What Our Students Say

Residence is hard to put into words, so here are a few of students who lived the RezLife and wanted to share their experience with you.


Nassir A.

Saugeen-Maitland Hall ALP

I travelled a lot growing up. I was born in Baghdad, Iraq, then at the age of seven I moved to a small city near Dubai called Fujairah, and at the age of 15 I moved to Mississauga, here in Canada. It's definitely changed me in some ways.

I feel like not having a stable home allows me to think of home in a different way than most people do. For me, home becomes more about the people, how they make me feel, and who I trust the most, as opposed to where I'm most comfortable. I've lived in residence for four years, as a Residence Soph and ALP.

Residences are big communities - you continue to meet and get to know new people every day. Being able to run into people I know so often is a truly rewarding feeling, and in turn it allows me to think of Western as home.

Ryan T.

Ontario Hall Orientation Staff

Ryan's Western adventure kicked off in 2013 at Saugeen-Maitland Hall. Ryan explains his first year experience as "the best way to introduce yourself to the Western community." Whether it was making new friends, conducting group study sessions, or having a Residence Advisor or Soph around, Ryan was able to expand his horizons in so many ways.

"Since I had such an amazing experience during my first year in residence, I thought it would be appropriate to turn my passion for residence and community involvement into a Sophing position. The residents in Ontario Hall were the primary reason I decided to apply as Head Soph. Every year, Western is fortunate to have residents who are caring, supportive, and enthusiastic about their community, and I wanted to contribute to that."

As one might expect, the weeks leading up to move-in day and O-Week are exciting and nerve-racking for both incoming first-years and Sophs, and Ryan had some great advice for both: "Take advantage of every opportunity you get. There are so many great opportunities that will be thrown your way either as a first-year student or as a Soph. There will be no other time in your life where you can live with over 1000 great individuals who not only share similar values but also accept and respect each other's differences. In this kind of environment, you can learn a lot about yourself and others while growing your interpersonal skills and having a successful university career."

Amirah M.

Saugeen-Maitland Hall Residents' Council President

Living in residence for first year was the first great decision I made when accepting my offer to Western. As soon as I walked through the doors, I immediately felt a sense of community. Everyone else within the building, including the Sophs, Residence Advisors, and my floormates quickly became some of my closest friends.

The convenience of living with a dining hall just a few floors below you makes getting meals accessible and effortless. There are also many different cuisine options that cater to every individual regardless of personal needs or preferences. Living here helped ease my transition into university, and made me more confident having to live on my own for the first time.

Not to mention, living within walking distance of the academic buildings definitely makes it easier getting to those 8:30 a.m. classes!

Brennah D.

Essex Hall Residents' Council President

To any new first-year student, don't be discouraged about having roommate conflicts. It could be a part of your experience but it all works out in the end and you have staff to help mediate. Living in residence will teach you how to "life".

It will introduce you to what your new responsibilities are now that you're on your own, and because being thrown out into the world can be hard, residence cushions your fall to make things easier for you.

Brittany J.

Medway-Sydenham Hall Former Resident

Distance didn't affect this couple—even from across the world residence friendships have managed to live on, but rarely do you encounter long distance university friendships that turn into lifelong partnerships.

In 2003, Brittany went to visit her prom date at Medway-Sydenham Hall on JN1. However, a weekend visit to MedSyd introduced her to many amazing individuals, including James. The two soon became best friends, causing Brittany to come back and spend almost every weekend hanging out with friends at MedSyd.

Eventually, Brittany decided that she had enough of Laurier and became a Mustang. The residence experience at Western was enough to make her transfer. "It was just such a good time. Nothing could compare (casual dig at Laurier)." For four years, Brittany and James continued to maintain their friendship even while James was pursuing an engineering internship in Calgary during his fourth year.

Following graduation, Brittany found herself traveling for the next few years and ended up in Japan in 2011, losing touch with James. Only two weeks after she left, the tsunami hit, devastating many towns and people. "I just thought about how lucky I was... when that happened I thought I just had to call James. I needed to tell him that I needed to see him again." And so began the consistent phone calls again, rekindling their friendship.

A few months later, desperate to see each other once again, James bought Brittany a plane ticket to Calgary to visit him and she realized she had to put her feelings out there, "I didn't know what it meant, but I needed to tell him that I loved him." A nerve-racking moment; however, it all turned out in Brittany and James' favour even when Brittany moved to Australia to pursue her masters.

James visited Brittany in Australia, and they had what Brittany describes as "the most rational conversation anyone has ever had... we just knew we were going to get married." And where else, but Medway-Sydenham Hall, the historic building where they first met.

Brittany and James are a living example of how residence friendships manage to live on, even from across the world.

Jake A.

Saugeen-Maitland Hall Saugeen-Maitland Hall Soph

The most important thing I experienced in residence was meeting so many new people. I come from a village that contains less people than Saugeen alone.

Being constantly surrounded by so many people who are also trying to adapt made it a lot easier for me. Out of it all, I met so many new and interesting people, each with their own interesting ideas and views. I'm sure I learned just as much from them as I did through my studies!

Jessica M.

Ontario Hall Ontario Hall Soph

The most memorable part of my residence experience was the people. All the Residence Staff and Sophs never failed to have a smile on their face and that really helped make residence feel more like home, and help your floormates feel more like family.

I chose to return to residence because of the close commute to class, the delicious food, and the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends. Living in residence opens up plenty of opportunities and makes it easier to meet people!

Lauren W.

Delaware Hall Residents' Council President

I never understood what having a home away from home was like until I was living in Delaware Hall for my first year. Within 24 hours of moving in, I felt instantly welcomed and there hasn't been a moment since where I have felt otherwise.

The people, Residence Sophs, and Staff are truly amazing and come together to create an incredible support system that is unlike any other. Residence is an incomparable once-in-a-lifetime experience that made Western my home.

Likun Y.

Essex Hall Head Rez Soph

Coming to university as an international student who didn't know anyone in Canada, living in residence provided me with a great sense of community and a sense of 'home' on campus.

That's why I returned! Living in residence, you'll be able to meet many different kinds of people and be engaged in different kinds of activities, so put yourself out there as much as you can to get the full experience.

Spencer C.

Elgin Hall Residents' Council President

Living in residence is THE best way to meet new friends, get involved in student leadership, and stay connected to everything that happens on campus. No matter what you are passionate about, you'll find someone who shares your interests here!

William H.

Ontario Hall Former Resident

Residence life was one of the most significant highlights of my first year. I was able to connect with so many people through living in residence, and RezLife has definitely contributed to my success at Western so far.

Being in the residence environment and living with so many supportive students definitely helped me cope with the stresses of school.