Our campus in Ottawa

Our picturesque downtown campus in the heart of the nation’s capital offers a student lifestyle that appeals to urban hipsters and nature lovers alike. Parliament Hill, the Supreme Court, the bustling Byward Market and a vast network of historic canals and hiking trails are at our doorstep. You’ll have easy access to gigs, festivals, theatre, good eats and art galleries, especially since a public transit pass that covers Ottawa and Gatineau is included in your tuition fees. This town is booming, giving you plenty of opportunities to connect and network with knowledge-based companies.

Campus beauty shots

Downtown Ottawa is just a short walk over the footbridge crossing the Rideau Canal, linking the campus to everything downtown has to offer.
The Social Sciences Building reflects the Faculty of Social Sciences’ commitment to sustainable development, following best environmental practices, including a green space on the roof and using recycled construction materials when possible.
The six-storey living wall in the Social Sciences Building is made up of 2,000 plants from 12 different species. The biofilter reduces the amount of air intake and lowers heating and cooling costs.
A fresh snowfall always adds a little bit of magic to the campus. The inviting lights from Tabaret Hall are reflected on a new carpet of snow, adding a frosty glitter to campus.

STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics)

The new STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) complex will propel uOttawa toward its goal of becoming one of Canada’s top five research-intensive universities. Starting in 2018, several departments from the faculties of Science and Engineering will call the complex home, sharing the same roof to foster connections and encourage new ways of thinking.

The complex’s Brunsfield Centre will be a dedicated space for students to build and test prototypes, the discovery labs in the Makerspace will encourage students from all fields of study to join the “invent-build-play” movement and the open-concept teaching labs and Entrepreneurship Hub are sure to spark student creativity.

Ice, snow, and slush are no match for uOttawa classes and activities. We’re always equipped to handle whatever winter throws our way.
It can be tempting to hibernate during the winter, but there’s nothing quite like an invigorating walk around campus, with a nip in the air and crunching snow underfoot.
Winter is a fact of life at uOttawa, one we embrace. The cold weather keeps you on your toes and adds some hustle to your walk between classes.
Hundreds of trees burst into bloom when spring makes its way to campus.
There may not be as many students on campus in the summer, but those who are here get to admire the carpet of ivy that grows on the walls of Hagen Hall.
The columns of Tabaret Hall (circa 1904) were the inspiration for uOttawa’s logo. Today, the building houses the university’s central administration, including the registrar’s office.

Photo credit : University of Ottawa Archives

This is the first home of the College of Bytown, established in 1848. Renamed the College of Ottawa following the city’s name change, the college was granted university status in 1866 and became the University of Ottawa.
If you’re on campus in the summertime you can appreciate the hot sunny days from underneath a shady tree, the perfect spot to read a book or have a picnic.
With so much beauty on campus, there are countless places to crack open a book, breathe the fresh air, and soak up some sunshine.
The University’s campuses are spread over dozens of hectares, so there’s always plenty of room to hang out with friends to discuss, debate and make plans for the weekend!
The campus blends historical and modern architecture. The Social Sciences Building was completed in 2012. It was designed with the environment in mind — 80% of its heating needs are met through heat redistribution.
You’ll find original works of art scattered throughout campus, including in Gallery 115. This student-run gallery provides budding artists with the opportunity to develop curatorial and administrative skills and display their own work.

Living in Ottawa

Each spring, over one million tulips bloom throughout the city. Why so many? After the Second World War, the Netherlands gave Canada some 100,000 tulip bulbs in appreciation for having sheltered Princess Juliana and her family during the war. Founded in 1953, the Canadian Tulip Festival now attracts some 650,000 international visitors to Ottawa every year.
Ottawa has more than 756,000 jobs, with more than 25,000 employers. The city boasts the most stable employment rate in Canada.

Light Rail - uOttawa Station

The east-west Confederation Line, part of of Ottawa’s new state-of-the-art light rail transit (LRT) project, will near the university campus. The uOttawa Station is located above ground, next to the Rideau Canal, between Lees and Rideau stations.

The Confederation Line is Ottawa’s largest transportation infrastructure project since the Rideau Canal. The LRT will have a peak capacity of 10,700 passengers per hour, and, in the first phase, will run from Blair Road to Tunney’s Pasture. Students will be able to navigate the city faster and in more comfort than ever before.

