As an exchange student at Western, you are automatically assigned an e-mail account. You must activate this account using your Western Student ID number and Access Code (these numbers are found in your letter of acceptance). Activate your Western Email Account If you have an existing permanent email account, you should forward your Western account to it to ensure that you receive all University correspondence.
As an exchange student, you will be receiving an offer to stay on campus. This offer will be sent to you by email from our Housing department. Please watch for this e-mail and read it carefully for instructions on how to ensure securing your spot in residence. Western Residence Handbook *Please note that you will have to pay a deposit in order to secure a space in residence
Western is located in a residential area of London with many off-campus housing opportunities available. Many of these are close to campus, since most students choose to live off campus after their first year of University. If you are seeking off-campus rentals, information can be found through. Please refer to our pre-arrival guide for useful tips on what to consider when looking for Off-campus housing. Off-Campus HousingOff-Campus BookletPre-arrival Guide *Please note that short term leases (4 months) are not very common.
This is the University Health Insurance Plan. While UHIP covers most doctor visits, it does not include any supplemental coverage for things such as prescriptions/medications. For information about UHIP and what is included in the coverage please visit their website. UHIP Website
Bus Pass: Please be advised that all undergraduate students at Western will be charged approximately $200 for the University Students’ Council (USC) bus pass (valid from September 1, 2013 to August 31, 2014). This fee is compulsory.
Student Card: You will also be required to obtain a Western student card for $26.00.
We will send you two copies of a certification of your acceptance to Western University. With one copy of this certification, your passport, and a letter of financial support, you should contact the nearest Canadian Higher Commission or Consulate to determine if you require a student visa. Bring the second copy of the certification with you for entry into Canada. Official information on Canadian consular services by country
We strongly recommend that all incoming exchange students fly directly into Canada from their country, specifically to Toronto, Ontario. Flying into the United States and crossing the border into Canada can be a very difficult process, given the tightened security and visa issues. There are regularly scheduled flights (approximately 45 minutes long) from Pearson International Airport in Toronto (airport code YYZ) to the London International Airport (airport code YXU). However, it may be more economical to take the “Robert Q” shuttle bus or the Aboutown Airbus directly from Pearson International Airport to London, which takes approximately 2 hours. Robert Q Shuttlebus WebsiteAboutown Airbus Website
Once you settle in, please report to the International and Exchange Student Centre, 2nd floor of the Western Student Services Building (WSSB - see campus map). Please note that Western University will be closed from December 24th at 7:00am to January 2nd at 8:30am. The International and Exchange Student Centre is usually open Monday – Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm. Campus Map
If you are here for one term only, you must take at least 4 classes (maximum is 5). If you are here for the full year, you need to take at least 3.5 credits (each half course = 0.5 credits and each full course is worth 1.0 credit).