State-of-the-art facilities

We invest in the latest technologies, research labs and facilities to make sure you’re at the cutting-edge before you enter the job market.

Last year, we opened a brand new $115 million Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Complex that doubled our space for research, experiential learning and entrepreneurship. Other new infrastructure includes: the Learning Crossroads building, with over 1,000 study spaces, spacious classrooms and advanced multimedia suites; the LabO black box theatre with four rehearsal studios; an Advanced Research Complex with an accelerator mass spectrometer to pioneer research in photonics and Earth sciences; and a Social Sciences Building that features a six-story living wall and is gold-level certified under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) program.

You can also challenge your body as well as your mind by working out at our Olympic-sized swimming pool, two skating rinks, FIFA 2-star outdoor playing field, gyms, dance studio and more!

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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Financial Research and Learning Lab

The Financial Research and Learning Lab, the first Bloomberg Experiential Learning Partner in Canada, has over 30 dual-monitor computers, including more than 10 Bloomberg Terminals, where students can complete their Bloomberg Market Concepts certification. Students also have access to other financial software, like Factset, Capital IQ and WRDS, to help them learn the technical skills they will need to pursue a career in high finance.
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. With early access to hands-on research from neuroscience to social sciences, friendly in-house staff and weekly lab tours, it’s the perfect place for students to get inspired about psychology at uOttawa!
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)

As of January 15, 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. The Learning Crossroads also features some 20 other classrooms designed to allow students to break out from a lecture to work on case studies or small-group problem-solving assignments.

Learn more  about study rooms available throughout the campus in the Best places to study on campus article.

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. You will find cozy study rooms, fully-equipped with Wi-Fi, comfortable couches, laptop charging stations and even a fireplace. Tabaret Hall is also where campus tours start.
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. You’ll also find a multimedia distribution service, a campus and community radio station (CHUO), the Department of Communication labs and studios, and the Centre for research on French Canadian Culture.
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. Students can observe the proceedings from behind a one-way glass and discuss the case with their professors as it unfolds. They can then discuss the case with judges and lawyers. The University also provides this courtroom free of charge to hear applications for refugee status, saving the applicants a trip to Montreal.
The School of Music’s home has its own music library, practice rooms, and auditorium. Pérez Hall also has the Piano Pedagogy Research Laboratory, which measures visual and auditory phenomena affecting the ability to learn to play the piano.
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. Specialized software and videoconference capabilities are just some of the technologies featured that will prepare you for the challenges of the business world.
The Biosciences Complex has state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities for more than 1,000 students. The Biology Department is home to the Centre for Advanced Research in Environmental Genomics (CAREG), a multidisciplinary institute that studies the effects of environmental disturbances on biological function.
The Advanced Research Complex features the Centre for Advanced Photonics and a cluster of geo-science laboratories, producing world-class research in two areas. This cutting-edge building was opened in 2012 and provides internationally recognized talent with access to the latest equipment.
The University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) is Canada’s largest cardiovascular research centre. The Institute is home to research projects that focus on cardiovascular biology, imagery, regenerative medicine and conditions such as heart failure, arrhythmia and vascular diseases. Its tradition of research excellence and innovation ensures that the UOHI is ranked among the top 3% of research institutions in the world.
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. The Faculty of Medicine, including the schools of Nursing and Rehabilitation Sciences, is located at the heart of the complex. The campus is shared with the Ottawa Hospital General Campus and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

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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