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11 tips for creating a memorable campus tour

In an era when prospective students and their parents can learn about nearly any college from the comfort of home, the in-person campus tour offers an excellent opportunity to influence enrollment decisions.

But too often, these tours follow the same staid formulas, potentially blending together in the minds of families who may visit more than a dozen schools during their searches. Creating a memorable tour can maximize visitors’ time spent on your campus and finalize their commitment.

Here are 11 suggestions for increasing the effectiveness of a campus tour.

1. Sweep them off their feet

As campuses grow, many institutions find creative ways to help visitors see all the best features, no matter the distance. Golf carts, vans and Segways have become common additions to the traditional walk. Some schools even offer trips by boat and bicycle.

2. Set up selfie opportunities

Pointing out popular spots on campus for selfies can generate a social media experience that also showcases the institution’s best assets.

3. Create unique events

By going beyond a traditional campus walk-through, institutions can make a big impact and an instant connection. Personalized parking signs for prospective visiting students, a campus scavenger hunt, or inclusion in an institution’s notable tradition can generate extra enthusiasm and interest.

5. Offer customizable schedules—and language choices

Being able to organize their own tours allows students to focus on relevant areas. For example, a future commuter student may skip a dorm tour to meet with a financial aid counselor. Colleges looking to attract multicultural populations must provide tours in multiple languages.

6. Go for intimacy

Many smaller institutions already offer individual tours for prospective students, so larger ones should try to keep tours at or below the student-teacher ratio. In-person meetings with faculty have also become more common, as it allows for direct connections and immediate feedback.

7. Meet visitors’ basic needs

It’s important to remember visitors’ immediate needs, as walking them around campus without a break or a beverage can send a bad message. A lunch can also make a strong impact: A student host, faculty member or coach can have lunch with visitors and steer the conversation toward why the school is a great fit.

8. Veer off the script

Admissions offices should encourage student guides to go beyond the standard tour script and share their own personal experiences and reasons why they chose the institution, which may resonate better. Grouping together two or three guides on each tour can offer a variety of experiences.

9. Don’t avoid the safety discussion

Going off script doesn’t mean avoiding more serious topics, which means preparing tour guides to answer questions regarding safety. Highlight efforts such as hurricane preparedness, campus security and emergency response.

10. Elicit real feedback

Customized visitor surveys can provide admissions departments with feedback on anything from a tour route to a guide stumbling over a tough question. Learning what works—and often more important, what doesn’t—helps optimize tours.

11. Campus tour needs to be authentic

Tours need to present an authentic view of the campus experiences. Don’t just showcase the shiniest, newest facilities, especially if prospective students will not have access to those facilities until later in their academic careers. Being honest with students can help shape expectations and lead to future student success.

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How to write a tour script that your customers will rave about

Carla Vianna

There’s nothing worse than leading a tour to a group of bored guests. When your guests lose interest in the tour experience, it’s hard to grab their attention back.

This is why the most successful tours are based on a bulletproof tour scripts, a blueprint for the experience that’s been tested and revised over time.

In this guide, we’ll dive into the art of tour script along with sharing best practices and potential pitfalls to avoid.

What is a tour script?

A tour script is the backbone of a guided experience. 

On paper, it’s a well-organized outline of the information, stories, facts, and interactions that a guide will deliver during a tour.

A tour script not only provides the structure for an experience, but also weaves a narrative that keeps guests engaged. It sort of serves as a guide’s compass, ensuring that they cover key points, interact with their audience, and maintain a consistent flow throughout the tour.

What are the benefits of writing a tour script?

Even the most experienced tour guides can benefit from a well-written tour script — here’s why:

  • Provides structure and clarity: A tour script acts as a roadmap, ensuring that your tour follows a clear and logical structure. It helps tour guides organize their thoughts, preventing any confusion or stumbling during the tour.
  • Keeps the experience consistent: With a script in hand, each tour becomes a uniform, high-quality presentation of information and anecdotes.
  • Engages your audience: A well-written script captivates an audience with engaging stories, facts, and insights.
  • Gives your guide a chance to introduce themselves: A script should feature a fun introduction, allowing guests to build a personal connection with your guides right away.
  • A confidence boost for guides: Armed with a ready-to-go script, tour guides feel more confident and prepared — which, in turn, translates into a more enjoyable delivery.

5 steps for writing a tour script

Let’s take a look at how you might create a compelling tour script that leaves a lasting impression on your guests.

Step 1: Define your tour’s theme and goals

Begin by clarifying the central theme and objectives of your tour. Are you highlighting historical sites, local cuisine, or natural landmarks?

Then, define your goals. Are you educating, entertaining, or both?

Let’s say you live in Philadelphia: The city has heavy historical significance, so you design a walking tour that takes guests on a chronological journey of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

With your tour’s theme and goal in mind — “historical” and “to inform” in the example above — you can start to create a cohesive and memorable storyline.

Step 2: Research your content thoroughly

Gather detailed information about the sites, facts, and anecdotes you plan to include in your script. Double- and triple-check your facts with reputable sources, historical records, and local experts.

While you’re researching, take special note of interesting tidbits and any quirky stories that come up. These can be used as “fun facts” throughout the tour.

The more knowledgeable you are, the more engaging your narrative will be. Your research will give your tour credibility and provide you with the proper ammunition to answer guests’ questions.

Step 3: Write a captivating introduction

An engaging opening sets the tone and captures your guests’ interest from the start.

With that in mind, write an attention-grabbing introduction for each segment of your tour. 

For example, at the city’s oldest building, you might start with, “Welcome to the cornerstone of our journey, the Old Town Hall. Let’s unlock its secrets together.”

This will hook your guests’ attention and keep them interested in each stop of the tour.

Step 4: Make the script interactive

Include interactive elements that encourage guest participation, like thought-provoking questions, fun facts, or challenges.

For example, when visiting a site that used to be a market, pose the following questions to your guests: “Can you imagine the bustling market that once surrounded this square? What do you think was the most popular item sold here?”

When guests actively participate in the storytelling, the experience becomes more memorable for them.

Step 5: End with a memorable conclusion

Craft a conclusion that ties together the main themes and emotions of the tour.

Let’s say your tour ends at the city square. You might say something like, “Our journey has unveiled the stories etched in these stones. As you leave, remember the resilience and spirit that continue to shape this city.”

A strong conclusion leaves guests with a sense of fulfillment and a positive impression of the tour, increasing their likelihood of sharing positive feedback.

Don’t forget to remind your guests to leace you a review on your preferred OTA platform and/or website. Including this quick call to action will motivate guests to provide you feedback once they leave your tour.

How to write a tour script for an in-person live tour

When writing a tour script for an in-person live tour, you need to consider all the factors that can make or break a face-to-face interaction.

The more your interact with your guests — like prompting them with trivia questions and sharing anecdotes — the more engaging the tour will be.

In a live tour, you can also use body language and facial expressions to enhance the storytelling experience. Think through how your gestures can complement key points, and where to establish eye contact to connect with different audience members.

Finally, pay close attention to your audience’s reactions. Adjust the pacing and delivery of your speech based on their engagement level. Make sure to leave room for spontaneous interactions and allow time for guests to ask questions.

How to write a tour script for a self-guided audio tour

Unlike live tours, where guides lead in real-time, audio tours rely solely on your  script to captivate visitors.

Begin with clear and concise descriptions of each point of interest. Since you won’t be there to address questions, the script should be comprehensive and help listeners visualize their surroundings. Use navigation cues so they can progress from one point to another. Mention landmarks, specific directions, and a logical sequence to guide them.

Storytelling is just as important in a self-guided audio tour — if not more. Your script is the only thing that will keep visitors engaged; fill it with anecdotes and background information about each point of interest.

Finally, timing is key to preventing listener fatigue. Leave ample room for reflection between each audio segment.

How to write a tour script for a virtual tour

Virtual tours, like audio tours, rely solely on your script to take participants on a journey from the comfort of their screens.

Here, you’re not limited by physical constraints, so you can create a fluid narrative that transitions smoothly. Your script will guide viewers through different locations, so make sure to describe the surroundings in detail to enhance the visual component of the tour.

Again, storytelling remains essential. Your narration should foster a sense of exploration — the better the narration, the more immersed the viewer will feel. 

Similar to an in-person tour, interactive prompts should also be used to keep viewers engaged throughout.

3 examples of great tour scripts

Here we’ll dissect three great tour scripts — from a cathedral in Dublin, a safari in Toronto, and a museum in Milwaukee.

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We will start from here (presuming you are standing near Celtic Gravestone at shop); walk down into the north transept, or left arm, of the Cathedral. We will stop again at the Choir and then loop around into the south transept finally ending up back roughly where we started. The tour will last approximately 40 minutes and if you have any questions as we go please don’t hesitate to ask.

Then, the script begins by sharing the story of St Patrick himself.

