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, become involved in your residence community. In this section you will find more about student life at uOttawa.

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Orientation Week

Welcome Week is your time to discover uOttawa. The week is packed with activities to make your first week on campus truly memorable: A back-to-school concert (uO Show), uO Picnik, street shows, BBQ, movie nights and more.

Mashkawazìwogamig also hosts an Indigenous Orientation for 2 days, including campus tours, talks from current students, a meet and greet with Traditional Knowledge Keepers, complimentary breakfast and lunch, beading circles and games to help students learn about uOttawa and win prizes.

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Clubs and Societies

General Clubs

With over 175 student clubs on campus, you have many opportunities to explore your interests and meet new people. If you can’t find a club that suits you or if you have an idea for a new club, feel free to create your own. Student clubs you could join include Fashion by uOttawa, the Ski and Snowboard Club, and the Coffee and Biscotti Literary Society.

The Indigenous Student Association also meets at Mashkawazìwogamig and helps to organize the annual powwow. There is a variety of positions and roles in the ISA for Indigenous students.

Student Union

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 uOttawa, you are represented by the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO).

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Varsity Athletics

The university is home to the Gee-Gees varsity sports that range from basketball to swimming. The uOttawa Gee-Gees participate in both Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Get more information on varsity athletics at uOttawa that includes try-out dates

Recreation and Intramurals

You can explore recreational sports and leagues regardless of your skill level. Recreational sports include ball hockey, ultimate Frisbee and volleyball. They are 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

Access Service

If you have a disability that requires academic accommodation and support, Access Service 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 about supports you can access, visit uOttawa’s Access Service website.

Career Development Centre

The Career Development Centre offers services and resources in career development, such as career counselling and job search tools to assist you in your job search during school and after graduation.

Child Care

You can find information about accessing child care services in the City of Ottawa that includes how to apply for and reserve a spot for your child.

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Protection Services helps make uOttawa campuses safe, and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year round. uOttawa’s safety programs include Foot Patrol, STOP THEFT designed to prevent thefts of laptops and self-defence courses (called RAD) designed for women.

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