Open Day

UC Open Day 2018 - Saturday 25 August

UC Open Day is a once-a-year opportunity to see what it's like to live, study and work in the nation's capital.

It's your chance to experience life at the University of Canberra first-hand. You'll get the chance to explore the campus and discover different courses, career opportunities, latest innovations, displays, clubs and so much more!

We've teamed up with accommodation providers, local attractions,Visit Canberra & Study Canberra so you're guaranteed to enjoy an action-packed day filled with free activities, events and educational displays.

Everything kicks off with a FREE breakfast on the concourse from 9:00am.

From 7:00 pm the University of Canberra Union will be hosting special guests 'Triple J's High Winner' Japanese Wallpaper including supporting acts Neko Pink, Bottlebrush and Aphir. Please note, this is an 18+ event.

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Plan your day. Create your schedule

Don't miss out on the events and activities that interest you! Use our handy Personalised Scheduler to plan your day ahead of time.

Expo hall

Located in Building 1, the Expo Hall brings all five (5) of our Faculties together in one centralised place. Visit all the stalls to find out about:

  • University of Canberra courses & pathway programs
  • Scholarships
  • Studying abroad
  • Careers
  • Student support services
  • Admissions and fees

We'll have friendly staff and students on hand to answer any, and all questions you have.

Fun on the day

UC Open Day is jam packed with fun activities and entertainment. From the free breakfast in the morning, to a multitude of displays and demonstrations and Virtual Reality Activations (on offer from Canberra Innovation Network and our Arts & Design Faculty)- this is YOUR chance to explore, discover and gain a new appreciation of what we have to offer at UC.

Make sure you visit the Market Day stalls on the concourse to chat to our Student Clubs and Societies. We also have special guests from the University Admissions Centre (UAC), Visit Canberra/ Study Canberra, The National Zoo & Aquarium, National Dinosaur Museum & Questacon who will be running competitions and giveaways!

Free Breakfast

Big Breakfast (on us) from 9am!

Breakfast is on us! Grab your free breakfast from 9am on the concourse. We have a range of breakfast options to suit all taste buds and dietary requirements!

What a perfect way to start your Open Day!

Faculty displays and demonstrations

See what sparks your interest!

We have over 215 Displays and Demonstrations, Course Information Sessions and a whole lot more for you to do at UC Open Day! Did we mention that we'll have the Brumbies, Canberra United and UC Capitals on campus too?

This is your chance to experience what it's like to be a UC Student and get a taste of the course that interests you! Make sure to do your own Personalised Scheduler on the day, so you don't miss out on anything!


Lots of Attractions Passes and Giveaways from 12

HIT 104.7 Roadshow will be on campus LIVE from UC and entertaining with great music, freebies, giveaways from 12pm -2pm. No matter where you are, you can tune in, or tune out, the choice is completely up to you.

Tune in and make sure you don't miss out on the following Giveaways

1x Double Pass to the National Zoo & Aquarium; 1x Family Pass (2A + 3c) to Questacon; 1x Double Half Day Wine Tour with Canberra Winery Tours; 4x Double Passess to Japanese Wall Paper Concert (Sat 25 Aug); 1x Double Pass to Ball Park Music & San Cisco Concert!

Japanese Wallpaper

End your day on a high note! Watch Triple J’s Unearthed winners LIVE

Celebrate the end of a great day with a live concert headlined by Triple J’s Unearthed - Japanese Wallpaper, and supported by Neko Pink, Bottlebrush and Aphir. The concert kicks off at 7:00pm in The UC Hub on campus.

4(x) double passes are up for grabs during the day!

Canberra Raiders Home Game

Watch the Raiders play live with a discount for UC attendees

Support our local rugby league team during their final home game of the season as they take on the South Sydney Rabbitohs. We've got a special discount code for UC Open Day attendees - So you don't miss any of the action!


Get your tickets now and get ready to back the winning team. *conditions apply*

Clubs and societies

There's a Club or Society for everyone at UC

With over 60 student run clubs and societies available, there’s something to suit everyone. Academic clubs, Social and Cultural Clubs, Sporting Clubs and more.

Come explore new ideas, and connect with like-minded people from all around the world.

Getting here

to Canberra

Travelling to Canberra without a car? Not a problem. Murray’s and Greyhound offer direct trips to and from Canberra from a range of locations around NSW and beyond.

