A compact downtown campus
Our campus is a walkable, compact village nestled in the core of vibrant Ottawa. The Byward Market, Parliament Hill, the Supreme Court, the Ottawa Hospital and a vast network of historic canals and hiking trails are at our doorstep. What’s more, our recent investments in the latest technologies, research labs and facilities will ensure you’re on the cutting edge when you enter the job market.
Send your avatar on a virtual tour
Discover what sets uOttawa apart by taking a virtual tour of the campus. Our picturesque downtown campus includes historic buildings, five new state-of-the-art facilities and over 1,100 teaching and research laboratories.
Look inside our faculty buildings and picture yourself in our classrooms, laboratories, libraries, sports and recreation facilities, residences and more.
Diversity and inclusion
We pride ourselves on being a safe, welcoming university where diversity and inclusion are highly valued. We are firmly committed to working to eliminate all forms of racism, discrimination, and harassment. One of uOttawa’s strengths is the diversity of its people. We want to ensure that everyone feels welcome, regardless of race, ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, or ableness. It is essential that everyone on our campus feel safe and be treated with respect. Although we number 50,000, we are a single, welcoming community that unequivocally opposes and denounces racism, harassment, racial slurs, and discrimination.
An Insta-friendly campus for all seasons
The wonderful personality of our campus shines through no matter the season. In the fall, leafy trees burst in a kaleidoscope of oranges, yellows and rusty reds. In the winter, pillows of snow adorn our remarkable architecture. Walk along the pedestrian-friendly Grand Allée and hang out under the majestic oaks in front of Tabaret Hall. Our camera-ready setting will inspire you to learn, laugh and grow.
Cutting-edge facilities: The jewels in our crown
We’ve opened five new cutting-edge facilities in the past seven years. These sleek, modern spaces complement the rich architectural history of our campus, dating back to the 19th century.
Our newer additions include the STEM Complex, Learning Crossroads, LabO black box theatre, Advanced Research Complex and Lees football dome. These high-tech facilities represent a next-gen evolution, standing proudly among buildings with deep roots, such as Tabaret Hall, Hagen Hall and Alex Trebek Alumni Hall.
Depending on your course, year of study and learning needs, classes at uOttawa can vary from lectures in large halls to intimate discussion groups to labs. Large or small, most of our classrooms are equipped with wireless internet and LCD screens.
Our shrinking carbon footprint
We are Canada’s #6 environmentally friendly university (Green Metric World University Rankings 2020). Our Office of Campus Sustainability ensures that our campus is ethical and green, and our buildings reflect this commitment to sustainable development. For example, the Social Sciences Building contains a six-storey living wall with 2,000 plants from 12 different species, and 80% of the building’s heating needs are met through heat redistribution. We have also joined 15 other Canadian universities in adopting a charter on responsible investment.
A sporting chance
Our three sports centres will help you stay active and healthy. Montpetit Hall is equipped with gymnasiums, an Olympic-sized pool, a fitness centre, saunas and studio spaces for martial arts, yoga and more. The Minto Sports Complex includes two ice rinks, two squash courts, a fitness centre and a FIFA two-star certified soccer pitch. Our Lees campus is home to our football field and a 7,000 square foot gymnasium. Give yourself a sporting chance!
Just 20 minutes from the main campus, Roger Guindon Hall is home to the Faculty of Medicine, which offers one of the top 10 medical programs in Canada and is among the top medical schools in the world for research impact in biomedical and health sciences. It’s right next door to the world-class Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and the Ottawa Hospital. Lees campus, one stop away by light rail train, features clinical nursing labs and more.
Feel at home in residence
Feel right at home living in one of our 11 residences either on or off campus, or get tips on living in nearby neighbourhoods. Make new friends, get involved in your community and access programs and resources. Studies have shown that first-year students who stay in residence adjust better to university and receive more support than those who live off campus.
Food, glorious food!
Fuel your body and your brain with our scrumptious selection. Make your own snacks and meals, get dietary advice from our dietitian and taste delights from different cultures. In addition to providing a dietary restriction program for those with allergies, we clearly label our food so you’ll always know when you’re eating halal, vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free.
A safe campus
In 2020, Canada was ranked the sixth safest country and Ottawa the fourth safest city in Canada, according to the Global Peace Index. Highly trained security guards and 900+ surveillance cameras ensure student safety on our campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We offer a Foot Patrol for anyone in the university community as well as many other programs to make sure you feel safe on our campus.