Support all the way

With so many factors to consider, university can feel overwhelming. How will I pay my tuition? What if I get sick? How can I improve my grades? But don’t worry — we’ve got you covered with a slew of services to help you find your way, academically, personally or financially. With counselling, scholarships, walk-in clinics and tons of other support, we’re here to help you make the most of your university experience.

Academics

Effective studying is more than just cracking open a book. Study skills workshops in note taking, time management and exam preparation will make your workload more manageable.

Exam pointers and more

Take a deep breath — there’s no need to stress over final exams. We’ve got workshops on stress management techniques, exam-writing tips and free yoga at lunchtime to help focus your mind.

When you need to work in a group to complete a project, cafés can feel cluttered and residence rooms are too private. But the Morisset Library has a great place for your group work — 25 places in fact. The library’s 25 study rooms can be reserved ahead of time so you know that you can work on your assignment together in a space that’s just right.
It can be confusing to know where to turn when you need help resolving a problem, concern or conflict. Get it off your chest at the Office of the Ombudsperson, where free, confidential and impartial advice is available to the entire University community. It’s a safe space to discuss work, school and non-academic issues that you need help resolving. Overseeing a fair process and considering the interests of all parties are primary concerns of the office; they’ll provide an objective assessment of your situation and work with you to find the most equitable solutions.
Learning how to study effectively might sound strange, but once you’ve taken a look at the guides on the Study Skills Hub you’ll be convinced. It offers quick tips for efficient studying that can be complemented by workshops on exam preparation, concentration, memorization, motivation, note taking and time management, and sessions with a mentor in your faculty.
The Aboriginal Resource Centre can support the classroom, career and personal needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis students at uOttawa. Working closely with all faculties, the centre develops initiatives, offers resources, provides details about Aboriginal programs and scholarships, and fosters strong working relationships with Aboriginal communities.
Rebecca MacFarlane lets you in on the 10 things she wishes she’d known when she became a uOttawa student. Her amazing tips include ways to live more comfortably on a student budget. She suggests shopping at the student-run Free Store to pick up free clothes or household items; checking out Muggy Mondays, when you can score free fair trade coffee, tea or hot chocolate just for showing up with a reusable mug; and renting instead of buying your textbooks from the uOttawa bookstore. Here’s our top tip: make sure to read Rebecca’s entire list!
If punctuation gives you a headache or writing an essay makes you queasy, book an appointment at the Academic Writing Help Centre. An adviser will help you develop stellar writing skills so that your prose will be impressing profs in no time.
SASS - Academic Accommodations follows the Ontario Human Rights Code and uOttawa policies and procedures to provide reasonable and appropriate academic accommodations for students living with disabilities.

Counselling and mentoring

Mentoring centres

If you need academic support, we have a mentoring centre for you. Use our self-assessment tool to evaluate your needs and we’ll make recommendations to help you reach your goals. With 17 mentoring centres, 221 student mentors, 20 workshop topics, 70 study groups and online study skills tips, your grades will thank you.

Missing home? Find someone you can relate to at the Regional Mentoring Centre. A team of 14 friendly mentors from different regions in Canada is ready to listen to your concerns and help you transition smoothly into university life.
University can come with a whole new set of life challenges. If you feel like you’re hitting a lot of bumps on the road to personal or academic success, speak to someone free of charge at SASS - Counselling and Coaching.
The Residence Life team creates a community atmosphere in your building. Our 64 community advisers, all upper year students, are trained to help you with personal problems and they can steer you to resources to improve your quality of life in rez.

Finances

Trying to figure out how a part-time job can fit into your schedule? The supervisors at uOttawa’s Work-Study Program can work around your timetable, giving you the opportunity to earn money right on campus, sometimes in a position related to your field of study.
Struggling to make ends meet every month can be a major source of stress, but with some solid financial planning you can graduate with as little debt as possible. Use our online resources to develop a financial plan and stick to a realistic budget so that you can put your focus where it should be — on your studies.
Government financial assistance for your studies comes interest-free while you’re a full-time student — find out what kind of plan your province offers.
With one of the most generous scholarship and bursary programs in the country, uOttawa can actually help you pay your tuition! Check out our online tool to see what you’re eligible for.

Physical and mental health

Sexual violence: support and prevention

Sexual violence survivors and bystanders can access resources on-campus, off-campus, and online to learn about their rights and reporting incidents, or just find a listening ear.

Pet therapy

Sassy, Coco, Miso, Maze, Luther and Bella are some of the most popular names on campus. Head over to the 90U building to meet these trained therapy dogs who are always ready to cuddle your cares away.

Keeping active is important for mind and body, so find a physical activity through Sports Services that you enjoy and stick to it. From intramural teams to drop-in group fitness classes, from martial arts to hiking in the great outdoors, you’ll be spoiled for options at uOttawa.
Health Services offers you a full range of care right on campus to keep you in top shape throughout the year. The primary care clinic can help you register with a family doctor, and our walk-in clinic is open to everyone. We have almost 90 health care professionals on staff specialized in everything from sports medicine to psychiatry.

Travel Medicine Clinic

Don’t hit the road before consulting with the travel experts at uOttawa Health Services. They provide vaccines, tips on mosquito bite prevention, and so much more, to keep you healthy no matter where you’re headed.

With group meetings facilitated by a dietitian and a certified fitness trainer, the Healthy Lifestyles program will help you reach and maintain a healthy weight.
Illness doesn’t wait for regular business hours, but uOttawa’s on-campus walk-in clinic is here to help — even after 5 p.m. and on weekends.
The nutrition team will have you eating healthy on a student budget.
The student global health team keep students and staff in the know about environmental health, fair trade and other global issues related to health.
Kick your tobacco habits to the curb with tips and support from the Leave the Pack Behind team.
The sexual health team can answer your questions about contraception, consent and protecting yourself from STIs.
The drugs and alcohol team aims to keeps students safe and informed about substance use and abuse.
Stretch your limbs and relax your mind with free yoga every Monday at lunchtime.
Protection Services keeps everyone on campus safe and secure. The team is trained in emergency procedures, including first aid. It works with a student-run foot patrol service that will get you home safely at night; they’ll accompany you anywhere within a 45-minute walking radius of the main campus, and on several bus routes. Protection Services also supports victims of harassment and discrimination and offers self-defence classes. And if you misplace your phone, they can help with that too — contact their lost and found service.

The Mental Health and Wellness website is a hub for mental health-related information and resources on campus, and it’s also a great tool for friends, family members and colleagues who may be supporting someone close to them.

The students on the mental health team are a wonderful source of information on self-care, stigma and tips and tools to reduce stress and anxiety. They’re dedicated to improving mental health and wellness so that you can make the most of university life and everything that uOttawa has to offer.


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