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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1 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Residences at UWO are hard-core when it comes to partying. On the flip side, Western is demanding for school work. If you aren't responsible, residence won't be the best for you. Regardless, residences offer awesome social atmospheres.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Bars influence academic success – A young and fast-passed setting where burning the stick at both ends both academically and socially is the norm. The life-style Is socially inclined. Students stress nightlife as much as school life. The emphasis on night activities can severely impact school success.

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3 College Senior

Diversity: UWO is an Ivory Tower; there are a lot of straight, white people. Racism is often masked as ignorance. It can become really frustrating trying to tell someone that "Oriental" is a racist remark. That being said, there are a lot of groups on campus available to each specific ethnicity and cultural group.

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1 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus parking in London is hell. If you're off your meter by two minutes, there's a very good chance you'll have a ticket waiting for you. If you park on the street for more than two hours? Ticket. Parked a little bit on your grass because you couldn't tell from the snow ? Ticket. Parked slightly on the sidewalk next to your driveway because there are overnight guests? Ticket. Parking patrol is ridiculous, and fighting them is a bigger waste of time because they're not going to reduce your fine. The by-laws here are incredulous.

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3 College Senior

Computers: Wireless access is fairly difficult to reach in some parts of campus. It's supposed to be accessible everywhere, but if you ask anyone from UWO, you know that doesn't happen. Still, it's pretty decent, at a speed is slower than I'd like, but at least it's there.

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2 College Freshman

Parking: I don't have a car because it's a hassle for those who do. There are also weird hours for parking.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone is beautiful here. No word of a lie. Perfectly dressed, perfectly polished. A lot of hook ups...

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The school atmosphere is incredible. It's a party school, but it's a smart party school. Be sure to balance it all. Also, purple looks good on everyone

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Except for the fact they were on strike for a month and a half, the buses are the cheapest and most accessible option

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Although campus isn't spread out in terms of distance between buildings, there is a lot of beautiful plant and wildlife that go along with UWO's beautiful, rustic feel. The buildings are well-kept, and there is a healthy mix of old and modern buildings.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: If you're careless in residence, stuff is inevitably stolen. As long as you lock your door, you should be fine.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Unlike schools in the United States, the legal drinking age in Canada is only 19. It's not as big of a deal for an 18-year-old to be caught with alcohol. The Dons and RAs of residences are very understanding, but they do uphold rules of the institution. Drugs are definitely frowned upon, but marijuana laws are also a lot more relaxed in Canada than the United States. Smoking weed is not a big deal to everyone.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greeks are involved with campus life – Greek life at Western is argued to be the best in Canada. With more social fraternities and sororities than any other Canadian school, the University of Western Ontario is home to many Greeks involved with varsity sports, student government, and nearly every faculty offered at the university. Greeks are well-known on campus, but not quite as popular as in the United States. There is not as much school support for the Greek system as can be found south of the border. Three sororities and five fraternities at Western have houses with locations just off of campus.

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4 College Senior

Nightlife: There is no shortage of partying on the UWO campus. Since London has both UWO and Fanshawe College, the city is full of students who love to go out and get drunk. The campus itself only has a couple of drinking places, but London's downtown strip has many favorites that the students take over during the school year.

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4 College Senior

Athletics: UWO is known as an athletic school. A state-of-the-art athletics centre was built only two years ago, so there is ample equipment, classes and space just for students.

Our school has a lot of school pride, and there is a strong fan base for sports like football, basketball, and hockey. Homecoming is an especially big event in the city, and draws on many locals and alumni for support of our athletic teams.

3 College Senior

Facilities: In general, the UWO campus is aesthetically pleasing. There are many trees, and the buildings are nice with similar architecture. The libraries have many great resources, but the students here tend to use the space as a place to socialize instead of study; this makes them less then ideal if you are a serious student. The undergraduate programs seem to have a lot of activities, but the graduate programs are much smaller and self contained so campus life for graduates has less to offer. There are many house league teams to join. However, they fill up fast and are fairly expensive. Overall, UWO has a lot to offer in the way of facilities and campus life.

5 College Senior

Weather: It snows from November to March, so get used to it. For those glorious few weeks of 70+ degree weather in September and April, welcome to one of the greatest patio cities you will find.

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4 College Senior

Drug Safety: People smoke pot, but that's about it for the most part. Welcome to Canada.

4 College Senior

Diversity: It's hard to say. Diversity is difficult to judge. As a Caucasian, English-speaking student, it's easy for me to say everyone is accepted. Others may have different opinions.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Public transportation is generally unreliable and taxi services aren't much better. Although both are improving, they can be a frustrating part about living in London.

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4 College Senior

Nightlife: There are many bars of different varieties to choose from in London. All nightlife destinations are accessible from public transit. The bar scene is pretty big in London.

4 College Senior

Athletics: There's a great school spirit for strong athletic teams. Western athletics are a large part of student life and it's easy to become involved.

5 College Junior

Facilities: UWO easily has the greatest Orientation Week in Canada. It's leadership program for O-Week is competitive in its selection process because the experience is so rewarding. If you can, become involved with it.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Western is unreal! It's definitely the best student experience at a research intensive university.

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4 College Junior

Weather: When there is nice weather, everyone is out and campus is alive and active. When it is gross out, campus is dramatically less busy.

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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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