• Digital Student Experience - find the online support you need to thrive
  • Social Connection Support
  • Academic & Learning Support
  • Fitness & Nutrition Support

Social Connection Support

Staying connected and involved in the Western community while you’re away from campus and practicing social distancing is important to your well-being.

Thrive Online: Your Virtual Western Community!

Visit Western's brand new student community blog site - Thrive Online. Thrive online is a space for Western students to tell your own stories in your own words. We know that being socially connected and able to share our learning is a vital part of being able to thrive, and we believe it can also happen when we’re online. We’ll be posting stories written by Western students that help us celebrate, engage, relate, entertain, and educate each other.

If you want to be part of building this space and sharing your voice, visit our Contributor Page to find out how to submit your own post!

Peer Mentors

It's not too late to sign up for Peer Mentor! Are you looking to meet new people? Make new friends at Western? Check out mentorship programs. Upper-year student leaders provide academic and social support, share tips, and host engaging events and opportunities throughout the year. There is no cost to join!

LAMP – Leadership & Academic Mentorship Program (LAMP)

Available for all first-year and second-year students.

OPSA – Out of Province Student Association (OPSA)

Connect with an OPSA mentor from your home province (for students attending Western from outside of Ontario).

Society of Mature Students (SMS)

A mentorship program focused on adult learners and mature students.

Society of Off-Campus Students (SOCS)

Provides off-campus first-year/new undergraduate students community and connection.

International Peer Guide Program

The International Peer Guide program matches new international students with friendly upper-year Western students called Peer Guides. https://www.uwo.ca/international/iesc/programs/peer_guide_program.html

Social Media

Social media is a great tool available that you can use to connect. It's important to focus on meaningful connection as opposed to "likes" though. Student Experience will be sharing strategies to stay connected, win some prizes, and generally have fun. Follow our accounts below and share your own stories using #WesternUThrive. Follow us at any of the accounts below to participate.

Wake Up Western

Accounts to Follow:


Western SE Digital Engagement

Western Student Experience is offering a variety of digital events, including Game Nights, Coffee and Chats with the Chaplain, Therapy Dogs Digital Hangouts, Movie Nights and more. Daily updates on Instagram!

IESC Virtual Programs

The International and Exchange Student Centre launched a series of virtual social programs to bring students together across global borders. Visit their website for more information.

E-Sports FREE Online Tournaments

Sport and Recreation is running free online E-Sports tournaments for current Western students. No experience necessary. Visit their website for more information and to sign-up.

Online Ways To Beat Boredom

Social distancing can be really tough, but the good news is we have a lot of tools available now that can help. There are all kinds of ways you can connect and participate in activities just using your computer. Here are just a few suggestions:

Virtual Music, TV, and Boardgames

Check out live music performances that you can stream from home.

Burton Cummings performs live! Join the former lead singer and keyboardist of The Guess Who as he performs live on Facebook here!

Try out music lessons with the Arkells.

Find a variety of classical concerts to suit your fancy!

Rufus Wainwright performs daily on Instagram! Have a private concert with Rufus as he performs one song a day from his catalogue on Instagram.

Team up to make the ultimate playlist! Just set any playlist to Spotify Collaborative and your friends will be able to add, delete and reorder the tracks.

Try your voice at karaoke or lip-sync competitions like Karafun, SingSnag, or Smule.

Try out Netflix Party--it's a Chrome Extension for watching Netflix remotely with friends that synchronizes video playback and adds a group chat function. 

Check out these board game tournaments like Pogo, Tabletopia, and Poki.

Digital Museum Tours

You don’t have to literally step foot inside a museum to enjoy a museum. Check out these virtual tours offered by some of the world’s most famous museums!

Western Mustangs


Society of Graduate Students (SOGS)