Activities for new students

If you’re new to the University of Ottawa, we encourage you to take part in some of the activities we’ve developed specially for new students. These activities are designed to help you become familiar with the University of Ottawa, meet new people and have fun with other students!

During the summer

To help you get ready for university life, we offer two different opportunities for orientation during the summer months. You can choose to join us on campus and take part in summer orientation, or let us come to you, as our regional mentors set off to offer information sessions across Canada.


On campus: take part in summer orientation

From July 6 to September 2, come spend a day on campus with your parents. See how your faculty works, find out how University of Ottawa services operate, and tour the important areas on campus. Meet students from your faculty in a small-group setting and let second-, third-, and fourth-year students pass on their advice for a successful university experience.

Off campus: let us come to you

From July 23 to August 11, our mentors visit many Canadian cities to meet you and host presentations to help you prepare for your arrival on campus. Mentors will share with you, from a student’s perspective, what you need to know before, during and after you arrive on campus. They’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have as well!

During the first week of September

There are lots of activities during the first week of September to help you get to know the University and give you a chance to meet other students in your faculty or program. Take advantage of this time to have fun and meet new people!

Welcome Week

Open to all students, Welcome Week is your time to discover all the great things uOttawa has to offer! We’ve got action-packed, informative and fun experiences to help you get to know your campus and meet new people! Activities include concerts, information sessions and more. Take part in Welcome Week and get your session off to a great start!

101 Week

Each year, the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) and its student associations plan activities to help you and other first-year students discover the joys of student life on and off campus. 101 Week is a week-long event filled with concerts, comedy nights, trips to the beach, charity events and pub nights to help make your first week on campus a truly memorable one!

In order to participate in 101 Week, you’ll need to purchase a SFUO 101 Kit or your faculty’s 101 Week Kit.

During the school year

Activities organized by your regional mentors

Our regional mentors organize free social and informational activities, because it’s so much easier to succeed when you’ve got others around you! Get involved and meet new people!

To find out more, visit the Regional Mentor Centre’s page.

Other activities on campus

Find other campus activities organized by Community Life Service (CLS). Each year, CLS hosts more than 120 events that encourage participation in our rich and dynamic campus life.

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