Who we are
The Residence Life team are people here to help you transition to university life. From professional live-in staff to upper-year students, you’ll always have someone ready to connect you to resources.
We are responsible for creating a safe community in which residents of all origins and orientations thrive while they embark on their academic and personal development. We help create a sense of belonging and community connection, organize events, and facilitate mediation and conflict resolution discussions with residents.
Community Advisors (CAs)
Upper-year student leaders who live in residence and foster a community atmosphere within your building floor or unit. They are here to help you out in many ways, direct you toward other resources that you may need, and to maintain and improve the quality of community life while you live and study in residence. CAs provide a peer-to-peer resource for you as you navigate through your first year in residence, and can offer confidential support for any personal or academic concerns you may have.
Team Leads (TLs)
Upper-year student leaders who live in residence and are responsible for a team of Community Advisors. They act as support to the CAs, and organize building wide activities for you to enjoy! They have experience as CAs as well and are here to support the team of CAs living in residence as well as the students who live here.
Peer Supports (PSs)
Upper-year student leaders who live in residence and provide peer-to-peer support to upper-year students. Their role is to help build communities and foster a positive residence experience for those of you who wish to continue living in residence. PSs hold office hours and you are encouraged to visit them if you have any personal or academic concerns that you would like to address with a peer.
Residence Life Coordinators (RLC)
Professional staff who are responsible for the safety and security of a residence building. They supervise and support the CA, TL and PS teams. Coordinators are here to ensure that the Residence Agreement and Student Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures are being followed and act as a resource to students who may require additional support.
Need to contact someone from Residence Life, send us an email at res-ver@uOttawa.ca.
I have worked for Housing Services at uOttawa for the past two years and it has been some of the most memorable times of my undergrad. I lived in Marchand in my first year and I still remember the positive impact the Community Advisors and Live-In Mentors had on my residence experience. I got the sense that the Housing team was a family – I wanted to be a part of it and help future first year residents build lifelong connections.
My favourite part of working for Housing is the creative freedom we have when it comes to achieving our goals. If you have a unique idea to increase your resident interactions, no matter how different it may be, your team will listen to you and provide you with the resources to turn your idea into a reality.
Working for Housing will be a new challenge that you have probably never encountered before, but take this opportunity to grow and push your limitations. I have learned so much about perseverance and commitment, which I will carry with me into my career. I am forever grateful for the experience that Housing has provided me, and I encourage you to take the first step and apply.
The Residence Life community has influenced me more than any organization I’ve ever been a part of. They shape me into a better version of myself and support me through personal and professional growth on a daily basis.
This job is not without its challenges but it’s rewarding and truly makes you feel like you’re impacting those around you. It’s given me an opportunity to be a part of something bigger than myself and for that I am forever grateful.