Our Campus

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 investment in the latest technologies, research labs and facilities, will ensure you’re on the cutting-edge when you enter the job market.

Find your favourite tree on campus and make yourself comfortable. The Tabaret lawn is the perfect spot for daydreaming, hanging out with friends or thinking up fresh ideas for your next assignment.
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.
Downtown Ottawa is just a short walk over the footbridge crossing the Rideau Canal, linking the campus to everything downtown has to offer.
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.
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.

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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.

Celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary

Canada is turning 150 in 2017, and festivities marking the anniversary of Confederation are cropping up across the country. At uOttawa, we’ll have trivia nights, poster contests, and departmental anniversary celebrations, but we’ll also host some major happenings.

In February, uOttawa signed an agreement with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation to improve indigenous access to higher education. In March, we’ll follow up on that commitment by hosting up to 600 indigenous youth at Indspire, a conference aimed at closing the education gap between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples.

In the spring, creative minds will bloom as students blend art and technology to invent creations for the Makerspace Design Challenge, showcased at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.

We’ll be announcing plenty of other events throughout the year!

uOttawa’s got talent

So you think you’ve got talent? Show us what you’ve got and wow the audience for a good cause at the uOttawa’s Got Talent fundraising show. Don’t be shy: students, professors and staff are welcome to take the stage to share their secret (or not so secret) talents. You’ll join performers of all stripes, from musicians to contortionists and even jump rope enthusiasts, all of them helping to raise funds for uOttawa’s annual United Way campaign. So what are you waiting for? Polish up those tap shoes and start tuning that accordion — we’ll need you to help us reach our fundraising goal.

10 things I wish I had known

Rebecca MacFarlane lets you in on the 10 things she wishes she’d known when she became a uOttawa student. Her amazing tips include ways to live more comfortably on a student budget. She suggests shopping at the student-run Free Store to pick up free clothes or household items; checking out Muggy Mondays, when you can score free fair trade coffee, tea or hot chocolate just for showing up with a reusable mug; and renting instead of buying your textbooks from the uOttawa bookstore. Here’s our top tip: make sure to read Rebecca’s entire list!

Diversity and inclusion

One of uOttawa’s strengths is the diversity of its people. We want to ensure that everyone feels welcome, so we’re stepping up our efforts to become a model of diversity and inclusion. Professor Caroline Andrew is chair of the Working Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, which brings professors, students, researchers and support staff together to identify obstacles to inclusion on campus. Their approach addresses all of the prohibited grounds of discrimination outlined in the Ontario Human Rights Code,  such as age, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, creed or marital status,  to ensure that everyone’s rights are respected.


Innovation, creativity and research are at the heart of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Complex.


With 18 state-of-the-art laboratories, the complex is a game changer for research on campus.

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Indigenous Affirmation

We pay respect to the Algonquin people, who are the traditional guardians of this land. We acknowledge their longstanding relationship with this territory, which remains unceded. We pay respect to all Indigenous people in this region, from all nations across Canada, who call Ottawa home. We acknowledge the traditional knowledge keepers, both young and old. And we honour their courageous leaders, past, present, and future.

Financial Research and Learning Lab

The Financial Research and Learning Lab is the first Bloomberg Experiential Learning Partner in Canada.

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Located on the fifth floor of Vanier Hall, the INSPIRE Lab is a multi-million dollar testing facility that houses eight rooms, each equipped with state of the art research technology.

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The Minto Sports Complex houses two skating rinks, a FIFA 2-star outdoor field, a health and wellness centre, two squash course and a multisport gym. It has everything you need to maintain an active lifestyle!

Study rooms now available at the new Learning Crossroads (CRX)

All students can access over 1,000 individual or group study spaces in the state-of-the-art Learning Crossroads, the new facility attached to Lamoureux Hall, facing Brooks Residences.

