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5 College Senior

Facilities: New and Amazing – We have the best and BIGGEST student recreation centre in Canada. And at least 8 libraries. 15 Tim Horton's on campus along with 5 Starbucks and a variety of other coffee options. Our Student Centre houses a ton of useful resources and our beautiful big and cozy mustang lounge is a great new adition. UWO (or Western University as it's been rebranded) is the most beautiful campus in canada with ONLY UBC coming close to matching it's aethetics.

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Be in Awe of the Rec Center – The newly built gym/recreation center is one of the best thing at Western. The Rec center has everything I want and need, including state of the art weight rooms and swimming pools. There are also lots of optional courses that a student from as Tae Kwon Do lessons to Cardio kickboxing sessions. The center area of the Rec Center is also very popular as a hangout with lots of couchs and TVs. Membership is included along with tuition so be sure to go often!

5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Gym Is Huge – There is always a machine available to workout. Moreover, there are always social activities happening

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The Athletic Center was just opened a year ago, and it looks outstanding with its state of the art facilities. There are plenty of courts for various sports, and an endless supply of machines and sports leagues to play in. The city of London is also building outdoor turf fields which will be great for indoor soccer or any field sports during the winter, supplementing the quality of athletics the city is well-known for throughout Canada. As for actual campus activities, the UCC is always filled with non-stop activities and traffic. It's complemented with a variety of food chains and our local student bar, and two eateries that are student run. You can always be entertained walking across the UCC, whether presentations by various organizations are happening, a celebration of a festival if occurring or at night when a dance crew is practicing for an upcoming show till the late hours of the night, it will fill your day as you meet up with friends. The center is also up for renovations this upcoming summer which is surely to make it that much better!

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Western's Recreation Centre --the largest student donation ever- is a large and beautiful facility. It is free if you're a student, and offers many different classes, studios, sports and exercise equipment. There is a smoothie bar and there are many health and wellness clinics available -- not to mention it is HUGE, new and completely up to date!

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 44th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 173rd
    Best Student Centers
  • 180th
    Best Library
  • 370th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 883rd
    Best Performance Venues

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lauren A. Moore
Vancouver, BC, Canada
BA in English Literature with a minor in Health Sciences
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In order to keep Western students happy, good facilities are a must. It's no secret—our campus is beautiful. Some buildings are old and a bit dated, namely the Social Science Building and University Community Centre, but their sizes and plethora of classrooms keep the buildings active. Western is constantly expanding, and renovations can be seen at nearly any time of the year. However, the newer buildings blend into the old, making for a uniformed campus. North Campus Building and Health Science Building particularly exhibit this trait, with modern interiors full of interesting architecture and artwork.

Students love to keep busy on campus, and there is a lot to do to keep students entertained. The campus movie theatre, Western Film, features new films every week that are current and—most importantly—cheap. The libraries are popular student hangouts, with Starbucks cafés in the D.B. Weldon and Allyn & Betty Taylor libraries for breaks between study sessions. For the less academically inclined, the Spoke and the Wave are the most frequented spots on campus. With great food, drinks, and atmosphere, students spend time at both venues, socializing during the day and after classes.

