Five ways to max out your Open Day visits

Open Days give you a taste of student life and can help make your tertiary study decisions. These SchoolLeaver tips can help make Open Days (or any institution visits) really work for you.  

  1. Plan your day
  • Shortlist your choices – you can’t go to every open day.
  • Sort your travel/accommodation plans early.
  • Discuss your plans with your parents and career adviser – they can really help.
  1. Come prepared
  • Work out what you want to see and register if they ask for this.
  • Download open day programmes to sort your schedule for info sessions, accommodation tours etc.
  • Bring a family member or a mate for company and a second opinion. 
  1. Talk to the right people
  • Ask questions at the information sessions – you are potentially worth lots of money to the institution and they will happily answer.
  • Speak to the student ambassadors – they know all the best stuff already, and how the money thing works.
  1. Explore the campus
  • Check out the facilities, explore the buildings you may be studying in and how you will get to and from classes.
  • Explore the accommodation options– could you live here? Can you see yourself living and studying here for the next few years?
  1. Chill a bit and enjoy yourself
  • Plan to make a day of it with your friends and family. Once you’ve found out what you need to know, enjoy the day and the campus experience.


NZ university Open Days to come this term

Massey University


Saturday 2 August, 9.00am – 2.30pm Manawatu campus


Saturday 12 August, 10.00am – 4.00pm Albany Campus


Friday 1 September, 9.00am – 3.30pm, Wellington Campus

Learn more about Open Days at Massey 


Victoria University

Friday 1 September, 8.00am – 5.00pm, Kelburn Campus

Learn more about Open Days at Victoria 


Auckland University of Technology      

Saturday 2 September, 9.00am – 5.00pm, City Campus

Learn more and register for AUT Live 


University of Auckland 

Saturday 2 September, 9.00am – 3.30pm, City Campus

Learn about Courses and Careers Day at Auckland