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Western University is one of the oldest and most beautiful universities located in London, Ontario, Canada. Western University attracts students with a broad worldview seeking to study, engage with, and lead in international communities.

Key Facts about Western:

  • Ranked among the top 1% of higher education institutions worldwide
  • A founding member of the U15 – Canada’s most distinguished research universities
  • 40,000 students, including more than 5,800 international students from 128 countries
  • One of the highest national entrance averages of first-year students at 90.6%
  • First to second year retention rate of 93.6%—one of the highest in Canada
  • A proud legacy of Rhodes Scholars, with the 24th announced in 2019
  • 12 faculties, including the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, as well professional programs in Medicine, Business, Law and Engineering
  • More than 400 combinations of undergraduate majors, minors and specializations
  • 88 different graduate degree programs, including a range of interdisciplinary programs
  • 26 faculty recipients of 3M National Teaching Fellowships—second highest in Canada
  • 95.2% employment rate after graduation
  • More than 343,000 alumni in 150 countries worldwide

Where is campus and what’s it like?
Western is located in London, Ontario, which is the second fastest growing city in Canada. The population is 384,000 and it’s a two-hour drive west of Toronto. Western’s campus is well known for being one of the most beautiful in Canada. It has 1200 acres of greenspace with lots of trees and gardens. The Thames river winds through campus and there’s a mix of modern and historic buildings. Campus amenities include everything you might need as a student: medical and dental office, grocery store, hospital, restaurants/eateries, movie theatre and more.

What can I study?
Western offers first-entry undergraduate programs, second-entry professional undergraduate programs, graduate programs and postdoctoral programs. You’ll have plenty of choice for what you want to study because Western has over 400 undergraduate program options. In first year, most students take a combination of courses for the programs they want to pursue, and electives they choose from almost any faculty. Western’s degree structure allows you to have the flexibility to specialize in one area or combine two passions.

Can I do internships or co-op?
Yes, there are internships, co-ops and practicums offered in every undergraduate program. There are also 20+ other ways for you to develop your skills and become career-ready through experiential learning.

Areas of Expertise

Arts & Humanities
DAN Management and Organizational Studies
Health Sciences
Information and Media Studies
Ivey Business
Medical Sciences
Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry
Social Sciences

On Campus Housing

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Co-ed:Lowest: $8,090Highest: $10,710

Western University has three different residence styles and ten first-year buildings.

Traditional Style:

  • Double and single rooms
  • Shared floor bathrooms

Suite Style:

  • Four single rooms in one suite
  • Two bathrooms per suite
  • Shared living room and kitchen

Hybrid Style:

  • Double and single rooms
  • Semi-private bathrooms

A spot in residence is guaranteed if you are admitted to Western's main campus directly from high school. You must submit your deposit and lifestyle questionnaire before your deadline to maintain the guaranteed spot.

Off Campus Housing

The Off-Campus Housing Service provides students and staff with over 5,000 housing listings annually.

Incoming Students

We'll help you transition to university with several programs including mentorship and course counselling:

  • Orientation Week (OWeek)
  • Summer Academic Orientation (SAO)
  • Thriving Foundations
  • SmartStart
  • Leadership and Mentorship Program (LAMP)
  • Student Leaders in Residence
  • Out of Province Student Association
  • International Peer Guide Program
  • Society of Mature Students
  • Academic Support Program: Sports
  • Society of Off-Campus Students

Career Planning

Careers & Experience helps you deepen your academic learning and actively plan for personal and professional growth through career education, experiential learning, and industry exploration.

  • Career Appointments
  • Career Events and Workshops
  • Searchable database of jobs and internships
  • Writing support for resumes and cover letters
  • Mock interview support

Additional support for international students:

  • Learn about requirements for working in Canada as well as visa information and resources
  • Small group sessions on finding employment in Canada


Do you love sports? We do too. Western is recognized as having one of the best sports and recreation programs in Canada.

  • Over 40 varsity teams
  • 1,200 intramural sports teams in three levels (recreational, competitive and super competitive) and 15,000 student participants
  • 18 sports clubs from judo to equestrian
  • NEW eSports Arena

If you're looking for a job on campus, the Western Recreation Centre is the largest employer of students. And it has everything you need to stay active! It's a $35 million state-of-the-art facility with 20,000 square feet of weight-lifting and cardio equipment, studios, eight-lane 50-meter pool, ice arena, indoor track, squash/racquetball courts, and five gymnasiums.


Western has over 200 student clubs! Some are based on political interests, ethnic heritage and religions affiliation, hobbies, activities, and academic and career goals. If you have an idea for a new club, you can pitch your ideas to the University Students' Council (USC).

Special Services

Academic Support & Engagement

  • Accessible Education
  • Learning Development
  • Transition, Leadership & Enrichment
  • Writing Support
  • Propel Entrepreneurship
  • Careers & Experience
  • Equity & Human Rights Services
  • Indigenous Services
  • Student Support & Case Management
  • Student Health Care
  • Wellness Education Centre
  • Mental Health Support
  • Individual Counselling
  • Crisis Counselling
  • International Students Wellness
  • Financial Counselling
  • Digital Student Experience

Affiliated Institutions

  • Brescia University College
  • Huron University College
  • King's University College

All four of our campuses (main campus and the three affiliated university colleges) are located in London, Ontario within walking distance. All students earn a Western University degree and have access to support services and programming, including Orientation Week and the Western Recreation Centre. Some academic programs are common and offered at multiple campuses, there are also unique degree streams offered at only one campus. Each campus has their own residences and admission requirements, and they each offer a unique living and learning environment.

International Involvement

You'll have opportunities to study, research, work, or volunteer abroad with over 170 international learning opportunities in over 40 countries around the world:


  • Study Abroad
  • Internships
  • Summer Programs
  • Faculty-Led Programs
  • Research
  • Impact Experience
  • Clinical, Field Placements and Practicums

Campus Tour

Take a virtual tour of campus anytime!

Check our calendar for upcoming in-person tour availability.

Modified on March 30, 2022

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