University of Winnipeg: student life on campus

An insider's guide to the best campus cultural event, hangover breakfast, place to study and more

The 411

Best place for a nap:
In your own bed. There are not a lot of great places to nap on campus.
Best cheap lunch:
99 Cent Pizza. Cheap, close and still pretty decent.
Best hangover breakfast:
Stella’s or French Way Café. Both have a typical breakfast but are so cozy and not super noisy.
Best pizza:
A Little Pizza Heaven, hands-down. The garlic crust is to die for.
Best bar for hanging out:
There are so many cool spots all over the city—you can’t choose just one! Go bar-hopping through the Exchange District or settle down in a pub in Osborne Village.
Best place to live:
Downtown right by the Legislative Building. You’re close to campus, walking distance from all the great shopping and food, and there are always people around.
Best place to study:
The library on campus
Best giveaway:
The bookstore gift cards. Or you can win loads of stuff by simply doing surveys.
Best cultural event:
Festival du Voyageur, the largest winter festival in Western Canada. Celebrate French and Métis histories.
If I wrote the school motto:
“All the artsy kids love us”
What surprised me most about the school:
The small class sizes and the opportunities that can arise from getting to know your prof
If I could change one thing about the school:
More parking. It can be hard to fight with the rest of downtown for a parking spot.

PROFILE: The University of Winnipeg | Winnipeg, Man. | Founded 1871

Winnipeg is home to a few universities. But the University of Winnipeg stands out, since it’s smack dab in the middle of downtown with its iconic buildings on Portage Avenue.

The university is known for being the home of an artistic crowd. There are about 9,000 students on campus, so it offers small class sizes. It’s possible to really get to know your classmates and professors.

Professors will help with finding conferences to attend and present papers, offering job referrals or aiding with career choices.

If you’re looking for a little bit of extra money, there are many options, like being a research assistant, working at the Uniter student newspaper or in the bookstore.

It’s a very easy-to-navigate campus. The main building has one central hallway. Rarely will you have to actually venture away from the primary campus to find your class. Even if you do, you’re likely only going to walk a few minutes.

The University of Winnipeg has a lot of cool opportunities, like a co-op program in conjunction with Red River College in either communications or disabilities studies. Or you can focus on conflict resolution.

With the university situated in downtown Winnipeg, you have a ton of amazing food and drink within walking distance. You are also going to be right in the middle of the events and festivals.

After Class
You can always catch an interesting student play at the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film. There are a ton of student groups. The Uniter is always looking for writers. The university also has its own radio station, CKUW. Finally, we are a school situated on Treaty 1 territory and ancestral land, and by acknowledging that we hope to be one step closer to reconciliation.

Local Vibe
Winnipeg has grown into one city with many subcultures for everyone. You’ll find plenty of amazing food options, like Eadha, a queer-run bakery, or Feast, a traditional Indigenous restaurant. We have the notorious Winnipeg Transit system to get you around the city. We’re diehard patio-season people here, so we’re likely outside having a few drinks well before the rest of Canada. Winter brings Festival du Voyageur and all of the amazing—and hilarious—events.

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