Find your way about

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Finding your way around campus and the National Capital Region, learning about the services available to help you get around, and knowing how things work in your new community will all help things go more smoothly for you now that you’re a university student. The more comfortable you are getting around campus and the more familiar you are with your surroundings, the easier it will be for you to enjoy yourself!

Getting here from the airport

By taxi

Cost: approximately $40 (from the airport to the University campus)

Where: Taxis are usually parked just outside the airport in the arrivals area.

By bus

Cost: $3.60 cash (you need exact change)

Where: The bus stop is just outside the arrivals area to your right when you exit the main doors.

Directions: Take Bus 97 (Bayshore direction) and get off at Laurier station.

*Please check the OC Transpo website for bus schedule information.

**There are also “Airport Limousine Buses” that travel to the downtown core several times an hour and stop at the main hotels downtown. The Novotel Hotel is the one closest to the University. The cost for the limousine bus is approximately $10.

Getting here from the train station

By taxi

Cost: approximately $15 (Train station to the University campus)

Where: Taxis are usually parked just outside of the train terminal.

By bus

Cost: $3.60 cash (you need exact change)

Where: When you exit the main entrance, you must cross the street and go through a pedestrian tunnel that leads to the bus stops. Wait for the bus at TRAIN 2A station.

As there are many different possible routes, we strongly suggest checking the OC Transpo website for bus schedule information and to discover all the bus routes that may lead you to campus. Here is one possible route:

  • Take Bus 61 (Terry Fox direction) and get off at Laurier station.

Time: approximately a 10-minute ride

Getting around campus – maps, shuttles and parking

Maps

Use our interactive campus maps or print a map of the main campus (PDF).

The University of Ottawa comprises buildings on three campuses.

  • The main campus is located in downtown Ottawa, bordered by the Rideau Centre to the North, Sandy Hill to the East, the Rideau Canal to the West and Mann Avenue to the South.
  • The Lees campus is located 15 minutes by foot to the south of the main campus, alongside Highway 417.
  • Roger Guindon Hall is located on The Ottawa Hospital (General) campus.

The University also has facilities in other buildings in Ottawa and satellite campuses in Pembroke, Windsor and Toronto. You’ll be notified if any of your courses are given in a location other than the three main campuses.

Overpasses and tunnels

Simply follow the signs posted on doors and hallways to find your way around. We recommend you do a few practice runs first.

Travelling between campuses

Visit the Parking and Sustainable Transportation page for shuttle information, including schedules.

Note: shuttle buses are not accessible. If you have a condition or disability that prevents you from getting on the shuttle bus, you have access to a taxi shuttle service.

Parking and permits

It’s much easier to get to and around the main campus without a car. Many students travel around on foot or by bike, rather than having to worry about a vehicle!

You can still find short-term parking on the street and on campus or purchase a long-term parking permit.

Getting around by bike, on foot or by car

By bike

It’s easy to get around the main campus and surrounding areas by bike. 

The University’s Parking and Sustainable Development provides many services that make it easy to travel by bike—an inexpensive and healthy way to get around!

On foot

The main campus is located in downtown Ottawa, so you can get to most major services on foot.

By car

If you don’t have your own car, you can join VRTUCAR, take a taxi or rent a vehicle.

  • Car sharing: Borrow a car by becoming a member of VRTUCAR. The main campus has two VRTUCAR vehicles.
  • Taxi: The two main cab companies in Ottawa are BlueLine and Capital Taxi. You can get more information on taxis on the City of Ottawa taxi information page.
  • Car rental: Rent a car with Hertz or Enterprise, both located within walking distance of the main campus, or with one of the other local car rental companies.
Public transit
  • uPass: All full-time University of Ottawa students taking at least one in-person course must pay for this pass, which is valid on Ottawa’s public transit system, OC Transpo, as well as on Gatineau’s, the STO. The cost of the pass is included in your ancillary fees. Find out about pass distribution, exemptions, requests and conditions.
  • OC Transpo: Get information on Ottawa’s public transit system, including routes, schedules and updates on the new rapid transit line.
  • STO: You get information on Gatineau’s public transit system, including fares, routes and schedules.
  • Confederation Line: The City of Ottawa is currently building a light rail line that will greatly improve its public transit system. Be sure to find out about this exciting project!

Destinations outside Ottawa

While at university, you may want to go back home or simply visit some other places outside Ottawa. See below for information on travel options and other resources to help you plan your trip.

  • Bus: The most economical way to travel to other cities, large and small, is via Greyhound.
  • Train: Travelling by VIA Rail is both economical and practical, allowing you to travel easily and comfortably between large cities like Toronto and Montréal.
  • Plane: You can travel to destinations within Canada or the US from Ottawa International Airport.
  • Long distance ride sharing: You can connect with drivers or passengers on Kangaride (membership required).
  • Car rental: Rent a car with Hertz or Enterprise, both located within walking distance of the main campus, or with one of the other local car rental companies.
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