Western University



Western University is one of the oldest and most beautiful universities in Canada. Located in London, Ontario and founded in 1878, Western combines academic excellence with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social and cultural growth. The university attracts individuals with a broad world-view, seeking to study, influence and lead in the international community.

Key Facts about Western:

- Over 37,000 students

- 2,200 international students from 100 countries

- 400 different specializations, majors and minors

- 120 graduate and professional programs

- 88.2 % entering average - one of the highest in Ontario

- 87.2 % employment rate within six months after graduation

- 92.8 % retention rate from first to second year

- one of Canada’s top 10 research universities attracting more than $220 million in funding annually

- 1,200-acre campus, the largest community campus in Ontario a multicultural and inclusive community with more than 200 student clubs, groups and advocacy organizations

Undergraduate Academic Choices:
- Arts and Humanities
- Visual Arts
- Engineering
- Food & Nutrition
- Health Sciences
- Information and Media Studies
- Kinesiology
- Music
- Medical Sciences
- Nursing
- Science & Biological Sciences
- Social Science
- Management & Organizational Studies
- Accounting
- Finance
- Human Resource Management
- Consumer Behavior
- Commercial Aviation

Professional Programs:
- Business
- Communication Sciences & Disorders
- Dentistry
- Education
- Journalism
- Law
- Library and Information Science
- Medicine
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Social Work

Areas of Expertise

Western has a long history of innovation and discovery among its 12 faculties and schools, with opportunities for students to participate in ground-breaking research at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

In addition to leadership in business thought and education through the Ivey Business School, and medical discovery and training through the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western scholars contribute significantly to developing new knowledge and critical thinking across an extensive range of disciplines. Current signature areas of research and innovation at Western include:

- Neuroscience/Brain and Mind

- Imaging, Materials and Biomaterials

- Wind Engineering and Natural Disaster Mitigation

- Environmental Sustainability and Green Energy

- Philosophy of Science

- Planetary Science and Exploration

- Musculoskeletal Health

On Campus Housing

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Co-ed:Lowest: $7,410Highest: $10,100

If you are a single student, without children, coming directly from high school, and receive an offer of full-time, first-year admission to Western's main campus by mid-May, then a place in residence is guaranteed. In order to retain your guaranteed space, your deposit of $900 must be received in our office by the deadline date outlined on your offer of residence.
(Please note that students registered at Brescia, Huron or King's are ineligible to apply for residence on main campus.)

Off Campus Housing

The Off-Campus Housing Service strives to provide students/staff a variety of housing options with over 5,000 listings annually.
Receive personal assistance from Western staff members regarding rental listings and searches in Room 102 Elgin Hall, Mon - Fri from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm or call 519-661-3550 / email off-campus.housing@uwo.ca.
A computer, located in the foyer of Elgin Hall, is available for searching off-campus listings during business hours.

Incoming Students

Leadership and Mentorship Program (LAMP) Lights the Way
Unique to Western, this award winning program consists of two parts:
1. The Peer Mentorship Program
- Links small groups of first year students with an upper year student, a peer mentor from their faculty.
- Activities range from sharing a meal to attending academic events, to chatting with professors to volunteering in the community.
2. The Leadership Education Program is free and open to all Western students. It focuses on:
- Developing leadership skills through hands on educational experience.
- Participating in workshops, which lead to a letter of accomplishment in student leadership.
Off-Campus Dons
The Off-Campus Don program provides first year students living off-campus with important links to university life at Western. Upper year, Off-Campus Dons provide support, guidance, and regular contact to first year students who are not living in residence. All students in the program have an opportunity to participate in our philanthropy, health and wellness, social, faculty, and academic communities.
Academic Advising
We provide a vital service to all mature students by combining delivery of accurate information with timely assistance and a friendly ear to help students in all aspects of decision making.
Study Groups
Want to get to know people in your first year classes and get the support you need for academic success? Study groups meet outside the classroom to work on assignments and study for upcoming tests.
Are you WISE?
High achieving Grade 11 and 12 students may be interested in taking one tuition free course through the Western's Initiative for Scholarly Excellence (WISE) program. If you are considering attending university, but want to know more about what to expect, this course is for you! Experience a sample lecture, use the library, complete a written assignment, talk about reading, and much more. Available in both classroom and distance studies formats. Open to all ages.
Tel: (519) 661-3559

Career Planning

Career Services
Programs to assist you with all stages of career development and job search. Individual counselling and workshops to help you to:
- Establish a sense of direction and identify skills developed in academic programs.
- Plan and implement an effective job search before graduation.