“You may not be familiar with the story of our patron saint,” it says, ensuring that everyone in the group is on the same page. Rather than just pointing to the pictures on a window of the cathedral, the script tells the saint’s story through those pictures. The ongoing narrative captures the audience’s attention and keeps them engaged throughout the tour.

This script also includes several “optional extras,” such as an organ containing over four thousand pipes. This is a great way to give the guide some flexibility. Tour guides have the ability to read a crowd — they can then make extra stops that align with the interests of each group.

Self-guided tour

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Toronto Zoo’s Scenic Safari drive-thru tour is a self-guided adventure.

The audio script starts with a message from the CEO warmly welcoming visitors to the zoo. It’s followed by important safety rules that remind visitors to remain in their vehicles, keep noise to a minimum, and drive no faster than 5 km per hour. It’s important to start a self-guided tour with any guidelines that apply to the visit since there is no physical guide present.

The zoo points out interesting facts to pique visitors’ curiosity throughout the tour, like “Did you know that a tiger can bite down with the force of 1,000 pounds” and “A ‘long call’ from an orangutan can be heard up to 2 kilometers away.”

It also uses trivia questions to keep them engaged: “What color do you think a yak’s milk is?”

Mixing educational elements with storytelling makes the safari tour even more memorable for visitors.

Virtual tour

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The Milwaukee Public Museum offers 360° virtual tours , including one of a gallery focused on the common traits shared by all civilizations.

The virtual tour starts at the entrance and moves through an interactive screen that showcases each section of the Crossroads of Civilization exhibit. The script has clear navigational cues, like “You are standing before a model of the First Courtyard of that temple while it is under construction.” This gives the visitor a sense of direction within the virtual experience.

The script also keeps users engaged by offering additional features only available online — like a PDF about colors used in ancient Egyptian art. Viewers can then choose to delve into the topics they’re most interested in, making the tour feel more personalized.

6 best practices for writing an engaging tour script

Breathe life into your tour script with these key strategies:

1. Use humor

Infusing humor into your script can transform a mundane description into a memorable anecdote. Don’t be afraid to let your personality shine — and don’t hold back on witty stories or lighthearted observations that make your visitors laugh

For example, during a historical walking tour, you might playfully mention how a renowned figure’s statue seems to have witnessed centuries of gossip.

2. Tell stories 

A well-told narrative can transport visitors into the past or alternate realities. Being a good storyteller is key to captivating your audience’s imagination. While guiding a tour through an art gallery, you could share the fascinating backstory behind a masterpiece, revealing the artist’s personal struggles and triumphs.

3. Use clear and simple language

Make your script easy to understand. Avoid jargon or technical language that non-experts on the subject wouldn’t understand. Imagine leading a wine-tasting tour: Instead of delving into technical terminology, you would describe the flavors and aromas in relatable terms like “notes of ripe berries” or “subtle hints of oak.”

4. Incorporate interactive elements

Engagement flourishes when your guests are actively involved. Questions, prompts, or challenges encourage them to interact with their surroundings, keeping the group interested from start to finish. For instance, while guiding a hiking trip, you could prompt hikers to look for specific bird species and share their discoveries with the group.

5. Create emotional connections

Always start your tour script by introducing yourself in a friendly manner. Then, make your passion for the said activity known. When guests see how excited you are about the tour, this excitement will translate back to them. During a walking tour, for example, you might share your history with the city, including your favorite memories there.

6. Embrace surprise and curiosity 

Unexpected twists or intriguing facts spark curiosity and attract your guests’ attention. On that same walking tour, for example, you might reveal a hidden alleyway with a captivating history, leaving them eager to explore further.

3 common mistakes in tour script writing

There are a few common pitfalls that can dampen a tour script’s impact. Here are three mistakes to avoid:

1. Information overload

One of the most common mistakes is overwhelming participants with too many details. Bombarding them with an abundance of historical facts, dates, and figures can lead to information fatigue.

Instead, focus on delivering key highlights that are relevant to your narrative. For instance, on an architecture tour, avoid inundating participants with every structural detail and instead focus on the stories behind the most interesting buildings.

2. No interaction

Tour scripts that merely deliver a monologue can fall flat. Neglecting interactive elements can leave participants feeling disconnected from the experience.

To avoid this, leave room for your guests to ask questions, share their observations, or even participate in mini-activities. 

During a food tour, for instance, you might ask guests to talk about their favorite meal, fostering a sense of participation.

3. Ignoring pace and timing

You can quickly lose a crowd by rushing through explanations or dwelling excessively on minor details. Dragging out a segment can also bored your guests to death.

Tour guides need to strike a balance between information overload and conciseness. They can do so by allocating appropriate time for each stop and topic. For example, on a museum tour, you’ll allot extra time to explore a major exhibit, ensuring that visitors have ample time to absorb the information.

A well-written tour script possesses the power to immerse guests in your experience. By marrying your storytelling techniques with thoughtful interactions and original humor, your scripts will result in tours that leave a lasting impression on your guests.

Writer Carla Vianna

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How to write the script for my tour?

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A free walking tour is like a play: each word is of vital importance to transmit your speech in the best way and touch the emotions of your travelers. In this post, we will explain how to create an amazing script, which will be the bible of your journey. It will allow you to choose the best content in order to create an incredible experience and receive lots of money.

Before creating the tour script

Before starting to write the script, you should be aware of at least these 2 elements:

  • Make sure to have identified all the places of interest (ex: town hall) and topics (ex: gastronomy) that you want to introduce throughout the tour.
  • Make sure to have ordered all the places and topics to create your tour itinerary , taking into account a coherent structure and the shortest distance between each stop (max. 2-3 minutes).

If you have any questions about that, we strongly advise you to read this post first to define the itinerary of your tour.

1. Create a great introduction

Think about it as if it were the first few minutes of a movie or the first pages of a book. You have to create the “WOW” effect.

Tour guide is explaining something to travelers on a free walking tour in Nuremberg.

Your tour introduction has several goals:

  • Captivate your travelers: you have to show travelers how special this experience will be with you and that it was worth booking. Make it clear that you will exceed the expectations they have.
  • Break the ice: travelers don’t know you yet, they don’t know your city, or the other travelers in the group. It’s important to reduce this tension from the beginning.
  • Give confidence: You must show your professionalism and credibility so that travelers can trust what you explain.

This introduction is usually short (5 minutes) and is normally structured like this:

  • Say hello, welcome them , thank them for booking with you, introduce the tour and get the travelers’ interest.
  • Introduce yourself to the group (and sometimes the travelers among them): here you have to show your credibility (experience, studies, time spent in the city …) so that the travelers know that they made the best decision booking your experience.
  • Tour structure (key sights) and practical information (duration, if there will be a break to go to the bathroom, the payment concept, …). You make sure travelers know what to expect from you and to show them your professionalism.
  • Get travelers’ interest and give time for some practical questions.

Then, in the same place, gurus usually start with their first explanations (most of the time, it’s an historical introduction of the city and the country). This explanation is normally a bit longer than the others (10-15 minutes) and serves to put the context for the rest of the tour. It’s also important to start at the meeting point so late travelers can still join.

2. Balance the types of content 

Guide of GuruWalk explaining something to travelers on a free walking tour in Andalusia.

It’s important to find a balance between the different kinds of content to include in your tour so it’s easy for them to follow you. 

These are the different types of content that your tour must include:

  • History: it’s usually the main focus for the content of your tour and helps to introduce the rest of your explanations. In many cases, travelers have already read part of the story before joining the tour in their travel guide or online but it’s important to explain it as travelers expect it and to put everything in context. It can be both the history of a building or monument, as well as the history related to a topic (specific period, important social movement, gastronomy, …).
  • Anecdotes and curious legends: that’s what makes the difference for travelers and what they will remember, since it’s usually something that surprises them and that they don’t usually know about. It touches travelers’ emotions and keeps their attention. This kind of content is usually explained after the historical context.
  • Customs and recommendations: Travelers who participate in a free walking tour don’t just want to listen to stories. They also want to be able to understand the city as a local, live as a local and go to places that are not as touristy. That’s why it’s important to include some local customs and personal recommendations in your tour.

You can balance the content both from one spot to another and within the same explanation of the place! (Ex: have a moment to talk just about recommendations or include recommendations after an historical overview). 

3. Find the content and write the tour script

Now that you know the type of content you need, it’s time to search for it.

There is no miracle , you will have to read a lot, watch many documentaries, visit many places, talk to the tourist office, experts … and that takes a while.

Tour guide of GuruWalk explains something on a stop in Nuremberg.

While doing this research, also consider the following things:

  • Keep only the most essential and relevant information: you can talk for hours about some places, so it’s important to select only the most interesting part for the traveler. 
  • Open your search beyond the content of the tour: If you read more than the content of your tour, you’ll be able to show to travelers that you are a true professional by answering all their doubts, which often go beyond what you explain on the tour.
  • Verify the data: you can’t trust just one single source of information. Cross-check the data to ensure your script’s content is reliable.
  • Write in an understandable way for everyone: sometimes travelers don’t know anything about the topics you are dealing with on your tour, so you have to explain it in a simple and clear way and avoid technical words.
  • Think of practical information: free walking tours give travelers a general overview of what the city can offer, so they can then visit some places on their own. That’s why it’s important to know the practical information of the most important places in your city and to include them in your tour: opening hours, ticket prices, how to get there, …

4. Think of the best way to explain your stop

Just as you did by selecting the type of content for your tour, you must also balance the different ways of transmitting this content, which will create a much more enjoyable experience.

