Location
London, ON
Undergrads
20,056
Tuition (in-state)
$20,141 ($4,727)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Reviews 228 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Senior

Greek Life: Fraternities and sororities are hard to spot – It doesn't really matter whether or not you're in a frat or sorority. If you're not involved, you won't really see them on or off-campus. They generally keep to themselves.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: People have their personal style, but many people tend to dress the same.

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: The dorms at Kings University College are pretty good, nice-sized rooms, with a good community atmosphere.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are places to eat on campus including the Spoke and the Wave, but the prices are mediocre. At night, I will usually go off campus or cook something at my own place, but for lunch, it is alright.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel very safe walking around on campus. They have emergency response teams, but I would never leave my locker open when I am at the gym.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Awesome for students, but small – London is a small town, but great for a university. The campus is very nice, and Richmond Row is a fun place to hang out at night. There is a lot of school pride in the city, and the Greek presence on campus makes things fun.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: Since London offers many teaching hospitals across the city, the Nursing program has been a great experience with many hands-on opportunities. The Greek scene is another good way to become socially involved on campus. Also, UWO's training program for Orientation Week leaders is incredible!

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I would definitely choose Western if I had to do it all over again. Western has a great Greek Scene and I'm so honored to be apart of it. The students here know how to party and have a good time but they also know when to study and buckle down, which makes it a really easy going atmosphere. I've met my best friends for life here and I owe it all to Western!

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4 College Junior

Transportation: The buses are a very convenient way to get to campus during the peak hours of the day, and especially morning. However, they don't run as often at night which can be an inconvenience. It's nice that the bus pass is included in tuition, so students don't have to worry about an additional cost.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: I'm not involved in athletics, but I get really excited about sporting events. Everyone at UWO has a very strong sense of pride for our athletic teams. Intramural sports are also incredibly popular for students.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Science is really difficult at UWO. It feels like program administrators are trying to weed everyone out.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Coming to university, I certainly needed financial aid. THe OSAP process at school was easy to understand and organized despite being quite busy. They also give lots of time and notice for deadlines to ensure you get what you applied for. The school also provided me with a very helpful bursary this year and that process was completely hassle-free.

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5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: London has a great nightlife. There's a bar for practically every night of the week, and sometimes several hit bars per night. The bouncers are strict with IDs, but first-years will still have fun with residence parties. House parties come around every now and again, which is a nice change when you're tired of blowing money on drinks.

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5 College Senior

Diversity: UWO has a student services building that caters to diversity on campus. There is an area for international students to get information on anything on campus or in the city. Programs also allow other students to assist international students as they become acquainted with the university. There are many students from various parts of the world and there are many friends of mine that have been on exchanges to places like the States, Denmark, Australia, and Belgium.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: For being a large school, UWO has lots of diversity in race, religion, political views, economic backgrounds, and sexual orientation. What's even better is that these vast differences are accepted and celebrated at Western. Coming from a relatively homogenous background, it's exciting and refreshing to be able to learn from the diversity here.

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5 College Senior

Computers: Many of the campus computers are new with LCD monitors and very fast internet access! Each lab has its own printer, too. If you have a laptop, you can access fast internet on virtually all parts of campus, including outdoors in the middle of the fields!

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: There's a reason we're known for offering the best student experience: this place is AMAZING! You won't regret choosing Western

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking passes are expensive, and spots are hard to get.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Why leave campus? With so many options, there's no need to leave.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: London Transit has buses going all the time, and your bus pass covers your charge all the time

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Many of the students come from well-to-do families. You may hear of the typical Western girl who wears a combination of Ugg boots, Lululemon pants, and nearly every clothing item from Artizia. Although this is quite common, there are a variety of styles seen on campus. It's quite common to see the latest trends among students here, who often have enough money to make sure they are on top of fashion trends.
Social life is very important to students. A late-night jog in Old North will tell you that a party is literally on every corner, and the bar scene is always busy.
I have made some great friends at Western that I know, most definitely, will be in my life long after I leave the school. So, aside from what some will label a superficiality of some students, there are some great people at this school! Some smart ones, too!

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5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Outdoor activity opportunities in London – For students leaving home for the first time, London is a great city to experience a bit of freedom without feeling lost and alone in a huge metropolis. The school's huge presence makes London have a "small town" feel, but the city itself has countless of amenities. As a runner, I love all of the nice parks along the Thames River. These pathways and bike lanes get busy once the nice weather comes around!

Richmond Row--London's main street with shops, bars, patios and pubs--is always a great attraction for students either looking to have a few drinks, do some shopping or simply for a walk.
Londonlicious is a food festival during the winter, offers prix-fixe menus, (which is a bonus for students looking for a great meal with a budget price) and there are several great restaurants that participate.
If the weather permits, which it can in September and early October, and again in March and April, Grand Bend, a great sandy beach located on Lake Huron about 45 minutes north of the city, or Port Stanley, another awesome beach located about 45 minutes south on Lake Erie, are always nice places to spend an afternoon catching some sun (and possibly catching up on readings)

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Whether you are a graduate or undergraduate student, there are plenty of housing choices. Certain areas surrounding campus --especially homes in the Old North area-- are geared towards freshman and sophomores looking for party atmospheres. The Western Road side of campus offers a quieter setting in its close proximity to Elborn College and Althouse Faculty of Education. All housing choices are close to amenities whether you live adjacent to campus or in the surrounding areas.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Western has a ton of spirit and a great Science program. I love Western! Greek life is fun and everyone is really involved. No matter which activities you become involved in, Western offers students a great social life and the best student experience in Canada.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: Great sports teams, but not enough people come out to support them. Student enthusiasm is low considering that tickets are free! There's also a brand new sports complex that's top of the line.

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Lauren A. Moore
Hometown
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Major
BA in English Literature with a minor in Health Sciences
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One thing is certain: Western students love their University. Known for its beautiful campus and steadfast school pride, Western offers an "all-American" experience in a Canadian school. The campus is large, but it's easy to see a familiar face wherever you go. London is a fantastic city for the University, and the students truly run the town. Over time, the city may seem small for the more cosmopolitan students, but Western's school spirit for Homecoming and other rowdy days is irreplaceable. Academically, Western is renowned for its role as a research university and subsequently for its reputable professors. The staff genuinely cares for students, which is unexpected for such a large school. For certain programs and courses, Western isn't difficult in terms of its academics; as long as you do your work, you will succeed. 

In the Canadian workforce, the University of Western Ontario has a stellar reputation. However, aside from the Richard Ivey School of Business, companies in the States might not recognize the University. Regardless, the school offers many opportunities that provide experiences that will make all students prepared for their future professional roles. It is rare to find a student that dislikes his or her Western experience, and it's common for many to stay for five-year programs or graduate school because they have so much pride in the University. Western is a great choice for those seeking a true university experience with an immense amount of school spirit.

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