Murray’s coaches & buses >

Greyhound coaches & buses >


Canberra’s bus service offers a clean, cost effective, convenient and environmentally friendly way to get around the city. With bus stops right near campus, travelling between UC and Canberra's city centre is a breeze.

Plan your trip with Transport Canberra >

on Campus

Parking is absolutely FREE all day during UC Open Day. Make sure you get in early to find the perfect car park to get a good spot.

See the parking map for more information >

Car Hire

Prefer to hire a car? Excellent. Thrifty is one of Canberra and UC's trusted rental vehicle providers.

Book your car with Thrifty >

Make a weekend in Canberra

Make an entire weekend out of your UC Open Day visit. It’s the perfect excuse to explore everything Canberra. Cafés, shopping, vineyards, museums, walking tracks, cycling tracks, sports events, live shows and much, much more. Come experience what it’s like to study, work and play in the nation's capital.

What's On

Canberra has been ranked number three city in the world in Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2018

Discover why Canberra has been ranked #3 City
in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018.

Come and discover what makes Canberra great! We have a host of accommodation offers and discounts from top hotel providers around Canberra just for our UC Open Day attendees. We've also teamed up with one of our accommodation providers - Campus Living Villages (CLV) to provide an experience of what it's like to live on campus. Stuck on ideas of what to do? We've compiled a list of things to do and experience while you are here. Whether you are travelling solo, coming with the family, or with friends there's something for everyone. Make the most of UC Open Day and Experience Canberra!

+ Arriving Friday

If you’re getting into Canberra on Friday we’ve got your night set! From 4:00pm we’ll have an event on campus run by our accommodation providers to give you an extra opportunity to experience what life on campus has to offer. From 7:30pm UC Life! will be hosting a FREE concert  with Triple J Unearthed High 2017 winner, Arno Faraji.

Residential Sport - Open Round

Our on-campus accommodation providers have teamed up to create a fun filled evening on Friday 24th August.

Prospective Students and Parents are welcome to join current student residents and staff in the Residential Sport – Open Round. Go head to head with current residents and staff during three games of sport, which will be running from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at the Gym (Building 4).

Staff and students from UniLodge and Campus Living Village (CLV) will be there to answer questions after the games, and share experiences over some complimentary food and drinks at The Well (on the UC Concourse) from 6pm onwards.

UC Hub presents Arno Faraji

UC Hub Presents Triple J Unearthed High 2017 winner, Arno Faraji with support from Tenda (Tahlia Makunde), Kirklandd and The Ansah Brothers. Kicking off at 7:30PM in the UC Hub!  UC Hub is an 18+ Venue. This is a Free Entry event, so we'll see you there!

"His raps crackle with intelligence and electrifying attitude," and he won Unearthed High 2017. He’s 18 and insanely talented.  Listen to Arno Faraji.

Late Night Shopping

Friday is the night in Canberra for late night shopping! Most shopping centres are open until 9pm with some stores open even later. Locals know there’s a thriving nightlife in Canberra and they’re happy to share it so why not make an evening of it by checking out some of the superb local produce from eateries around town and shopping at the newly expanded Canberra Centre.

+ Accommodation

Canberra is home to a range of excellent accommodation options to suit your needs. Below is a list of accommodation providers that are offering discounts to those coming to UC Open Day.

On Campus Accommodation - Try Before You Buy

Want to get a taste of what it’s like to live on campus? UC Open Day is the perfect opportunity to try before you buy! Short stay accommodation is available at University of Canberra Village which is located right on campus. Please see the University of Canberra Accommodation Page for information about all on campus accommodation options.

NameLocationDiscount Bookings & Inclusions
University of Canberra VillageUniversity of Canberra Village
Cooinda Hut, off Cooinda Street
Bruce ACT 2617
15% Discount
This rate includes room only with all linen and towels provided.

Accommodation Offers - Around Canberra

Canberra is home to a range of excellent accommodation options to suite your needs. Below is a list of accommodation providers that are offering discounts to those coming to UC Open Day.

Further information on the Hotels, their offers and Inclusions are below.