Maybe you can explain a personal story, or perform a historical event with travelers, even teach them how to prepare a traditional recipe, or make a quiz … You can find more information on this topic by consulting this post on how to create a more interactive tour and in this post on how to create amazing explanations .

In addition, you can include your travelers better by asking them questions , as we explain in more detail here .

5. Create natural transitions in your itinerary

Tour guide of GuruWalk with her group of travelers waiting to cross the street.

Maintaining the logic between your explanations can be achieved when you have good transitions, because it gives a common thread to the whole tour. Your experience is not just going from one place to another, you have to see it as a set where each explanation tells a story that supports the overall idea of ​​your experience, like a movie with different scenes.

Good transitions allow travelers to better remember key facts and will help make the journey more meaningful. It also helps you memorize your speech better and will keep travelers interested to follow the whole tour.

You have to add these transitions at the end of the stop or when starting the next one. It can also serve to get travelers’ attention and surprise them, as we explain in this post .

6. End the tour with style

campus tour script

The final part of the tour has to be the cherry on top. Like a good movie, the final part is essential and will be the last impression travelers get before paying you. It’s important to make an emotional ending , so travelers realize how awesome this experience has been with you.

Many gurus achieve this by choosing a very special place to end their tour, such as a vantage point with a spectacular view of the city. Others choose a site that is relevant to the common thread of their tour, because of the history of that place.

What is usually said at the end:

  • Summarize the most important elements of the tour , show travelers that the experience was amazing and that they have learned a lot with you.
  • Give options on things to do after the tour.
  • Remember that they will receive an automatic email from GuruWalk to leave a review on your profile and explain why it’s so important they do so (it allows you to get more bookings).
  • Thank them and wish them a good stay.

If they give you an applause, it means that the tour and its ending have been a success. 

7. Control time, practice and improve the tour script

Guide explaining something to a couple of travelers during a free walking tour with GuruWalk in Casablanca.

Remember, the best free walking tours last between 2 and 3 hours. Shorter than that, travelers will feel that the experience was not complete and longer, you will tire them out too much and they will end up bored.

With Google Maps, you can approximate the time you will need to walk. In this example of an itinerary in Brussels, which is a 2-hour tour, you walk about 40 minutes, leaving 1h20 to tell stories. Only the main stops are represented there, but there are about 10 stops, which makes 10 minutes per stop, taking into account that the first stop is usually longer, so it’s fine.

Route of a free walking tour in Brussels on Google Maps

So, you can put a timer so that each stop on your script is no more than 10 minutes. It is not an absolute rule. There are places that require more time and others less.

Now that you’ve added or removed content from the tour script, it’s time to practice it at home and learn it well.

Once you have it ready, practice it with a friend or family member in real conditions. This person can also give you valuable feedback to improve your speech. Look at the time before starting the tour and halfway through the tour, verify your progress at the halfway point to make sure you are on target. If not, you will have to add or remove content.

You have to constantly review your tour script . With practice, you will realize what is more or less interesting to travelers.

However, keep in mind that the speed of the group is always different. So you have to identify less important explanations or places that you could skip or add to meet the duration of the tour.

It’s important to memorize the tour script perfectly. In front of the group of travelers, you can’t doubt or read something from a notebook. Otherwise, you may lose all your credibility (and money… ).

What’s next? 

Do you have your tour script ready and are you learning it? Before doing your first tours with travelers, check out this post about the most common mistakes when starting as a tour guide and how to avoid them.

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King's College London

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King’s was founded almost two centuries ago. Over that time we’ve grown to have over 35,000 students from over 185 different countries, meaning that we have a diverse student body that reflects the vibrant city we live in. We’re one of the top 37 universities in the world according to QS.

Our students study in one of our nine faculties, institutes and schools. Based on this campus are:

  • Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences
  • Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine
  • Undergraduate students from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience

The Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care is based at our Waterloo Campus, but students in this faculty will also use the facilities at Guy’s.

This is our Health subjects campus, but King’s is a multi-faculty university teaching a wide range of different subjects; at our other central London campuses are the King's Business School, Faculty of Arts & Humanities, Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy, Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences, and the Dickson Poon School of Law.

Teaching and assessment

At University, you'll be taught using a variety of different methods: 

  • Lectures are held in a large room, sometimes with over 400 students. The academic will deliver a talk, and whilst there may be the opportunity to interact and ask questions, you’ll mainly be listening and taking notes. The lectures are usually recorded, so you can watch them again online afterwards, and if you’ve got any questions then you can email your lecturers.
  • Tutorials are delivered to a much smaller group, typically of 10-15 students. You meet with a member of the teaching staff and discuss that week’s topic, including all of the reading and worksheets you have done.
  • Students studying clinical health subjects will also have placements. You’ll learn on the job, supervised by experienced practitioners as you deliver healthcare to real patients.

If you’re studying a subject like biomedical sciences and psychology, you’ll have regular laboratory work in one of our labs here on campus. Independent study is an important part of learning for these subjects; you’ll be expected to do a lot of reading and research on your own.

  • We have two dissection labs, the largest of which can accommodate 160 students/80 cadavers at a time. Our medical students undertake human cadaveric dissection; and students of other medical-related subjects, such as Dentistry, Biomedical Science and Sport & Exercise Medical Sciences, also have teaching in the dissection labs
  • Medical, Nursing, Midwifery and Physiotherapy students have regular teaching and assessments at the Chantler Simulation & Interactive Learning Centre, with simulated wards, home care settings and anatomical models. This is a helpful environment for procedures to be learnt and practised without risk of harm to patients.

You’ll also find that you will be assessed in lots of different ways, such as

  • Placement – where you’re assessed by a qualified mentor on your performance during the placement.
  • OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations). These are practical tests for healthcare students, which test skills, ranging from taking medical history to examining a patient to taking blood.

Library facilities

This is the main library at Guy’s Campus, and it houses the books and resources relevant to the subjects taught here. Within King’s Libraries & Collections you have access to over a million books and ebooks, thousands of ejournals, hundreds of databases as well as archival materials. As we’re part of the University of London, you can use the libraries of most other academic libraries in London too. It’s open 24/7 most of the year, which is really helpful.

We have Wifi across all of our campuses and halls, as well as computer rooms like the one you’ll see on your right here, and there’s an app that shows you where there are computers available. We also have a bank of laptops that can be loaned for up to 72 hours at a time, free of charge.

Student services will be your first stop for accessing services at King’s, providing practical information and guidance for you throughout your studies. They’re based within the Waterloo Campus library, and they do everything from replacement ID cards to guidance on matters like housing, visas and money and they can signpost you to other services when necessary. They can help offer holders who haven’t started studying at King’s yet if you have any questions about funding or visas. 

King’s also has a Disability Advisory Service, who support students with a disability or long term medical condition. The Disability Advisory Service can support students before they begin their studies at King’s.

Located in Bush House is the King’s Foundations – they run academics preparation courses to help international students prepare for their studies at King’s.

Pre-sessional English courses are offered in the summer to enhance a student’s English Language, and King’s International Foundation is a one-year programme with eight academic pathways leading to undergraduate degrees at King’s

There is a second library on campus called Wills Library which was the original medical school library and is now a 24 hour silent study area with computing facilities.

The Quad & King's History

We are now in the Guy’s Quad. If you look up at New Hunt’s House, you’ll see that there are pictures on the glass fins on the side of the building. This artwork celebrates the contribution of King’s scientists to the discovery of the structure of the DNA molecule.

One of these scientists was called Rosalind Franklin. Franklin joined King’s as a research associate in 1951, working on a project to study the structure of DNA alongside a scientist called Maurice Wilkins.

Franklin and her PhD student discovered two forms of DNA: A and B. They took x-ray images of these. One of these images, showing DNA’s famous double helix, has become known as Photo 51.

Franklin's work was a crucial part in the discovery of DNA. Maurice Wilkins from King’s was awarded a Nobel Prize for his work in 1962. Rosalind Franklin died of ovarian cancer aged 37, four years before the Nobel prize was awarded.

This is the campuses central hub where you can find students located in one area, amidst the hustle and bustle of the city. There is also a local cat on campus called Lenny, who you may be able to spot around campus and is well-loved by both students and staff.

The Quad also has a Memorial Arch, which commemorates the staff and students of Guy’s Hospital and its medical school who died in conflict. The first man on the list, Harold Ackroyd, trained as a doctor at Guy’s and won a Victoria Cross for gallantry in tending to wounded soldiers. This is the highest British military award for valour.

