Student Life


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, get involved in your residence community. In this section you will find more information about student life at Algoma.

Check out Algoma’s student activities and services.

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Orientation Week

The first week of school in September is known as Orientation Week – when you arrive on campus for the first time and get introduced to university life. You’ll learn university basics such as how to get to your classes on campus. You’ll also get to meet your classmates and attend social events. Be sure to register for Algoma’s Orientation Week.

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Clubs and Societies

General Clubs

One way to get involved on campus is to join one of Algoma’s student clubs. You can sign up for a club throughout the year, and meet up with others who share your interests or talents. Special events called Club Days are held at the beginning of both the fall and winter semesters to help you get acquainted with existing clubs.         

Student Unions/Assocations

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 Algoma, Anishinaabe students are members of the Shingwauk Anishinaabe Students Association (SASA) and are represented on the Algoma University Students’ Union, a member of the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) Local 82.

The Shingwauk Anishinaabe Students’ Association (SASA) is committed to ensuring that the university experience of Anishinaabe (First Nations, Inuit, Métis) students is fulfilling and enjoyable. SASA supports the academic and cultural needs of Anishinaabe students, and offers family and cultural activities for all students in the Algoma community.

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Varsity Athletics

Algoma is home to the Algoma Thunderbirds varsity athletics program. The Thunderbirds compete in Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport in the following sports: Basketball, soccer, wrestling, curling, cross-country running and Nordic skiing.

Recreation and Intramurals

Algoma offers recreational sports and leagues suitable for everyone regardless of skill level. Popular intramurals include volleyball, karate, squash, soccer and hockey. Joining an intramural is a great way to meet other people and stay active.

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Student Services

Disability Services

If you have a disability that requires academic accommodations and support, Algoma’s Disability Services 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 information on supports you can access, visit Algoma’s Disability Services website.

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Your safety is taken very seriously at Algoma. Campus Safety offers a 24-hour video surveillance system, campus security officers, Residence Advisors and secure-access residences (meaning only students with keys can enter the buildings). If you are on campus in the evening, the Walk Safe Program can provide you with a walking buddy.

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