Experience Downtown Ottawa with all the Residence Life benefits. Counting 380 beds, Friel is surrounded by amenities that make residents’ lives easier:  a grocery store open 24/7 and many food outlets, a pharmacy, a cinema, a public library and main bus routes. Minutes away from the campus, Friel is within the range of the University of Ottawa Foot Patrol service for safe walking.

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Living Learning Community

Friel is home to a Living Learning Community focussing on community engagement.

A Living Learning Community (LLC) is a dedicated space in residence where residents are grouped according to their interest in a particular area. Programming for LLCs focuses on these areas of interest, and offers enhanced opportunities for connection and development beyond the classroom.

Do you like helping others? By joining one of the four living learning communities in the Friel residence and getting involved in volunteer activities, you will acquire new skills, make new friends and apply some of your classroom knowledge to real life situations. You can assist in the planning and development of projects, or simply take part in the monthly activities. 


Reception, coffee bar,  study rooms, activity rooms, sunny courtyard, laundry rooms, storage.


Electricity, hot water, heat and air conditioning included in the fees

Phone, TV and Internet

Wi-Fi and wired Internet included, cable TV in common lounge.

Residence agreement

8-month agreement, from September to April. See Important dates and deadlines.

Room types

1- and 2-bedroom suites (single and double occupancy).

Studios, with and without kitchenette (single and double occupancy).


Sleeping area: single beds and 2-drawer dressers that fit under the bed (bedding not included)

Study area: desks with a hutch and a chair, dining table and chairs for two

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Kitchen facilities

In-suite kitchenette equipped with a sink, a microwave oven and a mini-fridge.

Common kitchen equipped with a sink, cooktop, microwave ovens, refrigerator and a full-size range.

Read the Kitchen facilities page for more information.


Common areas are cleaned once a day.  Cleaning your suite and taking out the recycling, compost and garbage is your responsibility.

See the housekeeping page for details

Security features

Card access, guest registry and security guard at night

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