In summer, the Quad we’re in at the moment is often very busy at lunchtime, with students, hospital staff, and patients all enjoying the open space. During exam time, the Students’ Union hosts free activities, such as ping pong and interactive games.

General Classroom

This is the General Classroom, where a variety of practicals are taught, such as those which involve using microscopes.

We are one of only a few medical schools who continue to offer full body dissection, and the dissecting rooms are upstairs. Every year King’s staff and students take part in a Service of Thanksgiving at Southwark Cathedral, held to commemorate those selfless people who donated their bodies for the benefit of medical education.

Gordon Museum

The Gordon Museum of Pathology. It is the UK’s largest teaching medical museum with a growing collection of approximately 8,000 samples. The oldest specimen dates from 1608, and we continue to add samples each year. It is an invaluable resource for our healthcare students who use it to bring their textbooks and lectures to life. As well as the full body dissection, it’s really helpful to have this resource so that we can see rarer diseases too. The Gordon Museum can also be used as a study space for Healthcare students.

One of the most interesting things in the Gordon Museum is Alan Billis, who was a taxi driver from Torquay. He’s been a resident of the Gordon Museum since 2012, and he is a favourite of the staff and students here at Guy’s. After finding out he had terminal lung cancer, Alan read about a Channel 4 project on mummification, and decided to donate his body.

The project used 3000-year-old techniques practised by the ancient Egyptians. Beeswax, oils and resins were used to preserve the body, in addition to placing him for long periods of time in natron, a salt made from sodium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate. If the researchers performed Alan’s mummification successfully, he could be here in the Gordon Museum for thousands of years.

The Channel 4 documentary Mummifying Alan – Egypt’s Last Secret won a BAFTA. As well as enabling on-going research, Alan exemplifies the selflessness of people who donate their bodies to science and research.

Attached to the Gordon Museum is the Museum of Life Sciences, which houses a collection of animal-related materials, ranging from taxidermy to fossils.

Some of our courses will require you to attend an interview as part of the selection process, such as Medicine or Dentistry. ​At King’s, our interviews take the form of an online panel interview, held on Microsoft Teams. During these online interviews, two interviewers will ask a series of questions touching on your experiences and skills, and also posing scenario based questions, testing a variety of skills, such as communication, leadership and more.​ As we mentioned before, these are online, so you don’t have to travel onto campus for your interview.

Museum of Life Sciences

The Museum of Life Sciences is housed in the Hodgkin Building, the building is named after Thomas Hodgkin, a physician at Guy's Hospital.

This small museum houses collections of Botanical, Zoological and Pharmaceutical specimens, some dating back to the early 19th Century as well as some as some rare and important specimens, these include the skeleton of Thylacinus the extinct marsupial wolf.

Although the museum is not regularly open to the public, visitors are welcomed to the occasional Exhibitions and Open Days.

Student Support

Henriette Raphael House was originally built as a home for nurses – the first of its kind in London. The idea was that it would provide a home to all the nurses of Guy’s Hospital next, although it only had around 200 bedrooms. Today, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals have nearly 6000 nurses!

Henriette Raphael House contains two cafés, teaching spaces, the academic centre, lecturers’ offices, the counselling service and our careers service. The Counselling Service is free and open to all of our students.

The Careers Service offers careers guidance, interview practice, help with your CV, and can connect students with employers, whether they’re looking for part time student jobs or full time graduate jobs. They also offer paid internships that are exclusive to King’s students and recent graduates, which are a really good way of getting relevant work experience.

The Academic Centre is where you will come to hand in paper copies of your coursework and any other academic paperwork.

Many lecturers have offices here, and all teaching staff. If you’ve got any questions then you can email your lecturers. In addition, every student has a member of staff from their department assigned to them as their personal tutor. Your personal tutor is responsible for your overall welfare, both academic and pastoral. They’ll schedule a meeting with you about once a term, but you can also email your lecturers with any questions you have.

Study and Work Abroad

Many of our students have the opportunity to study abroad as part of their degree. For example, students in the school of Bioscience Education can spend a semester or year abroad, depending on their degree programme, in countries including Australia and the USA.

Healthcare students may have what’s known as an elective as part of their course. For example, medical students spend eight weeks on a placement of their choice, usually overseas, where you work alongside local healthcare staff. Destinations can vary from Tanzania to Singapore, depending on your subject.

Sport and fitness

Whatever your level, you can get involved with sport and fitness at King’s. This is our on-site gym, open only to King’s students and hospital staff. It offers gym equipment, aerobics and yoga classes, and even a climbing wall. We also have a 25m swimming pool around the corner. There’s a Health and Fitness Centre at Waterloo, on this campus here at Guy’s, and a gym that opened in October 2018 at the Strand Campus.

There are around 70 different sports clubs, which are run by students for students. With everything from rugby to karate to Archery, you can continue to practice a sport you’re already involved with, or pick up something new. Sports clubs from different universities across the UK compete against each other in a league known as BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport). There’s also a great programme called BeActive which is open to all students at King’s. Often taking place right on your doorstep in halls of residence, you can enjoy different weekly social sport and fitness activities such as running clubs, yoga and touch rugby sessions regardless of experience or how sporty you think you are.

Chantler SaIL Centre

The Chantler Simulation and Interactive Learning Centre is set up to enable healthcare students to work interprofessionally to learn a full range of clinical skills in a simulated clinical environment. Students studying clinical healthcare courses will all use this facility.

The simulated clinical environment includes 8 hospital bed bays, a range of medical equipment, and actors who play patients. There are mannequins which talk, breath and have a pulse. They can be used to teach a variety of skills, such as identifying abnormal heart rhythms and defibrillation, Students learn everything from advanced life support to moving and handling, skills which they can then put into practice when they are on placement in hospitals.

Guy’s Tower & Guy’s Hospital

Here you can see Guy’s Hospital, which is a large hospital where many of our clinical healthcare students have placements.

That building is Guy’s Tower. It’s the tallest hospital building in the world, at 34 storeys tall, and it houses our Dental Institute on floors 18 to 30. With a lecture theatre on the 30th floor, it has probably got the best views of any dental school!

Alcove & Keats

London Bridge (the bridge, not the station) has fallen down and been rebuilt many times since Roman times. The alcove on your right hand side comes from the medieval stone arch version of London Bridge.

The statue in the alcove is the famous 19th century poet John Keats. He studied medicine here at Guy’s, but by the end of the year in which he received his apothecary’s licence in 1816, he decided that he wanted to be a poet and not a surgeon. Choosing the right subject to study at university is a really important decision to make, and it is important to think about your own interests and skills when making this decision. Perhaps Keats would have been happier studying English Literature at our Strand Campus?


You’re probably wondering where you might live while you’re studying at King’s. The good news is that all undergraduates and international postgraduates are guaranteed a place in halls during first year, so long as you meet the conditions and apply by the deadline.

We’ve got a wide variety of halls, all of which are within zones 1 and 2, the most central parts of London. For example, Moonraker and Great Dover Street are only a short walk from here, but it’s really easy to get here regardless of which halls you’re in. You may also like to live in Intercollegiate Halls, which located in Bloomsbury. We share them with other University of London students at institutions such as SOAS, LSE or UCL.

You can find out much more about how to apply for accommodation on our Residences webpage. After first year, students move into shared houses with friends. The University of London Housing Services help by registering landlords who sign up to a Code of Good Practice, checking contracts and offering legal advice.

We’re in the Student’s Union, which at King’s is known as KCLSU.

The students’ union is a democratic organisation run by students for students, and it’s here to ensure that every King’s student has the best student experience possible.

The Shed (café) is based in the East Wing and is one of the key social spaces on campus. Within this section we also have Guy’s Bar for meeting up with friends and socialising during the day and into the night! Just opposite us is the West Wing which houses the Student Centre and activity and meeting rooms which students can book out for society activities.

One of the things that KCLSU organises is Welcome Month. It’s designed to help students settle in and make friends as quickly as possible, with over 150 events on offer. These include quizzes, karaoke, club nights, picnics and more. There are even special events for international students, students living at home and postgraduates. A highlight of Welcome Week is the Welcome Fair. It’s your chance to find out about all the clubs and societies on offer, as well as picking up lots of freebies.

The Students’ Union also fulfils an important role in terms of advising students. It’s an organisation that’s completely independent, including from the university. So, it offers advice that is free, confidential, impartial and non-judgemental for anyone who needs it.

KCLSU is responsible for assisting with the organisation of all the student-run societies. Societies are a great way to make friends, because they bring together a group of people with a shared interest. Some of our societies include:

  • Comedy Soc - where you can learn stand-up or sketch, as well watching student comedy shows.
  • Jazz soc - whose members get together and listen to jazz as well as performing jazz
  • Opera Soc - gain experience in opera production, direction and artistic design.

If you want to start your own society, then KCLSU will give you support to do so.

On Wednesday afternoons there is also no teaching/lectures because this is time dedicated for involvement in societies/sport events.

