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Ottawa, ON
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28,100
Tuition (in-state)
$9,982 ($5,188)
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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: There are ALWAYS Protection officers riding bikes around campus, or in their cars. If one isn't nearby on their own accord, the campus is at least being watched by cameras surrounding the blue emergency poles, which offer a direct line to Protection Services. If walking home late at night during the week, Foot Patrol is a service whose volunteers walk people home (within a reasonable distance and not past 2am). All dorms have security measures in place; you either require a card key if you're a resident, or need to have someone check you in if you're a guest. I feel very safe on campus, but slightly less safe when down near SITE or Colonel By (my courses don't need me to be down in that area often, so that may be my own unfamiliarity speaking). Occasionally laptops and things get stolen in the library, but that is peoples' own carelessness to blame, 9 times out of 10. Security officers also patrol in the library and there are cameras, but thiefs manage to slip past them.

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4 College Junior

Nightlife: Popular places to party include 1848 (campus bar), which has great drink specials most nights and good music. Otherwise there is the Byward Market with a myriad of places to drink and dance, ranging from Lookout (gay club) to Fat Tuesdays (with dueling pianos!). Or, there is even a ton of places on Bank St, which is a little further than the Byward Market but in a different direction. There are always taxis around, and OC Transpo drivers must give you a ride if you are drunk, so you'd be hard-pressed to find an excuse to drink and drive. Students' house parties often take place in Sandy Hill, which is a community of around 10 blocks full of students, so there is always something happening. I find the amount of partying to be disappointing, since I'm not into that, but for those who are, more power to them.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: There is a high presence of Greeks, including during club's week and hosting a variety of events through the year, especially philanthropic. I enjoy seeing the spirit. Although it isn't a huge part of campus life, it is nice to see them doing good things for the community. I look at Greeks in a positive light, as they are far from the stereotype, but I can't speak for others' opinions. No special housing is available, although many brothers & sisters live together as they are friends anyways.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The people here are amazing.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: There are no worldwide sororities or fraternities here, just local ones. It's not really worth joining them. I think they are childish and immature, because they encourage alcoholism.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: The facilities could be improved, as could the attitudes of the athletic community. There is a limited availability of exercise equipment, and intramural opportunities are hard to find.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: This is a very tolerant university for the most part.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I missed the deadlines for significant scholarships because they were not communicated effectively, and the online application processes were awful. The scholarship criteria were vague.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Students feel safe, yet they do not feel deprived.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I am glad I chose this university. It fits the needs of my program, and I am excited for what the future has in store.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's good, but the places they suggest are very expensive.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: There is a bus that goes to Carleton, and students get a free bus pass for the school year, but the public transit buses in Ottawa are awful.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The residences are good, but they are a bit expensive.

3 College Freshman

Computers: The Internet is troublesome sometimes, but the wifi is good.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The food is good, the staff are nice; it's quick and easy while retaining a sufficient degree of quality.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: the school provides bus passes to students that provides them with virtually unlimited bus service. the school is also on a major transit route so, there are a lot of buses commuting to and from the school everyday. retail and grocery stores are walking distance from the school and the major transportation stations( airport, train, bus stations) are a short bus ride from the school.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: there are a lot of things to do in the local area. the school is in the heart of the city and provides a scenic view of the rideau canal and parliament. there are also free amuse admissions to students on thursday as well as a wide array of shopping otions

4 College Freshman

Diversity: the school is comprised of both french and english students as well as a variety of international students. overall the school has a moderate level of cultural diversity.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: the night life on campus is not excessive but there are a lot of places for nightlife

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: the on campus housing provides a great experience for students. there are also a lot of options to choose from depending on personal preference.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: the university is close to the byward market and is located down-town,therefore there are a variety of off campus food options for students

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: very little crimes occur on campus. the campus is a relatively safe one and there are security personnel around to help. as well as foot patrol workers who assist students by walking with them to their destination if they feel unsafe

3 College Freshman

Weather: the weather in ottawa is cold, however it is to be expected. although it is cold it is not unbearable.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: the security officers in the school residences are helpful and approachable. and if students feel unsafe walking by themselves at night the school makes foot patrol available for these students.

4 College Freshman

Computers: the wifi system available in the school is average at best. computer labs are accesible and for the most part the technology in the class rooms are okay

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Tabaret Hall Tabaret Hall Tabaret Hall is the main building of the University of Ottawa, housing the central administration, the Office of the Registrar, financial services, and administrative offices. This is the building that inspired the University of Ottawa logo, with its columned design and historic architecture.
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Zohra Kassam
Hometown
Toronto
Major
Honours Health Sciences
Grad Year
2011
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As soon as you step on campus, you fall in love with the iconic architecture of the University of Ottawa. Student life is particularly rich, from the very beginning, as Frosh Week starts the moment you move in. Events are lined up almost one after another, and immediately following Frosh Week is Clubs Week, as well as rush, where clubs, intramural teams, and Greek houses alike will recruit new members. The students at uOttawa are incredibly politically and socially active, and you can’t help but want to join in the action. The Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) plays a major role in fueling student involvement and enriching campus life, particularly with its outreach initiatives. Through residence life events, faculty/department events, club events, sporting events, and fundraisers, you really have to squeeze time for your academics!

Ottawa itself is a beautiful city, and the University of Ottawa is in the heart of Ottawa's downtown. Amazing restaurants and incredible nightlife await students who live for the weekend. Downtown Ottawa is also home to some of Ottawa's most historic and interesting attractions, such as Parliament Hill. The University of Ottawa's most amazing attribute is its bilingualism, making the city a very culturally engaging experience. The student population is incredibly diverse, and students of all faiths, ethnicities, and walks of life study at the University. As Ottawa is the political capital of Canada, students are exposed to exciting volunteer and internship opportunities with the federal government. The University of Ottawa is renowned for its bilingual research programs, being affiliated with more than 20 institutions and providing a wealth of opportunities for its undergrads. The co-op program is another fantastic facet of the uOttawa experience, offering bilingual, local, as well as international co-op placements. UOttawa is the place for opportunity!

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