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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4 College Junior

Academics: There are a lot of options with the Political Science program with great professors. The workload is decent.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: My general impression of Western is that it's fairly strict with most its policies, but also generally pretty fair. I think that, overall, Western is generally strict when students' safety is concerned.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Western puts a lot of pride into its residence and off-campus programming. If you decide that residence is the place for you, it's definitely a great experience, and Western has made every effort to make it the absolute best. In my biased opinion, it certainly is the best!
If you choose to live off-campus or at home, not to fear! Western's off-campus programming for students are impeccable. Western accommodates people the best it can as a real community wherever you are and wherever you live. There are plenty of accessible people and places to bring up issues or concerns with off or on-campus programs, and tons of dedicated staff and volunteers to make sure you feel comfortable when you arrive.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Friendly atmosphere with many activities – I love UWO and London! There are lots of ways to keep occupied and get involved with the city. Festivals and great places to eat are fun for students. Whether you're on or off-campus, London has a great atmosphere with extremely friendly people. Everything that London has to offer is accessible to students.

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5 College Senior

Facilities: The school and city are filled with sub-cultures that are hard to find, but do exist. There's an underground group for anything pretty much anything you like.

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4 College Senior

Parking: Loop Holes and Getting Let Off – Many people are ticketed for parking, but there are loop holes to avoid paying. Police also let about half the speeders off.

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4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: My only encounter with residence officials was due to underage extreme drunkenness. I was given a verbal warning with the threat of removal from residence if caught again. This was an extreme case. Underage drunkenness (which is often semi-public) is tolerated very well.

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus pass is included in our student fees (totaling less than $200), and it is one of the best privileges for students here at Western. It gives me access to all parts of London. The bus that I take to school comes every five minutes on weekdays to ensure I am not standing outside in the freezing cold during winter time.

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5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Hands down, London has an amazing night life. Richmond Row is the heart of London, and its bars cater to university students. It's within close proximity to campus -- only a 10-minute bus ride away -- so it's easy to get downtown multiple nights per week. There's something to do every night of the week. Whether it's Wink's karaoke on Sunday, Jack's Monday, Sledgehammer Tuesday at Ceeps, Dollar Beers at Jack's on Wednesday, Club Rouge on Thursday, anywhere on Friday, and last but not least, the Western-dominated Ceeps Saturday, there is always somewhere to party.

If downtown isn't your scene, there are residence parties, house parties, Yuk Yuk's comedy club, and other great forms of entertainment all over London that will ensure boredom's never an option at night for students.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Western provides a wonderful social atmosphere in residence. I lived in a traditional style residence last year, and it was definitely one of the best years of my life. I entered first year not knowing many people but came out eight months later with at least 200 new friends. At Western, a variety of clubs within each residence as well as on campus allowed me to connect with people whom I would have never crossed paths with otherwise. Our University Students' Council works hard to facilitate a maximized extracurricular education and for that I am truly proud to be a Western Mustang.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Winter is always cold, so there's nothing you can do... except TRAY-BOGGONING! When it gets warm, the place here is unreal.

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3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Good Campus Overall – There are a lot of older buildings that look appealing on the outside, but the classrooms are old and not modern in some cases. A lot of buildings are new, however, which is nice, especially in the new recreation centre.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Western has been a wonderful experience all around. My favorite aspect is the campus because it consists of old-style, stone buildings. It is gorgeous on a sunny day, but also when the leaves are falling or snow is all around. Students learn how to balance studying and partying which is an important skill to learn in life.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: To my knowledge, there is not a huge drug scene at Western. Alcohol is very popular for going out, especially on weekends, and also during the day on holidays. Apart from that, cigarettes and marijuana would be the next most popular.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are several groups of restaurants located around the outside of the campus. Richmond Street, where the university main gates are located, contains a large number and variety of restaurants, especially downtown. There are many ethnic places, including Greek, Japanese, and Thai. Prince Albert's Diner is a favourite for cheap, greasy food.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: The computer labs have many computers so you can always find a spot. Most people have their own computers. The computers are always working well and are fast.

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4 College Junior

Campus Dining: The food is good with a lot of selection, but it is expensive.

College Senior

Scholarships: I have not dealth with financial aod, so I do not know how they work here at Western

5 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Western students are very fashionable and good looking. You will not find students on campus in pajama pants, and not very often do you even see students is sweatpants. There is a vibrant social social for Western students. It is a large school so it is easy to find a niche and go with it.

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3 College Senior

Diversity: I would not say there are any problems on campus with diversity. Several groups on campus cater to religion, race, and political parties. Visually, Western is not a diverse school, but it is extremely accepting of all races, religions and sexual orientation.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: UWO has a proactive approach to safety on campus. Western's Foot Patrol is the first and largest volunteer system of that type in Canada. You can be walked home between 6pm and 1am if ever feeling unsafe on campus. Western also uses a Blue Emergency Light safety system, where poles around campus connect you to the police within seconds. The Student Emergency Response Team (SERT) has an average arrival time of two minutes if there is an emergency on campus. Campus police have their own division on campus. They are present at all times on bike, foot, and car; campus police make students feel safe.

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4 College Junior

Academics: Summer Academic Orientation day (SAO Day) is offered to all incoming students. New students are given the opportunity to sit down with a professor and/or academic counsellor to plan course schedules. SAO is a very personable, great service. It made me feel welcome before even moving in.

5 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drug use absolutely depends on the crowd, but there's absolutely no overpowering pressure. There is a lot of anti-drug policy enforcement.

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5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are great restaurants of various cuisines off-campus. Richmond Row has many chain restaurants, but there are also unique places with delicious food. There's always somewhere good to go out and eat. There are lots of choices for any budget, and the restaurant locations are convenient.

5 College Senior

Academics: English Literature at Western is a great program. The professors are intelligent, and there is a close interaction with faculty due to small class sizes. The workload is challenging, but worth it. It's a program that breeds intelligent, aware, and tolerant individuals. The professors are absolute gems.

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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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