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Tips for using the UQ Open Day app

Study tips
Published 6 Jul, 2022  ·  6-minute read

The UQ Open Day app is your tool for getting the absolute most out of The University of Queensland Open Day.

Whether you’re joining us for UQ Open Day at St Lucia or Gatton campus, the app will help you plan your day, get around and find answers to all your questions. It’s also your chance to win great prizes that will set you up for your first semester of uni.

There’s stacks of info in the app that won’t be available anywhere else, so it really is a must-have for anyone looking to make the most of their Open Day experience. We hope you use the app on Open Day as often as you find yourself scrolling through TikTok on a regular day. It may not be full of catchy tunes and cute dances, but it’ll be the pocket pal you need to ensure you don’t miss out on any of the fun.

Here are our top tips for how to use the UQ Open Day app before, during and after Open Day.

The UQ Open Day app is updated and re-released in August each year, to coincide with UQ's Open Day events and help you make the most of your experience. Keep an eye out for our 2023 UQ Open Day app for Apple and Android.


You can hit the ‘Register’ icon in the app and you’ll be taken straight to UQ’s Open Day registration page. From here, you can register to attend UQ Open Day St Lucia or UQ Gatton Open Day, or both. We’ll then send you your login info so you can unlock the app’s full range of features.

UQ's 2022 Open Days were held at St Lucia on 7 August and Gatton on 21 August. If you missed them, you can still take a virtual tour of our campuses and facilities, ask questions via our online form and explore student life via our website. Watch out for 2023 Open Day dates on our events page.

Planning your day

One of the most valuable features of the UQ Open Day app is the schedule. This, alongside ‘tours’ and ‘my agenda’, are your most useful resources for planning your day. In each of these features, you’ll be able to see information for both St Lucia and Gatton Open Days. Tap the relevant date tab at the top of your screen to access information for the campus you're attending.


In the schedule, you can scroll through the list of information sessions running throughout the day. You’ll notice that some of the more popular sessions will be scheduled for several time slots, to minimise clashing with other sessions you’re keen to attend.

If you're a bit overwhelmed with the sheer amount of information sessions on offer, never fear - just hit the search icon in the top right and you can filter by study area.

  • Choose ‘general information’ if you want to know when sessions covering topics like scholarships, admissions, accommodation and info for parents will be happening.
  • Otherwise, tap on the study area/s you’re interested in and discover the range of topics and degrees the sessions cover.

Got a busy weekend planned and can only attend Open Day for a few hours? You can also sort information sessions by morning or afternoon. If a session you want to attend is running at a time you can’t make, simply watch it on the app later – all sessions will be recorded.

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Tours and facilities

You can also browse the wide range of tours running throughout the day by tapping on the ‘tours’ icon. Filter by campus walking tours and library tours, and study area facility tours. Again, some of these will be scheduled for several time slots, so you can find the one that fits into your timetable best.

Many of UQ’s facilities (libraries, museums and sports centres) will be open for the duration of Open Day (9am-3pm), so even if you miss a tour, you can still wander through them independently. Discover all the facilities available for you to explore by tapping on the ‘facilities’ icon.

Hands-on activities

There will be a huge range of exciting hands-on activities and demonstrations happening around the campus on Open Day. At St Lucia in 2022, attendees had the opportunity to see a fire tornado brought to life, explore a Tesla and discover the latest drones and robotics. They could also see our amazing occupational therapy dogs in action, or head to the Antiquities Museum to handle real ancient artefacts. Many activities run all day, but some are only at certain times, so be sure to check out the 'hands-on activities' icon in the app to browse all the fun things you can fit into your day.

My agenda

Whenever you find an information session, tour or hands-on activity you’d like to attend, you can tap the star icon to add it to your personal agenda. This will help you see where you may have timetable clashes so you can try and find another session time or tour. Most importantly though, it’ll help to keep you on track on the day, so you don’t miss a thing.

Getting answers to your questions

Open day is all about getting answers to your questions so you can make an informed decision about whether UQ is the right university for you. The presenters will often leave time for questions at the end of each information session, but you can also ask questions via the ‘questions’ icon in the UQ Open Day app, which will direct you to an online form.

Information hub

The information hub is your one-stop-shop for everything you need to know about life at UQ. Both St Lucia and Gatton Open Days will have an information hub that consists of many different stands, covering everything from student fees to UQ Sport. At the stands you’ll find handouts, freebies and friendly staff happy to answer your questions.

Tap on the ‘information hub’ icon in the app to find out where the stands you’re interested in are located. There’ll be stands for all the major study areas, as well as stands for accommodation, QTAC, international students and admissions, to name a few.

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Navigating the campus

Campus maps

UQ campuses can seem a little daunting to navigate – but with a good map, you can get where you need to be with minimal fuss. Tap on the ‘campus map’ icon and you can access the full interactive campus map, or download the event pdf map.

In the interactive map, if you tap the ‘list’ button in the bottom right of the screen, you can search for a wide range of useful utilities on campus including drink bottle water refill stations and toilets.

Food and drink

Avoid getting hangry and stay focused at Open Day by nourishing yourself with delicious food and drinks. Tap the ‘food and drinks’ icon to discover the wide range of food vendors available to satiate your tastebuds throughout the day. Some of them will be established UQ institutions (like The Lolly Shop) and others will be food trucks we’ve brought in especially for you. Hit the link to get directions to your dish of choice.

Winning prizes

We’re spicing things up this Open Day by giving attendees the opportunity to win amazing prizes by collecting points via the UQ Open Day app. Tap on the ‘win prizes’ icon to see what goals you need to complete to collect points. For every point you earn, you’ll get 1 ticket into the prize draw.

Make sure you’ve got your Bluetooth turned on and that you’ve allowed location services, as your points will automatically accumulate when you reach certain areas throughout the day.

Staying in the loop

Ensure you have all the latest information to help your Open Day experience go as smoothly as possible. The ‘event updates’ icon will highlight with a number when you have notifications to read.

Remembering stuff for later

Make use of the ‘my notes’ feature and keep all the important info you need to remember in the one place. Tap in notes from the sessions you attend, interesting facts, directions, the names of the food outlets you intend to make your regular haunts – anything you think will be useful to you at a later date. At the end of the day, you can export all your notes to your email, in word doc format.

Want to know more about how to prepare for Open Day? Read our complete guide to university open days.

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