Student Life


At university, you can explore your interests, inside and outside of the classroom.

You will have the opportunity 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 Lakehead.

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Orientation Week

Lakehead’s Orientation Week is your chance to be introduced, welcomed and oriented to Lakehead University and your new community; familiarize yourself with skills that will help you be successful during the first weeks of University; connect and build lasting relationships with peers, faculty and staff; and develop a sense of belonging at the University.

Additionally, Maadaadizi is a joint postsecondary Indigenous student orientation that welcomes you and your family to Lakehead University and the City of Thunder Bay, and introduces you to campus life. The 1-day event is organized by Lakehead’s Aboriginal Cultural and Support Services (ACSS), Aboriginal Initiatives, local First Nations and Indigenous education groups. In Orillia, students, families and community organizations celebrate the beginning of each academic year at the Aboriginal Student Welcome Gathering.

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Clubs and Societies

The Lakehead University Native Student Association (LUNSA) is a club that students can join. LUNSA organizes various student events throughout the year on the Thunder Bay campus including the annual LUNSA powwow.

The Aboriginal Awareness Centre (AAC), located on the Thunder Bay campus, provides peer support and opportunities for student involvement with Indigenous teachings, ceremonies and traditions, as well as education and advocacy on current issues facing Indigenous students. Visit the AAC website for more information.

The Turtle Island Student Circle (TISC) is an open club for students that fosters a sense of community and culture at the Orillia campus.

Email the Office of Aboriginal Initiatives Orillia Campus for further information.

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Varsity Athletics

Lakehead is home to the Thunderwolves varsity sports that range from basketball to wrestling. The Lakehead Thunderwolves participate in both Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport.

Find more information about varsity athletics at Lakehead, including try-out dates.

Recreation and Intramurals

Lakehead offers recreational sports and leagues at its Thunder Bay and Orillia campuses, regardless of your skill level. Recreational sports include hockey, soccer and ultimate Frisbee. 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.

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Student Services

Student Accessibility Services (SAS)

If you have a disability that requires academic accommodation and support, Student Accessibility Services (SAS) is available to help. Contact 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 accessibility services at Lakehead, visit the SAS website.

Safe Spaces (LGBTQ)

Pride Central is Lakehead’s safe space for LGBTQ students and allies. Pride Central acts as a resource library and education centre that focuses on ending discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. It’s also a drop-in centre, where you can access computers for public use, peer support and referrals to campus services, as well as attend social events.

Child Care

Child care is available at the Nanabijou Childcare Centre.

Read the centre’s Parent Handbook [PDF].

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Security Services at Lakehead aims to provide students, faculty, staff and visitors with a safe and secure campus. Security guards patrol all areas of campus, including your residences.

Download Lakehead’s safety app.

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