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Living in residence

Studies have shown that first-year students who stay in residence tend to adjust better to university and receive more support than students who choose to live off campus.

Life in residence

Great atmosphere, gatherings, friendships, convenience and a sense of community—these are some of things students say they appreciate most about living in residence at the University of Ottawa.

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The residence at 90 University, affectionately called 90U by students who live there, is part of the Residence Complex. Read more


Located in the heart of the campus, Stanton is part of the Residence Complex (along with the Marchand and 90U residences).

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The Henderson residence was the last to be built on uOttawa’s main campus, and its interior design makes it the envy of other students.

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The apartment-style Hyman Soloway residence is near the north end of the campus, an ideal location for students attending classes in the Desmarais Building or Hamelin Hall.

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Location, location, location! If you want to be at the heart of the action, look no further than the Thompson residence.

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With only 163 beds, Leblanc is the smallest residence on campus. But what it lacks in size it makes up for in personality.

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Residents of Marchand are spoiled with great views of the Rideau Canal, and there’s never a shortage of interesting people to admire them with. The world is at your fingertips in this 343-bed building, a home away from home for many foreign exchange students. Every day is an opportunity to learn something new from your neighbours, cook a meal together and swap stories about your day.

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Friel was uOttawa’s first off-campus residence, and it still offers the best in city living.

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The Rideau residence offers the best of both worlds: easy campus access, with some of Ottawa’s best restaurants and shopping only a short walk away in the Byward Market. Formerly a hotel, the building was recently converted into a residence with big double occupancy rooms, private bathrooms and cozy common areas that will make you feel right at home.

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45 Mann

Who said that residences can’t be luxurious? Right next to campus but a world away from typical student housing, 45 Mann was designed with comfort in mind, for students in second year and higher.

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Our houses

Our off-campus houses are perfect for students who want city living with the security of dealing with a trusted landlord — the University!

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Off-campus housing

Some students prefer the independence of living on their own or with roommates off campus, but finding the right house or apartment can be daunting. We have experts on hand to help you make the right decision. Their checklists will show you what questions to ask your landlord, how to inspect facilities and how to avoid housing scams. We’ll also introduce you to Ottawa and Gatineau neighbourhoods so that you can find the best fit at the most affordable price.

Learning communities

The Henderson, Marchand and Friel residences are home to three Living Learning Communities. Students are grouped on dedicated floors according to their areas of interest, making it easier to connect with like-minded residents. These communities help you develop skills outside of the classroom and offer plenty of opportunities to form fond memories during your first year at uOttawa.

Students with an interest in social justice and politics, health and wellness, environment and sustainability, or community building and youth empowerment can apply to live on the designated floors of one of these communities.

Friel residents

The Friel residents pictured here made 400 cupcakes for Ottawa Community Housing’s homework club. They had a ton of fun, but the hours they volunteered were also recorded on volunteering certificates from the Centre for Global and Community Engagement.

You can be an advocate for change and equality with the Social Justice & Politics Living Learning Community. Promote human rights, raise public awareness of critical social issues and encourage positive change through learning experiences and community service initiatives with various organizations in the city.

Community advisors

Community advisers are advanced level students who live in residence to help build a community atmosphere and uphold safety.

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Free Wi-Fi

We know that you need to be online to keep in touch with family and friends, research assignments or make plans for the weekend. Fear not — we have excellent Wi-Fi!

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Residence mentors

Live-in residence mentors work with the larger Residence Life team to develop academic-focused programming. They can help you “learn how to learn” by offering academic guidance. Mentors are also on hand to lead course-specific study groups and to help you prepare for exams.

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