We also provide:
- Online job postings available for current students (summer and part-time positions), new graduates, and alumni.
- Daily Job Search Clinic available on a drop in basis.
- All Campus Career Fair.
- Internship program providing real world work experience prior to graduation.
- Career interest testing online to help you narrow down your options.
- Self serve resource library including information on various educational programs, international opportunities, volunteer positions, job search strategies, and career paths.
- Interview preparation workshops and practice interview sessions.
- Faculty based career programs to provide you with information specific to your field of study.


Western Sports and Recreation Services
Western is widely recognized as having one of the best sports and recreation programs in Canada. Whether your idea of fun is playing intercollegiate football, intramural basketball, weight training, or attending aerobics classes, Western has what you want!

Sports and Recreation Services is the largest employer of students on campus, employing more than 400 students each year to provide leadership in our many programs. Students work part-time in a variety of jobs, as Membership Services associates, intramural officials, league coordinators, lifeguards, fitness instructors, personal trainers, intercollegiate team managers, event staff, and more. We also employ students through Western's Work-Study program and offer internship placements to several fourth year Kinesiology students.


Campus Recreation Services
Campus Recreation Services provides a wide variety of drop in activities, intramural sports, instructional courses, sport clubs, and personal wellness services to meet the diverse fitness and recreation needs of all Western students. Our facilities are open long hours year-round to provide ample opportunity for busy students to make fitness a part of their lifestyle.

Campus Recreation Services also boasts one of the largest intramural sports programs in Canada. Nearly 10,000 students participate on hundreds of teams in an astounding array of sports. No matter what your favourite sport is or what skill level you are at, Campus Recreation Services' intramural program has something for you!


There is literally something for everyone at Western, with more than 130 clubs and associations focused on everything from ethnic heritage and religious affiliation to volunteerism and future careers. These are just a few of the 130 plus clubs available (for a complete list, please look online.

Information Technology

IInformation Technology Services (ITS)
Computing and access to the Internet has never been easier or more diverse. All students receive a free personal e-mail account. This account provides access to the Internet, online courses, and the general purpose computer labs. Wireless is available in all buildings (excluding residences) and most areas on campus.

We operate the ITS Helpdesk located in the Support Services Building. Walk in assistance is available as well as support by telephone and via email.

Contact: Tel: (519) 661-3800 E-mail: helpdesk@uwo.ca


The University Students’ Council (USC)
The University Students’ Council is the largest and most active student government in Canada. As the student voice, the USC lobbies all levels of government to improve the climate in which all universities operate. We are committed to making your university experience affordable, accessible, and of the utmost quality, both socially and academically. There are countless ways to get involved with student government and develop invaluable skills. From being a direct representative on the council to sitting on committees, the USC provides endless avenues of involvement.

The USC recognizes that learning outside the classroom is an important component of your university experience. To facilitate your growth throughout your university career, we offer programming as diverse as our student population. We run an extensive Orientation program, over 130 clubs, multicultural activities, awareness weeks, artistic showcases, and theatrical performances; all run for the students by the students! We also own and operate Canada’s only daily student newspaper, The Gazette, as well as an award winning radio station and TV network. These events and opportunities offer you a special space to showcase your interests and talents, as well as become a campus leader and events planner.

Beyond student government and programming, the USC provides students with a wide range of value added services. We do our best to provide you with cost effective resources on campus. Our services and operations also give students the opportunity to gain part-time employment and valuable work experience.

Special Services

Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD)
We can assist you in adjusting to the university environment. Students who use the services provided by SSD have conditions that interfere with their ability to do their course work or to move freely among locations on campus. These disabilities include chronic illnesses, chronic pain, attention deficit disorders, learning disabilities, psychiatric disorders, and visual, hearing, and mobility impairments. Enrolled students and individuals contemplating attending Western may meet with a counsellor in SSD to discuss possible arrangements that the University can make in order to accommodate their disabilities.

