Local Atmosphere

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: North London Has Everything a Student Needs – North London has a lot to offer for students. Within a small radius you have the university, downtown, great nightlife, a variety of grocery stores, and London's largest and best mall. London is also known as 'The Forest City' due to all of its green space which is perfect for getting away from the books.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: The Western bubble – Students at UWO tend to stick around campus and not get too involved within the London community. Although the Western community is inclusive, opportunities to get involved with the city are often limited.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Great city attitude and nightlife – Western has all you need in a concentrated area. There is a mall near campus and a great downtown. On any given night, you'll find yourself surrounded by students at one of the local downtown bars. London's attitude towards students is great. It seems everyone loves when September rolls around because students come back to town.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Transportation makes things convenient – Since Western is close to downtown, transportation from the university makes it easy for students to go to different places.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Student ghettos are nice – Western students have taken over the nicest parts of London for themselves. Student housing is often older, with classic homes near the campus that are often minutes away from downtown.


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Lauren A. Moore
Vancouver, BC, Canada
BA in English Literature with a minor in Health Sciences
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London is the epitome of a college town. Students run the city, and London businesses love to accommodate the University lifestyle. London's Mustang pride isn't solely reserved for Homecoming weekend; restaurants and bars promote the school with purple and white UWO memorabilia in their windows and interiors at all times. Much of the city's livelihood rests on the presence of students. Although the campus is slightly off-set from downtown, UWO's location rarely deters students from city explorations. In terms of entertainment, students need to look no further than Richmond Row—the city's downtown hotspot for day and nighttime activities. However, in the summer, London is strangely quiet in contrast to its vibrant school-year buzz.

Downtown London is unarguably charming, with a pleasant mix between local and chain shops and restaurants scattered over its popular Richmond Street. Many of the boutiques are located in renovated, old buildings, which add to much of the city's historical flare. London is clean, safe, and easy to navigate around, but may not be large enough for true city lovers. The malls are basic in store selection, so shopaholics will have to put their addictions to rest until their next visit to nearby cities like Toronto or Detroit. The public transit is user friendly, and routes conveniently cluster around student-heavy areas across the city. Yet, although London meets basic standards for a good time, those looking for unique cultural experiences in a complex city may have more fun elsewhere.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. London is the tenth largest urban city in Canada, with a population of more than 350,000.
  2. The city has an international airport, bus and train stations, and is conveniently located between the major cities of Toronto and Detroit, Mich.
  3. Affectionately referred to as "the Forest City," London is known for its greenery and parks.
  4. With attempts to present a variety of cultural offerings, London hosts an abundance of festivals throughout the year, including LOLA (London Ontario Live Arts Festival), London Rib-Fest, and the Expression in Chalk Street Painting Festival.
  5. London's city dynamics are strongly shaped by its student populations from UWO and Fanshawe College; its public transit even caters to students' schedules!
Points of Interest
  • The ARTS Project
  • Covent Garden Market
  • Fleetway
  • Forest City Gallery
  • The Grand Theatre
  • John Labatt Centre
  • Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery
  • Museum London
  • Spikes Indoor Beach Volleyball
  • Western Fair Entertainment Centre
Shopping Centers
  • Citi Plaza
  • Masonville Place
  • White Oaks Mall
Movie Theaters
Rainbow Galleria
355 Wellington St.
(519) 434-2200
Movie Theaters
Silvercity London
1680 Richmond St.
(519) 673-4125
Movie Theaters
Western Film
UCC Building of the University of Western Ontario
(519) 661-3616 ext. 4
Major Sports Teams
  • London City: Canadian Soccer League
  • London Devilettes: Girls Hockey Association
  • London Knights: Ontario Hockey League
  • London Majors: Intercounty Baseball League
  • London Silverbacks: North American Football League
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
Niagara Falls: NY: 2 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 28 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 16 responses

  • 12% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 75% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 0% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 12% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 15 responses

  • 53% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 33% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 13% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 16 responses

  • 19% Totally.
  • 31% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 50% No way.


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