Student Leaders in Residence

The support system in Residence at Western is unlike any other. We have over 500 student leaders who live here that can answer your questions or direct you to someone who can. Not just an amazing resource, they shape your experience and want you to enjoy everything Western has to offer!

Are you interested in applying for one of these positions? Check out the Housing site for more information and recruitment dates.


Having been in residence for four years, I've actually met some of my closest friends in residence as a student leader. The Residence Staff role ranges from building a welcoming floor community to overseeing residence safety. We regularly check in with students, run monthly floor- and building-wide programs that meet student needs and interests, and the front desk calls us to respond to emergencies or even noise complaints in the building

We also receive higher level training in order to provide you with the support you need throughout the year. In short, we do our best to help you succeed and make sure you're having the best year possible!

Residence Staff

Dons live on every floor in first-year residences and play a key role in building an atmosphere that helps students grow personally, learn outside the classroom and make lifelong connections. A Don is a friend, resource, mentor, role model and community builder in residence. Thanks to our Dons, programs exist that positively enhance the student experience. Areas such as academics, social transition, personal development, safety and diversity are explored through a variety of residence and floor activities.

Renee C., Former Medway-Sydenham Hall Residence Staff I've actually met some of my closest friends in residence...

It's easy to say, "Oh, you should study more and spend less time socializing," but that's not what ALPs do. We want to empathize with students to find the most efficient and effective way for students to balance doing well in school and having fun.

The way I see it is ALPs are your one-stop shop in residence that students can go through to be connected with the support and services they need. I'm an ALP because I want to help students find their niche and their success plan as soon as possible.

Academic & Leadership Programmers (ALP)

Your ALPs dedicate their time to helping you succeed academically! They set up one-on-one meetings to work through your concerns, and connect you to the many resources Western has to offer. ALPs receive additional training in academic areas such as, learning skills, study methods and campus resources. They can help you with study advice, time management tips, and all academic programs right here in residence! They hold breakfast clubs, study relays, guest speakers (visiting professors), "What's your Major" events, and trivia contests all in your building.

Alec W., Former Delaware Hall ALP We want to empathize with students to find the most...

As a Community Leader, I learned that student needs do not stop after first year; they merely evolve into a different theme. While first-year students need help transitioning into university, upper-year students need help developing their academic and career plans. Also, the need to feel like belonging to a community does not stop after first year. In order to meet all these evolving needs and more, the Community Leader role is critical for the residence community.

Personally, I enjoyed the challenge of adapting to providing for different needs and the opportunity to meet a large number of exchange students who were an integral part of the community. Furthermore, bridging the age gap by working in an upper-year building made the role more rewarding.

Community Leaders (CL)

The CLs are responsible for all things upper-year. They serve as the Don, as the ALP, and as the de facto Residence Life Coordinator in Alumni House and London Hall. The CLs in these upper-year residences ensure upper-year students have an experience comparable to their first-year, but in a more mature and relaxed living environment.

Abdella A., Former London Hall CL As a Community Leader, I learned that student needs do not stop after first year...

There are all these first-year students and there is Western. Sophs form a good chunk of that bridge between the two, especially in the first two weeks.

We're often the first people students see when they come to Western. We invite them out of their cars and during OWeek we facilitate the events, making sure everyone feels comfortable. The rest of the year we're mentors, but more than that we're also just another friend.

I am a Residence Soph because I care about people. I feel like Residence Sophing is an extension of who I am.

Residence and Faculty Sophs

Sophs are super spirited and become like the siblings you never had. Their pride for the Western experience has granted them the role to be that connecting link for students starting on move-in day. Residence Sophs support residence, and Faculty Sophs connect with you to guide you academically. Learn how you can carry on the Sophing legacy. 

Irfan J., Former Saugeen-Maitland Hall Head Soph I feel like Residence Sophing is an extension of who I am...

Residents' Council is an excellent opportunity to give back by organizing the same events that you enjoyed so much as a first-year, and helping make residence a place where students feel at home.

Bonus: you can polish up your leadership and collaboration skills, and be a part of a unique team of passionate individuals while you're at it! You could be a reason why people love living in residence, make good memories, and see Western as their new home.

Residents' Council

Each residence has a student body elected to organize and run events, personal development programs and socials. The council also represents student interests through a variety of residence committees. Every floor/wing in each building has an elected representative on the council. This is an opportunity for all students to get involved in shaping the residence community.

Kimia R., Former Perth Hall Residents' Council President Give back by organizing the same events that you enjoyed so much...

Being a Residence Tour Guide is exciting because you might be the first person to ever introduce people to campus. It attributes to their decision to come here, especially if you're welcoming, positive and an enthusiastic person, then that makes their experience all the better.

They're going to remember you and relate you to the general atmosphere of the school. It might not seem like a huge role, but it is to me because we're at this first exposure point. I'm a tour guide because I love Western and I get to represent my school.

Residence Tour Guides

These part-time positions are for students living in Residence who provide guided tours to visiting parents/students to show them the facilities in each residence, including their own bedrooms. They are front-line ambassadors to promote residence life as part of the Campus Tour program. For more information on joining the Tour Guide team, email

Freya Z., Former Ontario Hall Tour Guide They're going to remember you and relate you to...

We're trained to troubleshoot basic internet issues when students come to us and tell us they're having trouble connecting. Usually, we're able to solve it on the phone but we also book in-person appointments.

On move-in day, you may see us giving out ethernet and printer cables to solve problems before they even arise. I help students across all the residence buildings connect to the Internet, plus I get to meet some pretty amazing people.

Connect-IT Staff Members

Connect-IT Staff members are part time students who provide technical support to students living in residence at Western University.

Ciarán M., Former Connect-IT Staff On move-in day, you may see us giving out ethernet and printer cables...