We are outside Guy’s Chapel, our final stop on the tour. The Chapel is looked after by the Chaplaincy

The Chaplaincy is a multi-faith service offering listening and support to students. They organise worship on campus for anyone who is interested, as well as free lunches and trips to places such as Canterbury and the Tower of London.

Studying in London

There are over 400,000 students in London and it is a really great place to study. There is always lots going on, from free festivals to discounted theatre performances.

We’re part of the University of London, meaning that our students can access the joint students’ union, Student Central.

I will tell you a bit about the area we are in now. Next to our campus is The Shard, the tallest building in Europe. Just behind the Shard is London Bridge station, which has excellent tube, train, and bus connections. Borough Market is one of London’s oldest and largest food markets. It has been here for over a thousand years! It sells a wide variety of food, from hot lunches to fine French cheese.

The brown tower (in the direction of Borough High Street, on the other side of the road, about four stories tall) you see over there is part of the original St Thomas’ Hospital. Inside it is the Old Operating Theatre Museum, which is a restored 19th century operating theatre that’s open to visitors.

You’ll notice that these two buildings look similar, but actually have several differences. This is because the Boland House side was heavily damaged in the 1940s, and rebuilt as a perfect copy, while the Chapel is an original part of Guy’s hospital.

In September 2018, Boland House was reopened as the Science Gallery London, a space where arts and science collide! It houses exhibitions, workshops, performances and festivals within its spaces, and within this public square (here!). The café remains open to the public, along with the gallery spaces.

How to find out more

Thank you for joining the tour today, I hope you enjoyed your visit to King’s College London and you’ve got a feel for why all of the students studying here chose King’s.

If you want to learn more about our range of subjects, you can explore our collection of recorded introduction talks on our On-demand open day, on our website . We will also be running an Open Day on campus again in the summer, and you can find more details of this also on our Open Day website.

If you have any questions for the admissions team, we recommend contacting the King’s Advisors on [email protected] . You can also connect with current students and members of staff directly via our UniBuddy chat service.

Finally, if you were looking for a tour of the accommodation sites, you can contact the King’s Residences team through their webpage to arrange a viewing.

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“First impressions are everything,” according to Sonoma State University tour guide Jennifer Garcia. “For a while, I didn’t really think about how important my first impression impacts tour guests.” 

As a first line of engagement for colleges, a campus tour can be a game-changer for a student who is deciding between schools. Everything a tour guide says can impact the school, and ultimately it makes a difference for a university trying to maintain or increase its enrollment. An enthusiastic tour guide can sway students and families to that institution, while a good tour can confirm an already positive impression.

Garcia said she realized her first impression really mattered “when a family recognized me at Seawolf Decision Day a year after they toured the school with me. The family was super friendly, and I [imagine] my good first impression made them feel comfortable even a year later.”  

Added Sonoma State tour guide Olivia Kalogiannis, “I think the most important part when meeting prospective students for the first time is making a true connection. As a campus tour guide, I want to make the campus feel as personable as I can.”

Most college campus tour guides are current students themselves; their main goal while on tour is to convince prospective students to come to the school by presenting some of the same reasons that lured them.

To become a student campus tour guide at Sonoma State, applicants need to show they have a passion for the institution and a willingness to learn. The tour script, the route and the mannerisms are all predetermined and can be taught, as long as enthusiasm and effort are evident.

Besides giving one-hour tours, shifts for guides might include answering phones in the welcome center, greeting incoming visitors and making gift bags for tour guests. In the spring, when tour season is busiest, guides sometimes lead two or three tours during a shift.

Tours happen rain or shine, and guides have to be able to pivot at any point during their tour, such as when there’s an obstacle blocking the traditional tour path, or noise necessitates a new route.

“Nothing really changes for me when it comes to an obstruction with a tour. I just try to make the tour seem as normal as possible. For example, if I have to change the route because it’s too loud, I’ll just direct my group into a space that is quieter, but I make it seem like it’s just part of the tour,” said tour guide Daniel Beglin.

The guides see a variety of visitors. There are people who come in by themselves, some bring a parent, guardian or friend, and others bring their whole families. Connecting with everyone matters.

Kalogiannis understands that the decision on where to attend could be influenced by others on the tour. “I believe interacting with the whole family is just as important as interacting with the student. My favorite part about doing this is getting people excited about college, whether that is a younger sibling, cousin or even the grandparents.”

The most common tour-takers are those who are excited, have many questions and can’t wait to be a part of the campus community. These types of tour-takers are some of the easiest to spot for guides because they come very eager and excited to be on tour. But plenty of tour-goers are more reserved people who may have a lot of questions but don’t ask them, at least not in front of the whole group. 

And occasionally, guests come in with negative attitudes about the school or are loaded with difficult questions. Guides still try to convince those tourists that Sonoma State is worth considering — answering tough questions truthfully — while trying to showcase the school in a positive light. 

“When it comes to people with negative attitudes, it automatically makes it more difficult for me. No matter how hard I try, they still can just deny or put down everything I say. Nevertheless, I try not to let it affect me. My goal is to make the tour as enjoyable as I can for everyone,” Beglin said. 

For people with difficult questions, Beglin said, “I try to answer them to the best of my ability, but I don’t want to give anyone the wrong information. So if I can’t answer it, I direct them to where they can get the correct information.” 

Kalogiannis assesses the personality types on her tours quickly. “I try to talk to everyone; after that first interaction, I get an idea of what their vibes are for the tour.” 

When tour guests aren’t as interactive as she would like, she pulls back a bit. “If people still aren’t engaging with me, I will kind of just let them be, [hoping] that the small interaction with me will lead to them being more receptive and asking questions later on the tour.” 

Sonoma State tour guide Emily Uhrich sees her role as that of a mentor. “My favorite part about being a campus tour guide is meeting and helping (the visitors). I like being a mentor, especially for those who are first-generation, like I am. I want to help them navigate college because I know it can be very confusing if you are the first in your family to go to college.”

Former tour guide Sean Kenneally has parlayed his role, post-graduation, into a job as an outreach and recruitment counselor for Sonoma State.

“Growing up in Southern California, people tend to lean toward ‘big brand name’ schools like Harvard, USC and NYU,” Kenneally said. “I took this job because I truly enjoy talking to prospective students and showcasing the opportunities a state education can provide. I think it’s important to show that the CSU system is a viable and accessible option for higher education.” 

Javier Hernandez graduated in May with a degree in communications and media studies from Sonoma State University. He is a member of EdSource’s California Student Journalism Corps and has worked as a campus tour guide since the fall 2021.

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Bob Capriles 9 months ago 9 months ago

Your article brought some fond memories for me. Though I was not an official tour guide, my wife and I did give a tour to a prospective student at the university where we attended and met. Since this was a personalized tour, we also ventured off campus to downtown and Bidwell Park. We got to share our fond memories and challenges in college. Our son, that prospective student, graduated last May from Chico State.

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Prepping for a Successful Campus Tour: 7 Tips for College Tour Guides

We share tips to help college tour guides create an engaging and memorable campus tour experience for prospective students.

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A recent study revealed that college campus tours were instrumental for students when deciding which college to attend.

Do a bit more digging in the same study, and you'll find that the average student visits three campuses before deciding where to study!

How do you ensure that students instantly fall in love with your college in today's highly competitive market? How do you improve the odds of them choosing you?

The secret - giving an out-of-this-world campus tour.

Tips for College Tour Guides 

If you want to plan the perfect college campus tour, you have to be smart and use the right tools to stay ahead of the competition. 

Students will fall in love with your college and are more likely to enroll if the tour has been carefully planned.

1. Create a Great First Impression

Like most things in life, a fantastic first impression is essential to your success. 

More often than not, a college makes its first impression via its website. To create the ultimate first impression, you need a beautiful and functional booking page where students can schedule their campus tours.

Few colleges realize that a customizable booking platform, such as Book like A Boss (or BLAB as we call it) , can help your college make that booking page look impressive and functional.

With booking software, you'll be able to use various media, such as YouTube videos, plenty of pretty photos, and even testimonials. You'll also be able to add a booking form to your contact page within minutes! 

The right booking platform will make it easy for students to book a spot on their next campus tour and increase attendance. 

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2. Make It Easy to Schedule a Tour

Contrary to popular belief, not all students are tech-savvy. They prefer websites with easy-to-use interfaces, practical features, and instant results.

It becomes easy to let prospective students know when the next tour will be with an online booking form. 

There's no need for back-and-forth emails or even telephone calls to confirm bookings! Students will book a spot on your campus tour and instantly get automated confirmations of their appointments. 

You'll have a fantastic-looking, easy-to-use booking page that makes it quick and effortless for a student to book their free spot on your next campus tour.

Yet, a booking form is also your secret agent! It's perfect for gathering personal information that can help you cater your campus tour to the crowd.

3. Know Your Crowd

Far too many colleges give the same speech during the campus tour. 

