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International Students

Going to university can be a big step - especially when you're coming from another country! We have compiled the FAQs on this page to assist in your transition to life at Western, and to the City of London.

Residence Information

Our residences are home to students from a number of diverse backgrounds, including international students from over 70 different countries! We hope to make your residence life experience as rewarding as possible, beginning with your arrival in September. From the moment you arrive on campus, we are here to help.


International students are encouraged to move in on August 31, 2017 and September 1, 2017 to allow time to settle in and participate in orientation and other move in activities.

International Student Residence Welcome Day

The Office of Residence Education & Programs, in collaboration with the International and Exchange Student Centre, is providing a welcome day for International students on September 2, 2017. This day will offer new students a great opportunity to connect with other international students and residence staff members. The day will include lunch, a chance to ask questions and bus trips to local stores to pick up anything you need before starting your Orientation Week at Western. You will receive more information by email.

Residence Closure

  • Residence Accommodation during Winter Break
    During the winter break the University closes, and very limited services and operations are offered. Students are required to vacate residence 24 hours after their last December exam and go home for the winter break until residences and the University reopen.

    Residences will reopen on January 5, 2018 for international and out-of-province students. Dining halls will reopen and remaining residence students can return on January 7, 2018.

    A few residences will be open during the winter break (from noon December 22, 2017 to noon January 7, 2018) for international and out-of-province students requesting to stay in residence during the winter break, providing they have confirmed with Housing by June 17th, 2017 and pay by June 30th, 2017. An extra fee will be charged to students' residence accounts if they stay in residence during the winter break. International and out of province students will receive an email regarding the process to request to stay in residence during the winter break. The information emails will be sent from mid-April until early June to international and out of province students who have accepted their residence offer for the 17/18 academic year. All other students must vacate residence 24 hours after their last December exam.

  • Residence Accommodation during Reading Week
    All residences will remain open during Reading Week (February 19-23, 2018).

    At the end of the academic year, all students must vacate their room within 24 hours following the date of their final examination or by noon on May 1, 2018 whichever is earlier.

Quick Links for International Students


The Residence Room and Meal Plan Rate chart can be found at our Rate Chart page. Note that the room rates and meal plan overhead costs are fixed (non-refundable) whereas unused portions of the meal plan credit purchase may be refunded at the end of the school year. Refunds are transferred by bank wire transfer directly to the student's bank account if desired. If this option is not available, refund will be sent by regular mail in the form of an international bank draft.

Meal Plan

Meal Plan information can be found at Your Meal Plan page. A meal plan is mandatory in all residences except London Hall (for upper-year students) and Alumni House.

Important Dates & Deadlines

Most important dates can be found at our Dates and Deadlines page.


Check out our payment options information at our Payment Methods page.
Note: Western Union is the preferred method of payment for international students. Once payment has been received and processed to their account, you will receive an automatic email confirming that a payment has been received.

Refund and Withdrawal Policy

Our refund and withdrawal policy for all students is available at our Refunds/Withdrawals page.

Off-Campus Housing

The Off-Campus Housing service website is available at


Visit the RezNet website for more information related to your computing and Internet connection needs:

Residence Contract

It is very important to read through your Residence Contract!

Residence Contract 2017-18 PDF file

The Contract will provide you with important information about the above topics and more, including the following that might be of interest to exchange students:

  • Arriving Early
  • Leaving Later
  • Move-in
  • Move-out
  • What to Bring/ What not to bring
  • Linen Services
  • Insurance
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