Almost 2,000 companies represent diverse sectors of Ottawa’s knowledge-based industry. These companies, working in defence and security, life sciences, clean technology and digital media, employ more than 68,000 people across the region.
In the heart of the action in Ottawa! #nationalcapital #bywardmarket
Wander along the riverside to Remic Rapids Park late in the spring. When the water levels of the Ottawa River have dropped off following the thaw, you’ll see how local artist John Felice Ceprano transforms the riverbed’s 400 million year-old limestone rock into a gallery of sculptures.Photo credit: NCC
There are 188,700 people living in Ottawa who were born outside of Canada, making up almost 20% of the city’s population.
Salute the sun with hundreds of yoga enthusiasts on the lawn of Parliament Hill on Wednesdays in the summer.
Photo credit: Ottawa Tourism
Ottawa’s excellent standard of living keeps it consistently ranked as one of the world’s top 20 cities to live.
This creepy haunted walk takes you to the old Carleton County Jail (now a youth hostel). The building is said to be haunted by Patrick J. Whelan, who was hanged for murder and whose ghost is said to loom over guests’ beds. Photo credit: Ottawa Tourism
Skating to class? Why not! #rideaucanal #winter #myottawa
Get your adrenaline pumping as you navigate a raft down the Ottawa River’s white-water rapids.
Photo credit: Ottawa Tourism
Summon your courage to jump from Canada’s highest bungee site at Morrison’s Quarry.
Photo credit: Ottawa Tourism
Ghosts and ghouls haunt Rideau Hall’s visitor centre every Halloween. Will you dare to meet the frightening souls in this 19th century house? If you’re lucky you’ll only encounter Canada’s Governor General, who hands out treats to visitors of all ages.
Photo credit: Ottawa Tourism

A Parliament Hill for all seasons

Tens of thousands of lights give Parliament Hill some sparkle and shine for the holidays.
Photo credit: Ottawa Tourism
Summertime brings concerts and the daily Changing of the Guard ceremony to the Hill.
Photo credit: Ottawa Tourism
The fall colours bring out the best in Parliament Hill’s historic buildings.
Photo credit: Ottawa Tourism
Every summer evening, a free sound-and-light show is projected on the Centre Block and Peace Tower.
Photo credit: Tony Webster
Enjoy the peace and quiet of Parliament Hill when it’s covered by a blanket of snow.
Photo credit: Ottawa Tourism
Top Canadian performers and spectacular fireworks make Parliament Hill THE place to celebrate Canada Day.
Photo credit: Ottawa Tourism

Make the most of your downtime

Don’t deny your cravings — chomp down on a Beavertail, the famous Canadian pastry sold in the Byward Market.
Photo credit: Ottawa Tourism
But first, coffee. #saturdaymorningvibes #goodmorning #rideau #mylowertown
Incredible restaurants, world-class museums, pro sports teams, concerts and vibrant neighbourhoods will keep you entertained all week long.
With one of North America’s largest music festivals (Bluesfest), Winterlude and more than 50 other festivals annually, you’ll always be entertained in Ottawa.

Maman (sculpture)

One of the world’s largest arachnids calls the National Gallery home, and even those of you with a spider phobia will admire her beauty. The 30-foot-tall international contemporary art classic Maman (French for “mother”) welcomes visitors at the gallery’s entrance. Franco-American artist Louise Bourgeois chose a spider as a tribute to her mother because it alludes to her strength: the spinning and weaving of a spider’s web is symbolic of her mother’s work repairing tapestries and the sac of marble eggs at the sculpture’s belly represents motherhood and fertility.

Skate your cares away on the state of the art Sens Rink of Dreams in front of city hall.
Photo credit: Ottawa Tourism
GO SENS GO! #ottsports
Whether you prefer a busy and bustling or quiet and relaxed social life, you’ll find it in the National Capital Region, Canada’s fifth-largest metropolitan area.

Surrounded by nature

Get up close to nature only minutes away from campus. With 165 kilometres of hiking trails and 90 kilometres designated for mountain bikers, Gatineau Park has a challenge for every fitness level.
It may not be as fast-paced as downhill, but cross-country skiing can still be invigorating. The Greenbelt encircling Ottawa has more than 150 km of trails for you to explore for free!Photo credit: NCC
There are four popular beaches right in town, but for a quieter afternoon you’ll find crystal clear lakes are only a short drive away in Gatineau Park.Photo credit: NCC
With hundreds of lakes, trails and bike paths only minutes from the city, Ottawa’s great outdoors will get you moving.
After a long day there’s not much that can beat kayaking on the Ottawa River. With spectacular views of the Parliament Buildings and beautiful sunsets, it’s hard to imagine a better way to unwind.
Photo credit: Ottawa Tourism
Yeah! You can stand-up paddle right by campus! #SUP #ottawariver #waterfun
The Ottawa River has some of the best paddling in the country. With easy access points to the water, stunning views and hundreds of places to explore, canoeing on the river is a popular way to explore the natural beauty of the city’s shoreline.Photo credit: NCC
Crisp clean air and the crunch of snow underfoot will beckon you to beautiful walks through the woods this winter. Gatineau Park, just a short trip from campus, has one of the largest networks of snowshoe trails in North America.
Cycling is one of the best ways to get around Ottawa. With more than 600 kilometres of bike paths in the National Capital Region, you can commute to campus or work, or take it slow and enjoy the scenery. Photo credit: NCC

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