A student visiting several campuses will quickly become bored. Every college will blur together into one hazy mess. You're less likely to charm that student into signing up when it’s time for them to make their selection.

Why do all college tours have the same boring script?

Part of this is because of the great unknown. They don't always know where their students are coming from, their dreams and ambitions, and what they're looking for from an education center.

Some tour guides address this by asking these questions during the campus tour. Sadly, the group energy might make students shy or less willing to share personal information. 

Not only do you end up putting your potential student in an uncomfortable place, but you also lose valuable time trying to get to know your students. 

What should a tour guide do?

We suggest using an online booking form for your campus to gather that personal information in a friendly, non-intrusive manner. 

For instance, with BLAB, you can ask various questions during the booking process, such as

  • Where are you from? 
  • What will you be studying?
  • What are your career goals?
  • What are your hobbies and interests?

By asking these questions online, it's easier for students to answer honestly and accurately. You also save valuable time you can instead use to show potential students your fantastic campus. 

The more information you gather beforehand, the easier it becomes to create a custom, memorable script for your incredible campus tour.

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4. Talk to Them

The right booking system allows you to easily keep in touch with prospective students. You'll end up with a handy email address that you can use to send campus news or follow-up emails to.

Doing this shows students you value them and that your college differs from all the rest!

A booking platform like BLAB won't just improve your marketing and reputation. BLAB will also automatically remind students via SMS or email about the upcoming tour or any necessary changes. 

This feature cuts down your administrative burden and makes students feel like VIPs! It also helps avoid no-shows and endless rescheduling. 

The easier you make it seem, the more different your college will be from its competitors.

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5. Be Different

Being different is essential to your success! 

Instead of telling students about the office hours, your efficient blue light system, or those friendly resident assistants, tailor your script to be:

  • Informative

Let's have a quick look at each of those so that you can create the ultimate campus tour.

Make It Fun

No student wants to be bored with endless facts about how old and prestigious that acorn tree over there is. Instead, make it fun. A fun campus tour is a memorable tour!

A great tip for college tour guides is to give students opportunities to take selfies. When they share it on social media, you gain brand recognition!

Since you've gathered all the essential information about the prospective students beforehand, you can further customize your tour to include personalized activities, such as

  • Customized parking with their names on it
  • A campus scavenger hunt with a prize
  • Inclusion in a particular tradition

These activities will generate more interest and enthusiasm, making it easy for a student to remember your college and fall in love with it.

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Make It Informative

Just because you're making the campus tour fun doesn't mean you don't have to give the safety-first speech.

It also doesn't mean that you have to ramble off facts like a robot. For example, before you let students know how many computers or books there are in the library, ask them to guess the number.

This informative interaction between the guide and the student will create a pleasant flow of energy that'll keep everyone interested and engaged during the tour. Use this tactic to make those dull parts of the tour fun!

Make It Flexible

Far too many tour guides stick to a rigid script. They lose a fantastic opportunity to give students an intimate campus experience by being inflexible.

So, let your students wander the campus and explore it on their own. Don't be afraid to encourage them to do so.

Make It Specific

Since you have specific details about your prospective students on hand, use them to create the ultimate script.

For example, suppose Sarah is interested in astronomy. In that case, you can specifically mention how your college has an astronomy club boasting 11 members!

If Troy indicated he loves playing hacky sack, let him know that you've been the reigning hacky sack champion for three years.

Names, numbers, and specific topics will make the campus tour feel intimate and personalized. Students will remember these moments, and it'll make your campus stand out from the crowd.

6. Be Honest

It's easy to get carried away and talk about that new DNA research center that's still five years away from becoming a reality. 

If you want to have a successful college campus tour, you need to be honest and realistic. Tell them about the college's plans, but don't create the impression that the prospective students will benefit from it. 

If you do and get caught out, your reputation can suffer tremendous damage.

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7. Give Free Advice

The last of our tips for college tour guides is to be generous with your advice and insight.  Some free advice and insight that can make your tour rock are:

  • Local restaurant recommendations
  • Share career advice
  • Reveal time-saving shortcuts to different study halls
  • Tell them about the local hangouts

Not everything has to be campus-related. When you're generous with advice, students will feel valued. 

They'll also have a better time during the tour and think of you as an actual, honest person and not some sleazy sales robot.

Bonus Pointers for College Tour Guides

If you've gone through our tips for college tour guides, you should have an excellent campus tour ahead of you. Here are some bonus pointers to present your college tour like a boss!

Get Authentic Feedback

How will you ever improve your college campus tour if you don't know what works and what doesn't? 

Getting authentic, honest feedback is an excellent way to improve your tours and fix any mistakes that turn prospective students away.

Since your candidates signed up online using your campus tour booking page, you have an email address to which you can send a survey. 

Use this survey and the anonymity of being online to get open and honest feedback from students. It's also a fantastic way to keep in touch with students once they leave your campus!

Offer Customizable Schedules

Not every student is the same, nor do they all have the exact schedules. One of the biggest problems in planning a campus tour is meeting all those different scheduling demands.

For instance, a prospective student may have to skip a dorm tour to meet with their financial aid counselor. 

You can keep everyone happy and informed by setting up customizable schedules that suit staff and students alike. This added professionalism will show students they are essential to your institute. 

Customize tour schedules

Display Hard to Reach Places

No matter how excellent your planning is, it's not always possible to show off every campus faculty, hall, and room. 

So, instead of just ignoring those hard-to-reach places, try to advertise it and point it out to your candidates. Show these places off online, on your booking page, so that students know what your college has.

Make light of the situation to bring some fun and humor into it if you have to. For example, if you won't be able to show the dorm rooms during the campus tour, you can always say something like:

"Fortunately, we'll be skipping the freshman dorm rooms because I don't want you to run into overeager, chatty students. I'll spare you that energy!"

This script is far more memorable than just ignoring a facility or feature that could've turned a prospect into an enrolled student. 

Final Thoughts

We've all heard the old saying that knowledge is power. It's also true for your college tour! 

The more you know about your prospective students, the better you can address their needs with your tour.

While many colleges put effort into beautifully designed but static printed material, few make the campus tour experience fun, personal and memorable.

If you want to succeed and plan your tour like a boss, you need to look at every aspect of your tour. The first place to start is when candidates are browsing your college website to figure out whether they'll belong.

When you make it easy for them to book the campus tour and build their excitement up with automatic reminders, you'll end up with students that'll fall in love with your campus!

Our tips for college tour guides are sure to help you plan the perfect college campus tour. 

Will it take long to set up the perfect booking page? No, in fact, it won't even take you 17-minutes to grab this free trial and set up a customizable booking page for your college. 

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As a tour guide, you have the power to bring a destination to life and create lasting memories for your audience. And one of the key tools in your arsenal is a well-written script. In this blog, we will explore the various aspects of script writing for tour guiding and how it can elevate your tours to the next level. We will delve into the role of a tour guide, the importance of a well-crafted script, and the impact it has on the overall tour experience. So, whether you are a seasoned tour guide looking to brush up on your skills or a beginner just starting out, this blog is for you.

Researching and Gathering Information:

As a tour guide, it is your responsibility to provide your guests with an informative and engaging experience. This requires thorough research and gathering of information about the destination you will be showcasing.

Conducting thorough research on a destination is crucial in order to provide accurate and up-to-date information to your guests. It also helps you to create a well-rounded and comprehensive tour that covers all the important aspects of the destination. Start by identifying the key attractions, historical sites, and cultural landmarks of the destination. This will give you a framework to work with and ensure that you do not miss any important information. Utilizing different sources for information is essential in order to get a well-rounded understanding of the destination. While guidebooks and online resources are a good starting point, it is important to also explore other sources such as local newspapers, magazines, and blogs. These sources can provide you with insider knowledge and hidden gems that may not be mentioned in mainstream guidebooks. Interviewing locals and experts is another valuable way to gather insider knowledge about the destination. Locals can provide you with personal anecdotes and insights that cannot be found in any book. Experts, such as historians and cultural experts, can provide you with a deeper understanding of the destination’s history and culture. When conducting interviews, it is important to be respectful and ask open-ended questions to encourage the interviewee to share their knowledge and experiences. It is also important to keep in mind that the information you gather may not always be completely accurate. It is your responsibility to fact-check and verify the information from multiple sources to ensure its credibility. This will also help you to avoid any misinformation or outdated information. In addition to gathering information, it is also important to understand the cultural and social norms of the destination. This will help you to avoid any cultural faux pas and ensure that your tour is respectful and inclusive of all guests. Incorporating local language and phrases into your script can also add a personal touch and make the tour more immersive for your guests. This can be achieved through your interactions with locals and through your research on the destination’s language and dialects.

Crafting a Compelling Narrative:

As a tour guide, your main goal is to provide an unforgettable experience for your guests. One of the key elements in achieving this is by crafting a compelling narrative through your script. A well-written script can make all the difference in engaging and captivating your audience, and incorporating historical and cultural context can add depth and authenticity to your tour.

