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Open Day cheat sheet

When an event is only held once a year you know it’s not to be missed, and Open Day is no exception. Here are some tips that will help your day run smoothly and prepare you for university.

How to prepare for Open Day

Having a hard time deciding which of our mini lectures to attend? Maybe you’re not sure what side of campus you need to be on to find information about the guaranteed ATAR? Build a personalised schedule within our Open Day app and plan your day so you know exactly where you need to be and when. You can share your schedule with your friends and family too.

Not sure where to start? Let our app generate a prepopulated schedule based on your interests. It also has an inbuilt map that’ll have you navigating campus like you’ve already started at Sydney. It might be worth checking out the map before Open Day to get a feel for where you need to go.

Open Day is one of the few days of the year academics and current students will be offering you personalised advice in the one place. Which subjects can you study in that degree? What’s it really like to live on campus? Where can you go on exchange? Prepare a checklist of questions so you leave campus with everything you came for.

Leave the car at home. Our Camperdown/Darlington Campus is serviced by many bus routes and is only a 10-minute walk from Redfern train station.

If you’re getting off at Central, hitch a ride with us. We’ll have a free shuttle bus running every 10 minutes between Central Station (Bus Bay 9) and our main campus, from 8.30am to 4.30pm.

For those of you who prefer getting around on two wheels, we’ve got plenty of secure bike racks on campus that have your name all over them. 


What do I bring to an Open Day?

Bring a friend, parent/guardian or significant other along for the ride. Not only are they company, they’ll be a valuable sounding board on the day. Remember it’s their job to have your best interests at heart and it’ll save you having to repeat yourself when you get home.

We’re not discouraging you to spend some time alone on campus – it’s the only way you’ll truly get a feel for a university. In saying this, no one’s stopping you from flying solo the whole day either. 

Dress appropriately – there’s no need for school uniforms (it’s a Saturday, remember?) and we don’t expect you to dress to impress. Wear what makes you feel comfortable and don’t forget our campus is big so sensible walking shoes are a must.

A pen to jot down details or make some notes never goes a miss either.

Do I eat before or after the event? We’ve got you covered. We have a number of cafés on campus that will be opening their doors if you need to stop and refuel. Be sure to beat the queues by knowing exactly where you’re going - check out your options before arriving on campus. It’s also worth trying to grab a bite a little earlier or later than usual to beat the crowds. 

Student receiving advice on Open Day.

Top 5 must-dos on the day

Get your hands on an Open Day bag as soon as you arrive on campus. Our student ambassadors will be handing these out at all of the main entry points. Not only will it be your saving grace when you’re looking for somewhere to store the free merch you pick up throughout the day, you’ll be lost without the ‘Open Day Pocket Map’ found inside.

Spend some time with our academics in the ‘Plan your degree’ zone. Here, we’ll give you the low down on our degree structure and let you know the best time to combine study with travel.

Once you’ve gained an understanding of what your 3-4 years on campus might actually look like, make your way over to the course advice centres. Not only can we recommend courses suited to your interests, we’ll explain how you have the flexibility to design your own degree and follow your interests across various disciplines.

University is more than what happens in the classroom. Spend your last Saturday in August with interactive humanoid robots, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, and a side of virtual reality. If these don’t scream ‘fun’, we’re sure you’ll find a combination of hands-on faculty activities that do. 

While you're on campus be sure to check out some of the 200+ clubs and societies. Not only might you make friends with someone who shares the same interests as you, they’ll be a familiar face on your first day of uni.

Whether you’re looking for information on a particular area of interest, undergraduate scholarship opportunities or the basics that need to be considered when moving to Sydney, we have a mini-lecture for you - in fact we have over 150! Don’t forget to organise your day by adding these to your personalised schedule. 

Take a campus tour and check out where you could be studying. From labs to lecture theatres and heritage-listed buildings, our student ambassadors will give you an insider’s look at our Camperdown Campus.

If you're considering living on-campus, an accommodation tour is also worth adding to your schedule.

Open Day has wrapped up for another year but Info Day is a great opportunity to get answers to your questions, from planning your degree to seeking advice on what you can do if you don't get the ATAR. Register your interest for Info Day, Thursday 19 December. 

5 July 2019
Open Day is especially helpful if you're tossing up between a few different areas of interest. You can talk to students in each field and learn from their personal experiences.
Molly Riordan, Bachelor of Health Sciences

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