7 tips to get the most out of University Open Days

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Excited and a little nervous about the upcoming University Open Day weekend in Adelaide this August? Let’s be honest, it can be overwhelming especially when you’re about to make a major decision in your life. Your Open Day experience will be one of the biggest factors in a your decision-making process, so we’ve put together some tips to ensure you make the most out of Open Day, whether you're looking to study at The University of Adelaide, UniSA or Flinders University.

1. Be super-organised – plan ahead!

Every uni has a dedicated Open Day website, planner or mobile app to help you plan your personal Open Day itinerary. You won’t be able to cram every single talk and info session into your itinerary, so prioritise sessions that align with your interests. If you can, why not come early to discover Adelaide, the city you’ll be calling your home for the next few years. Take advantage of the extra time to get a feel of the student accommodation options, cafes, shops, etc. You'll also get the chance to uncover useful info such as how far the walk is from your student accommodation to your lectures.

2. Wear comfortable shoes

Be prepared to work up some sweat! You may have to walk (or run) a long way across the campus / city to attend different sessions, so wear sensible shoes!

3. Getting to Open Day

Getting to and around open day is easy with free shuttle buses that loop campuses on North Terrace and the Residential Colleges in North Adelaide. There’re also public transport options like the Glenelg tram, trains and many bus routes that stop on North Terrace, if you decide to leave the car behind.

4. Talk to people - ask questions

There’ll be lots of people available to answer your questions – so don’t be shy. There’s no such thing as a silly question. Talk to current students as they’ll be able to tell you what it’s really like studying at uni.

Also, it’s worth thinking ahead about what information you’re seeking – is it course structure, career outcomes, fees, scholarships or student accommodation? We’ve listed out some useful questions to ask at an Open Day – from student accommodation to activities. You can print it out and bring it long with you on the day.

5. Check out your student accommodation options

Deciding what and where you want to study is exciting but finding a place to live is also important. Where you live while you study plays a big role in your university experience, getting your degree and your future job prospects. Lincoln will be open all weekend 9am - 5pm Friday 10 - Sunday 12 August 2018. You'll get the opportunity to look around and get a feel for the place, hear about the application process and most importantly, meet Lincoln residents to chat about what it's like to live here. Find out more about Lincoln's Open Day weekend via our Facebook event here.

6. Make a weekend of it

Why not make a weekend of it and check out what Adelaide has to offer? Renowned for its amazing food culture – with some of the world’s top wineries and restaurants just a short walk or drive away. Adelaide is famous for it’s incredible festival calendar and Open Day weekend won’t disappoint. Check out the SALA (South Australia Living Artists) Festival, running throughout August it is the largest community-based visual arts festival in Australia celebrating sculpture, painting, photography, mixed media, moving image and installations. Let’s not forget The Adelaide Guitar Festival is also running from 9-12 August.

If you’re a sports lover, why not check out a game of AFL while you’re in town? Port Power take on the West Coast Eagles at Adelaide Oval at 4pm on Saturday, just a short walk from Lincoln.

7. Enjoy!

Last but not least, go with an open mind and have fun! There will be a lot of free activities, food trucks and giveaways! Get involved and take in everything the uni has to offer. There’s no better way to decide on the best uni for you.

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