It’s no secret that the University of Ottawa is a big school and with campus located downtown, knowing where to meet people isn’t always obvious. Whether you are starting this journey solo or rolling up with the squad, meeting new people will make your university experience much more enjoyable! Check out who to meet and where to go based on your interest:
For those really into sports:
- It’s scientifically proven that hitting someone in the face with a dodgeball is the number one way to make friends ( JK ! ) Sign up for intramurals and meet other students looking to get into some competitive and recreational activities. Pro tip: Sign up ASAP (registration opens September 3). Some sports are filled in 24 hours.
- What’s the perfect gym ice breaker? “Can I get a spot?” Ask someone to spot you at the gym, even if you don’t really need one. It’s a sure-fire way to get yourself a gym buddy! Our fitness facilities are located in Montpetit Hall and the Minto Sports Complex.
For those looking to get involved
- No matter who you are or what you’re into, uOttawa has a huge number of clubs for you to choose from. Watch out for club day on University Private during the first week of school. 10/10 would recommend joining one!
- Give a little, get a lot. The Michaëlle-Jean Centre for Global and Community Engagement has a bunch of volunteer placement options. No matter your interests, there’s an opportunity for you. Pro tip: Stop by the Centre, UCU 312, to chat with a support staff member to see which placement is best for you.
For those looking for fun and their next ‘gram photo
There is so much to do: Panda Game, uOShow, Panda Game, Snow Festival, did we say Panda game? Get to know the uOttawa traditions and don’t stay at home when they happen! Follow @uOCampus to stay in the loop and receive updates on the next upcoming event.
If in doubt
There are many public study spaces in CRX! Stroll through floors 2-5, find a spot occupied by one or two other students and ask if you can join them. Pro tip: You can also book rooms in CRX for your own study group by visiting the Library webpage.