University of Ottawa: Student Life on Campus
An insider’s guide to the best places to live, eat on campus, and more
Sanjida Rashid, 19
Political Science and Common Law
Why did you choose the University of Ottawa?
My decision to go to the University of Ottawa was an easy one, thanks to the variety of compelling programs the school offers and the university’s commitment to bilingualism. The University of Ottawa offers students the opportunity to submit papers and tests in both French and English and offers scholarships and bursaries for French immersion students.
Describe some of your best experiences so far.
One thing that stands out is the feeling that the people on campus care about you. For example, a year later, a woman who worked in the cafeteria in my first grade recognized me just by my voice. I also fondly remember my freshman criminology professor showing up early to our Zoom classes at 8:30am to play guitar for us and even dressing up for class at one point.
Do you participate in extracurricular activities?
Because of the pandemic, I haven’t had the opportunity to join many clubs. However, once we can safely gather, I look forward to joining many of them, including the Boxing Club, Rock Climbing Club, and Ananda Marga Yoga and Meditation Club. I also work at the U of O Fitness Centers and the independent student newspaper, where I’ve met interesting people from a variety of programs and years of study.
What do you think of your professors?
I’m a frequent flyer on the Rate My Professors website, where I artfully put together a schedule with five-star professors each semester. Perhaps that’s why I have nothing but good things to say about my professors, who are generally friendly and willing to stay after class to discuss concepts with you.
What do you think of the school administration?
Choosing courses should be a 1000 level course in itself – it’s not an easy task. Their program provides a course sequence that you should follow and I highly recommend making your schedule in advance. Add courses to your shopping cart on uoZone and set an alert when registration opens so you can grab the best courses at the optimal times. And please be nice to your future; do not take the 8:30 class and also avoid the 3-hour night class. It is not worth.
What’s life like off campus in Ottawa?
My weekends are reserved for the ByWard Market which is full of fun pubs, bars and clubs. Ottawa offers many exciting activities, restaurants and attractions on Bank Street, Rideau Street, Chinatown and Little Italy.
PROFILE: University of Ottawa | Ottawa, Ont. | Founded in 1848
Best place to live: On campus, 90U is the best choice. Off campus, Sandy Hill is the place to be.
Best place to study: The fifth floor of the Learning Crossroads
The best campus events: The uOShow, an annual back-to-school concert
Best Campus Food: 3 Brothers Shawarma & Poutine on Osgoode Street, near the U of O campus
Best Cheap Lunch: No Forks Given has delicious vegan chicken burgers
Best Pizza: Stay at Gold Pizza on Elgin Street
The best place for a fancy dinner: It doesn’t get fancier than the Chateau Laurier
Best bar to hang out: Pub 101
Best Live Music Venue: outsider
Best Hangover Breakfast: Father & Sons
Best place for a nap: The fifth floor of the Morisset Library
Best Weekend Activity: bar hopping at ByWard Market on Fridays and Saturdays; Visit to Kettlemans Bagel and take long walks along the canal on Sundays
What surprised me the most about the school: Find the festively decorated cafeteria with Met Gala-level dedication
If I could change one thing about the school: The fitness centers, while adequate, have plenty of room for growth. I can’t help but be jealous of the larger gyms and women-only gyms at other universities.
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