University of Ottawa

The University of Ottawa is the ideal university for the city-loving student, as the campus is located right in the heart of the city. The University of Ottawa has been an integral part of Ottawa’s cityscape since 1848!

Students and faculty at the University of Ottawa are within comfortable walking distance of the Parliament Buildings, and can steep themselves in the lore and history of this working monument to Canada’s government.

Attendees and visitors are a stones throw from Byward Market as well, this venue offering shopping, restaurants, and night life to suit almost any taste, as well as being the part of the venue for the revamped Ottawa Tulip Festival held in May of each year.

University of Ottawa walkwayThe campus is adjacent to the Rideau Canal and the kilometers of walking / jogging / cycling paths bordering it.

Most areas of campus have ready access to Ottawa’s renowned OC Transpo System, providing timely and reliable public transit throughout the Ottawa area.

The University of Ottawa campus offers visitors and students a wonderful mix of heritage buildings interspersed with modern architecture in lecture halls, administration buildings and residences.

35,000+ Students

Students at U of O are welcome to join their almost 35,000 fellow students; undergrads – grads – and international (2005 statistics), and study in the discipline of their choice in either of Canada’s two official languages – English and French. Too, there is the possibility of total French immersion in some undergrad programs.

This really resonates with our family as our eldest daughter achieved her honours degree at ‘ol U of O with her last year studies being undertaken completely in French. Kudos to U of O, and of course, kudos to her for studying so hard! With her solely Anglophone background, we’re amazed and pleased that she is now teaching elementary school children in Ontario, in a total French immersion program.

The University of Ottawa is truly cosmopolitan, with students from more than 150 countries around the world calling Ottawa, Ontario, Canada home for the duration of their studies.

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As North America’s premier French / English bilingual university, students are offered more than 300 programs through the ten faculties. Some of the faculties available are:

  • Arts
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Health Sciences
  • Law
  • Management
  • Medicine
  • Science
  • Social Sciences
  • Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies


To support student studies and research there are extensive library resources including the renowned Morriset Library, the one with ongoing renovations.

The Morriset now boasts a fifth-floor fireplace, couches, wireless internet services and many laptop computers available for loan while students and faculty are working in the library.

Library users will require a valid student card or a user permit to access Morriset or any of the other library resources at the University of Ottawa.

Visit : for information on The Morriset.

Other library facilities include:

  • Health Sciences Library / Roger Guindon Hall
  • Brian Dickson Law Library / Fauteaux Hall
  • Music Library / Perez Hall

Library resources at the University of Ottawa include almost two million books, almost the same number of Micromaterials, upwards of half-a-million non-print items (maps, videos, slides etc.) and thousands of journals and e-books.University of Ottawa 2 & Tabaret Hall; this page has more information about the University of Ottawa and some of its buildings.

Tabaret Hall

It is said that the columns gracing the East side front entrance of Tabaret Hall inspired the logo for the University of Ottawa.

Columns of Tabaret Hall

The massive columned Tabaret Hall was built in 1905, while the addition of new wings and general expansion continued up until about 1931.

A statue honours Father Joseph-Henri Tabaret and stands in a sheltered garden just to the south of the main steps and entrance. He is remembered as the driving force behind university and for decades in the late 1800’s laboured tirelessly towards his vision of a major bilingual institution of higher learning.

Over its 100+ years of history, Tabaret Hall has been a dormitory for students and staff, has fed people as a dining hall, provided solace, contemplation and worship as a chapel, looked after people’s bodies as well as their souls in an iteration as a gymnasium, among other things.

Visitors to Tabaret Hall today will find the University’s central admin offices, office of the registrar, HR center and various services.

When our daughter was married on a warm August Saturday afternoon quite a few years back we took many wonderful pictures of the bride and groom, bridal party and family on the steps of beautiful Tabaret Hall which is located just across the common from the church in the photo above. St. Joseph’s Parish on the University of Ottawa campus is where she and her husband shared their wedding vows.

University of Ottawa Residences

Are there enough residence spaces on the University of Ottawa campus for all of the students that may want them? Nope, not even close!This is the University of Ottawa residence page, providing some information about the 3,000+ Resdence Rooms that may be available when you go looking.

Typically there are 30,000+ undergrads registered in all the faculties at U of O. There are around 3,000 on-campus spots available in the seven residences.

The university normally guarantees housing to scholarship recipients that have been accepted at U of O.

On campus residences include single rooms, suites, and some apartment style.

The U of O room residences are:

    • Leblanc – French Immersion (
    • Marchand (

Stanton (

  • Thompson (

Suites Residences

  • 90 University (

Apartment Style Residences

  • Brooks (
  • Hyman Soloway (

Limited Residential

U of O Housing Service operates a few older single-family houses and a few apartments located around the main campus. Students with families have priority for these multiple-occupants premises.


Special Needs

Some of the U of O residences offer units for those with special needs.

All of the U of O residences are non-smoking.

Some child care facilities are available on-campus.

Meal plans are available, and are recommended, particularly for first year students. Knowing where the next meal is coming from, and not having to worry about having ready cash to pay for it, provides a level of comfort.

Contact Information

For more information about residences at the University of Ottawa, please contact:

Housing Services

Brooks Residence, Room 102

Office hours:
Monday to Friday,
8:45 am to 4:30 pm

Summer Hours:
June 1 – August 31
Monday to Friday
9 am to 4 pm

Telephone: (613) 562-5885
Fax (613) 562-5109

Postal address:
Housing Service
University of Ottawa
100 Thomas More
Room 308
Ottawa, ON
K1N 6N5

The university offers seekers and landlords an electronic bulletin board to help students find available housing. For more information on off-campus housing, contact them during normal business hours at: ( welcomes your comments about the University of Ottawa. All comments are previewed for suitability before going live.