Taking a guided tour of our beautiful campus will last approximately two hours. If you also wish to visit our residences, an additional thirty minutes will be required in the spring / summer and one hour in the fall / winter. 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 & 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 four business days before the date of your intended visit you will have to contact us directly to complete a reservation.
You can contact the Campus Visits 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 indoor and 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 four business days before you wish to visit for a regularly scheduled tour, you must contact the Student Central Helpline via telephone (519-661-2100) or email Campus Visits (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.
Regular summer tours are offered Monday to Friday at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. from Friday, May 4 until Friday, August 17.
There are exceptions around holidays, group bookings and school events.
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.
Only tours with spaces available will show in the online self-booking calendar.
Summer campus and residence tours last about 2.5-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 and a hybrid-style residence (Ontario Hall). Unfortunately, no other first-year residence buildings are open in the summer.
Summer campus and residence tour exceptions:
Fall/Winter campus tours will operate from Monday, September 17 until Friday, April 5 with exceptions around holidays, group bookings and school events. They will be available Monday to Friday at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m. when they are booked in advance.
Campus tours last approximately two 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 three 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 2018-2019 Tour Exceptions:
Will be posted in late summer.
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 11:30 a.m. 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 Saturday Fall/Winter 11:30 a.m. tours:
Are finished for the 2017-18 academic year. Weekend tour options for 2018-19 will be posted later in the summer.
Our 2017 showcase was held on Sunday, November 12. View photos from the event.
The 2018 event will be held on Sunday, November 18. Additional details and registration will open in late summer.
Our 2018 showcase was held on Saturday, March 10. View photos from the event.
The 2019 event will be held on Saturday, March 9. Early registration for the event will open in late 2018.
Complimentary parking passes will be provided to you on the day of your scheduled tour if spaces are available. Please park in a visitor designated lot (subject to lot capacity). You have to take a ticket to open the gate. Parking passes will be distributed at the start of your tour. When you leave, you will be able to scan your visitor pass at the exit and the gate will open. We apologize, but we are unable to refund parking payments made at other options (i.e. pay & display or metered parking). For more information about parking on campus, please visit our Parking website.
For summer campus tours, we suggest that you park in the Alumni / Thompson, D. B. Weldon or Social Science visitor lots which are close to the University Community Centre (where the tours start from). If the small lots are full, Huron Flats is the best visitor lot option. Please arrive early so you can find parking and make your way to the Tours Centre for the start of your tour.
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.