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

Guys & Girls: Western's full of a lot of great people. Of course, there are a ton of stereotypical Western guys and girls, but there's a lot of great other people, too. By no means is it a completely diverse campus, but it's pretty good.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: From fast food to fine dining, London has a number of great places to eat. Richmond Row is one bus ride away from campus, and there's are lots of food spots.

1 College Junior

Facilities: Although Western does have a fair selection of eateries on-campus, the price for food items is significantly higher in comparison to respective off-campus restaurants. Many students are already strapped for cash, and increased food prices is no way to help the student body.

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3 College Junior

Academics: With a new grade cap set in place, it's difficult for students to achieve the actual grades that they deserve. This is especially true with the Media, Information and Techniculture (MIT) program, where students are expected to have an average over 76 percent. It's absolutely ridiculous.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Between campus police, Foot Patrol, Blue Emergency Lights, and a generally friendly group of students, I always feel protected and safe on campus. However, after the brutality used in a student arrest last fall, I don't think students take Campus Police seriously.

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Lots to do in London – London is full of life, opportunity, and students, but we may be a hassle to the local community. The nightlife is fantastic, especially on Richmond Row. There are tons of volunteer organizations to join.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: It seems that wherever you live in London, you need to have at least three roommates sharing the place with you. If living alone is your thing, this is where the old money will help you. Luckily, finding a place is easy.

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4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Elgin Hall is by far one of the best residences on UWO's campus. The rooms are large and have a shared kitchen for four roommates, as well as shared washroom per two roommates. It allows for privacy while allowing the college experience of a dormitory. The cafeteria here is also incredible, offering a salad bar and a chef's special made every night right before your eyes. The downside is it is shamefully expensive. Unless on scholarship or hailing from Richmond Hill, Ontario...
This is a ridiculous amount to be asking from students.

Also, beware of the psycho roommate. Though all three may seem nice at first, chances are only one-third is somewhat normal...

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3 College Senior

Scholarships: I dont have too much experience in this area, but for the few times I have, I have waited in line for a very long period of time to pick up OSAP.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The amount of housing is not an issue at Western. However, there are many run-down student homes that are not maintained well by landlords. Compared to other university cities in Canada, housing is somewhat expensive, but these are for areas near campus and downtown.

1 College Senior

Computers: The computers at Western are old and need revamping. Students who cannot afford a laptop are stuck using the sub-par pieces of technology that UWO calls computers. Also, more computers are needed in libraries and around campus. The amount of computers should mirror the amount of students.

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5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Richmond Row has all types of restaurants that are close to campus and many of the student housing areas. For Italian, there's Bertoldi's, all-you-can-eat Japanese at Green Tea and TJ Baxter's for casual dining.

1 College Junior

Parking: It's unbelievably expensive for a parking pass, and even moreso for a day or a few hours. Space is limited and nowhere near any convenient buildings. Parking enforcement officers are highly disrespected and should be for their stubborn, obnoxious impatience.

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College Senior

Scholarships: I am fortunate enough to have not dealt with Financial Aid at UWO. But from other's experiences, I have heard they are fairly organized and helpful - but during busy times, it can be very difficult to get ahold of someone.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Of course, marijuana is prevalent--perhaps with 40% of students categorized as users that blaze multiple times per month. Hard drugs are easy to find, but thankfully shunned in most social climates. Alcohol is also rampant, but that's due to a lower drinking age.

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1 College Junior

Greek Life: A snobby and ridiculous decision – On the whole, Greek life is incredibly childish, snobby and ridiculous. Those involved think that their institutions are well-respected, while in reality, none are. Joining a sorority or fraternity at Western is irrational, both financially and socially.

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3 College Senior

Weather: Although we tend to get a lot of rain, when the sun is out, the atmosphere on campus is unmatchable. Students will go out skateboarding, drinking beer, and generally just enjoying the weather.

2 College Senior

Parking: Generally, parking at UWO is pretty bad. Most small lots are filled during the day, and the larger ones are far from central locations. Parking passes are super expensive for the year.

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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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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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