It might be a while since you were a uni student (aah the days of puff sleeves and skinny ties). Or perhaps you never were one and jumped straight into the workforce (go, you!).

Either way, you may have more worries and questions about today’s uni experience than your child does. That’s why uni Open Days can be a parent’s greatest resource when it comes to helping your child decide on the right course and institution for them. Here is a list of your must-do activities when you hit your kids’ prospective campuses.

1. Talk, talk, talk!

You might think that teens can talk (especially when you see their phone bill!) – well, get set to rival the chattiest of the lot because at Open Day you need to talk to everyone.

Narrow down your child’s academic strengths and areas of interest and visit all of the related information booths and lectures. You’ll have the chance to speak first-hand to the teachers who will be educating your child, as well as current students and successful graduates who studied the same degree.

You’ll never have a greater opportunity to have all your questions answered, so make a list and tick them off! Our Open Day planner lets you sort all of the events on the day by time, study area and event type.

Open Day is a great time to get all your questions answered.

2. Read all about it

Pack your highlighters and sticky notes – you’ll be reading and annotating course guides, discipline brochures, subject lists, scholarship guides and more for the next few weeks!

You’ll find a huge amount of brochures and publications on offer at Open Day information stands – make sure you collect and read them all.

You might think you already know what your child wants to study, but once they (and you) learn more about what's on offer, you’ll discover so many other exciting choices.

Help your child discover all their choices.

3. Money matters

Don’t let potential study costs add to your child’s stress over exams and assignments.

Open Day is the perfect opportunity to get the financials of uni sorted. There’ll be student administration staff on hand to walk you through the ins and outs of Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP loans, voluntary repayments, student services fees, and more.

You’ll also find information about scholarships your child may be eligible for, and opportunities for student employment and employability services on campus and beyond.

4. Will the nest be empty?

We don’t want to scare you – but many first year uni students decide it’s time to leave the family home for a room or apartment of their own. But that doesn’t mean you can’t help them make the transition a safe and easy one.

Be sure to find out about the residential areas surrounding the uni campus, as well as the housing services the uni offers, and take a tour of VU's secure student accommodation during your Open Day visit.

5. Take time to smell the coffee

Don’t forget to take some time to relax with your child at Open Day. Grab a free coffee, explore an art installation, enjoy a live band, or just take a leisurely stroll around the campus and surrounds.

This is a wonderful time to bond with your child before they venture off into the big wide world – and you’ll get a taste of the fun that’s in-store for them in uni life.

Don’t miss VU Open Day on Sunday 18 August 2019.