Residence Life engages and connects you to the University community, and fosters your growth as a leader. We are here to assist you in achieving your academic goals by creating residence communities that maximize your potential for success. Coming to university is a transition, which is why we’re committed to providing you with great facilities and academic and social supports designed to help you succeed. Residence isn’t just a place to eat and sleep, it’s an unforgettable experience and the start of an incredible journey that we’re excited to start with you!

We acknowledge that Western University is located on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Lūnaapéewak and Attawandaron peoples, on lands connected with the London Township and Sombra Treaties of 1796 and the Dish with One Spoon Covenant Wampum. With this, we respect the longstanding relationships that Indigenous Nations have to this land, as they are the original caretakers. We acknowledge historical and ongoing injustices that Indigenous Peoples (e.g. First Nations, Métis and Inuit) endure in Canada, and we accept responsibility as a public institution to contribute toward revealing and correcting miseducation as well as renewing respectful relationships with Indigenous communities through our teaching, research and community service.

Don’t just take it from us, take it from Maclean’s. Residence at Western has been rated #1 for student living for six years in a row by Maclean’s University Rankings in the Medical/Doctoral category.
We’re home to some of the best services in Canada, and even the Globe and Mail agrees; their student satisfaction survey has placed Western Residence as number one for eleven consecutive years!

Students who live in residence achieve greater academic success

Higher GPA

First-year students who live in residence have a higher GPA of 2.6, compared to 2.5 for those who live off-campus.

Higher Retention Rate

93% of students living in residence their first year would continue to be enrolled into their second year, compared to 90% off-campus.

Higher Graduation Rate

79.3% of first-years who live in residence go on to graduate, compared to 73% who live off-campus.
As found in an Academica Group report published in 2017

Living Here in First Year

We could go on and on about why you should live right where you learn, but you should really see for yourself! Discover why so many students consider their first-year in Residence their most memorable time at Western.

Living On in Your Upper Years

Adulting is easy when you can live on campus after first year. Have access to the same great services and supports, but with more independence. Learn why you need to live on in your upper years.



Commitment to Diversity

We're all part of Western's diverse community. Residence Life embraces, appreciates, and celebrates people of all races, nationalities, sexes, ages, gender identities and expressions, affectional and sexual orientations, socioeconomic statuses, spiritual practices, abilities, and any other dimension of personal lifestyle. Society is strengthened by human diversity and the growth fostered by an inclusive community. Every person has equal worth and deserves to be treated with dignity and respect accordingly.

We work and live together, maintaining an environment of mutual respect, interpersonal curiosity, while striving to have positive interactions with one another. We can learn from one another and gain a greater understanding of and appreciation for our fellow people.

We're responsible for our actions and our behaviour will model our values: we treat others with respect and we expect them to do the same to us. We don't subscribe to attitudes or actions which hurt or degrade another person because of their race, nationality, sex, age, gender identity and expression, affectional and sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, spiritual practice, ability, or any other reason. Any form of abuse, harassment, threat, or violence is incompatible with our philosophy and will not be tolerated. We don't accept ignorance, anger, alcohol, or substance abuse as a valid excuse, reason, or rationale for negative behaviour.