Keen to learn about a potential uni from the comfort of your own bed? Well, for the third year in a row Swinburne is letting you virtually gallivant across its Hawthorn campus to suss things out.
The game-like interactive space is called Swintopia and in it, you have a little robot avatar journey around to uncover everything you need to know about studying there. ‘Stroll’ around the lush campus, learn course information and talk to a pigeon. Yeah, you heard me! Plus, you get to put your noggin to the test and have a crack at some quests.
Trying your hand at these missions in Swintopia can also put you in the running to score a sweet prize — we’re talking $20,000 travel voucher kind of sweetness. Just think of how far that’ll get you! You could live it up in Ibiza with your best buds for a month, pretend to be royalty in a castle, or stay at a youth hostel for a whole damn year with that kind of money. The dream.
All you have to do to go into the running is register to play within the Swintopia world and look for a glitching teleportal. Once you fix that bad boy, you get a little token in your virtual tote bag and you’re in with a chance to win.
There are plenty of other prizes in the mix, too. From now until October, a bunch of monthly prizes are up for grabs. All you have to do is find Lester at his Lost & Found kiosk and help him find some lost items. If you find ’em, you might nab yourself a smart speaker or solar backpack.
Trust me, I had a little mosey around the digital campus and it was a good bloody time. You ‘meet’ a lot of cool people on campus — think, current students, alumni, academics and even a drone who can pop by and fill you in on good-to-know stuff. I was even virtually starstruck by student and Gogglebox star Holly Dalton!
If you’re perusing where to study next year, it’s a nifty way to learn about your prospective uni. Register for Swintopia now to have a look around and play to win one of the swish prizes. Check out the T&Cs here.