Taking a guided tour of our beautiful campus will last approximately two hours. If you also wish to visit our residences, an additional hour will be required. When possible, campus tours are tailored to the academic interests of the participants.
We do not conduct campus tours specific to the Faculty of Education, Faculty of Law or Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. We are, however, more than happy to give you information about these programs while on tour.
It is very easy to reserve your tour space online (register for a tour link above), but if it is less than 4 business days before the date of your intended visit you will have to contact us directly to complete a reservation.
You can contact the Undergraduate Recruitment Office by email at email@example.com or via telephone through the Student Central Helpline at 519-661-2100 (staffed Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.).
As a courtesy to our campus tour guide student staff taking time out of their busy schedules, please inform us as soon as possible if you are no longer able to attend a previously booked tour.
Please note the following:
All tours require advanced registration and are limited in size. You are encouraged to book early before they become full.
These are outdoor walking tours so please wear comfortable footwear and dress accordingly.
Only the tour dates and times with spaces available will be provided as online self-booking options. If it is less than 4 business days before you wish to visit, you must contact the Student Central Helpline via telephone (519-661-2100) or email Undergraduate Recruitment (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that we can make the tour reservation for you. Additions to a specific tour time can only be made if there are still spaces available as all tours are limited in size and some tour dates/times will fill to capacity.
Summer campus and residence tours will operate from Friday, May 6 until Friday, August 19.
Regular summer tours will be offered Monday to Friday at 10:30AM and 1:30PM when they are booked in advance. There will be exceptions around holidays, group bookings and school events.
Summer campus and residence tours last 2.5 - 3 hours and include a visit to at least two faculties (depending on the most requested academic areas of the group), a library, the University Community Centre, the Western Student Recreation Centre, one hybrid-style residence (Ontario Hall) and if time permits, one suite-style residence (Essex Hall). Unfortunately, no other housing tour options are available as the other residence buildings are closed for the summer.
Summer campus and residence tour exceptions:
Special May Saturday Tour Options
We are pleased to offer the following special Saturday summer campus and residence tour options in the month of May. Please note that choosing to visit on a weekend, when the university is technically not open, unfortunately means not all academic areas are available and all support offices (e.g. Admissions, Housing, etc.) are closed.
Saturday, May 7 @ 10:30AM and 1:30PM
Saturday, May 14 @ 10:30AM and 1:30PM
Saturday, May 28 @ 10:30AM and 1:30PM
As with all of our campus tours, there are a limited number of spaces available so you are encouraged to book early before they become full. These tours will fill to capacity.
Fall/Winter campus tours will begin on Monday, September 21 and run until Wednesday, April 6 with exceptions around holidays, group bookings and school events. They will be available Monday to Friday at 10:30am, 11:30am, and 1:30pm when they are booked in advance.
Campus tours last approximately 2 hours and include a visit to at least two faculties (depending on the most requested academic areas of the group), a library, the University Community Centre and the Western Student Recreation Centre.
Campus and residence tours last approximately 3 hours and include a visit to at least two faculties (depending on the most requested academic areas of the group), a library, the University Community Centre, the Western Student Recreation Centre, one traditional-style residence (Delaware Hall), and one suite-style residence (Elgin Hall).
Fall / Winter 2015-2016 Tour Exceptions:
Thursday, April 7 to Thursday, May 5 - final/year-end exams period and closure of residence to visitors
Fall / Winter Saturday Tours
Special Saturday tours are offered on a limited basis during the academic year. All campus tour guides are current students so we are not able to offer every Saturday as an option because of their studies.
It is important to note that these special Saturday tours will be offered at 11:30am and are booked as campus only (Note: there will be access to one hybrid-style residence for these tours - Ontario Hall). As well, not all buildings are open and all support offices like Admissions, Housing, etc. are closed on a weekend.
As with all tours, there will be a limited number of spaces available so you are encouraged to book early before they become full.
Please remember when booking for a fall/winter Saturday tour that you have to select the appropriate tour type (campus only) to access these dates.
Special Fall/Winter Saturday 11:30AM tours:
Our 2015 Fall Preview Day was held on Sunday, November 15.
The November 2016 event date is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, November 13. Additional details and early registration information will be posted in late summer.
Our 2016 March Break Open House was held on Saturday, March 12.
The March 2017 event is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, March 11. Early registration for the event will open in late 2016. Specific event details will be posted in January.
Complimentary parking passes will be provided to tour participants on the day of your scheduled tour if spaces are available. Please park in a visitor designated attended lot. You may be asked to pay a cash deposit ($12.00). Parking passes will be distributed at the start of your tour. You will be refunded your parking deposit when you leave the lot. We apologize, but we will be unable to refund your parking charges at campus meters or non-attended lots. For more information about parking on campus, please visit http://www.uwo.ca/parking/find/visitor/index.html.
For most campus tours, we suggest that you park in the Alumni/Thompson or the Weldon visitor lots which are closest to the Cronyn Observatory (where the tours start from). If no parking spaces are available in these lots, the attendant can suggest alternate coin entry and/or pay & display options.
For visitors who require additional assistance or barrier free access, please contact James Oake directly at 519-661-2111, ext. 85675 or email@example.com at the time of booking so that we may make any necessary arrangements in advance of your visit.