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London, ON
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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 Sophomore

Campus Strictness: In the residences, they enforce a strictness for drinking in the hallways; it's probably to ensure that parties do not get too out of hand. However, drinking in the dorm rooms are acceptable. As for punishment, they are fairly given out. It's a little challenging having visitors because they make everyone sign-in and check IDs.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I think that the security on Western's campus has put in quite a bit of effort to ensure the safety of the students and faculty. When called, Foot Patrol will send two individuals to meet you and walk you to your final destination regardless of whether it's on or off-campus. Our campus police also have their own local station for further security. I have been at Western for almost two years now, and I haven't felt scared walking around campus knowing that safety is only a phone call away.

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3 College Junior

Weather: From November to the end of February there is usually snow on the ground, but each year is different as to how much we get. However, when the weather is nice, everyone hangs out outside and the campus is gorgeous.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: Western provides its students with a wide variety of social outlets. There are hundreds of events and activities for students to take part in if they choose.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Easy to avoid – I don't know much about the Greek scene because I've never pursued that kind of life. However, I know that you can have fun at Western without ever having set foot in that circle.

3 College Junior

Computers: Most people at Western have their own computers. It's definitely the most convenient way to access technology, and with Wi-Fi in most buildings it's easy to access any information that you need online. Even when I don't bring my laptop to campus, I can always find an open computer in the library or a computer lab. Printing on campus, I have found, is not the most convenient or agreeable. The printers and writing programs on school computers aren't what I'm used to, and my margins and print job always ends up wrong. It's nice to own your own printer so that you don't need to go to the libraries to use one.

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1 College Freshman

Parking: Parking on main campus sucks! There are about two places where you can use your parking pass, and even then most of the time you have to wait until a certain hour in the evening to use it. Parking without a pass costs a lot of money, and some even costs the same whether or not you have a pass. I am not impressed with the parking at Western.

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Parties and Bars Are Great in London! I'm in the Greek scene, so I attend parties and bars with all my Greek friends. It's amazing fun because I often know a big group of people going, and the bars play great music. Also, when I'm at a party, it's just my Greek friends there, so I feel comfortable with everyone!

College Junior

Athletics: Not Involved. I'm not involved in any sports at my school, so it's hard for me to rate this.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are tons of options for off-campus housing in London. The house where I currently live was only the third house I looked at. The only downfall is the expensive prices since London is full of students who need to live somewere.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Restaurants are in abundance in London; they have a variety of places to eat, all ranging in costs. My favorites are the little spots like Gozen Sushi. The prices are cheap and it's always fresh.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Saugeen Maitland Hall – I lived in Saugeen for my freshman year at Western. The rooms were tiny but, all in all, I loved the residence. Food was great and the social atmosphere was wild. In my opinion, it is the best location of all residences at just a short walk to the UCC and all major buildings. The sophs and dons made my transition from home to residence easy.

4 College Junior

Academics: I am currently majoring in English and minoring in Psychology to become an elementary school teacher. The workload is very high for both programs with plenty of reading in English and application in psychology.

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4 College Senior

Transportation: The transit system in London is quite good. Buses arrive on campus regularly. I have never had a problem getting a bus to where I need to go from campus or on campus. Bus passes are included in tuition fees.
Buses get extremely, uncomfortably full during exam periods. Luckily, during the exam period, the university provides shuttles that leave every couple of hours from the campus' major libraries to large student housing hubs in the city. If you sign up for a shuttle in the morning with your address you will be dropped off at your door. They leave starting at 8PM and ending at 2AM.

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3 College Senior

Drug Safety: UWO does not have a visible or problematic drug scene. There are very few drug related problems on campus. Marijuana is the drug of choice after alcohol...
UWO is a drinking school. This can be really a great asset if you want to go have a few drinks at one of the campus bars with friends but can be an issue on campus. The campus restaurants serve alcohol and the Spoke has a beautiful outdoor patio. UWO puts an unusually high level of emphasis on St. Patrick's Day and it is not unusual to see drunk students staggering around the campus. UWO is also home to the most notorious party/ sex co-ed dormitory in Canada: Saugeen Maitland Hall. It lives up to its reputation as an animal house. Don't be surprised to see drunk students all over campus during OWeek and Frosh Week. (that being said Oweek at UWO is DRY- as far as the University is concerned...I am talking about the extensive in residence drinking that goes on.
Peer pressure is not a big issue at UWO.
** If you are a smoker you will probably find that you are not very well accepted. Ontario's smoking laws prohibit smoking indoors (including bars) and within 10 metres of a building entrance (about 30 feet)- although people still do smoke in front of buildings I have seen students issued $150 fines or citations from campus police.

3 College Senior

Parking: Parking is readily available on campus but it is expensive to purchase a parking pass. UWO is an enormous campus, so drivers will still be doing a lot of walking. Students pay for a bus pass in their tuition, and this is a non-refundable fee. The transit system in London is relatively reliable and many buses arrive right on campus. It is worth your money to skip the parking and take the bus.

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4 College Senior

Diversity: Western is a large school, but it still manages to be friendly to sexual orientations, First Nations people, and the racially diverse. Racial and derogatory comments are very rare; in fact, I have never seen a racially-charged incident on campus. UWO has many ethnic clubs that encourage free speech and individuality. Western has excellent Women's and Queer Studies programs and a leading First Nation's Studies department. Western professors are racially and religiously diverse and highly-qualified. Western is exemplary of Canadian universities in its multicultural campus and high-level of tolerance for differing religious and political views.

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1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I've noticed at other schools that taxis can be paid with student cards, and buses after the bar are free for students. We fund the school enough for them to give back a little more to their students. I believe that too much of the school's funding goes towards the Western football team when it would be better aimed at student safety.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The great thing about our campus is how close each of the residences and student houses are to each other. The local bars and restaurants are extremely close to campus so taking an hour break from essay writing for a drink and laughs with friends is easily done.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The police force around campus is very strict when it comes to abiding speed limits and road signs. There are always police waiting on campus corners and by stop signs to make sure these laws are enforced. They try to be as nice as possible, but they have no leniency for arrogance--especially after the first attempt. However, there are of course the police that give out unnecessary tickets from time to come.

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3 College Student

Weather: Spring, summer, fall, winter. Rainy, hot and muggy, crisp and clear, snowy, in that order, which is a normal distribution for southwestern Ontario. Classes as a whole are rarely cancelled, but some professors commute, so they may cancel their own classes in the case of blizzards and snowstorms. The public transportation runs even in awful weather and plows with salt run early in the morning before most classes.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Transportation makes things convenient – Since Western is close to downtown, transportation from the university makes it easy for students to go to different places.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The UCC is where all students come together to see each other. Restaurants, a place to sit, and school supplies are all available in one spot with quick convenience.

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4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Lots of girls seem to wish to conform to a certain stereotype. They all shop at the same places and wear the same clothes. The guys are pretty laidback and normal. Overall the people at UWO are very good looking.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The food is definitely lacking at UWO. I would have to say the selection is limited and the prices are outrageous. It's a monopoly.

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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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