Avenue Hotel CanberraCanberra City -
80 Northbourne Avenue, Braddon, ACT, 2602
15% Discount
Book direct and save 15%! Free WiFi and onsite car parking. Call their friendly reservations team on 1800 828 000!
Pavilion on NorthbourneCanberra City -
242 Northbourne Avenue, Dickson, ACT, 2602
15% Discount
Book direct and save 15%! Free WiFi and onsite car parking.  Call their friendly reservations team on 1800 828 000!
BreakFree Capital TowerNew Acton Precinct -
2 Marcus Clark Street Canberra
10% Discount
Get 10% off their Daily Rate and Bed & Breakfast Rate.
Mantra MacArthur Hotel Canberra City -
219 Northbourne Avenue, Turner, Canberra ACT 2612
10% Discount
Get 10% off their Daily Rate and Bed & Breakfast Rate.
Mantra On NorthbourneCanberra City -
84 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra ACT 2612
10% Discount
Get 10% off their Daily Rate and Bed & Breakfast Rate
Ovolo NishiNew Acton Precinct -
25 Edinburgh Ave, Canberra ACT 2601
10% Discount
CODE: UNI130418
Continental breakfast (up to 2 guests), complimentary mini bar, loot snack bag and Vino Y Pintxos which includes 2x glasses of wine per room and tapas at Monster Kitchen and Bar’s happy hour between 17:30 and 18:30.
Peppers Gallery Hotel New Acton Precinct -
15 Edinburgh Ave, Canberra, ACT 2601
10% Discount
Get 10% off their Daily Rate and Bed & Breakfast Rate.
Canberra City -
150 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra, ACT 2612
15% Discount
BOOK NOW: Through their reservations team on (02) 6248 5311
Complimentary Wi-Fi, hot buffet breakfast & onsite parking (subject to availability).
Apartment guests can access complimentary Wi-Fi & secure basement parking.
+ Experience Canberra

Attractions for the Whole Family

Canberra is the ultimate family-friendly getaway destination. Explore the national capital’s array of attractions with activities and events designed especially for the kids – and they’re all so easy to find. You might find it difficult to fit it all in, so start to create your Canberra getaway bucket list. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

See the very best of Canberra with a Tour!

See the very best of Canberra with a tour. Gain a new level of knowledge from an expert or appreciate new vantage points. Discover more about Canberra’s food and wine, improve your photography skills, or explore the Australian bush and our Aboriginal culture and heritage. See Canberra and the region from the air, the water, a bike, a bus, atop a horse or balanced on a Segway. Here's some of Canberra's most popular tours, listed below.

Daily tours are also offered at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Australian War Memorial, Museum of Australian Democracy, National Gallery of Australia , National Museum of Australia, National Portrait Gallery, Parliament House and the Royal Australian Mint to help you embrace our culture and history

None of our suggestions do it for you? See the comprehensive list of Canberra tours on offer.

Nature Lovers

Canberra’s beautifully planned city makes our outdoor attractions easily enjoyed. More than half of the ACT is protected as nature reserve so the beauty on offer is right on our doorstep! For some ideas, check out our top picks below:

Scenic Hikes

  • Hike up Mount Ainslie
  • Head out to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
  • Explore Mount Taylor
  • Gibraltar Peak: Another walk at Tidbinbilla

Iconic Walks

  • Bridge to Bridge - Lake Burley Griffin
  • Molonglo Gorge
  • Australian Botanic Gardens
  • One Tree Hill

Need More? Check out the whole host of other outdoor and nature activities on offer.

Travelling Solo

Canberra is quickly stealing the hearts of solo travellers with its range of inviting café and restaurant options, exciting tours, shopping spots and outdoor activities.

Weekend with Friends

Why not make a weekend getaway with friends when you come to our Open Day? With chic design hotels, sophisticated bars and restaurants, and a long list of the nation's best museums and galleries to boot, the capital of culture is well worth a visit.

Tour the local wineries around Canberra or the Mt. Majura Truffle Farm, check out the delicious eateries in Braddon, or hit the trails and walk up Mount Ainslie for an incredible view of the city. Not enough? You can tour local breweries, go bouldering, go-karting or indoor Skiing, or check out Canberra’s great nightlife in the City or the Kingston Foreshore. Whatever your interest, Canberra has you covered.

Plan out your weekend by checking out all that Canberra has to offer.

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