Elements of a Good Story:

Every great tour has a great story at its core. A good story has the power to transport your audience to another time and place, and create an emotional connection with the destination. To craft a compelling narrative, your story should have a clear beginning, middle, and end. It should also have a central theme or message that ties everything together.

Techniques for Engaging and Captivating an Audience:

One of the most important techniques for engaging and captivating an audience is by using descriptive language. Paint a vivid picture with your words, and use sensory details to bring the destination to life. Another effective technique is by incorporating humor and personal anecdotes into your script. This will not only keep your audience entertained, but also make them feel more connected to you as a guide.

Incorporating Historical and Cultural Context into the Script:

Incorporating historical and cultural context into your script is crucial for providing a well-rounded and informative tour experience. This can be done by researching the destination thoroughly and including interesting facts and stories about its history and culture. It’s also important to consider the perspectives of different cultures and present them in a respectful and accurate manner.

Utilizing Visual Aids:

Visual aids can greatly enhance the tour experience and help your audience better understand the destination. Choose visuals that are relevant to your story and use them strategically throughout your tour. This can include photos, maps, videos, and other interactive elements. Just be sure not to rely too heavily on visual aids and remember to still engage with your audience through your words.

Practicing and Refining the Script:

As the saying goes, practice makes perfect. It’s important to rehearse and refine your script before each tour. This will not only help you remember your lines, but also give you the opportunity to make any necessary revisions. Seeking feedback from colleagues or even your audience can also help improve your script and delivery.

Dealing with Challenges:

No matter how well-prepared you are, unexpected challenges may arise during a tour. This could be anything from bad weather to a disruptive guest. As a tour guide, it’s important to stay calm and adapt your script accordingly. This could mean changing the route or adjusting the content to suit the audience. Remember to always remain professional and keep the tour engaging and interactive.

Role of visuals in enhancing the tour experience:

Visual aids can help bring your stories to life and make them more engaging and memorable for your audience. They provide a visual representation of the information you are sharing, making it easier for your guests to understand and retain the information. This is especially important for tours that involve historical or cultural information, as visuals can provide a better context and help guests visualize the past. In addition, visuals can also help break the monotony of a long tour and keep your guests interested and engaged. This is especially useful for tours that involve a lot of walking or traveling, as it gives guests something to look at and focus on while they are on the move.

Choosing the right visuals for different types of tours:

The type of visuals you use will depend on the type of tour you are conducting. For example, if you are leading a nature or wildlife tour, using photographs or videos of the flora and fauna in the area would be more appropriate. On the other hand, for a historical tour, you can use maps, illustrations, or photographs of the historical sites you are discussing. It is important to choose visuals that are relevant to the information you are sharing and are of good quality. Low-quality visuals can be distracting and take away from the overall experience. If you are using photographs, make sure they are clear and well-lit. If you are using videos, ensure they are of high resolution and have good audio quality.

Script Examples for Tour Guiding

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We welcome you to the very heart of this gorgeous city! Hello! My name’s John Your friendly guide throughout the entire day. I’m here to help make your trip as interesting, informative and unforgettable as is possible.

When we embark on our journey Let’s take some time to take in the vast weaving of history, culture and the beauty that makes the place we’re visiting so special.

The first stop on our tour is the stunning”[Insert Name of Landmark],” the place where both history and design blend together seamlessly. It was built in the year [year], this iconic building is a testimony to the rich history of [City’s Name]. When you walk through its halls of grandeur be sure to look at the exquisite details in the walls. Each telling a tale that is unique to it.

After that, we’ll travel toward the lively [Insert Name] Then, we’ll head to the vibrant [Insert Market Name]. It is known for its lively energy, the market has an assortment of products from local vendors including hand-crafted items and mouth-watering street food delight for the entire senses!

The journey takes our group to the peaceful natural site of [Insert Park (or Natural Site NameThis is known as the [Insert Name of Natural Site or Park]. Within the hustle and bustle of city life the park is the tranquility of a retreat. Make sure you take photographs of the amazing panoramas that it provides.

Through our journey I would like to encourage everyone to inquire about your questions, engage with people from the area, and fully immerse yourself in the amazing experience that the city of [City’s Name] can offer. Keep in mind that travel isn’t only about exploring new destinations but also experiencing different flavors, cultures and views.

When we go on our journeys with each other, we must respect the customs and values of our city and leave just footprints, and only take photographs.

We thank you for allowing us to serve to be your guide into the city’s heart. [City’s Name]. Relax, sit back and let’s build memorable memories throughout this incredible trip!

All the best to everyone,

Enjoy this thrilling adventure through breathtaking scenery as well as the captivating tales of our city that we adore. I’m John Your reliable tour guide and your travel companion for this journey.

While we set off on this adventure, let’s take in the beauty and vitality that’s essential to our location.

The first place we visit is the breathtaking [Insert Landmark’s Name], which is a gem that crowns this town. It was built in the year [yearit was completed in the year [Year], its beauty and architectural splendor is a testament to the city’s rich history. When we stroll through its streets, let every stone tell tales from the past.

We’ll then make through the bustling “Insert Name of Market The next step is to visit the bustling [Insert Market Name here]. The market in the city is its center of activity, with a pulsating rhythm and vibrant colors. There’s an abundance of treasures from the local area, tasty food, and cheerful people. Do not be afraid to bargain at times, it’s an element of fun!

Then we’ll retreat in the calm embrace of the [Insert Park or Nature Site Name the name of a park or natural site. The city’s tall buildings are a distant memory the natural oasis offers an oasis of tranquility. Make sure you take some time to take in the stunning views that it provides.

Through our travels I would like to encourage that you share your thoughts as well as ask questions and completely immerse yourself in the journey. It’s as much about people and the culture and traditions as destinations.

Happy day fellow adventurers,

We’re excited to share our journey across the breathtaking views and rich past of this fascinating city. This is my guide today We’ll discover the many stories that make the city so special.

The journey starts at the iconic [insert landmark’s name]. The Landmark’s Name. The architectural wonder, constructed in the year [year], is an emblem of the city’s strength and creativity. When we wander its magnificent halls, each part tells an era that has passed.

We’ll then dive right deep into the center of the city, which is the bustling [Insert Name of Market. It’s a sensory blast of sights, sounds and smells. From hand-crafted crafts to tempting local food, it gives you an insight into the life of our town. Meet the sellers their stories are equally as vibrant as the products they sell!

There, we’ll be able to be able to relax in the peaceful surrounding of the [Insert Park Name or Natural Site Name]. The tranquility of this oasis in bustle of the city is the perfect setting for reflection. Make sure to record beautiful views through your camera and within your minds.

While we travel throughout the city, you are at ease to ask questions, talk about your experiences as you immerse yourself into the culture of the city. Keep in mind that travel involves a collection of experiences not only photographs.

Respecting the city’s heritage as well as the natural environment is essential to the journey we are on. Make sure we don’t leave a footprint behind and preserve its beauty for the next visitors.

We thank you for choosing our company to help you navigate the city’s heart. [City’s Name]. Relax and keep your eyes open and let’s create this adventure a treasure-trove of memories that will last forever!

Hello, esteemed explorers,

Welcome to all in our first foray to the intriguing places and intriguing the history of this fascinating city. Your guide for the day I am able to promise you a rewarding adventure filled with exciting explorations.

The first place we’ll visit today is the legendary [Insert Market Name]. The architectural marvel, built in the year [Year], serves as a resounding representation of our city’s imaginative energy and historic depth. While we wander through its magnificent areas, every corner holds an interesting story to tell and a part of the past to tell.

We’ll then dive into the bustling chaotic city’s center The [Market Name]. The market’s bustling activity is an explosion of colors scents, sounds, and colors. There are a variety of traditional crafts, exotic food and friendly smiles. Get to know the locals. their stories add layers to the story of the city.

After that, we’ll move on towards the serene ambiance of the [Insert Park or [Nature Site Name] Then, we’ll move to the tranquility of [Insert Park or Natural. With the bustle of city life it’s a tranquil oasis that is a welcome respite. Be sure to take in the magnificent views that unfold.

Throughout the trip don’t be afraid to inquire, offer experiences, or immerse yourself within the local culture. It’s all about learning. involves absorbing new perspectives and new perspectives.

While we discover the charm of our city we must remember to cherish the city’s traditions and preserve the natural beauty of its surroundings. Leave only footprints and cherish the precious memories.

Thank you for trusting us to guide you through [Name of the City]. Get ready to be overwhelmed and let’s create a collection of unforgettable memories together!

Welcome to all on our journey through the captivating places and intriguing the history of this fascinating city. As your tour guide today I am able to promise you a rewarding trip filled with wonderful experiences.

The first place we’ll visit today is the famous [Insert Landmark’s Name]. This magnificent structure, which was built in the year of [Year], is regarded as a enduring representation of our city’s artistic spirit as well as its historical profundity. When we walk through its vast spaces, each one has an interesting story to tell, a bit of history that we can share.

