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!

Summer Orientation

uOttawa Summer Orientation 

Between July 9 to August 21, attend uOttawa summer orientation and participate in our webinars, available in both French and English. Participate in webinars specific to your faculty as well as others covering all aspects of your new life at uOttawa. Experience fun interactive activities with integrated Q&A sessions in which we will answer all your questions and provide you with the resources to help you thrive and find your path to personal and academic success at uOttawa.

Some webinars will be recorded and made available afterwards, though we strongly encourage you to participate in the live webinars for a more interactive, rewarding experience.

Consult our program and register now

Live Events

Live Summer Show

Attention Gee-Gees! Were you supposed to go to a concert this summer? Well now you can! On July 14th, Elijah Woods X Jamie Fine and Arnaud Soly will be hosting a live concert just for you on Facebook Live! You don’t want to miss it!

Your caricature

Did you watch cartoons growing up? Ever wondered what you might look like as a cartoon character? If you would like to find out, send a picture of yourself to @uOcampus on Facebook messenger. A cartoonist will be drawing your pictures on Facebook Live:

  • Friday July 17, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Friday July 24, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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 live concerts, virtual hangouts, contests, workshops and more! Take part in Welcome Week and get your session off to a great start!

101 Week

Each year, the University of Ottawa Students' Union (UOSU) 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!


(If we invite you to join us on campus, everything will be in place for everyone to comply with the public health directives in effect at that time.)


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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