be on hand to direct you to the next available car park. During open days and applicant visit days car parking will be free on Keele campus, but please leave your car in a marked parking bay.

Open days and applicant visit days typically run from around 9:00am until 4:00pm, but start and end times may vary slightly and will be advertised in advance of the event.

You do not have to be here at the start but we hope you will use the programme, sent to you via email in advance (if you have booked your place), to plan what you want to do during the day and book onto your preferred activities. The later in the day you arrive, the greater the risk of missing some of the talks/sessions and not being able to fit in all aspects of the programme.

We recommend that you come prepared for the (unpredictable) British weather and wear comfortable footwear, as a number of activities take place outdoors.

The nearest railway stations to Keele are:

  • Stoke-on-Trent (5 miles / 8 km away)
  • Crewe (12 miles / 19 km away)

For national train times and enquiries visit or

From the train stations you can get to Keele campus via bus, taxi or cycling.

Taxi: There is a taxi rank outside Stoke-on-Trent and Crewe railway stations. The journey takes 15-20 minutes from Stoke-on-Trent railway station and 20-25 minutes from Crewe railway station

Local bus information: From Stoke-on-Trent train station, 'First' buses operate the No. 25 service. The bus stop is on your left when exiting the station, on the opposite side of the road (opposite the taxi rank). More details can be found on the First Group website.

From Crewe bus station, D&G buses (No. 85 service) to Newcastle-under-Lyme leaves from the stop to the right of the station entrance towards the roundabout. The service takes about 50 minutes, and stops in Keele village or at Barnes Hall.

Shuttle bus service: For some open days and applicant visit days we run a shuttle service between Stoke-on-Trent train station and Keele University. If this service is running, further details will be included in an email sent to you prior to the event and a timetable will be published on the website one week before the event.

Please find more information about campus accessibility here.

During the open day or applicant visit day, the closest car park to the sign-in point will be the Students' Union / car park E2 on the disabled access map. This car park will be reserved for visitors with mobility issues and blue badge holders.

If you have any questions, wish to discuss accessibility around campus ahead of your visit or to arrange to view our accessible accommodation, please email

If you are visually impaired or partially sighted you may request materials in alternative formats.

We are able to provide all of our marketing and course materials electronically and in a Word document which can be accessed by a screen reader. We can also provide all documents electronically in PDF which are accessible if you have software to convert to Word.

If you require a copy of materials in Braille then you are able to obtain a free service through

Courtyard by Marriott at Keele is located on campus, for more details and booking information please click here. If you would like to look for accommodation in the local area, please visit

Yes, of course. You can access your event ticket via your booking confirmation email to change the date of your visit. Alternatively, please contact us at

If your query relating to Keele University's open days or applicant visit days is not answered above, please contact us via email at