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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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1 College Junior

Diversity: Western along with Queens is one of those schools where white kids come to escape the "asian" schools like U of T and York. Basically, the "asian" schools are perceived as being too academic and "no fun". Since diversity as some think includes sexual orientations, then you could say that there is a lot of university-funded resources for LGBTQIS2 students and even a gay section at the Library.

Basically, diversity at Western only really includes different kinds of white people and different kinds of gay people.
Everything else is just lip service, or clubs with the usual 50 members or so.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: But it gets a little boring once you start noticing that all of them (with the exception of a select few) wear:
a) Black leggings
b) Leather boots or Uggs
c) Top from American Apparel or UWO Hoodie

2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Campus Commodification – Unfortunately dining on campus is usually quite over-priced and lacking in calue for your money. There are many restaurants and places to grab a bite to eat, as well as numerous tim hortons. There is a wide variety of different ethnic dishes which is nice. However, the variety doesn't make up for the lack of quality or expensive prices.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The Sociology department at the University fo Western Ontario is outstanding and included several truly amazing professors. If it had nto been for these professors, I would have not become so interested in academia. Unfortunately, many students end up taking classes with second-class professors that have been hired to teach one class and are not specialists in the field. This leaves a student who has paid for a quality education with one that is not up to parr as it would have been if a seasoned professor taught the course.

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: To get the better spots, you usually need a parking pass. There are also meters on campus. If you park without a pass or the meter runs out, you can receive a campus parking ticket.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There are many clubs to help people understand the differenct races, religions. These groups promote inclusivity and serve to make people comfortable with diversity.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I received a good amount of financial aid. If you come to Western with a good academic average, you are given a hefty scholarship. If that average is maintained, you could be smooth sailing. If you don't, Western will support you financially in a variety of ways. By applying online, you are automatically considered for scholarships, bursaries, work-study, and anything else you qualify for.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: The campus is beautiful for the summer months, and barely anyone is in London other than summer school students and faculty. The population exponentially increases when it's nice out, where you notice the amounts of people partying outdoors. However, it snows a lot and classes never get cancelled. Luckily, there is a inter-campus bus system, so if you plan properly you won't have to walk much.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The Athletic Center was just opened a year ago, and it looks outstanding with its state of the art facilities. There are plenty of courts for various sports, and an endless supply of machines and sports leagues to play in. The city of London is also building outdoor turf fields which will be great for indoor soccer or any field sports during the winter, supplementing the quality of athletics the city is well-known for throughout Canada. As for actual campus activities, the UCC is always filled with non-stop activities and traffic. It's complemented with a variety of food chains and our local student bar, and two eateries that are student run. You can always be entertained walking across the UCC, whether presentations by various organizations are happening, a celebration of a festival if occurring or at night when a dance crew is practicing for an upcoming show till the late hours of the night, it will fill your day as you meet up with friends. The center is also up for renovations this upcoming summer which is surely to make it that much better!

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I always feel safe on campus. Foot Patrol services are offered for anyone needing an escort at night. There's surveillance in almost every computer lab, as well as security guards in buildings that are open overnight.

Make sure not to leave any valuables unattended. There have been numerous cases of students having their laptops stolen, but this is 100% preventable if you are careful!

3 College Senior

Transportation: Using the LTC is my main mode of transportation. I think it's convenient and cheap, but the bus is often not on time. Also, the buses get packed at certain times of day. If you're heading to class on the 6 Richmond around 10:30AM, you better hope you have get seat; otherwise, prepare for a serious invasion of your personal space!
I find taxis to be a bit expensive, but I usually don't travel too far, so taxis aren't a bad option. BUT trying to find a cab when leaving the bar is a huge problem as well! You'll likely wait 30min or more if you leave the bar/club around 2am, or find yourself fighting the drunk guy who runs into the street to gyp yours.

2 College Senior

Nightlife: As an international student – As an international student who easily tires of Top 40 hits and techno, I find there is very little variety in Western nightlife. I have two options: go to a pub and be bored, or go to a bar and be smothered by drunken and underage students. Is there anywhere I can go to just dance and have a good time without being spilled or stepped on? There aren't many classy, upscale options either.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Affordable and Convenient – I easily found a spacious, very affordable five bedroom house off-campus. The location is very convenient, and the bus routes in the city make it easy for me to get around. I've never heard anyone say that they had trouble finding satisfactory off-campus housing. I feel very safe, although I do have one friend who lives further downtown whose house has been broken into numerous times.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The campus has a reaaally nice recreational center, that you get free gym membership to. It's definitely worth it -- there's so much there!

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of off-campus restaurants to choose from. Many of them located are downtown, which isn't that far off from campus. As well, you can use your meal plan at a variety of these places, so extra money doesn't have to come out of your pocket. You can also order in, and a variety of places accept your mealplan this way as well.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: The financial aid process is pretty routine. Your application is processed to get your money to you in good time.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: The classes have been fantastic! The teachers are easy to approach and show an interest in your future and how to help you get there if you show an interest in their course material. Plenty of opportunities for student involvement in the school through clubs, student government, research opportunities etc. The students know how to party and have a good time but balance it with great work ethic and a lot of us keep pretty fit with all the intramural sports and our great new athletic facility!

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3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Residence security is pretty tight now that we have younger kids coming into residences for first year. They aren't the hotbed of social carousing they used to be but still a great place to make some life-long friends... Just don't expect to make those friends over beer pong.
Foot Patrol and other such resources make campus a very safe place to be.

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: I have been involved in Greek life since my first year, and I have never regretted this decision. It is an amazing social atmosphere. Although Greek life does not have a large impact on campus, we are recognized and known. Many students attend the open fraternity parties, and involve themselves in events hosted by the Greek Scene. Many people openly voice their opinions of how Greek Life operates and some opinions are negative, but once people begin to understand that it encompasses more than just a social heirarchy, the opinion is more favourable.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Western's Recreation Centre --the largest student donation ever- is a large and beautiful facility. It is free if you're a student, and offers many different classes, studios, sports and exercise equipment. There is a smoothie bar and there are many health and wellness clinics available -- not to mention it is HUGE, new and completely up to date!

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1 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Most people at Western are shallow, superficial and have a false sense of entitlement. They only wear American Apparel and Ugg boots.

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3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: The Western bubble – Students at UWO tend to stick around campus and not get too involved within the London community. Although the Western community is inclusive, opportunities to get involved with the city are often limited.

3 College Senior

Diversity: One of the things I like about Western is the great variety of students. Western students come from different backgrounds and places, and believe in numerous different ideals. When it comes to economic status and appearance, Western students tend to to be more similar.

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3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Aside from the UCC, which offers lots of variety and quality food, I would rate the food in most dining halls as average, but certainly not as good as I could make at home. I am a big fan of the Wave, which is a sit-down restaurant on campus with great food and great atmosphere.

The restaurants near campus more than make up for this however.

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4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Great city attitude and nightlife – Western has all you need in a concentrated area. There is a mall near campus and a great downtown. On any given night, you'll find yourself surrounded by students at one of the local downtown bars. London's attitude towards students is great. It seems everyone loves when September rolls around because students come back to town.

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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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