We’ll then dive into the bustling urban chaos market, which is the market. [Market Name]. The market’s bustling activity is an awe-inspiring display of scents, colors, and sound. The market is filled with regional crafts, exotic cuisines and friendly smiles. Meet the people who live there, their stories add layers to the story of the city.

After that, we’ll move on into the tranquility of the [Insert Park or Natural Site Name] Then, we’ll move to the tranquility of [Insert Park or Natural. In the midst of the bustling city it’s a tranquil oasis that provides a tranquil respite. Make sure you take time to enjoy the stunning views it offers.

While on our journey don’t be afraid for a chat, impart experiences, or immerse yourself within the local culture. It’s all about learning. is about experiencing new things and new perspectives.

When we explore the charm of our city Let’s not forget to respect the city’s traditions and preserve its beauty and natural splendor. We should leave just footprints and cherish the precious memories.

We thank you for trusting us to guide you through the city of [Name] we are honored to be a part of [City’s Name]. Be ready to be overwhelmed and let’s create a collection of memorable moments!

Intrepid travelers, greetings!

Begin our adventure through breathtaking landscapes and the fascinating tradition of this amazing city. As your tour guide I’m thrilled to join you on this journey filled with fascinating insights.

The journey begins with the magnificent insert landmark’s name of the Landmark. It was built in the year of year this awe-inspiring building is an example of the city’s creative talent and the strength of its past. When we travel its long avenues, every intricate element is a relic of past times.

Then we head to the bustling heart of the city. It’s the lively [Insert Name of Market]. The bustling marketplace offers a variety of hues scents, sounds, and colors. From handmade souvenirs to delectable local food, it offers an authentic glimpse of the city’s life. Do not be afraid to interact with locals, their stories add an interesting color to the story of the city.

We then retreat in the calming surroundings in [Insert Park or Nature Site Name]. In the midst of a city’s constant tempo it is a tranquil spot that provides a respite. Take time to take in the breathtaking views which open up in front of your eye.

While we travel, you are welcome to ask questions, discuss your experiences as you immerse yourself within the culture and ethos of the city. Travel is, after all, an opportunity to gather experiences, not merely snaps.

While we weave the fascinating tapestry of our city we must pledge to respect its traditions and preserve its stunning beauty. We must ensure that our footprints remain only temporary, yet our memories last forever.

We thank you for trusting us with your exploration of the city’s name. Get ready for a thrilling trip and let’s create the most unforgettable memories!

Hello, adventurous souls,

Enjoy our thrilling journey through the fascinating corners of this amazing city. Your tour guide is me I’m thrilled to guide you on an adventure that is filled with amazing sites and treasures from the past.

The first stop is the stunning [Insert Landmark’s Name]. It was built in [year] the building represents our city’s culture as well as its long and rich heritage. When we stroll through its sprawling halls, every corner and cranny tells an intriguing tale from the past.

We’ll then explore the vibrant heart of the city: the bustling marketplace named [Insert Market Name]. This lively market provides a visual explosion of smells, colors and sound. There is a variety of traditional products, delicious cuisines and smiling faces. You are welcome to interact with the vendors in town and their stories add a personal element to the story of the city.

We’ll then move into the serene setting of [insert Park or Nature Site Name], Then, we’ll move to the tranquil setting of [Insert Park or Natural. Within the hustle and bustle of city life it offers an opportunity to enjoy a quiet moment. Do not forget to enjoy the breathtaking views it provides.

While we travel I would like to encourage people to inquire to share your thoughts, offer insights as well as fully enjoy the unique atmosphere of your city. It’s true that traveling involves soaking oneself in different perspectives and experiences.

While we explore the charm of the city we must remember to honor its customs and safeguard the beauty of nature. We must ensure that we leave just footprints and bring back an incredible collection of treasures.

We thank you for choosing to join us in exploring the city of [City’s Name]. Make sure you buckle up to embark on an exciting journey in creating an album of memorable moments with you!

Tips for creating visually appealing and informative presentations:

Keep it simple: Avoid cluttering your presentation with too much information or too many visuals. This can overwhelm your audience and make it difficult for them to focus on the key points. Use a variety of visuals: Mix it up by using a combination of photographs, videos, maps, and illustrations. This will keep your audience engaged and prevent them from getting bored. Use captions and labels: Make sure to label your visuals with relevant information, such as the location or date of a photograph. This will provide context and make it easier for your guests to understand. Use storytelling techniques: Just like your script, your visuals should also tell a story. Use techniques such as before and after photos or a series of images to create a narrative. Incorporate humor: Visuals can also be used to inject some humor into your presentation. This can help lighten the mood and make the tour more enjoyable for your guests.

Use technology: There are many tools and software available that can help you create visually appealing presentations. Practice and rehearse: Just like your script, it is important to practice and rehearse your presentation to ensure a smooth and seamless delivery.  

As a tour guide, your script is your most valuable tool. It sets the tone for the entire tour and acts as a guide for both you and your audience. A well-written and practiced script can make the difference between a mediocre tour and an unforgettable experience for your guests.

Importance of Rehearsing and Practicing the Script:

Rehearsing and practicing your script is crucial for delivering a smooth and engaging tour. It allows you to become familiar with the content, flow, and timing of your script. By rehearsing, you can also identify any areas that may need improvement or clarification. Practicing your script also helps you to become more confident in your delivery. Nerves and stage fright can be common for tour guides, especially when leading a large group. However, by rehearsing and practicing your script, you become more comfortable with the material, making it easier to deliver it with confidence and enthusiasm.

Seeking Feedback and Making Necessary Revisions:

While practicing your script, it is important to seek feedback from others. This can be from colleagues, friends, or even your guests. Their perspectives can provide valuable insights and help you identify any areas that may need improvement. As you receive feedback, be open to making necessary revisions to your script. Remember, your goal is to provide the best possible experience for your guests, and their feedback can help you achieve that. It is also important to keep in mind that your script should be a living document, constantly evolving and improving with each tour.

Incorporating Improvisation Techniques for a More Natural Delivery:

No matter how well-rehearsed and practiced your script is, there may be moments during a tour that require some improvisation. This could be due to unexpected situations, questions from guests, or simply wanting to add a personal touch to your delivery. Incorporating improvisation techniques into your script can make your tour feel more natural and authentic. It allows you to connect with your audience on a more personal level and make the tour experience more engaging and interactive. Some improvisation techniques you can use include storytelling, humor, and asking open-ended questions to encourage participation from your guests. Remember to always stay true to the main points of your script, but don’t be afraid to add your own personal flair to keep things interesting.  

As a tour guide, you are responsible for creating a memorable and informative experience for your guests. However, despite thorough planning and preparation, unexpected situations can arise during a tour that can throw off your script and disrupt the flow of your tour. These challenges can range from weather changes to technical difficulties, and even difficult guests. As a professional tour guide, it is crucial to have strategies in place for handling these challenges and adapting your script to different audiences to ensure an engaging and interactive tour. Handling unexpected situations during a tour requires quick thinking and flexibility. The first step is to remain calm and composed, as your guests will look to you for guidance. For example, if the weather suddenly changes, you may need to adjust the route or find an indoor alternative. If there are technical difficulties, have a backup plan in place, such as using a different device or switching to a different activity. It is also essential to communicate openly and honestly with your guests, keeping them informed of any changes and reassuring them that their experience will not be compromised. Another challenge that tour guides face is adapting their script to different audiences. Each group of guests is unique, with varying interests, knowledge levels, and cultural backgrounds. It is crucial to research and understand your audience beforehand to tailor your script accordingly. For example, if you have a group of history buffs, you may want to go into more detail about the historical significance of a location. On the other hand, if you have families with young children, you may want to incorporate fun facts and interactive activities to keep them engaged. To adapt your script effectively, it is essential to have a broad knowledge of the destination and its history, culture, and customs. This will allow you to make on-the-spot changes and additions to your script to cater to your audience’s interests. Additionally, be open to feedback from your guests. They may have specific questions or interests that you can incorporate into your script to make it more relevant and engaging for them. Keeping the tour engaging and interactive is crucial for a successful experience. A well-written script is a great starting point, but it is essential to keep your guests actively involved throughout the tour. One way to do this is by incorporating interactive elements such as quizzes, games, or hands-on activities. This will not only keep your guests engaged but also make the information more memorable for them. Another tip for keeping the tour interactive is to engage your guests in conversations and encourage them to ask questions. This will make the tour more personal and allow for a deeper understanding of the destination. Additionally, make use of visual aids such as maps, photos, and videos to enhance the tour experience and keep your guests visually engaged.  


In conclusion, mastering the art of script writing for tour guiding is a crucial skill for any tour guide looking to provide an exceptional experience for their guests. Throughout this blog, we have explored the various aspects of script writing and how it can greatly enhance the overall tour experience. We began by understanding the role of a tour guide and the importance they hold in the tourism industry. We then delved into the responsibilities and qualities of a successful tour guide, highlighting the impact of a well-written script on the overall tour experience.

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