University of Windsor 411: Where to find the best cheap lunch and more -

University of Windsor 411: Where to find the best cheap lunch and more

A University of Windsor insider’s perspective on campus life


University of Windsor students

Unofficial school motto:
‘At least we’re not Detroit!’

Best place for a nap:
Couches in the upper level of Toldo Health Education Centre, especially on a Sunday

University of Windsor student Madison Sieger.

Best cheap lunch:
Mare Nostrum

Best hangover breakfast:
The CAW Marketplace tater tots. ‘Nuff said.

Favourite watering hole:
The Manchester

Perks of living in this town:
All close, all cheap, all friendly

Best place to study:
Second floor of Leddy Library

Weirdest tradition:
Being wicked good at women’s basketball: A Lancer woman has been named defensive player of the year for four consecutive campaigns

Best campus event:
Life in Colour, an outdoor concert that doubles as a paint party

Best giveaway:
Student Health 101’s monthly draws for a $1,000 grand prize!

Best live music venue:
The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor

University Insider: Madison Sieger, 20, Digital Journalism and Communication, Media, and Film


When I first told one of my friends back home that I had accepted the offer to the University of Windsor, their first response was, “Don’t get shot,” referring to Detroit. Update: I’m still here. With its mesmerizing skyline just across the river, and the Ambassador Bridge giving quick access, Detroit’s opportunities fortify this border town, which at the same time, in stark contrast to its American neighbour, is emboldened by a sense of community. Despite being a mid-sized school with roughly 16,000 students, the university creates an intimate learning environment with small class sizes, encouraging strong bonds with people (and professors) both in and outside of your program. Cozy, yet still spacious, there is plenty of room to study or gather with friends in such spots as the new outdoor study pods, when the weather is nice, or the upper level of the CAW Student Centre, when you can’t afford cable.

PROFILE: University of Windsor | Windsor, Ont. | Founded 1857

Between old Dillon Hall and the 13-year-old Toldo Health Education Centre, the architecture on campus is almost as diverse as the student body—roughly 15 per cent of which is comprised of international students. In conjunction with the high international student community, UWindsor is known for its exchange programs, involving more than 40 institutions worldwide. If the southernmost city in Canada is as far as you wish to travel, the university offers unique programs such as Border Management and International Trade and Anthrozoology, as well as special classroom spaces, including two television studios. It may not be “the big city,” but with its tight-knit campus, and friendly cab drivers who make the 10-minute trek to downtown a breeze, it is easy to feel at home.


The University of Windsor has something to offer everyone. For athletes, there is the St. Denis Centre, as well as the riverfront, which is great for spring and summer runs. The university is home to three fraternity chapters: Delta Chi, Pi Lambda Phi and Sigma Chi, and two international sororities: Phi Sigma Sigma and Delta Zeta. The university’s faculty of law is one of only seven in the province, and Windsor’s inter-faculty programs offer unique interdisciplinary learning opportunities. Being so close to the border means there’s easy access to the U.S.; the Duty Free Store, in conjunction with the university, provides jobs for students.

Local Vibe

UWindsor’s campus is situated largely in a residential area, but with the downtown a mere 10-minute ride away, and restaurants and other recreational spots like the riverfront within walking distance, there is plenty to do in the city. For a night out on the town, head down to Caesars Windsor for the casino, a concert, or both. You can check out the Devonshire Mall for shopping or a movie, or take the tunnel bus to Detroit for a day trip to see the Lions, Tigers, or Red Wings. If staying on campus is more your scene, the residence life coordinators and the University of Windsor Students’ Alliance (UWSA) ensure that there is always plenty to do at home.

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