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In 2017, four undergraduate students made a name for themselves by winning a prize in the social, environmental and humanitarian involvement category of a contest organized by the Professional Engineers of Ontario. Using the SUNLAB, a high-tech facility run by Professor Karin Hinzer, they worked on a rentable solar charging system, a prototype intended for the sub-Saharan African market and designed for reliable and scalable application based on varying energy needs. This prize helped the Faculty of Engineering win the competition trophy for a third consecutive year. Other student teams have also used SUNLAB to test ideas and find innovative solutions to improve solar energy technologies.
Most students will visit Tabaret Hall, because it is home to the admissions office, the Office of the Registrar, the central administration and Financial Resources.

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Keep your body as active as your mind at Montpetit Hall. After using one of the three gymnasiums, the Olympic-sized swimming pool, the fitness centre, the martial arts room or the dance studio, don’t forget to unwind in the sauna.
Morisset Hall is home to uOttawa’s main library and more than 800,000 books.

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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.
Hamelin Hall brings together six of the Faculty of Arts 14 units, including English, Philosophy, and Classical and Religious Studies. The building is linked to Simard Hall by a walkway.
The Department of Communication has a multimedia lab, television studio and sound and radio studios where I can build up my technical knowledge. They’re also the perfect place to polish my production skills.

Ian G. Scott Courtroom

Our campus houses a functioning courtroom where judges hear current cases, including motions, appeals, petitions and applications.

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The School of Music’s home has its own music library, practice rooms, and auditorium.

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The geography and French departments are in Simard Hall, linked by a walkway to other Faculty of Arts departments in Hamelin Hall. Simard is the place to go for healthy eats and the best coffee on campus, at one of uOttawa’s student-run cafés.
Step with me into the spotlight on the Department of Theatre stage. I can express my creativity and passion in various performance and work spaces. Check out what’s on this season — students pay only $10 per show.
The 15-storey Social Sciences Building brings the Faculty’s 10,000 students together under one roof. This energy-efficient building features a theatre and a six-storey vertical garden, and is connected to Vanier Hall, home of the School of Psychology.
The Desmarais Building is a state-of-the-art learning facility that’s home to the Telfer School of Management.

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The Biosciences Complex has state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities for more than 1,000 students.

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The Advanced Research Complex features the Centre for Advanced Photonics and a cluster of geo-science laboratories, producing world-class research in two areas.

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The University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) is Canada’s largest cardiovascular research centre.

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Colonel By Hall overlooks the Rideau Canal and is home to the Faculty of Engineering. The Faculty continues to forge strong collaborations with industry and government research laboratories and promote a spirit of entrepreneurship among students and staff.
SITE is home to the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science .The building incorporates the latest in energy-efficient technology, including a solar heat recycling system and an ultra-efficient lighting system. It’s close to the Transitway and linked to Colonel By Hall.
Roger Guindon Hall is outside of the city centre, in the 80-acre Roger Guindon Health Sciences Campus.

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Sophisticated technology at the Learning Crossroads

The Learning Crossroads boasts a wide range of advanced multimedia tools that promise students a deeply engaging learning experience. Some of the facility’s features include:

  • a gaming room to try out Oculus Rift, drones and the Nintendo Switch game console
  • a giant 8k video screen covering the entire lab wall to work on data visualization
  • a multipurpose room equipped with a piano and hardwood floor to enhance the teaching of dance and music at the Faculty of Education
  • a range of high tech gadgets available to borrow
  • virtual reality headsets
  • 3D scanning and printing
  • green screens
I can solve problems hands on at the Human Movement Biomechanics Laboratory. Its 3D movement analysis tools provide me with the type of information that specialists like coaches, physiotherapists and biomedical engineers need.
At the Faculty of Medicine, the only bilingual medical school in Canada, students like me have access to lots of research labs. The Faculty has 300 researchers in disciplines ranging from neuroscience to stem cell biology.
The Faculty of Law is located in Fauteux Hall, which is linked by overhead passageway to the Thompson Residence for first-year students. The building has a unique moot court that can be divided into three separate lecture halls.
My fellow law students and I put our knowledge to the test during moot court competitions. These simulated court hearings allow us to analyze a problem, research the relevant law and present arguments in a real-life setting..

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