At university, you can explore your interests, inside and outside of the classroom. You will have opportunities to attend social events or join a student club. You might also like to play extracurricular sports or, if you live on campus, become involved in your residence community. In this section you will find more about student life at Western.
Orientation Week at Western is a week-long event that focuses on welcoming you, helping you meet other first-year students and giving you a chance to learn about the different aspects of life at Western.
Indigenous Services’ Academic Transition Opportunities (ATO) program also hosts orientation events for incoming Indigenous students in the summer and beginning of September.
Clubs and Societies
Joining a club opens up many opportunities and allows for a balance between academic life and extracurricular activities. With close to 167 student clubs at Western, there’s something for everyone. Clubs you can join include the Creative Writing Club, Electronic Gaming Association and Fashion and Lifestyle Society.
The Indigenous Student Association (ISA) raises awareness about Indigenous postsecondary matters, along with supporting cultural events on campus, such as the powwow, or hosting social events throughout the year.
Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE) is a peer-based network at Western that helps to transition Indigenous students to graduate studies and to support their retention.
Infinite Reach: Métis Student Solidarity Network is a group of students who work together to enrich and enhance their postsecondary education experiences.
Your student union plays an important role at university. The union advocates on behalf of students on campus and in the community. Members may also organize your Orientation Week and student clubs. At Western, you are represented by the University Students’ Council (USC).
Western is home to the Mustangs varsity sports that range from basketball and football, to figure skating and lacrosse. The Western Mustangs participate in both Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport.
Check out varsity athletics at Western including try-out dates.
Recreation and Intramurals
Western offers recreational sports and leagues that you can participate in regardless of your skill level. Recreational sports include badminton, cricket, dragon boating, fencing and table tennis. Joining a team is a great way to meet other people and stay active, whether you are continuing to play a sport or starting a new one.
Accessibility at Western
If you have a disability that requires academic accommodation and support, Accessibility at Western is available to help. It is important that you reach out to the office as soon as possible to ensure the appropriate supports are in place for you at the beginning of the school year. For more information about supports that you can access, visit Western’s Accessibility website.
Safe Spaces (LGBTQ)
PrideWestern is a student-run service that supports and celebrates gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, transsexual, two-spirited, intersex, asexual, queer and questioning students and their allies at Western. Events hosted by PrideWestern have included speakers, annual Pride Week, movie nights and socials. At the Pride Library, you can access materials by and about the LGBTQ community.
Western provides a space for students to express their faith, religion or spirituality. The Multifaith Space can be booked through ratified clubs whose principle mission is related to faith, religion or spirituality.
You can access child care through the UCC Flexible Child Care Centre at Western. This on-campus facility, operated by the London YMCA, offers day care for toddlers and preschoolers from 18 months to 5 years of age.
Campus Community Police (CCP) at Western takes your safety very seriously, and aims to create a safe and secure environment for you. CCP patrols campus and works with student groups to provide safe walks home and safe work spaces on campus.
Foot Patrol is a free service at Western that assists in keeping campus a safe place to study, work and live. They are a volunteer-driven service who provide safe escorts to community members.