Affiliated Institutions

Applied Electrostatics Research Centre
Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory
Centre for Activity and Aging
Centre for American Studies
Brain and Mind Institute
Centre for Building Sustainable Value
International Centre for Olympic Studies
Centre for Research and Teaching in Canadian Native Languages
Centre for Studies in Family Medicine
Centre for the Study of International Economic Relations
Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism
Chemical Reactor Engineering Centre
Geotechnical Research Centre
National Centre for Audiology
Robarts Research Institute
Political Economy Research Group
Population Studies Centre
Lawson Health Research Institute
Surface Science Western
Laboratory for Stable Isotope Science
Centre for Advanced Materials and Biomaterials Research
Advanced Facility for Avian Research
The Biotron Experimental Climate Change Research Centre
Centre for Environment and Sustainability
Interface Science Western
Ontario Research Centre for Computer Algebra
Western Nanofabrication Facility
Centre for Planetary Science & Exploration
Canadian Lunar Research Network
Biomaterials and Medical Devices Research Group
Advanced Fluid Mechanics Research Group
Facility for Intelligent Decision Support
Innovation Centre for Information Engineering
Institute for Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources
Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction
Optomechatronics Research Laboratory
Particle Technology Research Centre
Insurance Research Lab for Better Homes
Wind Engineering, Energy and Environment Institute (WindEEE)
Asian Management Institute
Ben Graham Centre for Value Investing
Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership
Ivey Energy Policy and Management Centre
Ivey International Centre for Health Innovation
Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management
Pierre L. Morrissette Institute for Entrepreneurship

International Involvement

As a Western student, you can study at more than 100 universities around the world and earn credit toward your Western degree!

The Program
Imagine what it would be like to study British history in the UK, French literature in Québec, modern languages in Germany, engineering in France, marine biology in Mexico, or media studies in Singapore. Instead of just reading about new places, you can experience them!

- Exchanges are available to more than 35 countries.
- Pay regular Western tuition and avoid international student fees at universities worldwide.
- Bursaries and scholarships available to qualified applicants
- Choose from one term or yearlong exchanges.
- Improve your foreign language skills.
- Go on exchange without even leaving Canada-choose from ten Canadian universities.
- All approved courses count toward your degree.
- Experience another culture first hand without losing time in your studies.

- Students usually apply for an exchange program in their second year and take part in their third year. Eligibility is based on academic achievement in first and second year, and suitability as an ambassador for Western.
- As an exchange student, you study at a partner university and pay Western’s tuition fees. You will have to cover travel to and from the host university, any residence or housing fees at your host institution, as well as daily living expenses.
- Most exchange programs are open to international students studying at Western.

Campus Tour

Guided Tours
Monday to Friday: 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. Apart from ivy and cut stone, you’ll be surrounded by your new peers, their eager minds inspired by the leading teachers and researchers here at Western. You have a number of choices when it comes to visiting Western.

We recommend that you book your campus visit with us between September and April, when the campus is filled with academic activity. Contact us to book a guided tour of the campus, faculties, and residences. We will be happy to help plan your day on campus.

Please book your tour in advance so that we can be prepared for your arrival.
Tel: (519) 661-2026
Self Guided Tours
Detailed brochures to help guide you on your own tour of campus are available in Undergraduate Recruitment and Admissions in Room 165 of the Stevenson-Lawson Building.
Virtual Tours
From the convenience of your home, you can tour Western at our Web site.


London is a short (approximately two hour) drive from Toronto or Detroit, located at the fork of the Thames River in southwestern Ontario. This multi faceted city is nationally recognized in the areas of medicine, education, the arts, sports, and business.

Western University is situated just north of the centre of London, within walking distance to the cultural heart of the city. It’s also just a short walk to one of the city’s major shopping centres.

The multi-purpose Budweiser Gardens, located downtown, is home to the OHL London Knights hockey team. Budweiser Gardens hosts concerts such as Carrie Underwood and Elton John, and a variety of special events, like Lord of the Dance, Stars on Ice, and David Copperfield. We also have a semi-pro baseball team in London, and don’t forget Western’s sports teams and clubs!

With several art galleries, museums, and historical sites, there is so much in London to explore!

Our beautifully restored Grand Theatre, located downtown, is home to a nationally renowned professional theatre season. With titles, like ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, ‘Peter Pan’, and artists like Jan Arden and Jeff Healey’s Jazz Wizards, you’ll never lack entertainment ideas! Take a study break and join the city at the Home County Music & Art Festival, or eat until you drop at Rib Fest. There’s also the Western Fair, featuring a wide assortment of midway rides, animal exhibits, and live entertainment.

Our club and restaurant scene offers a variety of choices that will satisfy just about any dancing, dining, and musical taste. Richmond Row and the downtown core offer intriguing eating choices, from Mexican to Italian and Thai to Jamaican. Coffee shops, vegetarian cafés, fresh markets, and good old fashioned grilles, all make London a city with a little bit of everything to offer.

Modified on November 05, 2019