Drug Safety

Location
London, ON
Undergrads
20,056
Tuition (in-state)
$20,141 ($4,727)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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5 College Junior

Drug Safety: Jim Bobs – best bar in london.
guaranteed to have a good time...you will always get insanely sloppy every time you go there

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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.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Alcohol and drug availability is a reality both on and off-campus. The biggest concern I believe is the atmosphere of permissibility that goes hand in hand with university life. Students are pressured to use these substances early on in their university career. There is a distinct lack of available information on proper response and safety techniques for overdoses. Also, local police are more concerned with being reactive as opposed to proactive.

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5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Many people do drugs, and many don't. Peer pressure to do them is irrelevant or doesn't exist any more. The more severe the drug the less common it is.

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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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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 441st
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 598th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 879th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 894th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1079th
    Least Underage Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lauren A. Moore
Hometown
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Major
BA in English Literature with a minor in Health Sciences
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From your first day at Western, you'll notice that it is a party school. People drink their faces off during Orientation Week (both frosh and upper-year students), and student life revolves around the weekend. There isn't pressure to drink, but be warned: nearly everyone does. Playing beer pong, going to a kegger, or even drinking at a bar is a staple of the University experience, and these actions definitely do not fall short at Western. Underage drinking isn't taken very seriously. Minors caught using a fake ID at a bar might be thrown into a drunk tank, but that's about as stringent as it gets. In residences, you may get warnings; however, it's rare for students to be kicked out of residence for drinking unless they were destructive.

Marijuana is prominent, but there isn't pressure to partake. Western's inclusive community allows "to each his own," so if weed isn't your thing, don't bother. If caught blazing in a residence, the consequences would most likely be far more severe than underage drinking.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
70
Alcohol-Related Arrests
4
Drug-Related Referrals
10
Drug-Related Arrests
0
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Addiction Services of Thames Valley
200 Queens Ave., Suite 260
London, Ontario
(519) 673-3242
Addiction Services assesses the nature and severity of substance abuse. By identifying the triggers, a plan is put into place.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 9 responses

  • 41% Alcohol
  • 36% Marijuana
  • 9% Cocaine
  • 9% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 5% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% None

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 9 responses

  • 22% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 33% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 22% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 22% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 9 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 0% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 33% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 56% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 11% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 9 responses

  • 33% Practically unlimited.
  • 44% Somewhat abundant.
  • 22% Somewhat limited.
  • 0% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 9 responses

  • 11% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 11% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 33% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 44% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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