Facts & Statistics

Campus Size
395 acres
Student Centers
University Community Centre
Main Libraries
  • Allyn & Betty Taylor Library
  • D.B. Weldon Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Centre Spot in the UCC
  • Quotes Café
  • The Spoke and Rim Tavern
  • The Wave Restaurant
Bar on Campus
  • The Grad Club is a hidden gem that's frequented by older University students. Located in Middlesex College, the Grad Club is an awesome place to eat and drink. The venue has large tables and a patio, as well!
  • The Spoke and Rim Tavern is right in the UCC, and it's a common place for students to hang out. During the months when the weather is nice, there's a line for a patio seat. Students often have beer after class here. The Spoke sells a variety of foods, including pita wraps and nachos. Many group functions involving on-campus clubs also take place here.
  • The Wave Restaurant has a large bar where people get beer between and after classes. It was renovated recently, and you'll see someone you know every time you're in there!
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Einsteins Café in the Allyn & Betty Taylor Library has Starbucks coffee and espresso, plus a variety of food options.
  • Quotes Café in D.B. Weldon Library has Starbucks coffee and espresso, plus a variety of food options.
Movie Theater on Campus
Western Film is a lecture hall by day and movie theatre by night in the University Community Centre. It's a second-run, independent theatre, so students get to see movies within weeks of the release date. Tickets are super cheap, and there's even a Tuesday deal for $3! A concession stand also sells popcorn and other treats.
"Green" Initiatives
EnviroWestern is a prominent campus service that constantly inititates green-friendly services at UWO. Western gives discounts for coffee purchased in a travel mug, which is already a big incentive. EnviroWestern also starts garden initiatives to keep our campus green both literally and metaphorically. There is a waste audit program that calculates exactly what students throw out to create awareness issues about recycling.
School Slang
  • AEO: Advanced Entry Opportunity offered through the Richard Ivey School of Business
  • BPC: The USC's official on-campus talk show, the Big Purple Couch
  • Campus Rec: Campus recreation facility
  • Concrete Beach: The concrete area outside of the University Community Centre where students often congregate on sunny days
  • Frosh: The new freshmen students at UWO
  • The Gazette: UWO's daily student newspaper
  • Ivey: The Richard Ivey School of Business
  • JAP: Jewish American Princess; a nickname often used to describe female students at UWO
  • LTC: London Transit Commission
  • Media Hub: A section of the University Community Centre where all on-campus media offices can be found
  • MIT: Media, Information, and Technoculture faculty
  • Mustang Alley: A clothing and variety store located in the University Community Centre.
  • Nat Sci: The Natural Science Centre
  • NCB: North Campus Building
  • O-Week: Orientation Week
  • Reading Break: A week-long break taking place in February
  • Soph: Sophs are Orientation Week leaders representing a faculty, residence, or charity assigned to each frosh to ensure a great start to their UWO experience.
  • Taylor: The Allyn & Betty Taylor Library
  • Timmy's: Tim Hortons, a popular Canadian coffee and food store
  • UC: University College building
  • UCC: Western's University Community Centre is the go-to hub for student activities. From the student council office to food joints to bookstores and more, students will find themselves in the UCC at least once a day for its many amenities.
  • USC: University Students' Council
  • Weldon/Welds: The DB Weldon Library
  • Western ONECard: A photo ID card used as a library card, bus pass, and for campus meal plans
  • The Zoo: Saugeen-Maitland Hall, UWO's largest residence
  • Homecoming: As a long-lasting symbol of Western's tightly-knit community, Homecoming is an integral component to a well-rounded UWO experience. With early-morning pancake keggers, parades, sports games, and pub crawls, Western students love to support their love for Mustangs!
  • O-Week: Western boasts the largest Orientation Week in Canada. Trained O-Week leaders (called "Sophs") guide new students around campus with awesome events to make you feel right at home. Freshmen ("Frosh") have the chance to meet their lifelong friends through residence and faculty-specific groups right off the bat. Past nightly events have included concerts from Sam Roberts and Marianas Trench, speeches by Sue from "The Sunday Night Sex Show," and foam parties. Considering Western's large size, these parties are often for 6,000 people!
  • Rick McGhie: Rick McGhie is truly a Western staple. McGhie is an independent guitarist from London who performs at UWO's on-campus pub, The Spoke, every Wednesday. Who wouldn't want to sing along to classic hits while sharing a pitcher with best friends?
  • Shinerama Day: As the most common fatal genetic disease in Canada, Shinerama is a campus-wide charity to find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. Shinerama is the largest fundraiser by post-secondary institutions, and UWO loves to play a large role in this commendable initiative. The event takes place in September, and it's always a positive way to start the new school year!
  • St. Patrick's Day: Since students essentially run London's nightlife, St. Patrick's Day is a particularly wild day. Keggers-pancakes included-are guaranteed to start early in the student ghetto, followed by popular pub crawls for thousands of people. Classes are virtually abandoned for St. Pat's; it's a University staple that everyone participates in.
  • Terry Fox Campaign: Every September, Western encourages its students to participate in the Terry Fox Run to raise money for cancer research. With one of the largest post-secondary runs in Canada, UWO often contributes a significant portion of funds to the Terry Fox Foundation.
Favorite Things To Do
Western's campus is always buzzing with things to do and numerous student events. However, when push comes to shove, Western students are extremely social. They constantly frequent the Spoke and Wave for drinks, food, friends, and a great atmosphere.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Gazette
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
Clubs are an essential aspect of the Western student experience. With over 180 organizations spanning countless areas of interest, clubs connect students of similar interests. Since UWO has such a large student population, clubs are an easy way to exercise leadership skills, event-planning, and charity work in a smaller setting. If Western doesn't offer a group in your ideal subject area, creating your own club is a simple process that's encouraged and supported by the University Students' Council.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Dance
  • International student organization
  • Marching band
  • Music ensembles
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
Did You Know?
  • More than 19,500 UWO students are involved with clubs on campus.
  • To give students a full view of involvement opportunities at Western, Clubs Week occurs twice a year with representatives from each club at booths to answer any questions students may have about their organizations.
  • For an easy way to get involved, annual charity fashion shows put on by numerous clubs are always in need of models and dancers, regardless of their membership status.
  • The Purple Spur Society is Western's largest and most popular club. It encourages school spirit through campus events, ski and cottage trips, and by supporting varsity sports.
  • Students can join a club at any point during the school year simply by applying online.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 28 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 36 responses

  • 44% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.
  • 33% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 14% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 8% The student center is in need of a major renovation.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 19 responses

  • 53% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 47% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 0% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 0% I hate my school and have no school spirit.


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