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International & Exchange Students

Going to university is a big step - especially when you're coming from another country! Western Housing is here to ease your transition on to our campus. Our residences are home to students from a number of diverse backgrounds, including international and exchange students from over 70 countries! We hope to make your residence life experience as rewarding as possible, beginning with your arrival in September. From the moment you arrive on campus, we're here to help.

To get you prepared, additional information can be found in our Move-in Planning Guide, the following information pertains specifically to international and exchange students. We want to make sure you have the information needed to have a great year with us.

What to bring?

Coming from another country makes it hard to know what to bring! Click MORE below for more information.


For your convenience, check out Residence Linens at to purchase your necessary linens (sheets, pillows, blankets, towels, laundry hamper) which will be waiting for you in your residence upon your arrival.

As part of our Residence International and Exchange Student Welcome Day, we will provide transportation to local supermarkets to help you get any cookware, linens, or items that are more difficult to travel with.

Preparing for winter

Excited for winter? Looking forward to seeing snow? Well in order to enjoy a winter in Canada, there are some clothing items you should consider purchasing in late October/early November to help you stay warm. Consider wearing the following in winter:

  • Hat (Toque): a hat on your head can warm you up! Wear a warm hat, hood, or earmuffs to cover your ears.
  • Scarf: Sometimes coats and collars don't cover your neck. Consider protecting your neck from the wind by wearing a scarf.
  • Coat: Look for a waterproof and down-filled coat for those -10 degree Celsius nights.
  • Mittens (gloves): Fleece lined and waterproof mittens are best for taking care of those precious fingers.
  • Socks: Help avoid frost-bitten toes by wearing wooly socks.
  • Boots: Keep your feet dry by wearing waterproof boots with good grips for the ice.

Read further on Packing for the Big Day from our Move-in Planning Guide to see a list of what you should bring to residence.


Early Move-In &
International Welcome Day

International and exchange students are encouraged to arrive as early as Thursday, August 31, 2017 to residence. There will be no additional charge for room accommodations.


As stated in your Western International correspondence, we have several welcome activities specifically for international and exchange students. We would like to extend the invitation for you to attend these activities on Saturday, September 2, 2017!

This Welcome Day event will provide an opportunity for international and exchange students to get important information about residence, Western, and London, free of charge You will also have a chance to travel to local supermarkets to get any items you weren't able to bring in your luggage, and travel to an international supermarket to get any comfort food to help you start your year.

Click here for detailed program of the Welcome Day, and RSVP as well.


Holiday Accommodations

We understand that it may be difficult for you to return home during scheduled holidays throughout the year. Due to these circumstances, some of the residences will be open during scheduled breaks.


Winter Break

The University closes during the winter holidays and very limited services and operations are offered. With the exception of international students, students are required to vacate residence 24 hours after their last December exam and go home for the winter break until residences and the University reopen on January 7, 2018.

A few residences will be open during the winter break (from noon December 22, 2017 to noon January 7, 2018) for international students, providing they've confirmed they wish to stay over the winter break by June 19, 2017. An extra fee of $200 will be charged to students' residence accounts (with the exception of students living in Alumni House or London Hall) if they stay in residence during the winter break, which must be paid by June 29, 2017. International students who have accepted their residence offer for the 2017-18 academic year will receive email in early June regarding the process to request winter break accommodations. Students who have been approved for this stay will also receive an email in November about expectations during their winter stay.

Winter Reading Week

All residences will remain open during Reading Week (February 19-23, 2018).

At the end of the academic year, all students must vacate their room within 24 hours following the date of their final examination or by noon on May 1, 2018, whichever is earlier.


What if residence wasn't what I expected and I want to move out?

Residence is an exciting experience and needs time to get accustomed to. If you move in and decide residence life may not be for you, please read the following information.


The majority of students in residence are first year undergraduates (17-19 years of age) and there will be lots of excitement around move-in and Orientation Week. Please understand there is a settling-in period for all students new to residence and things should quiet down as classes begin and quiet hours come into effect. As an older student, if for some reason you find that living in residence is not conducive to your lifestyle/study habits, please speak with your Residence Manager to see how we can better address your needs.

Should you decide to withdraw from residence, you will be held financially responsible for your vacated room for the duration of your contract if a suitable replacement is not found. Please speak with us before making such a decision.


Getting around London and Western

London is a vibrant urban centre made up of eclectic, lively neighborhoods. In fact, few cities in our size bring so many diverse cultures, festivals and businesses together in a single place.


If you're looking for easy access to the public transportation system in London, Western is lucky to have major bus routes that conveniently go through campus. Find your way around the city by visiting the London Transit website.

All full-time undergraduate students automatically receive a London Transit Commission bus pass, which is valid from September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2018. Bus Passes will be available for pick-up at the Mustang Lounge, Main Level, UCC, at the beginning of every school year. Students are required to bring their Western student card for identification in order to receive the pass. For more information please visit

Looking to get around campus? Below are some campus maps to help you find your way:

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