Orientation for new students

To help you get ready for university life, we are offering you two opportunities for orientation during the summer months. Come spend the day on campus during summer orientation or take advantage of a visit near you to attend a presentation from one of our regional mentors.


Orientation activities for summer 2017 have ended. Registration for next year’s events will be available in late spring 2018.

Summer orientation (on campus)

Date: July to September 2018, exact dates to be confirmed

Location: Main campus (Ottawa, Ontario)

This summer, sign up for a free orientation day offered by your faculty to discover what the University of Ottawa has to offer you starting in September. You’ll get to know the essential services offered here, the important areas on campus and how your faculty works. Your friends and family are welcome, so feel free to invite them to your orientation. Second-, third- and fourth-year students will also be there to answer your questions and pass on some tips and tricks.

Summer orientation includes:

  • Tips on how to succeed at university
  • An overview of your faculty and the academic support services available to you
  • Activities with other first-year students, discussions with our ambassadors and with student guides from your faculty
  • A summary of the many student services available on campus
  • A look at the various meal plans available and a tour of the 24/7 Dining Hall
  • A tour of campus and the student residences
  • A chance to pick up your uOttawa student card

A typical Summer Orientation day

Here is an example of a typical Summer Orientation day. However, you can personalize your visit when you register.

Time Activity
From  9 a.m. on

Pick up your uOttawa student card (optional). Order your student card on line before your visit so you can pick it up at the Summer Orientation!

9:30 a.m. to 9:55 a.m.

Orientation participants arrive

10 a.m. to 10:10 a.m.

Initial welcome

10:10 a.m. to 11 a.m. 

Faculty presentation

11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. 

Presentation on services and Smart Start: Get Ready for September workshop

12 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Free time for lunch

1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Guided tour of campus led by a student ambassador, starting from 90 University

2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Tour of student residences (optional)

What to bring

  • Your student number, which you will find in your offer of admission.
  • Your course schedule, which you can print from the My course schedule application in uoZone.
  • Two valid pieces of ID (only required if you plan on picking up your uOttawa student card during Summer Orientation).

How to get your uOttawa student card at Summer Orientation

Avoid the line-ups in September by ordering your student card online before your visit. You can even choose your own photo. Select Summer Orientation as the location where you will pick up your card. We will be on hand to give you your card in person when you attend the Summer Orientation.

You must present two valid pieces of ID to receive your student card.

Where to stay on campus

You may want to stay in suites located in the 90 University residence. Each suite features two separate bedrooms, each equipped with a double bed, a mini-kitchen equipped with a microwave, refrigerator, table and two chairs, and a private washroom with a shower.

For more information, or to reserve a suite for your visit, contact the University of Ottawa Housing Service.

Campus maps and parking

Parking for Summer Orientation participants is free at the Brooks parking garage (located at 100 Thomas More Private). You must still take a white ticket when you enter the garage.

At the end of the day, you will be given a pass so you can leave the Brooks parking garage free of charge.

Check the map of the main campus to get a better idea of how to get around campus, and where to park.

Contact us

The Summer Orientation Team
110 University 
Ottawa ON K1N 6N5

Tel.: 613-562-5800 ext. 2828
Toll-free: 1-877-868-8292 ext. 2828


Regional mentor visits (off campus)

Date: End of July to beginning of August 2018, exact dates to be confirmed

Location: Many cities in Canada

From the end of July to mid-August, our regional mentors visit many Canadian cities to meet you and help you prepare to arrive on campus. Your mentor can give you a student’s perspective on moving to campus, items to bring to live in residence, Welcome Week and 101 Week activities and the many services for first-year students to help you succeed. He or she will be happy to answer any questions you may have during this visit!

What to expect during this session

  • A chance to talk with a university student from your area who understands what you’re going through
  • Tips and tricks to succeed
  • An overview of your first year
  • Information on campus services
  • Information on meal plans and housing
  • Instructions on getting your student card and bus pass
  • A chance to register for a personalized campus tour when you get to uOttawa
  • A look at activities happening on campus

Photographs, videos and audio recordings of events may be produced and may include your recognizable image. By participating in an event, you therefore consent to being photographed, video-taped and audio-taped and you authorize the University to use any of these recordings for its activities and events, as well as for its print and electronic promotional material, including on the Internet via the University website or other social media websites. Personal information obtained at the event is collected in accordance with the University of Ottawa Act, S.O. 1965, C.137.

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